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›› LETTERS ‘Deviance is what others are doing’—Oscar Wilde “Deviant behavior, left unchallenged, becomes the accepted norm.” In that spirit, I am writing to challenge your judgment in printing Carlo Gardin’s inappropriate letter [“Lots to Be Disturbed About,” June 17] in a recent edition of the Sun. [Editor’s note: Gardin’s non sequitur charged an incompatibility between oral sex and veganism.] It’s no secret that we are no longer a decent and civil society, nor is it any secret that fomenting an uncivilized society is anything but deliberate to inspire anger and conflict to foment social unrest. It is evident that Mr. Gardin clearly lacks the self-control to govern his own actions. But that in no way relieves the Sun from exercising self-control and self-governance when it prints what is clearly inappropriate and offensive material. Such moral restraint begins at home and in our local community. I hope you will exercise better judgment and discernment in the future. David Curtis, Mill Valley

A reversal of fortunes Last Saturday afternoon I was out walking—my usual route down Blackstone in Marinwood. Since I wore a large sun hat and because I am only 4-feet, 11 inches tall, I did not see the large van slowly inching down a residential driveway. The driver did not notice a person at the edge of her driveway because the rear of her van had been filled with lawn debris for the dump. Another two seconds and my 100-pound body would have felt the full brunt of a collision, sending me flying. Because I had nearly crossed the driveway, however, the van

merely grazed me in passing. After I fell on my back, badly abrading my right arm, my “attacker” rushed to pick me up, far more distressed than wounded me. After helping me into the van, we drove at once to the ER. From that point on, our story could suggest divine intervention. Not only is she a caring and responsible citizen, for she paid my ER expenses, but we have spoken daily to reassure her that I’m healing properly. Miraculously, a bruised bottom and an ugly wound are all the damage to this 87-yearold accident victim. Yesterday, I found a greeting card and a vase of backyard flowers on my doorstep. We will “celebrate” my recovery with a dinner out. Another lonely old woman has made a friend! Marian Blanton, San Rafael

In ice-cream industry this is called a cornet profit margin... Folks, remember this in the future, it all started in Mill Valley. I stopped into Noci last night, the organic ice cream and yogurt shop where VilNow THAT cone’s worth a dollar! lage Music used to be. I ordered a single scoop. The counter woman said, “That’ll be $4.50.” “The sign says $3.50, why the extra dollar?” “Oh, it’s for the cone.” I could only shake my head in disbelief. I got the organic strawberry, and left the shop thinking, “I need to call the Scoop in Fairfax, and Silbermann’s in San

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Target referendum short 37 signatures As the chips fall where they may on whether to put approval of a San Rafael Target to voters, the signature drive for such a referendum may have come up a few chips short... Conservative Judge Upholds The Constitutionality Of The Individual Mandate The right-wing blogosphere has downplayed the news that a conservative judge has ruled to uphold health care reform law. It has been ruled that’s the mandate is constitutional!... Another Marin City robbery Two bus-stop holdups in four days have officers increasing patrols...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com Rafael. They’re blowing it, and missing a profit center here. Baskin Robbins, Ben and Jerry’s—they’re big enough already.” Then I thought, “This could be huge.” What about hamburgers? Pearl’s and Phyllis’ and The Counter? What if they started charging an extra buck for the bun? They’re net profit margins would go through the roof. We may have just found a new, local stimulus formula. And Noci, the ice cream was actually pretty good. Though the serving was small. They need to stop into the Scoop for a comparison. Gary Goldenfeld, Novato

Let ‘em eat crumbs! I grew up thinking “affordable housing” meant you live where you can afford to live. Seems I’m mistaken and the government is now giving out housing to anyone who thinks they should be able to live in Marin County and who want to pay next to nothing compared to fair market value or supply-and-demand laws. Well, I’m getting in line for that one. How about a house in Belevedere, 3/2 with lots of decking and views? Throw in a hot tub or pool (since the government is paying for it)... and let me know when I can move in. Please, remember I can only afford to pay $750 a month and don’t believe I should be forced to move to Richmond to find an “affordable house.” Because I want to live in Marin... give it to me, give it to me, give it to me, Waaa Waaa Waa. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

You’d think sheriff’d applaud their strict adherence to leash laws... I think it might interest your readers to know that the Marin County Sheriff ’s Department is acting in a prejudiced and unfair manner against one of Marin’s residents. My husband Eric Otway and I recently moved down to Mill Valley. My husband and I are “goth”—that is, we dress in dark clothes, chains, black nail polish, and other unusual fashions (imagine what you see at Hot Topic). We stand out like a sore thumb here because not only are we dressed differently, but we walk everywhere, both for exercise and because we feel owning a car is not envi-

ronmentally sound or necessary for us in this public-transit-rich area. When we walk down the road together, from home to 7-Eleven or Walgreens or Safeway—even with me leading Holly, aka ‘Mistress Blue,’ him on a leash—we suspects the long arm of are never boththe law is trying to collar ered. People smile her husband. and wave, probably because we are happy and so clearly over-the-top that it should be obvious we are harmless. We’ve never had any problems with the residents of Mill Valley or Marin—nor the sheriff ’s [deputies], as long as I am with my husband. So far he has walked to the store twice—and BOTH times he has been stopped, searched and hassled by the Marin Sheriff ’s deputies. The first time they pulled up three patrol cars; today, only the one. Yes, my husband looks funny and is lacking the requisite Lexus for these parts. But we are law-abiding citizens, and the only thing they are stopping him for is his unusual appearance—maybe he looks dangerous to them, I don’t know. I don’t feel safe in this neighborhood—even though it is the most ritzy one I’ve lived in ever. I feel that the sheriff ’s pointed singling out of my husband based on his appearance and the fact that he is walking goes directly against our civil rights. I feel it is my duty to tell this story to the rest of Marin so they can know exactly how prejudiced their sheriff ’s department is. God forbid someone in Marin County dare to dress differently. What would happen if someone actually stood up and rallied support for those of us who are different in some way? That might require lethal force from the sheriff ’s department, to protect the poor helpless minds of Marin residents. Thank you for letting me tell this story, Holly Blumenthal, Mill Valley

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t’s something about the water. Although opponents of the proposed rate increase in the Ross Valley Sanitary District fell short of gathering protests from 50 percent of property owners to spike the increase, discord is unlikely to subside. The protest over the rate increase is the latest round of revolt affecting Marin sewerage agencies. The Novato Sanitary District and the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin also have seen their fair share of battles that pit neighbor against neighbor. The contentious atmosphere that has pervaded sewerage agency agendas for years has played a big role in repeated calls to consolidate agencies. But opponents staunchly defend their turf and say maintaining autonomy can be fiscally responsible and keeping local control ensures the best and most responsive service and political structure for a sewerage agency. In the Novato Sanitary District, the controversy centered on local control of the district’s new $90 million treatment plant, the centerpiece of a district upgrade program. In planning the plant, the district determined that a modern facility would benefit from expertise beyond that available from district employees. Amid charges of relinquishing control of a public facility, the district accepted bids to see whether contracting operation of the plant made sense. Veolia Water North America, the low

bidder, said it would sign a five-year $15.6million contract to run the plant. That came in at a substantial savings to the district, according to those who supported the deal. The district would save $7.2 million over the life of the contract. Opposition from some district residents, including former district employees and families of former employees, coalesced around privatization and the loss of union jobs. District supporters maintained that the Veolia deal wasn’t about privatization or shedding union jobs—with their publicemployee benefits—it was about getting the best expertise to run a modern treatment plant. Veolia’s low bid was an added benefit. Opponents of the contract said it warranted putting a referendum on the ballot to overturn the decision to go with Veolia. The referendum failed to pass. The issue split residents in a sewerage agency that had been a relatively sleepy entity. The acrimony surprised even some in the middle of the fray. A grand jury report released last month triggered the latest ruckus, this time in the Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD). The proposed rate increase compounded the controversy there. The rate-hike proposal sparked just the latest round in a slugfest that’s lasted for years during successive board permutations. The opening summary in the grand jury’s report notes that this is the third time in five years a 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS If you build the fair, they will come... The nearly 100-degree heat didn’t keep festival-goers from the Marin County Fair this week—117,000 people came through the gates to join the fair in saluting the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fair officials report a 5 percent increase in ticket sales over last year. Saturday, Sunday and July Fourth Monday were particularly busy, with packed houses for the Pointer Sisters, the Temptations and the Chinese Acrobats. Director of Cultural and Visitor Services Jim Farley said he is “extremely pleased” with this year’s attendance and revenues.“Being chosen as the official kickoff event celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary was an honor, and the support and enthusiasm from the community [was] better than ever,” said Farley.“It was a banner year for both attendance and also for fair entrants with over 13,000 participants. The community joined in and created some truly wonderful things from chairs to pies, to sculptures, cakes and paintings.” Total ticket revenue for the week was a record $1.3 million and, not surprisingly given the hot weather, concession sales enjoyed their finest year to date, bringing in over $1 million. —Jason Walsh Mill Valley officer’s death still a mystery Mill Valley Police Sgt. Steven Gutsch died unexpectedly Saturday, July 2, at his home in Sonoma County. As of press time Wednesday, the cause was still unknown; the Sonoma County coroner is investigating. Gutsch, 43, had served in the Mill Valley Police Department since 2003. He was promoted from corporal to sergeant last Dec. 25. “The untimely loss of Sgt. Gutsch will be felt by all of us for a long time to come,” said Police Chief Angel Bernal.“We are thankful for his service to our community and will honor his memory by trying to live up to the examples he set.” Gutsch supervised a patrol team on the night shift and helmed the department’s Field Training Officer program. Police officials say he was “well-loved” and “deeply respected” by his fellow officers. Gutsch is survived by his wife Susan Gutsch, his 18-year-old son Hayden and 11-year-old daughter Jordan. A fund to help the Gutsch family,“Gutsch Family Assistance Fund,” has been established through the Mill Valley Police Officer’s Association. Donations can be mailed to the Mill Valley Police Officer’s Association, 1 Hamilton Drive, Mill Valley, CA 94941. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 10am at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Avenue at Doyle Park, Santa Rosa.—JW Larkspur School District has identity issues No more teachers, no more books,

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VWe stand on our front porches, raise our checkbooks and salute the Marin County Assessor’s Office, this week’s Hero. Assessor Richard Benson just lowered taxes on more than a quarter of the residential properties in Marin County. We know this means that property values are still declining, which isn’t great news; however, many local experts say that the real estate market is still healthy here. Until it recovers fully, more than 21,500 local homeowners are appreciating the benefit of the recent lower assessments and resulting tax savings. If you have any questions about your home value or would like to request an assessment review, contact the Marin County Assessor’s Office at 415/499-7215.

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WMartin Mitchell was hot under the collar last weekend. If you were one of the many people eager to cool off at West Marin beaches Sunday, July 3, you might be sharing his frustration for a couple of reasons. First, when will the washed-out lane on Olema Hill be repaired? The winter weather caused the damage, leaving only one lane open, with a stop sign in both directions. Cars take turns, causing a jam when most folks are heading west. Second, why didn’t the CHP or county sheriff control traffic over the sweltering holiday weekend? The backup going toward the beach was over a mile long when Martin drove through at 11am and it grew longer as one of the hottest days of the year continued. To quote Martin, “Stupid, stupid, stupid.” —Nikki Silverstein

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The Pacific Sun was playin’ all you sucka MCs for a Joannie, 25 years ago this week. It was a spazzin’ summer of 1986 and few things were trippendicular for Me Decade Marinites—Americans were knee deep in a totally bogus second term of the Reagan administration, the space shuttle Challenger had tragically wigged out before a hopeful nation’s eyes, and the Chernobyl disaster was ralphing radioactivity to every country in the Northern Hemisphere. It was as if the entire nation had Would ‘80s Marin youth really wear Keith Haring’s fallen—and it couldn’t get up. pajamas to school? In what must surely have been an attempt to lighten the bunk-o-rama mood aged, poorly maintained jeans belonged of a gooning county, the Pacific Sun had anywhere but the bargain bin. “Given devised a def prank for its readers—in its the labor required to effect this look, $47 “back to school” supplement, the paper seems like a small price to pay,” Haiken wantonly steered county trendies toward quickly reasoned, lest the joke lost all credibility before its some of the most heiprank panache had really nous fashions fathomstarted shredding—like able to even the dweebiin the next paragraph est of noids. when the writer conThe Sun framed its firmed that “everyone hoax in the guise of a seems to agree that “helpful” story about colors should clash.” If the freshest gear by going against centuries writer Sally Haiken, tiof style consensus wasn’t tled “Guess What’s Hot hard enough for readers for Teens.” to swallow, they’d surely “The number one be spoon-gagged at the must is rhinestones,” beSun’s grindage that “mint gan the Sun’s style subgreen has been really terfuge, testing the waters popular for men of all to see if anyone would be ages this year.” grossed-out-the-door by Knowing that encourdonning goob-pendous aging county Clydesdales diamante like some kind to dress themselves like of suburban Liberace. In 1986 it was hard to know whether to sticks of Wrigley’s winWhile the wisdom of Da- call the fashion police, or child-protective services... tergreen would probably vid Allen Coe-inspired blow the scam on all the flash was open to debate, admitted the Sun, “one thing is certain—big T-shirts, county koozebanes, the Sun wrapped big blouses and, above all, big sweaters up its style counsel by essentially telling the back-2-school narbos to abandon are hot items for young women.” all hope of ringing in the new school As if body-conscious fantabu-babes year nicely she banged. would purposefully drape themselves “In some cases the best trend is the in crank that made them appear ginorI-just-woke-up look,” the Sun siked to mous, the “article” pressed on, still, with the skeezers. “It used to be you wanted to even more awesome advice for ’80s-era elan: “bleached-out, ripped-up Levi’s are look as though you tried. But in a lot of cases, you’ll get to the same place if you really in!” The Sun was certainly testsimply say ‘no can do.’” < ing the dorkibility of Marin’s righteous Drop science to Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com. richies by suggesting that factory-dam-

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grand jury has looked at the this district. “This latest report concentrates on several key issues that can be attributed to” the district’s management, its board of directors and its general manager, the report states; and that those issues include the district’s “inability or unwillingness to cooperate in a proactive manner with the Central Marin Sanitation Agency and its board members, its extensive use of litigation to solve issues instead of arbitration, and business practices outside the norm.” Supporters say the grand jury report is unfair and misses the facts. In its official response, the district notes that it “already does use mediation and/or arbitration to resolve disputes, and would gladly use it in most cases.” Criticism has been lobbed at the district for hiring new employees as part of a pipe replacement program instead of using outside services. Advocates on each side of the issue (and most others) say their alternatives are the most cost effective, reasonable and responsible. It’s the other side that’s unreasonable. That’s the sort of stalemate that has put the Ross Valley district in the running for most contentious agency. Almost no one disagrees that the infrastructure in the district is badly outdated and needs rehabilitation and replacement. It’s how the district raises its money and does the job that creates the controversy. The latest proposal to raise rates comes after a rate hike in 2008. This one is a substantial increase. Rates in Larkspur, for example, could increase by as much as $331, from $592 to $923; and up by as much as $177, from $520 to $697 in the rest of the district, which includes Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross, Kentfield, Greenbrae and Larkspur. Larkspur property owners would see a higher rate because the city doesn’t send property tax contributions to the district. The proposed increase triggered objections from city and town councils within the district. The RVSD board is scheduled to vote on the rate-hike proposal at its July 20 meeting. The issues in the district are complex, convoluted and intertwined, but underlying all the debate about rate increases, proper use of staff time, sewage-spill notification procedures and other factors is a recurrent call to consolidate—and the continued pushback in the district to rebuff consolidation attempts. The grand jury noted the dynamic when it wrote: “Disagreements appear to be centered on a joint effort to study the potential of consolidation for the benefit of the public.” RVSD is part of the Central Marin Sanitation Agency joint powers agency, which receives wastewater at its treatment plant from RVSD and other sewerage districts in the area. Although RVSD objected to consolidation as not in its best interest, the district isn’t the only agency that has rebuffed the concept. San Rafael and Corte Madera, both part of the Central Marin Sanita-

tion Agency, dropped out of consolidation discussions a few years ago. The Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) is the local agency that’s part of a statewide oversight strategy created in 1963 to oversee the formation, consolidation and, if necessary, dissolution of special districts. The formation commission updates its assessment of districts every five years. Peter Banning, the agency’s executive officer, says, “The last time we did this, Ross Valley and the other [Central Marin] agencies were involved in a very comprehensive, very well-thought-out process to examine consolidation or changes in the organization.” But, says Banning, “that effort fell apart.” The time for LAFCO to take another look at the Central Marin agency is coming around once again. It’s in the rotation. “We stepped back because the agencies involved were doing so well examining the possibilities to make the whole thing work more smoothly.” Because of that progress, LAFCO completed its round of oversight without concentrating on Central Marin. “We would either like to see that effort resume in some earnest and serious way, or we will have to step in and do more ourselves.” That may be necessary. The animosity between the Central Marin joint powers agency and the RVSD contingent grew so divisive that at one point, the RVSD representatives skipped Central Marin agency meetings in protest. Proponents of maintaining RVSD’s autonomy say consolidation would place an unfair financial burden on property owners, who would be responsible for expensive infrastructure improvement and maintenance expenses in, for example, San Rafael; it’s a common refrain wherever consolidation is on the table. How expenses get apportioned and who gets credit for infrastructure upgrade work already completed is a complicated picture. Those are just some of the issues LAFCO could investigate at the Central Marin agency. The commission comprises seven regular members. Two members comes from the county Board of Supervisors; two from city councils, elected by a selection committee; two from special district governing boards, elected by a vote of the special districts; and one member represents the public. LAFCO can initiate consolidation proceedings, but it cannot simply force action. If it decides that consolidation would produce a benefit to the public, it starts the consolidation process, but that process “is subject to protests by voters and landowners,” says Banning. If less than 25 percent of landowners protest “within any of the affected agencies, then it can go ahead.” If 25 to 50 percent protest, an election must be held within that agency’s jurisdiction. A protest vote of greater than 50 percent automatically “terminates the proceedings.” When the commission takes a fresh look at Central Marin, it will consider staff findings, take public input and decide whether to proceed. That procedure is currently under way at the Sewerage Agency of Southern

Marin. But there’s one big difference: no opportunity for a protest vote. That’s the result of AB 1232, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Jared Huffman that passed in 2009. The bill, which took effect in January this year, resulted in part because of serious sewage spills. The bill gave the six districts in the Southern Marin joint powers agency—Mill Valley, Homestead, Alto, Almonte, Richardson Bay and the Tamalpais Valley Community Services District— until this year to reorganize. “They did not do that,” says Banning. “Since the first of January, I have been getting ready to put the matter on the commission’s agenda and provide the alternatives [for the commissioners’] choice about whether or not to implement the special authority the Huffman bill granted them.” That special authority is the power to proceed without a protest vote. Banning is releasing his staff report July 8 on LAFCO’s website (lafco.marin.org). The commission will hold a public hearing July 14, then allow a minimum of 60 days, until its September meeting, for public response leading to possible action. Commissioners can, says Banning, extend the public comment period. “Whenever the commission feels ready to act” after the 60 days, commissioners “will amend the spheres of influence of the [Southern Marin] agencies—or not— and initiate proceedings for the consolidation of [Southern Marin] agencies—or not.” Larkspur Councilman Dan Hillmer, a critic of the way RVSD has been conducting business, would welcome a look at consolidation in Central Marin. “I don’t know which way it would go, but I think we ought to look at it. I think it’s in the public interest.” Hillmer and other critics of the Ross Valley Sanitary District say that instead of hiking rates so high, “they should, like other agencies, be looking at ways to cut back on their costs. There’s really a lot of conflictbased waste. Turning away from everybody [in a non-cooperative attitude] has generated a lot of increased costs.” Supporters counter that the district has received praise for its in-house pipe upgrade program and its financial reporting, and they say the critics have a hidden agenda: consolidation. The two sides in Central Marin agree on virtually nothing. Hillmer, expressing the concern of other critics, says the focus in Central Marin should be on “a shared approach that really focuses on the needs of the treatment plant,” especially with the challenges that lie ahead in light of climate change. In assessing why water supply and wastewater issues trigger visceral reactions, social observers as well as water engineers note that two of the most important contributors to civilization are water supply and waste removal. It’s definitely something about the water. < Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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no more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Larkspur School Districtâ&#x20AC;??! Summer break brings on many changes that will take effect as school begins in the fall and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s could include a name change for the Larkspur School District. The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of trustees will decide this week whether to add â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corte Maderaâ&#x20AC;? into the Twin Cities districtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after having spent the past century ignoring the town that currently provides 63 percent of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 1,300 students. The district includes two schools, Hall Middle School in Larkspur and Neil Cummins Elementary in Corte Madera, but may add a third school east of 101 in Corte Madera if it can pass a $26 million bond measure; adding â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corte Maderaâ&#x20AC;? to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name could go a long way toward enticing Corte Madera residents to support such a bond measure. The board will vote on the name change July 8; so far no opposition has surfaced against adding â&#x20AC;&#x153;Corte Maderaâ&#x20AC;? to the district itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sending its kids to since 1872.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW

Target referendum short 37 signatures As the chips fall where they may on whether to put approval of a San Rafael Target to voters, the signature drive for such a referendum may have come up a few chips short. According to the county registrar of voters, Keep It Local San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s referendum petition has fallen 37 signatures short of qualifying for a spot on the November ballot. Of the 3,330 signatures collected by the anti-Target group, the elections office says it could only verify that 2,745 of them were registered San Rafael voters. Keep It Local needs 2,782 signatures in order to reach the 10-percent-of-registered-voters requirement to place a referendum on the ballot. Target opponents say they plan to challenge nearly four dozen that the elections office had invalidated. Keep It Local is hoping to revoke the City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 3-2 decision in April to allow plans for a 137,000-square-foot Target superstore to go forward at 125 Shoreline Parkway. But if Target opponents ultimately fall short of the required 10 percent of voters, San Rafael City Manager Nancy Mackle has said the City Council will take no action on the referendum. If enough signatures are verified, the City Council can do one of two things: rescind its approval of the Target store, or put the referendum to voters in the November election. Keep It Local also filed a lawsuit last month challenging the environmental impact report the council used in making its decision.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW

Marin City robberies The Marin County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office reports that Saturday night, July 2, at 11:09pm a man at a Marin City bus stop said he was robbed at gunpoint by two young men. The reported victim, a 24-year-old San Francisco resident, was waiting for a bus when one of two suspects displayed a silver short-barreled revolver. He turned over his backpack and wallet and was uninjured as the suspects fled on foot. On Wednesday, June 29, just before 9am, a restaurant worker was beaten and robbed of cash and a cell phone while he was walking from the Marin City bus stop to Sausalito on his way to work. The attack occurred on the sidewalk west of the freeway under-crossing. His cell phone and wallet were taken and he required hospital treatment for injuries to his face. The suspects in that attack are described as two black males, late teens or early 20s, one with thin build, 5-foot-5-inches to 5-foot-8-inches tall with black jeans, black tennis shoes and a black hoody, chin-length dreadlocksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the other suspect heavy build, wearing a bluehooded sweatshirt. The suspects in Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s robbery are described as two black males in their late teens or early 20s, 5-foot 10-inches tall, both wearing blue jeans and dark hoodies; one wore a red bandana over his nose and mouth. The sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office urges bus riders to be aware of their surroundings, walk in well-lit areas and â&#x20AC;&#x153;avoid contact with strangers when possible.â&#x20AC;?They also say they are increasing patrols in the area and ask that anyone with information on these crimes call the office at 415/499-7233 or call Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800/222-TIPS.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader Where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no smoke, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fairfax Marin residents can start breathing easierâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;literallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;now that the town of Fairfaxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordinance regulating secondhand smoke has officially taken effect. The ordinance, which took effect July 1, mandates a minimum 20-foot nonsmoking buffer zone from building entrances as well as smoke-free parks, public events and outdoor eating areas. Multi-unit housing common areas are also required to be smoke-free and at least 75 percent of apartment units must be designated nonsmoking by next year. According to the Marin County Tobacco Related Disease Control Program, surveys show that over 86 percent of California residents approve such protections both outdoors and in multi-unit housing. If, like us, you figure that 86 percent of California residents canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be wrongâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;why not try to quit altogether? Quit-smoking classes are available on an ongoing basis at Bay Area Community Resources in San Rafael and reduced-cost patches are available for registered participants. To learn more, call 415/755-2399. For more info on the ordinance, check out at www.smokefreemarin.com/areas.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;JW

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How to win friends and influence people— st 21 century style

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Rule #1: Your contemptible unchecked vanity is now your greatest asset!

‘Plastic face can’t smile the white out—with the 24 hour party people’ –Happy Mondays

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t’s a scenario that social-butterfly Marinites face all the time: You’re in a new environment. You don’t know anyone. You look around the room and try to size people up. Whom should you talk to? Who is likely to like you? Some people immediately rub you the wrong way. Others seem more attractive. Everyone else at that party is doing the same thing. You know you are being judged, just as you are judging others. Welcome to the fascinating world of person perception—a place that image-conscious Marin residents would do well to understand. Recent approaches are allowing us to dig deeper into person perception and pinpoint the factors that influence popularity at first sight. A new approach that holds particular promise is the Social Relations Lens Model, which integrates a number of prior approaches. The model allows researchers to investigate the components of interpersonal attraction and make a more finely grained analysis of the personality traits and cues involved in the perception process. Adopting this framework, psychology pro12 PACIFIC SUN JULY 8 - JULY 14, 2011

fessor Mitja D. Back and his colleagues at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany recently conducted a comprehensive “popularity” study that included multiple personality traits and behavioral cues. At the beginning of a freshman introductory psychology class, 73 German students (52 female and 21 male) were randomly assigned a seat as they entered the classroom. One by one, each student went to a marked spot on the floor and briefly introduced him- or herself. The introductions, which lasted from four to 21 seconds, were videotaped. Each person was then evaluated by the rest of the freshmen on two dimensions: liking (“How likable do you find this person?,” “Would you like to get to know this person?”), and meta-perceptions of initial liking (“How likable will this person find you?,” “Will this person like to get to know you?”). Each freshman was also given a packet of questionnaires to complete at home, including measures of personality. Among other personality traits, the personality battery included 35 items related to selfcentered values (e.g., social power, forgiveness, success, courtesy, ambition), which

were combined to form an overall dimension of self-centered vs. self-transcendent values. Afterward, all videotapes were coded by independent observers for observable physical, nonverbal and audible cues. WHO IS POPULAR? Those high in neuroticism and low in selfesteem expected to be disliked, when in reality neither neuroticism nor self-esteem was related to popularity. It seems, then, that neurotic people and those with low self-esteem have inaccurate perceptions of reality. Extroverts, on the other hand, were more liked and were also expected to like others more. In reality though, extroversion was not related to being a liker or expecting to be liked. Most alarmingly, those who reported more self-centered values were more liked and were also expected to like others more. In reality, self-centered people actually disliked others more, evaluating their peers more negatively! Therefore, while self-centered people may be perceived as more friendly, they are actually less friendly. Why were extroverts and self-centered

individuals evaluated more positively? What cues were they broadcasting that influenced their popularity? Extroversion was related to cues that had a positive effect on popularity: fashionable appearance; speedy, energetic and self-assured body movements; friendly facial expressions, strong voice; and original self-introductions. Interestingly, those with self-centered values tended to display very similar cues. Prior research has linked the popularity of extroverts to their desire to captivate the attention of others, their expressive behaviors, verbal humor and fashionable dress. This study shows that both extroverts and self-centered people share similar behavioral cues. These cues appear to be related to emotional expressiveness and social dominance. Extroverts and self-centered people both are signaling these traits, and these traits influence popularity. Interestingly, prior research has shown that people accurately perceive extroversion even after only being exposed to a face for 50 milliseconds! Consistent with the Back and colleagues study, signals such as cheerfulness and positive facial expressions

THE NARCISSIST MANIFESTO Think of your friendly neighborhood narcissist: status-seeking, grandiose, loud-mouthed, brash and flamboyant. Have you ever noticed how he brags all the time, not only about his astronomical IQ and bulging pectoral muscles, but also about the fact that he is narcissistic? It’s as if he is proud of it. Lots of psychologists have theorized that a lack of self-awareness is a hallmark trait of narcissists. My personal experience with narcissists does not seem to support this. It seems to me as though they are not only aware of who they are, but also embrace it. Luckily, I don’t have to rely on personal anecdotes.To get to the bottom of this age-old mystery, Erika Carlson and her colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis conducted three very well-done studies to see whether narcissists have insight into their personality and their reputation.The results were published this month in the prestigious Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers administered a number of different measures of narcissism to college students and looked at how high-scorers are seen by others, how they see themselves and how they believe they are seen by others.They looked across social contexts and interviewed new acquaintances as well as friends and family. Their results across the three studies are strikingly consistent. Unsurprisingly, they found that narcissists think they are hot stuff.Those scoring high in narcissism tended to rate themselves as more intelligent, physically attractive, likable and funnier than others. Interestingly, they also rated themselves as having higher levels of negative aspects of narcissism, such as being poweroriented, impulsive, arrogant and prone to exaggerate their abilities! Therefore, narcissists are aware they are narcissists. There was also a strong positive correlation between narcissism and having a reputation for narcissism: Narcissists were definitely perceived as narcissists. While other people didn’t think the narcissists were nearly as hot as the narcissists thought they were, the narcissists were well aware of their reputation. When asked how others perceive them on the positive traits, their results were closer to how they were

were particularly related to extroversion. Independent of personality, the researchers also found that friendliness of facial expression (amount of smiling) and pleasantness of voice were the best predictors of liking and meta-perceptions. Unsurprisingly, prior research has also found that smiling plays an important role in attraction. Additionally, students with baby faces were perceived as likers. Philip Novak, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at Dominican University in San Rafael, says that popularity essentially comes down to a type of majority rule regarding the type of social behaviors that result in popularity. “If we define popular as being liked or found attractive by more people than the av-

“someone who is actually perceived confident without than their own selfmerit,” they may perceptions of the take it as a complivery same traits. ment, thinking to These results themselves,“Well, suggest that narduh I’m arrogant, cissists do indeed if by that you have self-awaremean ‘deservedly ness of themselves confident!’” As and know their the researchers reputation. This note,“Narcissists raises the question: seem to choose How can narcishonest arrogance sists maintain their when describing inflated self-image themselves and even though they their reputation.” know full well how The results of they are perceived this study as well by others? The reas prior studies searchers suggest suggest that a few intriguing narcissists do possibilities. care more about Perhaps narcisbeing perceived sists assume that as superior on others are just failagentic traits (e.g., ing to realize how industriousness, bitchin’ they reassertiveness, ally are. They may ‘Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every dominance) think that people way, I can’t wait to look in the mirror—cause I get better compared to comare just too dim to looking each day.’ –Mac Davis recognize their brilliance. Another possibility munal traits (e.g., agreeableness and honesty). is that narcissists may think critics are just en- Narcissists don’t seem to care whether they vious of them. Narcissists may take negative are perceived as good people; they’d rather be feedback and think to themselves, “Those admired than liked. So perhaps the narcissists in their study construed supposedly negative ashaters are just jealous!” pects of narcissism (e.g., arrogance) as desirable. This may explain why narcissists behave in Of course, it’s also possible that narcissists are arrogant ways. Instead of compensating for fully aware of the meaning of narcissism and some deep-seated insecurity, bragging may be the negative impact they have on others, but their way of demanding the recognition they just don’t care as long as it doesn’t get in the truly believe they deserve. Narcissists score up way of their goals. the wazoo in entitlement. As the researchers The researchers also found that new acnote, this idea is consistent with self-verification quaintances viewed narcissists more positively theory:“Narcissists believe that they are excepthan well acquainted others.Those who just tional people and may behave in arrogant ways met the narcissists did tend to have a favorable because they are attempting to bridge the gap impression of the narcissists, whereas those between their self-perceptions and their metawho knew the narcissists much longer tended perceptions.” The researchers also suggest it’s possible that to have a much more negative impression. Again, the narcissists in their sample were narcissists maintain their self-image by misconfully aware of this! The results suggest that narstruing the meaning of narcissism.When told cissists understand that they make positive first they are arrogant, instead of thinking they are

erage person is liked or found attractive,” says Novak, “it is because certain people convey in their behavior a greater-than-average amount of those qualities that human beings always find likable or attractive.” BIRDS OF A FEATHER The researchers also looked at similarity effects. According to the prominent social psychologist Roy Baumeister, the influence of similarity on attraction is “one of the best known findings in social psychology.” Their results are consistent with earlier research in social psychology. Participants who had similar preferences regarding subcultural scenes (e.g., punk) and clothing (e.g., outlandish) were prone

to like each other and expected to be liked by each other. This worked in both directions: more normative beauty-oriented perceivers (those into “fitness and wellness”) specifically tended to like dressed-up (as opposed to outlandishly dressed) others. No similarity effects were found for other personality traits, interest similarity or selfconcept similarity. WHY ARE SELF-CENTERED PEOPLE ATTRACTIVE AT FIRST SIGHT? The finding that extroversion is related to popularity at first sight is not surprising. Neither is the finding that those with higher levels of neuroticism and lower levels of self-esteem expect to be unpopu-

impressions that deteriorate over time.These results are consistent with prior research that has shown that narcissists have trouble forming long-term relationships. Narcissists tend to think they are “too good” for most people and are always seeking “better” relationship alternatives. The results are also consistent with research showing that narcissists are masters at first impressions. As researchers have suggested, the narcissist’s success at creating initial attraction may make short-term contexts more rewarding for them than longer-term contexts:“It is possible that narcissists discontinue relationships early on because they cannot bridge the gap between their positive self-perceptions and relatively negative meta-perceptions.” PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS It’s well known that narcissists rarely change, mostly because they don’t want to change.They love their lifestyle. Researchers trying to reform narcissists have noted that a major impediment is their lack of self-awareness.They have speculated that if narcissists received true feedback, they would change.The study by Carlson and colleagues suggests that this is not the case. Narcissists are fully aware that they are narcissistic and have a narcissistic reputation. Instead, the researchers suggest that a better intervention would be to “emphasize the interpersonal and intrapsychic costs of being seen as narcissistic by others.” Narcissists are unlikely to change unless they think changing will benefit the things they desire, such as status and power. ARE YOU A NARCISSIST? Many of you are probably reading this and wondering whether you are a narcissist. An implication of the results I just reviewed is that if you are a narcissist, you probably already know it! In reality, all of us are at least a little bit narcissistic. In the studies just reviewed, the researchers administered a narcissistic questionnaire to college students. Even though they found that the students scored all across the spectrum, it’s not as if there was anyone who was completely non-narcissistic. All of us, throughout our day, ebb and flow in and out of the narcissistic mind-set. —Scott Barry Kaufman

lar. Prior research by the same researchers (also adopting the Social Relations Lens Model) found that men with a long-term mating orientation (which is correlated with reduced levels of extroversion) and shy men (which is correlated with higher levels of neuroticism) get the short end of the stick in rapid mate-selection settings such as speed dating. Other research has shown that extroverted people fare better in a speed-dating context. The reason is pretty straightforward: At first encounter, extroverted people are more likely to reveal their personality than introverts; extroversion acts as an amplifier of human traits. As for those with high levels of neuroticism and low levels 14 > JULY 8 - JULY 14, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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Self-assured body movements and friendly facial expressions rate high on the popularity scale; introverts, meanwhile, may not need a high level of social stimulation.

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the difference without more interactions with that person? This also poses a problem for people who are shy or more introverted. People who aren’t flashy and attentiongrabbing aren’t as popular. A potential criticism of the Back study is that it was conducted on college students, and college students aren’t representative of the rest of humanity. There is some truth to this: This age is particularly narcissistic, spending a lot of attention on superficial aspects such as style of dress. Future research should certainly look at a wider range of ages and in a wider range of contexts. Still, the effects do transcend age. In their prior speed-dating study, their results, which were consistent, held even after controlling for age (the age range was 18 to 54). So what are people to do? Perhaps the best advice to everyone is this: Before getting too involved with a person, observe him or her in multiple contexts first, and give people who seem shy or who aren’t particularly flashy at first sight a chance. To shy people and introverts who want more social stimulation, one would suggest working on amplifying your best traits. Whether we like it or not, perception at first sight matters. But the good news for the shy among us is that being liked in a meaningful way is usually more of a marathon than a sprint. Novak says the qualities that “great numbers of people find attractive” are not all qualities that can be gauged at first sight— but may win out over time. He lists generosity, kindness, patience, approachability, honesty, industriousness and intelligence as good qualities to have over the long haul. More superficial qualities that may result in popularity “at first sight”—such as beauty or wealth—do not in themselves, says Novak, generate lasting popularity. Wealth, narcissism and beauty are all well and good at first. But, says the Dominican professor, those people “who lack these other attractiveness [qualities] are rarely popular for long.” < Scott Barry Kaufman is a professor of psychology and the editor of the forthcoming book ‘Beyond Talent or Practice?: The Complexity of Greatness’ (Oxford University Press).

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That Station House Cafe has a lot going for it—tasty vittles, ace servers and a rousing weekend live music lineup. But from May through September between the hours of 8am to 9pm, the place to be is in the back outside eating area—or the hanging gardens of West Marin, as we like to think of it. The green creeping vines strewn throughout the thin-wired overhangs create surprisingly private nooks in the large garden, while straight-from-thewaves seafood and Niman Ranch meats offer up can’t-go-wrong entree options amidst lotsa local-ingredient fusions from the town that’s arguably the locavore capital of the world. Recommended: the blue-cheese burger; oysters (Hog Island or Drakes Bay); hand-cut fries; and the fish and chips. (American’s don’t normally get this seaside staple up to English standards; Station House comes about as close as any place in Marin.) Desserts are dished on the generous side; if they’ve got the caramel shake, don’t think twice, it’s more than all right. —Jason Walsh

For years the Bait Shop, a convenience store in the Harbor Center mini-mall next to Sausalito’s Kappas Marina, hosted a deli counter that served salads and sandwiches more or less identical to the salads and sandwiches served in mini-mall convenience stores across the land. Then David Jones, a seafaring restaurateur, Kappas denizen and all-around hipster dude, took over the franchise and turned it into one of the best places in the county to get something to eat. A prime example of the gourmet sandwich counters popping up in grocery stores around the Bay Area, Davey Jones Deli offers organic, locally sourced, lovingly assembled global-fusion foodstuffs like Mexican-Moroccan meatloaf, coconut curry soup, seasonal fruit salads with fresh mint, vegan wraps brimming with sprouted lentils and dried walnuts, a Punjabi carnitas pulled-pork sandwich, an honest-to-God New Orleans muffaletta and a locally renowned brisket as tender and luscious as a bowl of whipped cream. No seating, but there are plenty of places nearby for a lovely bayside picnic. —Matthew Stafford

Even in Mex-rest-heavy Marin, Las Guitarras’ interiors are among the more south-of-the-border-feeling around. But it’s the front-patio dining area that makes the Novato favorite one of the best summery restaurants in the county—or is this Spanish-colonial Merida? One can hardly tell. Centered by a cascading fountain situated just off the street on Reichert Avenue, the Las Guitarras patio is a mesh of sunfaded brick, white wrought-iron tables and cooling canvas umbrellas enveloped on one side by leafy trees, the other by warmcolored blossoms. Thickish chips will greet you soon after seating; we recommend the red salsa for the adventurous taste buds in your party. The lunch and dinner menu is practically can’t-miss, but our particular favorites are the mixed-grill fajitas and, for its size, taste and price, the JDD super burrito may just be the best deal in town. Margaritas—get ’em top shelf, over ice, extra salt. Viva Novato. —Jason Walsh

Though it looked doubtful at the beginning of June, summer has finally arrived, launching the alfresco dining season—the perfect time to stop in at Pizzeria Picco in downtown Larkspur. The little sibling of Restaurant Picco, this casual spot is so small, it’s easy to miss—just look for the relaxed, well-fed diners seated outside. The wood-burning oven, which can heat up to 800 degrees, produces some of the Bay Area’s best Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizza that has been hand-stretched and topped with high-quality, mostly local and organic ingredients—from arugula, roasted onions and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms to hand-pulled mozzarella and Hog Island clams. Salumi, organic salads, a very nice and reasonably priced wine list and a good selection of beers round out the menu. Save room for the Straus Creamery soft-serve ice cream—the vanilla with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt is outstanding. On your way out, pick up a bottle of wine and a couple of flash-frozen, vacuumpacked pies to bake at home to enjoy an alfresco meal on your own home turf. —Carol Inkellis

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he holiday weekend brought sun and warmth to Sausalito, a rare treat. Wearing a gallon of sunscreen to avoid more wrinkles, I sit at the dog park with my posse of single friends, feeling content, even happy—a rare treat for a neurotic, unmarried 40ish woman. Too bad all that happiness comes to a screeching halt as I experience a breakdown. A real one, certified by an expert in the field. In attendance: Jerry, my older, wiser Jewish friend; Josh, my quick-witted, halfJewish friend; and Annalisa, my beautiful, half-Jewish/half-Italian friend. The four of us decide to barbecue at Jerry’s house Saturday night and they instruct me to bring Rick, my on-again, off-again Japanese boyfriend. Usually he adds much needed balance and Zen to our noisy, maladjusted group. The invitation is for 5pm and we need to stop by the market on the way to Jerry’s, which means Rick should pick me up at 4:30. Early in the afternoon, he calls

to see if we could arrive an hour later, giving him time to run or cycle or whatever those physically fit people do. Our host doesn’t mind. The hour of 6 comes and goes with no Rick. At 6:20pm, more than half-an-hour late, he calls. “I haven’t left home yet,” Mr. Tardy says. “Why don’t I meet you there?” “Why didn’t you call earlier? I might have been worried about you.” “Were you?” Rick asks. “No. But, you didn’t know that.” First, we’re an hour late because he wants big muscles. I can live with that, since I ultimately benefit, like when I need furniture moved. Now, it’s a two-hour delay. Guys, don’t call a woman to say you’re going to be late when you were supposed to arrive 35 minutes ago. SHE ALREADY KNOWS. Rick says he’ll meet me at Jerry’s place. Meanwhile, I call our host as I head over to Mollie Stone’s. Giving him the details about my inconsiderate beau, I tell him to start without us. He urges me to calm down and take my time. Know why

Jerry says this? Let me assure you it’s not because he’s a mellow fellow who isn’t yet hungry. Men defend one another, whether right or wrong. Rick’s waiting in Jerry’s driveway when I pull up. Perimenopausal at the moment and bitchy in general, I nod and go inside. Everyone is in the kitchen drinking wine and nibbling on appetizers. Irrelevant. At this late hour, we could have walked in on dessert. “Where’s Bruno?” Josh asks. Rick and I are the only dogless people there. Poor anxiety-ridden Bruno, home alone in his crate, while his three canine buddies romp in Jerry’s yard. In an attempt to redeem himself, Rick offers to drive home and pick up the pooch. I toss him my keys and contemplate forgiving his unpunctual behavior. Within two minutes, Rick’s calling, insisting my car isn’t running right and the check engine light is on. I explain the light never goes off. It’s an automotive industry plot to encourage unmechanically inclined folks to fork over cash every few thousand miles. One of my friends finds it so annoy-

ing that she places electrical tape over all the check lights. Her car works fine. Rolling my eyes, I answer Rick about the location of the hood latch and my last oil change. He asserts my car has no oil whatsoever. We argue about where he should go. He’s stopped in front of Piatti, just off the freeway, prompting me to suggest one of three nearby gas stations. He suggests the Dollar Store in Marin City. (Do they even sell oil there?) After telling me he shouldn’t drive another inch, he now wants to accelerate into traffic on 101, risk his life, not to mention my practical Swedish station wagon, just to save a few bucks. Oy. I should share with you that I know my car is not devoid of all oil. I have the oil changed on a regular basis and there are no oil stains in my garage. Rick is simply creating a diversion for his tardiness. An hour later, at 8pm, we want to eat our first course. Where are Rick and Bruno? I call. He’s waiting for the engine to turn cold and warm or something like that. In the end, it needs only one quart of oil. A little different from his original assessment. Despite the car nonsense, I enjoy the evening, begrudgingly having fun with Rick. When we leave, he ruins it, making a big deal out of following me home. In case the car breaks down. “Rick, either it’s fine, just like when I drove it 10 minutes before you did—or, you broke it,” I declare. We could fight about his fear of commitment or any of my neuroses. Instead, we’re arguing about a vehicle that was down a quart of oil. I start my car. It sputters and stalls. Cranking it again, I see the check engine light isn’t merely on, it’s flashing like a neon sign in Times Square. The car barely accelerates and the engine makes loud, rattling sounds. Rick calls me on my cell and convinces me to ride home with him. It’s a good thing I didn’t drive it with the engine light flashing, my mechanic reported. Apparently, I could have done serious and expensive damage if I had. In a last ditch effort to be right, I asked if my boyfriend might have broken the car. My mechanic assured me it had nothing to do with adding oil and there was no sign of tampering either. Jerry, Josh and Annalisa laughed when I shared the update on my breakdown. Thankfully, Rick laughed too. < Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com.

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Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a movie review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture. t was pretty, and there were lots of explosions! I wish I was 8 years old again!” So proclaims comic Dave Pokorny this recent Fourth of July evening. Despite the holiday, my guest was not describing the annual pyrotechnics displays that would soon be getting under way all over the country. The aesthetically pleasing detonations to

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which Pokorny refers were of the animated type, and they took place with dependable regularity in the new Pixar-Disney film Cars 2, which we just watched—all the way through to the last second. “I’m disappointed there wasn’t some extra little scene at the end of the credits,” Pokorny says as we exit the theater and make our way to a nearby restaurant. “I think most Pixar movies have some little surprise at the end, don’t they?” Pokorny, once considered among the hardest working full-time stand-up comics on the circuit, still performs here and there, but having traded the road for life

inside information that many average as a stay-at-home dad, his performances moviegoers aren’t aware of. are now much nearer his Petaluma home. “When they brought in the car that Over the last year, he’s become the host had been crushed into a cube by the of a popular monthly storytelling series, lemon cars,” he points out, “did you noWest Side Stories, modeled after the tice the license number on the cube? It phenomenal New York Moth programs. was A113. Do you know the significance The themed open-mic events take place of A113? The story goes that back when on the first Wednesday of the month Pixar founder John Lasseter was at aniat Sebastopol’s cozy Main Stage West mation school at Cal Arts in Valencia, theater (www.mainstagewest.com), and he was in the same class as Tim Burton the second Wednesday at Petaluma’s and Brad Bird and a bunch of other artPelican Art Gallery (www.pelicanart. ists who all went on to make animated com). Pokorny has also been perfecting movies and TV shows. Their class was his critically acclaimed one-man-show, held in Room A113, so from then on, Based on a True Story, in which he rein all of their animated movies, they lates his years teaching Comedy Traffic stick the number School to countless A113 in somewhere. traffic offenders, In The Incredibles, Mr. some of whom Incredible was held in evidently drive as cellblock A1-13. It’s in recklessly as the every movie somegung-ho autos in where. It’s always fun Cars 2. to look for that.” In the new film, In Cars 2, there is a an evil cabal of legnice moment where endary lemons—i.e., Mater is offered the opcars famous for being portunity to have all of more trouble then The A113 number shows up on the license plate his dents removed. He they were worth, of Andy’s family’s vehicle in ‘Toy Story.’ turns the offer down, like AMC Pacers and explaining that with Gremlins—have been targeting famous race cars for elimina- each of his dents comes a memory he’d tion. One of those targets is Lightning Mc- never want to part with. “That was kind of cool,” nods Pokorny. Queen, the speedy racecar voiced by Owen Wilson. Unwittingly, his best friend Mater “I wish they’d have done more with the Tow Truck (Larry the Cable Guy) ends that. But I think that’s true. For huup among a team of British spy cars— mans, I guess the equivalent of dents including an Aston Martin voiced by Mi- would be scars.” He holds up his little finger. chael Caine—as they try to apprehend the “The is the only scar I have on my entire mastermind behind all this automotive debody, right here,” he says with a smile. “I was struction. in high school, and I was spiked in a baseball “I thought the stuff about lemons game. I tagged a guy out, when his foot went was interesting,” suggests Pokorny. “I’ve into my mitt with the ball. His spike went never had too many of those, fortunatethrough my finger and cut it right open— ly. The first car I bought was a Nissan and that’s the one scar I have. My one dent. Pulsar, which probably could have been I guess I am proud of it, because like most in the movie. It was a stick. I’d never scars, it comes with a kind of a funny story. driven a stick before, but they told me I’m with Mater. I like my dent. it was a thousand dollars cheaper, so I “Actually,” he says, “we waited through the said, ‘Give me the stick.’ I bought the entire credits—and wouldn’t that have been car, and my best friend and I drove a great bit to throw on at the end? Mater it straight to San Francisco, where I learned to drive it, driving up and down and McQueen comparing scars, just like those in the movie Jaws. That could have those streets. I remember it well. It was been really funny.” Mother’s Day, so it was pretty vacant. Asked what kind of car Pokorny thinks I only drove that car a couple of years, he’d be, if ever transformed into a charthough. The car I ended up driving into acter in a Pixar movie, he puzzles over it the ground, after I began doing standbefore answering. up all over the country, was a Subaru “Wow, probably a Saturn, or something Justy. I put 167, 000 miles on that car in boring like that,” he finally laughs. “But... about four years. I tortured that car, but it would have lots of quirks to it. I’d be the it ran till its wheels fell off—literally. Well, one wheel fell off. I loved that car.” annoying Saturn. I’d like to say I would be a really cool car, like a Corvette, but I know. As it so happens, Pokorny attended I’d be the practical car with the annoying, the premiere of the original Cars, an event that took place in North Carolina bitter edge. “I wouldn’t be a lemon, though,” he adds. at the Coca-Cola 600, with the stars “If nothing else, I’m reliable.” < of the film in attendance. Pokorny’s wife, Juliet, served as inventory shots Talk more pics with David at talkpix@earthlink.net. manager for that film, and worked on It’s your movie, speak up at several other Pixar films as well. This ›› pacificsun.com close association allows Pokorny some

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Bad Teacher (1:32) A boozing, bad-tempered, bed-hopping seventh-grade teacher (Cameron Diaz) competes with a more straitlaced colleague for the affections of the faculty’s dreamiest hunk. O Beginners (1:45) Christopher Plummer forges a fulfilling new friendship with son Ewan McGregor when he emerges, triumphantly, from the closet at age 75. O A Better Life (1:37) “Bicycle Thieves” revisited as an illegal immigrant and his estranged teenage son work together to find the pickup truck essential to the man’s livelihood. O The Big Uneasy (1:38) Harry Shearer’s hard-hitting documentary looks at the real and unreported reasons New Orleans flooded and was nearly destroyed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. O Bridesmaids (1:29) Lovelorn Kristen Wiig endures the barbaric rituals of modern matrimony when her BFF Maya Rudolph gets hitched. O Buck (1:28) Documentary follows cowboy and real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannanman as he shares his gift for communicating with equines through instinct and compassion. O Cars 2 (1:53) The gang heads to Europe to compete in le Grand Prix and gets caught up in international espionage; Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave and Eddie Izzard are among the jet set. O Cave of Forgotten Dreams (1:29) Filmmaker extraordinaire Werner Herzog explores the nearly inaccessible reaches of Cave Chauvet in France, home to the oldest (30,000-year-old) visual artwork in human history. O Green Lantern (1:45) Move over, Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent; it’s Hal Jordan’s turn at the DC Comics summer blockbuster superhero sweepstakes. O Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One (2:30) The young wizard embarks on a do-or-die mission that will decide his own (predestined?) fate and ease him onto the wobbly shores of manhood to boot. O Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2:10) The supernatural epic’s grand finale finds Harry facing down the wicked Lord Voldemort for all the marbles. O Horrible Bosses (1:40) Comedy follows three office-mates as they plot to off the O

higher-ups (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell) who make their lives miserable. O Kung Fu Panda 2 (1:35) Sequel finds Po living la vida panda in an idyllic valley kingdom until marauding villains force him into action; Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman supply the voices. O Larry Crowne (1:39) Tom Hanks writes, directs and stars in the story of a downsized corporate fat cat who starts a new life among the offbeat denizens of a community college; Julia Roberts costars. O The Metropolitan Opera: La Fille du Regiment (3:00) Live from New York it’s Donizetti’s comic opera about a regiment of Napoleon’s soldiers and the foundling they adopt and raise. O Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who discovers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. O Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1:35) Richard Atwater’s classic kids’ book hits the big screen with Jim Carrey as a suave Manhattan money man whose life is turned upside down when six penguins take up residency in his Park Avenue penthouse. O Monte Carlo (1:49) Three American tourists find themselves in a world of jetsetters, costume balls and jewel thieves when they’re mistaken for an English socialite and her posse. O Page One: Inside The New York Times (1:28) Inside-the-newsroom glimpse at the Manhattan daily as it grapples with the economic decline of print journalism and the rise of blogs, tweets and other inconsequentia. O The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie (1:25) Three leguminous slackers shiver their timbers when they find themselves on a 17th century pirate ship! O Super 8 (1:52) J.J. Abrams’ Zapruderesque thriller about a group of kids who inadvertently film an ultra-spooky conspiracy-laden catastrophe. O Swan Lake The Bolshoi presents its dazzling new production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. O Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2:37) Shia LeBeouf and his robotic comrades are back, saving humankind from total destruction for, what, the third time? O The Tree of Life (2:18) Terrence Malick’s lyrical, meditative family portrait (winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or) stars Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. O The Trip (1:47) Rollicking comedy follows two British comics as they motor through Northern England in search of fine food and literary inspiration, gibe-ing and pattering all the way. O X-Men: First Class (2:20) Prequel reveals exactly what went down to turn Professor X and Magneto from BFFs to sworn enemies. O Zookeeper (1:44) Lonesome zookeeper Kevin James gets lessons in courting the ladies from his (totally verbal!) animal pals. <

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11:59pm Fairfax 5 Theatres: Thu 11:59pm NHorrible Bosses (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:25, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11:55, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 12:30, 3, 5:25, 8, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 Sun 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30 Mon, Wed 2, 4:30, 7:30 Tue 11:45, 2, 4:30, 7:30 Thu 2, 4:30, 7:30, 9:55, 12:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:20, 9:35 Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:45, 5:10, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 2:55, 7:25 Larry Crowne (PG-13) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11:25, 1:55, 4:35, 7:10, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri, Sun-Wed 10, 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Sat 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10 Thu 10, 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:30, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: FriSat 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:20 The Metropolitan Opera: La Fille du Regiment (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:40, 5, 7:30, 9:45 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 12, 2:25, 5, 7:30, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5:15, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:10, 6:50, 9:15 Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:10, 6:50 Monte Carlo (2011) (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:15, 2, 4:35, 7:05, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:55,

4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:35 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 NPage One: Inside the New York Times (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 7, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 7, 9 The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggietales Movie (G) Century Northgate 15: Mon, Wed 10am Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue 11:30am Super 8 (PG-13) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 9:55 Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue, Thu 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 9:50 Swan Lake (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Tue 11:45, 3:20, 7, 10:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:05, 12:40, 2:25, 4, 5:45, 7:20, 9:05; 3D showtimes at 11:55, 1:35, 3:15, 4:55, 6:35, 8:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 3:30, 7, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 10:15, 1:45, 5:15, 8:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12, 3:30, 7, 10:25 Sun 12, 3:30, 7 Mon 1, 4:20, 7:40 Tue 1:15, 4:20, 7:40 Wed 1 Thu 1, 4:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4:30, 7:45 The Tree of Life (PG-13) ++++ Rafael Film Center: 5, 8 Sat 2, 5, 8 The Trip (Not Rated) +++ Rafael Film Center: 4:15 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 NZookeeper (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:20, 12:30, 1:50, 3, 4:25, 5:25, 7, 8, 9:25, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 Lark Theater: Fri 2:20, 4:30, 7, 9 Sat 4:30, 7, 9 Sun 2:20, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7

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 • 461-4849 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

Catch both chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ for the price of one, Thursday night at the Northgate and Rowland. (Part 2 also plays at the Fairfax and the Marin Thursday at midnight.) JULY 8 – JULY 14, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 23

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

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

Live music 07/08: Daniel Fusco Trio Eclectic jazz. 8-11 p.m. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 07/08: Doug Adamz Acoustic. 2-4:30 p.m. No cover. Angel Island Cove Cantina, Angel Island State Park, Tiburon. www.angelisland.com 07/08: Kimrea and Secret Room CD Release Party and Community Jam With Lisa Kindred, Dreamdogs, Derek Evans, Loralee Christensen, Matt Lax, Ms. Barbara Begley and Special Guests. 8pm. $10 - $22 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org 07/08: Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica Reggae/ dancehall. 10 p.m. $20. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 07/08: Zoo Station, Stung Zoo Station - The Complete U2 Experience delivering the visual, musical and spiritual thrill of a U2 concert. Stung - The Ultimate Police Tribute Band 9 p.m. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 07/09: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Rickey’s at Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. 883-5952. www.rickeysrestaurant.com 07/09: Austin Willacy Americana. :Til Dawn opens. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway,

Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 07/09: Danny Click Sassy blues inflected rock. 8pm. $18-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org 07/09: Lydia Pense and Cold Blood Funk, soul and rock. 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. georgesnightclub.com

07/09: Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion Cuban dance music. 8 p.m. $8-24. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 07/09: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot Americana. Venue address supplied with ticket purchase. 7:30 p.m. Private residence, Larkspur. www. acousticvortex.com 07/09: Rubber Souldiers Local lads killing it with the Beatles/Grateful mashup. Featuring the Rowans, David Gans, Joshua Zucker and CC Dawson. 8:30 p.m. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 07/09: Tomoko Funaki Trio Jazz. 8-11 p.m. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 07/09:Jefferson Starship Rock. Linda Imperial band opens. 8 p.m. $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

BEST BET Something wicked this way comes... Theater lovers, wait no longer. MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY’s back for another season! This year’s lineup, which includes The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Tempest and runs through Sept. 25, kicks off July 8 with pay-what-you-will preview performances of MACBETH. The official opening night of Macbeth falls on the full moon, July 15, which is sure to cast ominous shadows on Shakespeare’s already moody play. All performances take place ‘Life’s but... a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and at Dominican University’s outdoor fury, signifying nothing.’ Opening July 15; previews Forest Meadows Amphitheater this weekend. (blankets and jackets encouraged). Ticket holders are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the open air an hour before the stage begins reeling with Elizabethan parlance set among scenes of this murderous, occult-laden and action-packed drama. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 8–10, at 8pm. Forest Meadows Amphitheater, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. Paywhat-you-will; regular ticket prices $15-$35. For a complete schedule of performances, visit www.marinshakespeare.org or call 415/499-4488.—Dani Burlison 24 PACIFIC SUN JULY 8 - JULY 14, 2011

07/10: Danny Montana Blues. 2-4:30 p.m. No cover. Angel Island Cove Cantina, Angel Island State Park, Tiburon. www.angelisland.com 07/10: Laurence Juber Solo acoustic guitar wizardry. 8 p.m. $35-40. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.om28.com 07/10: Night Jasmine Brazilian, jazz. 8-11 p.m. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 07/10: Sephen Tamborski Americana. 5 p.m. No cover. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1515. www.stationhousecafe.com

07/12: Marin School of the Arts Showcase Variety. 8 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 07/13: Miracle Mule Americana. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com

07/13: Teja Gerken, Adam Levy, Scott Nygaard Guitar showcase. 9 p.m. No cover. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 07/14: Steve Kimmock and Friends With Bobby Vega, Kyle Hollingsworth and Wally Ingram.

8 p.m. $35. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. (707) 259-0123. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com 07/15: Cryptical Grateful Dead tribute. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

07/15: Fiver Brown,The Good Sinners Roots, Americana. 8 p.m. Seahorse Restaurant, # 305 Harbor Drive at Gate 5 Road, , Sausalito, .331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 07/15: Honeydust Rock. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 07/15: Ken Cook Trio Jazz. 8-11 p.m. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 07/15: Linda Imperial Band Vocalist. Originals. 8:30 p.m. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

07/15: Tim Weed and the Modern Mandolin Quartet Original classical/bluegrass fusion. 8 p.m. $20-25. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075. www.dancepalace.org 07/16: Jimbo Trout Acoustic Americana. 2-4:30

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07/08: Chaucer Theatre Medieval Feast â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chanticleer & the Fox: Nunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Priestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale.â&#x20AC;? Medieval feast musical theatre fundraiser for the whole family. Barnyard romp! Costumes welcome. 6-8:30pm. $12-80. Red Hill Church, 921 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 491-0818. www.chaucertheatre.org 07/15-08/14: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Table Mannersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Domestic comedy about a chaotic British family by playwright Alan Ayckbourn. 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $15-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. rossvalleyplayers.com

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Lydia Pense & Cold Blood

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Comedy Wednesday with Arj Barker plus special guests.

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Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings [BLUES]

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Super Diamond -

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842 4th Street San Rafael, CA 94901 Tickets: (877) 568-2726 www.georgesnightclub.com All shows 21 & over

San Francisco Jazz Quartet FRIDAY, JULY 8, 9 PM

Eoin Harrington SATURDAY, JULY 9, 9 PM

Philip Claypool & Friends TUESDAY, JULY 12, 7 PM

Johnny Smith and Dave Bell WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 7 PM

Philip Claypool & Friends 224 Vintage Way, Novato (415) 899-9600 www.thesouthernpaciĂ&#x2020;c.com 21+ Limited dinner venue seating Reservations recommended JULY 8 - JULY 14, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

The 2nd Annual Business Expo for Small Business Owners Join us to Meet and Network with other Professionals

Ten Dollar Donation Includes a Drink Coupon. A portion of Proceeds Goes to Local Charities. Presented by BNI, All-Stars Chapter.

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The Ross Valley Players will be chewing up the scenery—with their mouths open!—this month in Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Table Manners.’

Art 07/01-31:‘Viewpoints’ Susan Schneider, new works. 2-10pm. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org

07/02-28: ‘Pressing Matters II: Printmakers Group Show’ Artists reception Sunday,

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July 10. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org 07/08-08/05: ‘Inadvertent Interlude’ Jason Sheldrick, new works influenced by spaces, either defined by something concrete like architectural elements, or something less tangible like fog. Reception 5-8pm July 8. Free. Underground Gallery, Art Works Downtown, 1337 4th St., San Rafael. 250-8201. www.artworksdowntown.org/

07/08: 2nd Fridays Art Walk San Rafael Enjoy galleries, open studios, art shows, libations, and inspiration as you stroll downtown San Rafael. Anchored by Art Works Downtown, the 2nd Fridays Art Walk links dozens of other venues along Fourth Street on the second Friday of each month. 5-8 p.m. Free Art Works Downtown, San Rafael. www.artworksdowntown.org/2ndfridays

Through 07/08: ‘Beautiful Botanicals’ Paintings by Master Artists of the San Francisco

Botanical Garden Society. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 So. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

Through 07/10: Marin County Watercolor Society Member group exhibition inspired by the beauty of California in Marin County and other locations throughout the state. 10am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/ bmvc/index.html

Through 07/15: Marin Arts Exhibition “Pop Art.” Exhibition featuring a variety of pop art in various mediums inspired by pop culture and popular music. 11-6pm. Free . Marin Arts Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael . 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 07/16: ‘Acts of Volition’ Susan McCormick, large and small abstract landscape paintings. 10am-7pm. Free. NH2 Salon/Gallery, Upstairs across from Old Navy, Vintage Oaks Center, Novato. www.shopvintageoaks.com

Through 07/20: Summer Group Show 2011 Giancarlo Bertini, Phoebe Brunner, Carlos Catasse, Bryn Craig William DeBilzan, James Leonard, Susan McDonnell, Lorenzo Moya and Greg Ragland, new paintings. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www.bergelli.com Through 07/21: 2011 Spring Exhibit Features quilts by Gail Retka Angiulo and a Group



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Through 08/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Power-Flower Powerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rare and historically significant exhibition of photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones documenting the Black Power and Flower Power movements of the late 1960s. 9-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation , 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 6662442. www.marincf.org Through 08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com Through 10/15: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Washed Ashoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A temporary exhibition at The Marine Mammal Center which features fifteen artworks made of plastic trash by Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Free, docent led tours available for a modest fee. Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 289-7325. www.marinemammalcenterart.org

Readings 07/08: Rebecca Cantrell Cantrell presents her mystery novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Game of Lies.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1936 at the Berlin Olympics. The Nazis are trying to present a peace-

07/08-10: SF Fine Mineral Show More than 30 â&#x20AC;&#x153;mini-museumsâ&#x20AC;? featuring natural semi-precious minerals like those displayed in museums throughout the world. 10am-6pm. Free. Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael. www.finemineralshow.com 07/09: 10th Anniversary Beatles Tribute Event will feature a live music with the Liddypudlians, Beatles singalong and a Twistn-Shout dance contest for kids. Tickets will be available beginning at 4:30pm. No pets allowed. 6-10 p.m. $5-12. Creek Park San Anselmo, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA, 94960, San Anselmo. www.sananselmoarts.com

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07/08: Film Night in the Park A Beatles film featuring John, Paul, George and Ringo to be announced. 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org 07/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;National Velvetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monday Night at the Movies.â&#x20AC;? Part of an Elizabeth Taylor film tribute. 7:30 p.m. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org

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07/09: July Star Party: Family Star Gazing Introduce your young ones to the experience of learning science in a friendly setting. Lecture is followed by a star viewing through telescopes provided by the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. 8 p.m. Free. Cushing Memorial Theater, Mountain Theater, 801 Panoramic, Mill Valley. www.sfaa-astronomy. org/starparties 07/09: Tim Cain Part of the Concerts For Kids summer music series. 10:30-11:30 p.m. Free. Robin Sweeney Park, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us 07/10: Kids NIght Pizza party with music, video games, movie and art and crafts projects for kids. 5 p.m. $10-16, includes dinner. Ghiringhelli’s, 1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 878-4977 . www.ghiringhellisnovato.com

07/13: Dan Chan Magic Man & Kat the Acrobat Part of the Summer Reading program events. 1 p.m. Free. San Anselmo Library, Town Council Chambers, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4600. www.townofsananselmo.org 07/13: Miss Kitty Part of the summer music for children series. 7 p.m. San Rafael Public Library, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3322. cityofsanrafael.org

Through 08/19: San Anselmo Library Summer Reading Program “One World, Many Stories.” Children explore the world through stories, songs, crafts, author visits, and special weekly performances by puppeteers, magicians, storytellers and world musicians. Sign up for the Summer Reading Game. Families with children too young to read independently are welcome to join the read-to-me

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) You have lots of ambition, but you may not find it easy to accomplish your goals this week. Planetary energies are bouncing around your chart like a pinball machine on steroids, making it difficult to focus on any one thing long enough to succeed at it. Meanwhile, Mercury the trickster occupies your house of self-expression. When tempted to pull a prank, make sure it is on someone with an excellent sense of humor... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The connection between your ruler (sensuous Venus) and passionate Pluto could make for a particularly sexy weekend. If already attached, you should leave town to pretend you and your sweetie are strangers having an affair. If you’re looking for love, don’t miss this chance to impress someone with your enhanced powers of seduction. Meanwhile, motivating Mars and striving Saturn bring ideas for increasing your net worth. Love AND money—your two favorite things... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Daring Mars in your sign can be good in that it promotes you to be braver, yet bad in that it causes you to attempt dangerous feats without regard to your surroundings—which can lead to possible problems. Fortunately, with your ruler (clever Mercury) in the creative sign of Leo, you might be able to talk your way out of a potential lawsuit. Maybe. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) You can’t help but feel a bit tense as the weekend begins, due to Friday’s rather hostile planetary alignment. Wait until Saturday to fully engage in birthday activities. Your solar return chart indicates a year of exciting career changes that compete with your innate desire to play it safe. A magical trip is also on the horizon. Make sure you have a valid passport, because chances are you’re not headed to Kansas. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your imagination can be a gift or a terror depending on where you let it take you. On Friday, you’re likely to let it lead you to muse over mortality—your own. This is a temporary obsession, which should be a distant memory after the weekend when the Moon in optimistic Sagittarius brings an upbeat attitude. Chatty Mercury remains in your sign, ensuring that you keep up your end of ALL conversations. Just remember to stop and listen on occasion... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) There are many great things about having your ruler (curious Mercury) in the friendly sign of Leo, including openly inquiring of those in the know about nearly anything. You find out which restaurant offers the best happy hour deals (restrictive Saturn in your money house, insisting on thriftiness), and get great info on what part of the planet you should visit next (expansive Jupiter in your travel house, urging you to take a trip). LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Like the other Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer and Capricorn), you should schedule Friday to avoid contact with your boss, sweetie or any family member. Instead, you could book yourself into a comfortable resort. Meanwhile, on Saturday, explosive Uranus intensifies his influence on your relationships, especially if you are a September Libran. On Wednesday, stern Saturn tries to keep your ruler, hedonistic Venus, from having a good time. Hmm. Maybe you should stay in the resort for an entire week... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The mushy Moon in your sign on Saturday and Sunday can do wonders for your love life. While Scorpio is typically good with other water signs (Cancer and Pisces), you might find a Sagittarian who appeals to you right now. On Wednesday, your ruler (perceptive Pluto) can be counted on for intuitive insights. If a random row of numbers crosses your mind, be sure to buy a lottery ticket. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Innovative Uranus comes to a standstill in your house of creativity this weekend, This may inspire you to start a new and unique project—one that makes you excited just thinking about it. Speaking of excitement, your relationship may be particularly fiery for the next few weeks, causing the occasional public display of emotions. Try to remember—there is always someone nearby with a video camera... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) It’s another week when the planets are not cooperating with each other. This is quite disruptive and it makes it difficult to make plans. As one who prefers to feel in control, you are not a happy camper. You could, however, be a happy mate if you have the right partner. Lovable Venus occupies your relationship house all week and she really wants you and your sweetie to live it up. Champagne and salsa dancing are recommended accompaniments. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You consider yourself to be rational and openminded—and at times, you really are. There is, of course, the other side of the coin: your tendency to stubbornly stick to your beliefs, no matter what. This must be addressed this week, due to the planetary battles involving your ruler (Uranus) in the determined sign of Aries. The more you insist your ideas are flawless, the more Saturn and Pluto punch holes in them. Hence the need for “open-mindedness”... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Not even you can swim away from all this week’s conflicting celestial energies. Yes, optimistic Jupiter continues to show you the silver lining in every cloud, but pessimistic Saturn is digging up your darkest fears about—well, whatever your darkest fears ARE about. Meanwhile, unpredictable Uranus is making it impossible to know whether you’re on the verge of getting really rich or really poor. Well, at least you have options... < Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN JUYL 8 – JULY 14, 2011

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126979 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: DUANE M. HINES, 415 COLOMA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 1980. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126973 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, 2145 REDWOOD HWY., LARKSPUR, CA 94904: DUANE M. HINES, 415 COLOMA ST., 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 1, 1991. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127081 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEST ARCHITECTURE, 501 HUMBOLT AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: NEST ARCHITECTURE STUDIO, INC., 501 HUMBOLT AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 June 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127053 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YOGI DESIGNS, 701 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JEFFERSON PARKER, 701 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; MICHELLE PARKER, 701 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 June 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126988 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUATTRO SOLAR, 65 ROSS AVE. SUITE A, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID A. QUATTRO, 65 ROSS AVE. SUITE A, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 29, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127070 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POINT REYES FARM, 11925 STATE ROUTE 1, POINT REYES STATION, CA 94956: HEIDRUN MEADERY, 11925 STATE ROUTE 1, POINT REYES STATION, CA 94956. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127110 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZE BEST TOURS, 57 TAMALPAIS AVE. APT #11, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ADAM DAN FERDMAN, 57 TAMALPAIS AVE. APT #11, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127107 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MAPLE GRACE; PURE LINENS, 133 BRETANO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: PURE HOME PRODUCTS, LLC., 133 BRETANO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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 June 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127113 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KIRBY OF MARIN, 121 PAUL DR. SUITE A2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THE 144 GROUP, INC., 121 PAUL DR. SUITE A2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127111 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRIMTAB MEDIA, 30 CASTRO AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ILIANI MATISSE, 4777 HESSEL RD., SEBASTOPOL, CA 95472; MISCHA HEDGES, 49 VALENCIA AVE. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127031 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JW MOBILE-COOLCATS-HOSE DOCTOR, 3115 KERNER BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JIM WILLIAMS, 33 SAILMAKER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; PEGGY VAUGHN, 5084 LAKEVILLE HWY., PETALUMA, CA 94954. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127005 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTHBAY MESSENGER, 801 BUTTERFIELD RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: STEVEN C. ROEMER, 801 BUTTERFIELD RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 16, 2001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OUTWARD HOUND, 131 VALLEY VIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PETER KALAT, 131 VALLEY VIEW AVE., 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 June 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127116 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY EQUIPMENT, 4 CREEK RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: KYE BREWER, 4 CREEK RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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 June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127184 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LA SELVA, 555 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #20, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ARMANDO SAGULA, 2551 GOODRICK AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 27, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 27, 2011. (Publication Dates:July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127139 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INNERLITE DESIGN, 124 LAUREL PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOCELYN J. KONARSKI-BARNETT, 124 LAUREL PL., 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 June 21, 2010.

This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 21, 2011. (Publication Dates:July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127199 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN CRUISE LINE, 915 EAST BLITHEDALE AVE. SUITE 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: VERA L. TYLER, 915 EAST BLITHEDALE AVE. SUITE 8, 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 June 27, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 28, 2011. (Publication Dates:July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127229 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL SMOG, 36 LISBON ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JEREMIAH D. JOHNSON, 4397 MUIRWOOD DR., PLEASANTON, CA 94588. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 21, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN OF NOVATO, 7600 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94945: SIMON MA, 7600 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 June 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127187 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALFA PROMOTIONS, 223 PHELAN AVE., VALLEJO, CA 94590: CITLALLI ZEPEDA, 223 PHELAN AVE., VALLEJO, CA 94590. 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 June 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011)> FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127190 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ELECTRON BEAM MEDICAL IMAGING, 608 LAGUNA ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: E-SOURCE SOLUCTIONS LLC, 608 LAGUNA ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. 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 June 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127173 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIA NORTH PRODUCTIONS; EXPERT IN A BOX, 18 DOLPHIN ISLE, NOVATO, CA 94949: DIA NORTH, 18 DOLPHIN ISLE, NOVATO, CA 94949. 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 June 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011)

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 1102757. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner WENDI MICHELLE ROBBINS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WENDI MICHELLE ROBBINS to KATE ROBBINS GUSTIN. 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: July 15, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO

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Public Notices Continued from Page 30 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: June 3, 2011 /s/ FAYE Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1102106. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TARA LASKY-KUTTEN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: TARA LASKYKUTTEN to KYLE T LASKY-KUTTEN. 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: July 14, 2011, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: April 26, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 2011) SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 204609. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): MARTINA SCHMITZ-BENNETT: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): WILLIAM E. BENNETT. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you can not pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts

Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/ selfhelp), at the California Legal Services web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direcciĂ&#x192;Š n de la corte son): LAKE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 255 N. FORBES STREET, LAKEPORT, CA 95453. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitionerâ â&#x201E;˘s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: WILLIAM E. BENNETT, 3390 13TH STREET, CLEARLAKE, CA 95422, (707) 9949416. Date (Fecha): August 30, 2007. Mary E. Smith Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Mary Ann Padilla, Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIĂ&#x192;â&#x20AC;&#x153; LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza)as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) CITATION TO APPEAR SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. FL 1102290. IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF: RAUL BAUTISTA on behalf of VANESSA NICOLE COLLAZO LOZANO. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA: TO MANUEL COLLAZO: By order of this court you are hereby cited to appear before the judge presiding in courtroom O of this court (Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903) on August 2, 2011, at 9:00AM. to show cause, if any you have, why the petition of RAUL BAUTISTA for the adoption of VANESSA NICOLE COLLAZO LOZANO, your minor child, should not be granted. Date: May 6, 2011; Kim Turner Court Executive Office; By: D. Taylor Deputy (Pacific Sun: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1103146 Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, and mail or deliver a copy to Winifred L. Murphy, as Trustee of the Owen J. Murphy and Winifred L. Murphy Revocable Trust dated April 11, 1995, of which the decedent was a Settlor, c/o Robert Elliott, Attorney at Law, 22 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, California 94112. Claims must be filed within the later of four(4) months after July 1, 2011, the date of the first publication of the notice to creditors, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Section 19103 of the

Probate Code. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Date: June 16, 2011; Robert Elliott, Esq. (SBN 114829) Attorney for Trustee, Winifred L. Murphy, 22 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112; Telephone: (415) 586-3600 Telefax: (415) 4493572 (Publication Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 2011) AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: EVA BONGE. Case No. PR-1102887. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EVA BONGE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: STEVEN BONGE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that STEVEN BONGE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: July 18, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. 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: DAVID Y. WONG, ATTORNEY AT LAW, 100 SHORELINE HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. (415) 860-1749. (Publication Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 2011)

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been engaged to a man for seven years, but we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to afford to get married. I attend college part-time while raising my daughter and working. He treats me well and works hard, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unmotivated and undereducated. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a high school diploma and can only get low-paying work with bad hours. Three months ago he was ďŹ red from a nursing home for stealing drinks from the soda machine, and he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked for a job since. He said he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t when we had a rainy period; now he says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too hot. When I suggested he get up early to beat the heat, he got angry. Our relationship has never been about money, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not seeing much light at the end of the tunnel. Why do I stay? Because I love him, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m scared I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to make it on my own as a single mother.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Trapped

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A boyfriend who actually â&#x20AC;&#x153;works hardâ&#x20AC;? would be working hard to stop sponging off youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;maybe getting his GED so he could get more than a dead-end, minimum-wage job. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kinda tough to do when the answers to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d you go to school and what did you study?â&#x20AC;? are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meadowood Elementaryâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Babar the Elephant.â&#x20AC;? Still, school isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t everything. A woman I know, Tig Notaro, ďŹ&#x201A;unked eighth grade twice, got moved up to ninth grade and ďŹ&#x201A;unked that, too. When her classmates started to be kids sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d baby-sat for, she dropped out. Like your boyfriend, she couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve resigned herself to employment in the paper hat/fry vat sector, but she worked brieďŹ&#x201A;y promoting bands, then gave her all to doing stand-up. She went on to have her own Comedy Central special, be a featured character (â&#x20AC;&#x153;OfďŹ cer Tigâ&#x20AC;?) on The Sarah Silverman Program and tour internationally as a headlining comedian. She eventually got her GED, â&#x20AC;&#x153;just to get it,â&#x20AC;? but found it most useful as cat food (she reports that her cat ate the left side of it the day she brought it home). So, the problem isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that school isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your guyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thing, but that motivation isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. You, on the other hand, are attending college and working and caring for two childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the little girl you gave birth to and the grown man perfecting his napping skills on your couch. You say your relationship has never been about money. Actually, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very much about money, on account of how little of it heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been bringing home. And then, when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job-hunting time, he bleats, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too hot, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too cold, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too wet.â&#x20AC;? Excuse me, but is he a man or Goldilocks? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nice to see the good in people. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nicer for you if the good you see is actually there. Otherwise, you just delay admitting the obvious: There isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much light at the end of the tunnel. Additionally, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re paying the rent on the tunnel. You say you fear being on your own as a single mother, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already on your own. Without your boyfriend, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be a single mother with one less mouth to feed. You can have a very different kind of guy in your lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one who makes you better and happier because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re with him. If you suspect you arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worthy, try something: Act like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worthy. Like you deserve a man who brings something to the relationship (and not just a couple of Mello Yellos he swiped from the soda machine at the old folks home).

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Something a guy said the ďŹ rst time we had sex isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sitting well with me. He said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you.â&#x20AC;? Those arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the worst two words in the English language, but hearing them after sex made me feel bad. Sort of used. We made tentative plans for another date, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wondering if Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll even hear from him again. What does it mean when a guy uses this sort of courteous closure after sex?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Disturbed

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After he thanked you, did he ask very politely how much a second hour would be? A lot of women get ticked at hearing â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank youâ&#x20AC;? after sex, feeling theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being seen as service providers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because you thank somebody who does something FOR you, not when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done something mutual together. The thing is, getting naked with somebody for the ďŹ rst time doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enhance anybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to articulate thoughts. Maybe this guy was at a loss for words, and suddenly, it came back to him, his mother saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do you say when the nice lady gives you a cookie?â&#x20AC;? Instead of sitting around dissecting the possibilities, do what you always should when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hoping to see some date again: Forget about him until the phone rings and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the other end asking if you give discounts for repeat customers. <

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