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›› LETTERS Be true to your school Regarding your Back to School story on the Sausalito-Marin City School District [“Sausalito-Marin City’s Uphill Battle,” Aug. 12]. As a parent of children who happily attended Bayside Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle School in both the 1990s and in this past school year (kids are studying overseas until March when they will return to Bayside), I have to affirm that these two schools, both then and now, are very, very good schools! The teachers are devoted, skilled and AWESOME. Ms. Newton, the principal, is a dynamo of skills, tact and VALUES, and we are so impressed to have all this in a free, public school. Yes, our children attended private, exclusive schools in Asia, but over the years it’s our family consensus that Bayside is the very best. Our grown son, the musician Jaya, made his best lifelong friends at MLK. We encourage everyone with kids in Sausalito to save gas and commute time and walk your kids to school at a great American school: Bayside Elementary. Neil Bronson Hammari, Sausalito

Jungle love We should all write or email our elected officials about the need to preserve rainforests. They are vital for converting the carbon dioxide we exhale into the oxygen we inhale. Their loss exacerbates the global-warming crisis. They are essential for finding cures for pandemic diseases like cancer and AIDS. Preservation for certain uses is better to the teetering world economy. We need to partner with experts to show countries such as Brazil and Indonesia how they can profit from sustainable practices. Perhaps we can finance this by

asking, in return, for a share of the increased profits. At the same time, assistance should be made available to the world’s lumber and paper companies in learning to use sound practices of selectivity without clear-cutting. Alex Sokolow, Marin

The harder they chem Lynn Scott’s letter [“Barium Heads in the Sand,” Aug. 5] protesting the chemtrails and HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) should be reprinted every week. Yes, people have a hard time with this and some crawl into a hole where they don’t have to witness it, but it is as plain as day. We can’t do much alone, but with unity we can do wonders. Sangita Moskow, San Rafael

Break on through (to the other side) It’s nice to know that the San Rafael Keystone Cops are qualified and able to protect the citizens from underage beer drinking, urinating in the street and (gasp); Our San Rafael boys in blue...? having sex with a consenting 17-yearold. But when it comes to destroying a cornered rat in a hotel room [“Police Standoff at San Rafael Motel,” Aug. 18], the cops are unable to think straight. Breaking the window or door and throwing in tear gas would have done the trick without two days of insanity here on the freeways.

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Anonymous sign rattles Lesh project A sign reading “No Terrapin, Please” was placed along a path used regularly by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, prompting him to hit the pause button on his proposal for a new... Juvenile court gets reprieve Court Executive Officer Kim Turner had intended to close the courtroom in Lucas Valley next to Marin’s Juvenile Hall on Sept. 19. But on Friday she said the court’s judges and.... Berberian to seek death for Souza Defense calls DA’s decision ‘irrational and fiscally irresponsible’..

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Smart dust in the wind Thank you for printing Lynn Scott’s letter about the persistent jet contrails putting aluminum and barium in our air. She is correct about what she wrote. On Friday, I sat outside the Good Earth in Fairfax tabling with a friend and we watched hundreds of the persistent jet contrails being put out by airplanes. Everyone who came to our table commented on the strangeness of so many of the persistent jet contrails covering our sky. Just take a look. Then ask questions. No one has the right to control weather. Our air belongs to all life on the planet. Our air does not belong to Congress, the military or private corporations. Please assign a responsible investigative reporter to do a story on geoengineering. Yvette Wakefield, Fairfax

Where the ‘street’ has no name

Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Whatever it’s called, you’ll find great dim sum.

To Howard Rachelson, regarding the answer to his Trivia Café question of Aug. 12 about the oldest street in San Francisco. It is Grant Avenue—not “street.” Robert Gump, Mill Valley

Take this ‘club’ and shove it! As a Sierra Club “life member” I receive daily, weekly and monthly emails, newspapers and magazines extolling me to buy “hand-crafted in Europe” hiking boots, turn my “fantasy vacation into a reality on an international excursion (Machu Picchu!) with Sierra Club Outings,” and answer the question: “Should the government decide what my legacy will be?”— because through Sierra Club gift planning, “We can help.” This is breathtaking, tax-avoiding, greenhouse gas-making hypocrisy. The moral hypocrisy of Sierra Club’s business model and the laziness of Sierra Club’s Marin Chapter leadership in opposing a Target store in San Rafael is quite stunning. As I am married to the president of Cal-Pox, which owns the land, I have never spoken publicly on the subject until now. I believe that good data and

good governance are the way to achieve good public outcomes. The Sierra Club’s Marin Chapter continues to oppose a Target store in San Rafael based on misleading and verifiably false information. The data is there. Read the documents, especially the EIR. It is a public document. Learn what the different classifications of landfill are. Learn about risk analysis, systems thinking, and point and non-point sources. Learn economics, demographics, and good governance. Lastly, learn about real environmental justice. It is not about confining the poor to poverty, something the opposition seems OK with. For over 25 years, I have worked on poverty and environmental issues in the United States and Asia, beginning as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Environmental justice is about including the poor in decision-making. Today, I resign my Sierra Club Life Membership. Chris Plante, Mill Valley

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Last week’s Pacific Sun local-books roundup included Dani Burlison’s enthusiastic write-up of poet Jane Hirshfield’s hot-off-the-presses collection, Come, Thief. However, if said Thief were hoping to come see the Mill Valley writer in person next month at Book Passage, he’d best not use the date we provided as his guide. Hirshfield is actually appearing on Sept. 6. ● ● ● ●

In last week’s food story about how the cool summer weather has resulted in a season of under-ripened fruits and vegetables [“Bitter Harvest,” Aug. 19], our crediting of recipes was somewhat premature, as well. It was in fact the fresh fruit quesadillas—with peaches and nectarines!—that were adapted from Things Cooks Love by Marie Simmons. Ay caramba.

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The Mansourian candidate New SMART chief now tied to the tracks in more ways than one... by Peter Seidman

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t’s not like he doesn’t know what to expect. Just about a week after Farhad Mansourian was the featured “guest” at a public meeting during which he presented his most recent assessment of the financial picture of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District’s initial operating segment, the district board voted unanimously to present him with an offer to make his interim general manager position permanent. He accepted. Mansourian came to the district on loan from the county, where he’s been for 31 years, most recently as public works director. His entrance into the SMART cauldron came after former general manager Lillian Hames departed after a controversial tenure. Although she guided the district through a successful sales-tax measure campaign, her public relations abilities were not a high point. Mansourian’s highly regarded reputation as county public works director helped the district’s credibility as it prepared the latest in a series of cost and construction estimates. But not everyone is ready to genuflect. SMART opponents continue to call into question the numbers Mansourian has crunched. But even some critics agree that SMART and Mansourian have added more transparency to a mindboggling array of cost estimates and funding mechanisms, which keep changing in what Hames

used to say is a project “with many moving parts.” At the Aug. 17 SMART board meeting, Mansourian outlined what he and the board say is a balanced cost and revenue picture to construct the initial operating segment of a train from Santa Rosa to San Rafael. Mansourian’s cost estimate puts the price tag at $380.5 million, $45.5 million more than the previous estimate. But he has found savings, including $10 million in freight operations and construction savings as well as $4.5 million in station and platform amenities that can be trimmed. Deducting the newfound savings from the new cost estimate, the total comes to $359.9 million to build the initial operating segment. To reach a balanced budget for that first segment, Mansourian and the SMART staff are counting on revenue that totals $360.2 million, including $21.6 million from Bay Area bridge tolls and $21 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Sonoma County Transit Authority and the Transportation Authority of Marin. The transportation agencies in the two counties agreed to divert some funds for local projects to SMART to help fill its funding gap. In Marin, the diversion is controversial because earlier in SMART’s history, the agency said it would not seek to funnel money from local transportation projects to the regional train plan, 10 >

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Another shakeup at Marin IJ’s parent company The company that owns the Marin Independent Journal is changing the names of 11 of its Bay Area daily newspapers, to be replaced under one of two print news brands—either the East Bay Tribune or the Times. The announcement of the overhaul was made Aug. 23 by executives at MediaNews, the parent company that owns the IJ and 12 other Bay Area dailies. It’s not yet clear whether this will affect the IJ. Due to slumping revenue and falling readership, the IJ shut down its printing press last October, and has recently announced plans to sell off its building in Novato and relocate to office space in Terra Linda. Due to the consolidation of resources, the Bay Area News Group—the San Francisco Bay Area division of MediaNews—is expected to cut staff by about 8 percent; newsrooms and production staff are expected to be the most heavily hit. Bay Area News Group president Mac Tully, in speaking Wednesday morning on Michael Krasny’s Forum radio show, described the move as a positive step for local journalism and the Bay Area News Group—though not for those being laid off, he qualified. MediaNews filed for bankruptcy last year. Affordable housing relief on the doorstep A bill that passed the Assembly Aug. 22 could alleviate the affordable housing crunch towns such as Novato and San Rafael are facing in order to meet general-plan requirements passed down from the state. Introduced by Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman, AB 1103 would allow foreclosed homes purchased by organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to count toward the affordable housing targets set by the Association of Bay Area Governments. “The current one-size-fits-all approach in housing element law doesn’t necessarily fit ‘all,’” said Huffman, via a press statement.“This bill will allow local governments to include foreclosed property converted to low or very-low income housing with longterm affordability covenants as a way to meet their affordable housing goals.” The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Brown. The issue of state-mandated affordable housing requirements became a hotbutton topic in Novato last year after plans by the city to allocate housing elements in downtown neighborhoods raised the hackles of certain residents who equated lowerincome homes with higher crime and drops in property values. MALT secures historic Tomales ranchland The Marin Agricultural Land Trust announced last week the permanent protection of a vast parcel of farmland near the town of Tomales—a conservation effort that MALT officials are calling “the most complicated” in the organization’s 30-year history. With this month’s purchase of the 1,013-acre Thornton Ranch—made possible through the financial assistance of private donors, the California Department of Conservation and the United States Department of Agriculture—the land trust completed the preservation of an 8,000-acre greenbelt that stretches from the outlying 10

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by Howard Rachelson

1. According to recent data, what percent of Marin County high school students graduate within four years? 2. How many times have Olympic Games—summer or winter—ever been hosted in South America? 3. The automobile maker’s name BMW is an 9d abbreviation of what three-word phrase? 4. A well-known stop on the Freedom Trail, historic Faneuil Hall, sometimes referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty,” is located in what U.S. city? 5. What 12-year-old currency is the second most traded in the world? 6. The names of which two of Snow White’s seven dwarfs do not end with the letter Y? 7. What European capital city was named after a goddess of wisdom? 8. If you listed all the NFL teams alphabetically 9a by city, the first three would have animal team names. What are they? 9. Pictured, right and below: Which actors played these roles in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie? 9a. Mad Hatter 9b. White Queen 9c. Red Queen 9d. Who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? 10. Your house might have one or two or three of these, but the White House has 35 of them. What are they? BONUS QUESTION: In 1978, McDonald’s introduced what major change in its menu offerings?

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▼What’s worse than a drug addict? A dumb drug addict. Ross Valley Veterinary Hospital reported a burglary earlier this week. The only things stolen were drugs. We get that. With the poor economy, some druggies have to steal their stash. Typical stuff like hydrocodone and morphine were taken from the pet hospital. But also stolen was Euthasol, which shares the same root word as euthanasia. As in, if you, a drug addict, inject Euthasol, you may euthanize yourself. Not too smart. Whoever broke in through the back door of the vet hospital is a Zero. Whoever has the Euthasol is a Double Dumb Zero. By the way, if you have the drugs and are still able to speak, call the San Anselmo Police and tell them where to find the stuff. —Nikki Silverstein

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▲The city of Sausalito is, in my humble opinion, the best place in the whole world. And the Sausalito City Council ranks this week as a Hero among Heroes. The beautiful new public safety building that houses the police and fire departments was finally finished last year. Now, you may want to sit down for this next piece of news: Construction costs came in more than $2 million under budget and the city plans to give the excess back to residents. Yes, you read that correctly. Starting next year and continuing for 15 years, property taxes will be lower for Sausalito residents. Sausalito, you’ve rocked our world by keeping your word to voters that you’d return any extra funds raised by that construction bond measure. Definitely a heroic measure in our book.

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›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, AUG. 26 Explosions Gone Wrong Or “Explosions Gone Totally Awesome!” If you’re a guy. Discovery Channel. 7pm. Valkyrie Tom Cruise starred in this account of a failed attempt by top Nazi officers to kill Adolf Hitler. The film was even less successful. (2008) TNT. 8pm. Friends with Benefits Young people living in a big city who sometimes sleep together. It sounds more like “Friends without Jennifer Aniston.” NBC. 8pm. Paranormal Challenge We’re guessing the challenge for most of these paranormal investigators is finding a girlfriend. Travel Channel. 9pm.

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special police squad assigned to track vampires in San Fernando Valley. They were going to make a reality show but all the real bloodsuckers were living in Hollywood. MTV. 10:30pm.

TUESDAY, AUG. 30 Marijuana: A Chronic History Or at least the parts anybody can remember. History Channel. 6pm. Pretty Amazing Five teenage girls compete for a chance to be on the cover of Seventeen magazine. The winner will be the one who can text the fastest and eat the least. MTV. 8pm. Quirky A reality show follows wannabe inventors as they see their idea taken from concept to working model in a fast-paced development agency.Your idea for the cat-powered massage and chest-waxing chair was not chosen. Sundance Channel. 10pm.

SATURDAY, AUG. 27 Sons of Guns They’re putting a silencer on a grenade launcher. When they silence the grenade, we’ll be impressed. Discovery Channel. 6pm. You Don’t Know Dixie And we’re fine with that. History Channel. 8pm. Fast Times at Ridgemont High The classic comedy might make you nostalgic for a time when the worst thing a kid might bring to school was a bong, unsafe sex meant somebody might get pregnant and Sean Penn actually smiled. (1982) Happier times, dude. Saturday at 11. VH1. 11pm.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 28 Julie and Julia A young woman blogs her attempt to recreate every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Do not attempt this at home. Not only is it difficult, you’ll risk permanent damage to your vocal cords doing the Julia Child impersonation. (2009) Lifetime. 6pm. 2011 MT V Video Music Awards Apparently, people are still making music videos. We thought it was all Snooki doing Jell-O THURSDAY, SEPT. 1 shots with the cast of Wipeout Tonight’s Jackass in some Real contestants include a World human aquariphilosopher. We don’t um. MTV. 9pm. know what the philoLivin’ for the Apocasophical ramifications lypse Visiting comof falling into the water munities where the off a giant inflatable people are convinced ‘Hell is other people, and giant inflatable donuts.’ doughnut are, but Jean Thursday, 8pm. the world is going to Paul Sartre kept one in end any day now. If the his salon. ABC. 8pm. world were going to end any day now, the Hillbilly Handfishin’ It’s actually about last thing we’d do is hang out with these fishing. That doesn���t mean it can’t be a people. TLC. 10pm. euphemism too. Animal Planet. 9pm. Anacondas: Trail of Blood Now it turns out that if you cut a giant mutant snake MONDAY, AUG. 29 Crave The old New York/Chicago pizza rivalry, the West Bank of in half, you get two giant mutant snakes. We didn’t expect to see that kind of horfast food. Food Network. 8:30pm. Hoarders This is the follow-up visit episode ror until Rick Perry picks a running mate. where the host checks in on people from (2009) SyFy. 9pm. ✹ earlier episodes, if they can find them under Critique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. the clutter. A&E. 9pm. Kate +8 One mom, eight kids, one RV: the Turn on more TV Guy at Bataan Death March of road trips. TLC. 9pm. ›› pacificsun.com Death Valley It’s a comedy series about a

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< 8 The Mansourian candidate which was presented to voters in 2008 as running from Cloverdale to Larkspur. That still could happen, but when trains could run beyond the initial operating segment is as yet unknown. An important part of the revenue picture presented at the Aug. 17 meeting included an MTC proposal to allow SMART to capture funds if it demonstrated it could run its first segment into San Rafael—and demonstrate that it would see no additional cost hikes before MTC could approve all of the funding allocations. When Mansourian crunched his latest numbers in July, they showed that additional $45.5 million in costs, which prompted MTC to, in the words of John Goodwin, MTC spokesman, “hit the reset button.” SMART critics said that sounded like a death knell. But Mansourian’s latest round of crunching seems likely to satisfy the MTC, which will take up the funding proposal at a meeting in September. During the Aug. 17 meeting, Jake Mackenzie, a SMART board member and Rohnert Park City Councilman, said he had just returned from an MTC meeting in his capacity as a SMART representative. MTC would, he said, put the SMART funding proposal on its agenda. Mackenzie read a communication MTC staff had sent to Mansourian with this confirmation: “If the SMART board approves an updated project

cost and funding plan as recommended in the posted board materials, and if the board approves the local support resolution allowing SMART to apply for MTC bridge tolls, then MTC staff intends to initiate a public hearing process and recommend approval of various funding actions....” The SMART board approved the funding plan and the local support resolution, clearing the way for potential MTC approval of key funds to balance the initial-operating-segment books. “There you have it,” said Mackenzie, who added that he had confirmed the MTC staff assessment with its executive director. SMART critics aren’t quite so sanguine and are continuing their charge that even Mansourian’s latest round of cost and revenue estimates fail to meet the taste test. Mike Arnold, an economist and longtime SMART critic, said at the Aug. 17 meeting that the latest cost estimates are incomplete. “Does it need to be said this late in the day that maybe you guys are in a little bit of a hurry? Obviously there are spreadsheets underlying the calculations going to the MTC. Where are they?” The charge that SMART is moving too quickly is a familiar refrain. Board members have pushed back, saying the district has been moving in a deliberate manner this year to hone the many moving parts of the cost and construction estimates, a process that has continued since the original plan went public, just as the economic collapse threw a left hook to the jaw of SMART’s

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areas of the town all the way to Tomales Bay. The final piece in the greenbelt puzzle has been the purchase of the Thornton Ranch, a deal that has been over a decade in the making. The road for the Thornton Ranch and its owner Gary Thornton has been a rocky one since 2000, when Gary inherited the ranch after the sudden death of his father. But the younger Thornton was placed in a difficult financial position with his new property—and a robust inheritance tax owed to the IRS. And initial plans to turn the property over to MALT were stalled when a dispute with the IRS over the value of the ranch would have left Thornton with an even stiffer tax if he sold the property to the land trust within 10 years of receiving it. Now that the decade-long wait is over, MALT’s purchase of a “conservation easement” for $2,329,500 can go through, the back taxes can be paid off and the Thornton family can continue to raise beef and sheep as it has done for the past 150 years. Once secured by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the property is permanently protected from subdivision and non-agricultural development. Thornton says he is “delighted” that the transaction has finally gone through.“If there was no MALT, the ranch would be sold by now. It’s as simple as that,” says Thornton. Thornton’s daughter Marissa plans to put her degree in animal science from Chico State to use and manage the ranch; she hopes to bring the operation back to its dairy and cheese-making roots.

Oscar-winner takes campaign role Hollywood celebrities often campaign for political candidates—but it’s not often a multiple Academy Award-winner takes a stand in a Marin congressional election. Actor, director and unabashed progressive Sean Penn spoke in Petaluma last Tuesday in a joint appearance with Democratic congressional candidate Norman Solomon, in support of the Inverness resident’s bid to replace retiring Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey as the 6th District representative in the House; the newly drawn district lines now run from Sausalito up to the Oregon border. Penn, who lived in Ross for about a decade before relocating in 2010, has been a friend of Solomon’s for years; Solomon accompanied the actor on his well-known 2002 trip to Iraq to protest the upcoming U.S. invasion, and in 2007 Penn narrated the documentary version of Solomon’s book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. 10 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

Save-the-parks group defines its mission Twenty state-parks enthusiasts gathered ‘round the ol’ campfire last week—but this was no marshmallow roast. The first meeting of the newly formed Open Parks Coalition took place Aug. 17 in a strategizing session about how best to keep four Marin parks open in the face of $33 million in state funding cuts. The group, which includes parks officials and environmental leaders and is being co-chaired by state Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Marin Community Foundation President Thomas Peters, essentially settled on two goals—to keep the state parks open in the near and long term, and to explore funding options from public, private and commercial sources. In a press statement on behalf of the coalition, Peters qualified that as a condition for meeting those goals, all options would have to honor the “mission and legacy” of the parks. Seventy parks statewide face closure because of budget cuts. Marin’s parks on the chopping block include Tomales Bay, China Camp, Olompali and Samuel P. Taylor, the popular campground that earlier this month had posted signs announcing its official closure Sept. 5 at high noon. (Open Parks officials, though, now say that all four parks, including Samuel P. Taylor, will remain open with camping available after Labor Day on a first-come, first-served basis.) The coalition will host a series of community forums to field public input about the parks beginning next month. “This is a compelling community challenge that requires broad community input,” says Peters.“[It’s necessary] to capture the palpable concern that residents have about the possible closure of these treasured resources, and to benefit from the creative suggestions put forth.” Ideas from the forums will be forwarded as recommendations to state park representatives and other officials in Marin and Sacramento, said Peters. “The sentiment of this group is that these are new times, with the need to develop new models and approaches for keeping parks open, not only here in Marin, but statewide,” said Peters.“This is not business as usual, and won’t be for a long time.” Anonymous sign rattles Lesh project A sign reading “No Terrapin, Please” was mysterious placed last week along a path used regularly by Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, prompting him to hit the pause button on his proposal for a new live music venue in downtown Fairfax. The proposal for a 500-person-capacity club, tentatively called Terrapin Crossroads, at the lot adjacent to the current Good Earth location, was on the agenda for consideration at the Aug. 17 Fairfax Town Council meeting, but the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reportedly asked that it be removed, while officials looked into the anonymously placed sign. It is unclear whether the sign—which was likely placed by someone familiar with Lesh’s walking routine—was intended to be intimidating. Lesh filed a use permit application with the town at the beginning of August to construct a barn-like building on an 18,000-plus-square-foot parcel at 2000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., an old gas station now used as an office by managers of Good Earth, which is relocating to 720 Center Blvd. early next year. Gunman took own life, say police The gun-wielding shoplifting suspect who had barricaded himself in an East Francisco Boulevard motel on Aug. 17—causing a 30-hour police standoff in San Rafael—was found on the floor of his motel room the following day, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gun blast, police reported. Peter James Thomas, 38, was wanted on a $70,000 warrant for drug violations, burglary and weapons offenses. Police saw his body on the hotel room floor shortly after noon on Aug. 18 after drilling a peephole in the wall and peering through the aperture with a camera. Though the police originally thought a woman was in the room with him, the Associated Press reports that she may actually have been on a different floor of the building. Police had arrived at the hotel Wednesday morning around 8:30am looking for the suspect, following an incident on Aug. 14 in which he was allegedly caught shoplifting groceries from United Market in San Rafael and, when questioned, yanked out a knife and held it to a market employee’s throat. He then made a break for the door and in the ensuing chase stabbed a store clerk and attempted to stab a butcher. Injuries were minor, according to the police. The police tracked him to a room on the second floor of the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel at 1775 East Francisco Boulevard after receiving tips from hotel guests who had seen the suspect—who kept a “do not disturb” sign on his door—on TV news reports the night of the United Market incident. After trying to gain entry into the room, the authorities, and other hotel guests, heard a shot fired; police quickly evacuated the hotel, a SWAT team was called and nearby businesses were advised to let their employees go home early. Police stopped traffic on Interstate 580, from Sir Francis Drake to Highway 101, for most of the day.

original sales-tax estimates. (Critics have said SMART has been too optimistic from the start and the over-optimism continues.) Arnold raised another caution about the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to raise about $160 million in bond money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a critical issue,â&#x20AC;? Arnold said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How much more in interest rates,â&#x20AC;? he asked the board, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is it going to cost to issue bonds while there is a repeal measure that is likely to be on the ballot in June 2012? That is a clear risk to [the ďŹ nancing forecast] and you need to take account of it.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a reference to the RepealSMART effort to collect enough signatures to qualify a measure on the ballot that would give voters the choice to rescind the quarter-cent sales tax in the SMART district. The board did not discuss possible interest rate issues. SMART would like to go to MTC in September and also proceed with its plan to seek bond funds and issue a call for bids on its construction program in the coming months. Mansourian noted in his presentation that following that timeline could mean that SMART will create about 1,000 jobs this autumn, which could be part of an economic-beneďŹ t talking-point list to counter critics who want the sales tax repealed. Exactly how many signatures Repeal SMART needs to qualify for the ballot is an open questionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as is the percentage of votes a measure to rescind the sales tax would need to pass. When the ballot-measure plan ďŹ rst went public, the number was 37,314â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a threshold

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of 10 percent of the votes in the SMART district in the previous gubernatorial election. But RepealSMART did some legal digging and came up with a lower bar. Included in the wording of Proposition 218, a follow-up to Proposition 13, may be language meaning only 5 percent of voter signatures are needed. Clay Mitchell, a member of Repeal SMART, says his group is looking for a deďŹ nitive answer, but at least for now is shooting for the 10 percent target within the six months allowed for collecting signatures. Even the election ofďŹ cials in Marin and Sonoma counties are uncertain about the signature threshold and are researching what is being called vague wording in Prop. 218. Also vague and uncertain is whether a ballot measure to rescind a sales tax in the SMART district, which covers two counties, needs a simple majority or a two-thirds majority to pass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an open question about the 5 percent,â&#x20AC;? says Marin County Registrar of Voters Elaine Ginnold, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because there is the elections code and the [state] constitution, with Proposition 218.â&#x20AC;? In addition to researching the threshold to get on the ballot, the county counsels in Marin and Sonoma â&#x20AC;&#x153;are exploring the issueâ&#x20AC;? of whether a rescind measure would need a two-thirds vote or a simple majority. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This kind of a measure is rare,â&#x20AC;? says Ginnold. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of unanswered questions. The attorneys are looking at all of the ramiďŹ cations.â&#x20AC;? Valerie Brown, SMART board chairwoman and Sonoma County supervisor, â&#x20AC;&#x153;has

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races in the country and began racking up father is an expert mountain biker as well as results. She moved to Marin shortly thereafter. an elite road cyclist. My sister, Jennifer, is a According to local racer Katie Kelly, the professional triathlete. You can say cycling is new rider shook up the Wednesday morning in my blood.” training ride out of Fairfax. The people at USA Cycling noted her “It’s a fast, hard ride, usually all men. She excellent results in time trials (grueling solo totally changed the dynamic. When I started rides against the clock) and invited her to a showing up, I wasn’t much of a threat, and the talent-identification camp, where she qualiguys were really kind to me in this big-brother- fied for a spot on the national development ly fashion, because I was still really struggling. team. With two years of dedication and strong Then Alison showed up, and all decorum flew team support, she bloomed into an elite racer. out the window. I don’t think a lot of the guys ● ● ● ● understood who she was. I mean, aside from THE COSTS ACCRUED in bike racing are Rachel [Lloyd, local single-speed world champion], and another pro triathlete, few women so staggering that, in the U.S., where it’s still show up. So here’s this gorgeous blonde with a niche sport, it’s critical to secure a spot on a legs up to her neck, and she’s barely cracking a strong team with deeply committed sponsors. Today Starnes and her sweat. Last year, when by Jacqu ie Phe l an dozen teammates sport she was recovering the logo of a company from a broken pelvis, we got ‘dropped’ [left in the dust] after the that produces the ultimate alternative fuel for sprint out of Nicasio: me because that sprint a post-petroleum future: peanut butter. ● ● ● ● The New York boutique sandwich shop scares me, and her, because this was her second ALISON TETRICK STARNES grew up day on the bike. Thanks to her effort alone, we called Peanut Butter & Co. is the team’s main on cattle ranches in California, excelled at bridged back up to the group, something I sponsor; all the proceeds from their online collegiate tennis and graduated (in less than could never do on my own, and then I got to sales (http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/cycling ) four years!) in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree feel good all day about it. One day she showed support the team (note: Andronico’s carries a in biochemistry from Abilene Christian up in her Team USA kit, and the guys made the selection of the company’s products). University. SRAM components supplies the compoconnection...” She bought her first bike, and in between nentry, that aggregation of shiny stuff that Says Starnes on her blog: “It would be stints working in research labs, entered some will set you back a couple of grand. SRAM misleading to say that I found bike racing, of the toughest also has a global humanitarian mission, and but more accurately, bike racing found me. road distinguished Itself with the World Bicycle It has always been there, yet I never Relief effort (http://www.worldbicyclerelief. considered giving it a chance. org/our_work/index.php). Founded by My grandfather sti still SRAM partner F.K. Day and his wife, Leah, in competes in cycling, cy 2005 after the devastating tsunami, the charity winning numernu directs large-scale disaster assistance worldous nati national wide. Fifty-thousand people—many of them jersey jerseys in women—in the saddle, propelling them into the time Their time is gonna come... in fact, it’s now! self-reliant sustainable modernity. ttrial. Things have come a long way for female My cyclists since 1984 (prior to the L.A. summer “Some are born great, others achieve greatness, and games, women’s cycling wasn’t an option). In some have greatness thrust upon them” those days, there were three or four American women who stood head and shoulders above —William Shakespeare the others, but dozens of gifted beginners never made it out of their sparsely attended ith all due respect to the Bard of Avon, we at the Pacific local events to test themselves. Now there are Sun are only interested in that last group, the folks on the many excellent races all over the country, and verge of something big—or, shall we say, those who are several strong squads contending for time having something big thrust upon them. Whether faced with a detrial, road race, track and mountain bike team fining moment in their careers, a particularly formidable challenge slots at the Olympics. or at a make-or-break juncture in their lives, these are the Marinites Starnes missed last year’s World Champito watch in the coming year—the Marin 10. From politicians and onships due to a crash at last year’s Cascade professionals to progressives and purveyors of the arts, this issue Cycling Classic. This year, she’s back in better will cast its eye on the county’s most fascinating people of the form, and while she didn’t win, she perfected the art of team tactics. coming year—and show why Marinites should take notice. Some things haven’t changed, though: Because, for every person who’s had “greatness thrust upon In general, the women’s prize list is a slap them,” Shakespeare also wrote of those with “vaulting ambiin the face. Coverage, if any, is often only in tion, which o’er-leaps itself—and falls on the other side.” electronic media (rarely in print). Women Take heed, 10. Take heed.—Jason Walsh winners can expect half of what the men win. y first encounter with the elite bicycle racer Alison Tetrick Starnes was on the bike. On a fine spring morning she overtook me and a friend on Bolinas Road in Fairfax, where we exchanged pleasantries and as she glided away, my friend Jack said reverently, “There goes Alison Starnes... I saw her race in Chico last year... she’s one of the fastest women in the world.” It’s always a joy to see talent in action— and on any day one might encounter this 26-year-old Olympic hopeful plying the West Marin byroads by bicycle. Marin’s hilly terrain has fostered two generations of bicycle talent already: mountain bike Olympic bronze medal winner Susan DeMattei hailed from Terra Linda, downhill pro Marla Streb spent her formative years in Fairfax and Forest Knolls, and now Mill Valley is home to speedy Miss Starnes.

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Starnes has pedaled back from a 2010 crash in Oregon that left her unconscious on the side of the road with her pelvis fractured in two places.

There are serious perks, however, says Starnes. “ I have a race bike—built by Felt— transported to and from the races for me, and a home [bike] for training at home. I have a great team that I can count on, friends to cook and eat with, and the best dinner table conversation you can imagine.” And then there’s getting to live in a progressive milieu where there isn’t much argument about equality for women in any endeavor. The rich cycling culture of Marin, and its legacy of women champions, has snowballed—making it one of the best places in the world to develop as a racer. ● ● ● ●

DESPITE THE HAZARDS and hurdles, Starnes and dozens of elite racers like her train hours a day, every day on Marin’s winding roads. The rewards are often intangible: the testing of physical and mental limits, but the reality is, they get to be players in a historical period of women’s athletics, and they will see a time when prize parity is a no-brainer, when cyclists don’t have to worry about being killed each day they head out. When you see a pony-tailed rider up the road, please don’t honk and blast by. Just give her some room and a little wave. ✹ Jacquie Phelan is a member of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame and Mountain Biking Hall of Fame. Contact her at jacquie@ batnet.com.

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Arj of the lit brigade! ROBERT VENTE

An entire continent is shouting ‘crikey!’ over San Anselmo slacker comic “they’ve been very generous [to] me.” Last month, Barker played a far more intimate venue on San Rafael’s Fourth Street. Yet, he insists, “It’s not beneath me to play George’s. I understand the economics of it. It’s a different market. Another comedian could come to Marin and not sell a single ticket.” Plus, he adds, he gets extra amped for a hometown crowd. “I’m more afraid of failing in front of people I know than in front of complete strangers,” he says. Then again, he has a ready-made excuse: “I always blame the audience if I have a bad show.” ● ● ● ●

If Barker has a bad show, it’s most often due to the audience not giving it their all.

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ermans,” erstwhile Saturday Night Live news anchor Norm Macdonald was fond of noting, “love David Hasselhoff.” The same can be said about Marin native and stand-up comedian Arj Barker—just replace Germans with Australians and adjust for the fact that, unlike the Hoff, Barker is actually talented. Arj isn’t invisible stateside. He’s done Conan, appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and competed on the NBC reality show Last Comic Standing. Even if you don’t know him by name, chances are you’ve chuckled at his jokes. But that’s nothing compared to the acclaim he’s earned in the Land of Oz, where, his Wikipedia page boasts, he’s a “national superstar.” When we ask Barker about that distinction he seems hesitant, embarrassed even. “I didn’t write that,” he protests. And yet, he admits, Aussie audiences do dig him, and the feeling is mutual. “Australia has a great vibe,” he says. “Very easygoing, very laid back.” Those adjectives also describe Barker— who usually augments his shaggy haircut and soul patch with jeans and a T-shirt—but he credits his Australian success to something

even simpler: exposure. “There are less television channels there [and] I got on the equivalent of The Tonight Show,” he explains. “Right away a lot of people saw me. After you do a dozen TV appearances in a smaller market, it’s easier for people to remember you and go, ‘Oh I’ve seen this guy; I like this guy.’” Barker now sprinkles some Australiaspecific references into his act, but his humor—which he describes as “dry... and immature”—remains intact. “I can’t change what I think is funny,” he says. Take a 2006 appearance in Edinburgh— viewable on YouTube—in which Barker riffs on Australia’s overly aggressive tourism slogan, “So where the bloody hell are ya?” (“Have you been drinking, Australia?”) before segueing into a bit about altruistically using his pee stream to clean the inside of a public toilet. Barker has released three stand-up DVDs in Australia and has two more in the works (he’s released only one in the U.S). He also draws bigger audiences Down Under, routinely packing huge auditoriums. And he parlayed his popularity into a role on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, which stars the New Zealand musical comedy duo of the same name. “Those guys are buddies,” Barker says,

BARKER, BORN ARJAN Singh, was raised in San Anselmo. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School where, he recalls, he was less a class clown and more a comedic “sniper.” “I’d let one go in class every once in a while, get a laugh,” he says. “But sometimes it backfired—I got in trouble, other students resent you. In high school I tended to lay pretty low because I learned life was easier that way.” Asked about his early comedic influences, Barker cites Eddie Murphy’s Delirious—which he calls “mind-blowing”—but he says he was lured into the game by stand-up itself. “All this comedy was on TV late at night,” he remembers. “I saw the number of people who were doing it, people who I perceived were making a great living. I didn’t know at the time more than half of them were probably broke as sh-t. And I thought, ‘Some of these guys are great, some are so-so. I can give this a shot.’” He first grabbed a mic in the early ’90s at San Francisco’s now-defunct Holy City Zoo—an influential by Jaco hole-in-the-wall that gestated the careers of everyone from Robin Williams to Margaret Cho—an experience he describes as “very scary... a serious sweaty-palms moment.” Afterward, he was invigorated. And hooked. “I was immediately addicted to the adrenaline, the feeling of conquest,” he says. “It was the most exciting thing in my life since snowboarding. And sex.” That rush has waned over the years. Now 37, Barker says stand-up gradually went from a pulse-accelerating tightrope act to just another job. Like many comedians, he maintains his edge by writing new material and testing it between official gigs, including at the everyTuesday Mark Pitta and Friends showcase in Mill Valley, which Barker calls “the jewel of the Marin comedy scene.” Though Barker likens himself to a “migratory animal,” he says Marin will always be

home. “Growing up I didn’t realize how special the Bay Area was, how lucky I was,” he says. “Then I traveled around and saw what a sh-thole the rest of the world is.” Though it seems redundant for a comedian, Barker still feels obligated to immediately add, “Just kidding.” ● ● ● ●

ONE OF BARKER’S enduring endeavors was The Marijuanalogues, an off-Broadway show he created with fellow comics Doug Benson and Tony Camin. So it’s natural to assume Barker is a big stoner, a perception that isn’t diminished by his onstage persona. However, he claims, he’s all but given up smoking pot. “I don’t know if something inside me changed or the marijuana is just much stronger,” he reflects, “but it doesn’t help me relax anymore.” Whether or not he partakes, Barker says he’s happy that society’s attitude toward marijuana is shifting. “California has come a long way,” he says. “Look at some of the products they have now; we didn’t have that stuff growing up. We had to do it the hard way—digging through our parents’ closets and finding some ratty old sh-t that’s been there since the ’70s. Now kids go, ‘I got marijuana ChapStick.’” Weed jokes help keep Barker in step with a younger demographic, as does his use of social media. He posts regularly on Twitter and, unlike certain celebrities, you can tell he actually writes his own updates—and thinks about them for a few seconds before posting. He’s worked complaints about online communication into his act (observing, for example, that there should be a font called “Sarcastica”), but he’s also got a legitimate beef with the Web: In b Shafe r the cacophony of blogs, tweets and streaming videos, good material is sometimes drowned out. “On the one hand, anyone can put their stuff out there. On the other hand, anyone can put their stuff out there,” Barker says, summarizing the paradox of our Internet age. Maybe that’s why one of his near-term goals is to develop a traditional TV show (as opposed to his online flash-animated series Arj And Poopy—Poopy being his cat). “I can’t predict if and when it’ll be on [in the U.S.], because I’ll probably make it in Australia,” he says of the still-in-development project. “But,” he adds, “I haven’t given up on the States. Mostly I’m just living my life, trying to take the path of least resistance and go where the joy is.” Proof that you can take the boy out of Marin, but you can’t take Marin out of the boy. ✹ AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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Pamela Griffith Pond, a voice of ‘reasonably priced housing’ When housing debate turned nasty, San Marin woman turned ‘neighborly’

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t’s hardly surprising that the Reverend Pamela Griffith Pond and her organization, Stand Up for Neighborly Novato, plan to continue advocating for what Griffith Pond calls “reasonably priced housing.” Griffith Pond and SUNN entered the public arena in Novato in February at the height of the acrimonious debate over affordable housing. As the city and its residents wrestled with ways to meet the state mandate for affordable housing, loud voices rose making it clear a contingent of Novato residents believes housing for low- and moderate-income families doesn’t fit in with their neighborhoods. Some residents said that following a state guideline to identify sites on which 30 units of affordable housing could be built on one acre was unreasonable. City officials said that by following the state guidelines, Novato could more easily get the state to certify the city’s updated housing element, which it recently filed. The dissent included some blatantly bigoted remarks emanating from a loud minority of Novato residents. An anonymous emailer said there was no problem in providing affordable housing for low-income people, for “them,” as long as it was on the “other side of the freeway.” Out of sight, in other words. The dissent uncovered a latent hostility that surprised many following the debate. Claims flew that Now, does this look like a woman who’s ‘in the pocket of developers’? low-income people, “the other,” would flock to Novato and bring crime with them. were dropping because of the economy.” discourse, they dedicated themselves to Citizen groups formed to back the Griffith Pond says she understood the fear. advocating for reasonably priced housing position that adding affordable housing in But she bristled when people stood up at pub- for seniors and the disabled, for working too-dense developments would destroy the lic meetings “and said that everyone in San families and, as Griffith Pond says, “all the character of their neighborhoods. Separating Marin agrees” that affordable housing was people who work hard for poverty-wage legitimate debate from the bigoted undernot welcome. Griffith Pond says she stood up jobs who live here already and for people tones sometimes was difficult. Public meetand said that not everyone was against adding who must commute long distances. We ings often were anything but civil. affordable housing. “I was booed. Someone want to give them voice.” “I live on San Marin Drive,” says Grif- yelled out that I should get another career. And that’s what SUNN has done. And fith Pond. “Sparked by fear, misinformation Someone else yelled that I was a socialist.” that’s the work its founders will continue. about affordable housing spread like wildThe tone of meetings, saturated with Griffith Pond, a pastor in the Evangelical fire in the San Marin misinformation about Lutheran Church of America, is serving as by Pe te r Se i d m an neighborhood.” Grifaffordable housing, intentional interim pastor—a temporary fith Pond especially eventually led to the position that bridges the gap for a congregawas concerned that affordable housing oppo- creation of SUNN. Griffith Pond says tion that has lost its pastor—of St. Francis nents used a San Marin Improvement Asso- the level of disrespect in the debate was Lutheran Church in San Francisco. In this ciation mailing list to disseminate their views. palpable and scary. She found herself talk- case, Griffith Pond’s tenure mirrors a deep “I wasn’t expecting the mailing list would be ing after meetings with five other Novato commitment to supporting social-justice used in that way. It allowed people who were women. They formed SUNN to change the issues, which began in her younger (and fearful and loud and angry to gather and or- tenor of the conversation. They sought a relatively privileged) days in Orange County ganize very quickly.” balanced discussion, minus the intimidaduring the fight for farmworkers’ rights. That organized opposition, comprising tion and name-calling. When they received “In 1990, St. Francis Lutheran called a some who had legitimate concerns and some, a grant from the Marin Community Foun- lesbian clergy couple to serve as its associate unfortunately, who simply opposed opening dation, some critics said the grant proved pastors, challenging the Evangelical Lutheran the door to additional low-income residents the six women were no grassroots organiChurch in America’s policy that prohibited in town, made its voice heard at public meetzation. Others said they were, as Griffith pastors in same-sex relationships from servings. “When I attended a planning commisPond recalls, “in the pocket of developers.” ing congregations. Following an ecclesiastical sion meeting,” says Griffith Pond, “the room SUNN gathered more than 800 supporters, trial, St. Francis was first suspended, and then was filled with people who were loud and says Griffith Pond, and the work that she and expelled from the Church in 1996. In 2009, angry and afraid that building desperately her fellow co-founders brought to the debate the Lutheran Church in America Assembly needed, reasonably priced housing would helped tamp down the tone of the conversavoted to change its policy, and St. Francis was lower their property values, which already tion. In addition to encouraging respectful readmitted to the denomination this year.”

In addition to her work with the congregation, Griffith Pond says, she will continue advocating for reasonably priced housing. In July, the Novato City Council approved a housing element that includes five potential sites on which affordable housing could be built. But the council took a stand and said 20-units per acre is the maximum Novato wants, less than the 30-units per acre density the state wants to see for cities like Novato. Questions remain whether the state will certify the housing element. And if the state objects, that could extend the debate in Novato, as could a plan for the council to look at the city’s housing polices concerning design of multifamily housing and management of housing developments and ways to minimize crime. One of the myths: Affordable housing by its nature intrinsically fosters criminal activity. These are some of the key issues that ignited the initial acrimony. “As a pastor, for a long time I have been aware of the desperate and growing need for reasonably priced housing. It’s not a new need, but it’s growing. We want to give voice to those folks whose voices are not being heard. We will continue to do that. No matter what anyone says, we will continue to speak the truth.” ✹ Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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Ms. Hubsmith goes to Washington Fairfax bike advocate is putting the pedal to the congressional metal

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tireless advocate for nonmotortion bill. But Inhofe has a strong opponent ized transportation, Deb Hubsmith in California Democrat Barbara Boxer, who recently left her position as advocacy heads the committee. She has pledged to keep director at the Marin County Bicycle Coalifunding for bike and pedestrian programs in tion (MCBC) to work as director of the Safe the transportation bill. Routes to Schools National Partnership, an Hubsmith set up the National Partnership organization she launched in 2005. as a hub and spoke organization. It relies on Five years earlier, Hubsmith, a founding local participation, with members in home board member of the Marin County Bicycle offices connected by Internet, email and social Coalition, pitched the idea of a Safe Routes to media. When an action seems appropriate in Schools (SRTS) program to former Congress- any part of the country, the organization can man James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat mobilize local advocates. That’s what hapwho holds nonmotorized transportation pro- pened when SRTSNP members took Mica on grams in high esteem. a walk with schoolkids Hubsmith worked to show him the value by Pe te r Se i d m an with Oberstar to land of bike and pedestrian MCBC a federal contract with the National programs. It didn’t change his mind. But Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Hubsmith is not one to be rebuffed by an develop a model program that encouraged intractable politician. kids to walk and bike to school as a way to The Safe Routes National Partnership has reduce childhood obesity. And the Marin aligned itself with the Bikes Belong Coalition, County Safe Routes to Schools program was a trade organization with considerable clout; born. (Local program director Wendi Kal- its bike-industry members donate a portion lins was a co-founder.) of their profits to bike programs. And that Based on the success of the Marin Safe money is going a long way to support bike Routes program and a continued workadvocacy. Last year, Bikes Belong launched the ing relationship between Hubsmith and People for Bikes campaign, which people can Oberstar, national legislation resulted in Safe support with a pledge online. Routes programs in all 50 states. The two also “They have collected about 250,000 email worked together to develop a highly successful addresses across the country from people who nonmotorized transportation pilot program signed the pledge,” says Hubsmith. That’s a that brought more than $25 million to Marin. pretty hefty database tool. “When we do an Taking the lessons—and success—of the action alert, we can expect a large response. programs in Marin, Hubsmith expanded her We are basically training people throughfocus and in 2005 created the Safe Routes to out the United States who want to support Schools National Partnership (SRTSNP). bike and pedestrian programs and want to The timing of Hubsmith’s switch to the have more Safe Routes to Schools on how to national stage—she announced her departure contact their members of Congress through from MCBC, where she was most recently phone calls, emails and personal meetings to advocacy director, in June—came with a big tell their elected representatives stories about challenge. Oberstar, the champion of nonwhy this is important.” motorized programs, lost his congressional The work Hubsmith and her national clout on transportation issues when he lost organization are undertaking in many ways his re-election bid in November 2010. The mirrors what she and the bicycle coalition acRepublican sweep in the House punccomplished in Marin, where the bike commutured some of the support Hubsmith had nity has considerable political clout. And the found in Congress for bike and pedestrian current cold wind blowing through Congress programs. The current head of the House is a challenge Hubsmith is meeting head on committee dealing with transportation and with the same political savvy she has shown infrastructure, John Mica, R-Fla., has noon the local level. where near Oberstar’s enthusiasm for bike Despite the cold shoulder Republicans are and pedestrian programs. giving to nonmotorized transportation pro“Mica has basically said he is not going to grams, says Hubsmith, “elected officials still support any bicycle and pedestrian funding” listen to their constituents, especially in the in the next transportation bill, according to House, where members are up for re-election Hubsmith. The Republicans say they consider every two years.” The National Partnership is bike and pedestrian programs as likely targets targeting Republican districts and has, along for consolidation of what they call wasteful with other national groups that advocate programs. for bike and pedestrian programs, formed a Over in the Senate, on the environcoalition called America Bikes. “We created ment and public works committee, ranking a list of the most important Republican member Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., has members in Congress,” says Hubsmith. The said one of his main priorities is to keep bike members on transportation committees and pedestrian funding out of a transportareceive special attention.

Hubsmith is taking her bike ‘tunnel vision’ national.

“We have phone meetings with local people in the districts, and we train them on how to have a meetings with a member of Congress, and also how to take their member of Congress out to Safe Routes to Schools event. That’s how Mica ended up walking with kids to school in his Florida district. Attention also goes to advocacy in cities in congressional districts of recalcitrant congressional members. Last year four cities in Mica’s district said they want funding for Safe Routes programs. The National Partnership now has about 550 affiliates and a 40-person staff. Although the focus is on kids and getting

them to walk and bike to school, that’s just a start, says Hubsmith. “Safe Routes is the key to open the door to greater policy change to help the environment and public health. It’s also the key for me to get people politically active.” Not a surprising statement from someone who graduated with a degree in environmental science and resource management. “We have a really big problem here with climate change and with so much childhood obesity. I see Safe Routes as a way to wake people up, get them active and make a difference in their communities.” ✹ Email Peter at pseidman.com.

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Gerry Schwartzbach, and justice for all RONNIE COHEN

Mill Valley attorney takes on death penalty to save convicted killer... You have to make sure their constitutional rights are protected.” Schwartzbach does. He worked without pay for 13 years to spring Buddy Nickerson from prison. Schwartzbach knew Nickerson was a racist and an antiSemite. He also knew he was innocent. Nickerson spent 19 years in prison for two murders he did not commit. When he was freed, he had a swastika tattoo removed from his forearm. “You’ve made me see people for who they are and not what they are,” Nickerson wrote to Schwartzbach in a letter. “And I’ll get the tattoo removed. Cause I know of no other way to show you that I have very high respect for you and your family.” Behind Schwartzbach are photos of client Robert Blake. At top, the actor kisses the Mill Valley attorney following his 2005 murder acquittal; The handwritten letter below is a ‘Baretta’-era publicity shot Blake signed ‘Don’t f--k with the Badger.’ hangs framed in the front hallway of Schwartzbach’s erry Schwartzbach has dedicated himSo what’s a nice, Jewish lawyer doing deoffi ce in a mini museum of memorabilia self to saving lives. The Mill Valley crim- fending a white supremacist? from his legal victories. inal-defense attorney has won freedom Firstly, Schwartzbach says that despite the There’s a shadow box display case with the most famously for actor Robert Blake and tattoo on Souza’s forehead, he is not a racist. 2005 not-guilty verdict a jury issued to Blake. fugitive lawyer Stephen Bingham. But he has But the bigger question Schwartzbach asks is, Next to the court document announcing also scored acquittals for a transplant surgeon “If not me, then who?” the acquittal in his wife’s shooting death is a accused of hastening the death of a donor, a One of Schwartzbach’s first clients was battered woman who charged with running a photograph of the freed tough-guy actor kissing Schwartzbach, who triumphantly displays allegedly tried to kill her gay pornography ring. by Ronnie Co he n an electronic-monitoring device Blake just police officer husband The case forced the cut off his ankle. Beneath the shadow box is and an innocent man serving a life sentence green lawyer into a world filled with explicit a black-and-white photo of Blake, which he for a double murder. sex he would have preferred never to have Now Schwartzbach is applying his legal seen. To top it off, the defendant reeked of bad inscribed, “Don’t f--k with the Badger.” Blake called Schwartzbach the Badger. know-how to try to save the life of Frank breath and body odor. When Schwartzbach The day after the jury cleared him of the Souza. The convicted murderer faces the got his first whiff of his client in jail, he was murder charge, the acquitted actor apdeath penalty for allegedly fatally stabbing tempted to run. peared on Larry King Live. convicted child killer Edward Schaefer on a “I caught myself,” he says. “I thought, if I “Gerald Schwartzbach is a brilliant lawyer,” San Quentin State Prison exercise yard. walk away from this guy, what lawyer should the Baretta star told King. “He is busy and Several times, Schwartzbach declined to represent him? interesting and terribly unique. He’s kind of take the case of Frank Souza. But when no “What it reminded me of is simply that like a dog with a dick at each end, and you just other attorney stepped forward to defend the Constitution is most severely tested when can’t really tell what the hell’s going on with him, Schwartzbach felt obliged to repreunpopular people are charged.” him. It’s kind of like an actor. You say, boy, I sent the 32-year-old inmate with “WHITE Schwartzbach’s relatives’ deaths at the can’t put up with this, but as soon as the box POWER” tattooed on his forehead. hands of the Nazis inspire him to fight for starts rollin’, it’s all there.” The compact 66-year-old attorney the rights of accused criminals. “During the Schwartzbach was all there too for Stephen spoke at length about his distinguished Holocaust, millions of people were summarBingham. Bingham was serving as the lawyer career during a recent interview in his ily killed because there was no legal system for George Jackson in 1971, when the Black office on Richardson Bay in Mill Valley. A functioning to protect them,” he says. “It’s Panther tried to escape from San Quentin. baseball with the word “mensch”—Yiddish critically important to make the Constitution Three inmates, including Jackson, and three for a person of integrity and honor—sits work for everybody. prison guards were killed during the botched on his coffee table. A client gave Schwartz“Criminal-defense lawyers are not parescape attempt. Authorities accused Bingham bach the ball. Mensch characterizes to a T ticularly popular with a lot of folks, but the of smuggling to Jackson the gun he used in the soft-spoken, curly-haired lawyer with a role we play in society is absolutely critical. the effort. Bingham fled to Europe, where he penchant for bow ties. 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to face conspiracy and murder charges. A grand jury had indicted Bingham. Thanks to Schwartzbach’s successful argument before the California Supreme Court on another case, despite the grand jury indictment, Bingham was entitled to a preliminary hearing to see the prosecution’s evidence against him. Schwartzbach says he became a lawyer because he’s an emotional guy who cares about people. Learning everything he can learn about his clients helps Schwartzbach save them. When he heard that a client facing the death penalty could sing like Elvis, he had him belt out three tunes during the trial’s penalty phase. Murray Lodge was spared a death sentence. “I chose to be a lawyer to struggle for justice,” Schwartzbach told the jury deciding Bingham’s fate. “And I must tell you I’ve never been more proud to be a lawyer, to represent this fine and decent man who had 15 years of his life ripped away.” Bingham now works as an attorney for Bay Area Legal Aid, and the National Lawyers Guild honored him with its 2009 Champion of Justice Award. Like Bingham, Frank Souza will benefit from a case Schwartzbach successfully argued before the state Supreme Court. The court has appointed a second lawyer, Eric Multhaup, a death-penalty appellate expert, to represent Souza. In 1982, as part of his defense of Maurice Keenan, Schwartzbach successfully petitioned the state Supreme Court to establish the right of defendants in capital murder cases to have two courtappointed attorneys. Souza arrived at San Quentin in January 2010 to serve 55 years to life for murdering a homeless man in San Jose. In July 2010, he allegedly stabbed to death Edward Schaefer on a prison exercise yard. The 44year-old habitual drunken driver had just begun doing 24 years to life in prison for killing 9-year-old Melody Osheroff when he failed to yield to a stop sign while riding his motorcycle through a Novato crosswalk. Melody’s father, Aaron Osheroff, lost his leg as a result of the accident. Schwartzbach was shocked this month when the district attorney decided to seek the death penalty for Souza. Schwartzbach criticized the decision for a host of reasons, most notably the millions of dollars he expects the county and the state will have to pay to try the case as a capital crime. “The death penalty doesn’t serve any legitimate purpose, and it costs a fortune,” Schwartzbach says. “It’s one of the things that’s bankrupting the state. Do we want to execute people or educate kids?” ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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Kate Sears, Marin’s primordial supe How the Sausalito resident became the surprise pick to fill Charles McGlashan’s seat... he ran for governor, so big that Sweeny said, “How could he not appoint her?” Asked about it, Sears laughs (she laughs often): “I don’t know about that. But I do know I was the only applicant that he knew personally.” Although Sears has not been elected to office in Marin, her local connections are impeccable. First was preschool in Tam Valley,

and Amy Belser was the backbone of Sausalito civic action for decades. “My mom was called the Tree Lady. She created the tree ordinance for Sausalito. And she was Robin’s campaign manager over and over. Anyone running for city council would know to come up and meet my mom.” Sears says her strong environmental focus comes from her late father, George. He was for ROBERT VENTE

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hen Jerry Brown tapped Kathrin Sears to be Marin’s new supervisor for southern Marin, many people had two questions: • Is that name a typo? Doesn’t it need an “e” or two? • Who is this person, anyway? The answers are these: • The name is not a typo. “It’s a name my mother invented,” says its owner, generally known as Kate. “But I like it. In fact I’ve passed it along to one of my nieces.” • True, Kate Sears, 58, was not among the usual suspects thought to be in line for the job after Charles McGlashan died of apparent heart failure at age 49 on March 27. Unlike several other hopefuls, Sears wasn’t then or hadn’t been on a city council. But as is evident, she has an impressively broad and high-powered background. By training and temperament, says political guru John Leonard of Mill Valley, “she has the potential to be Marin’s best supervisor in quite some time. I told her that.” Sears has many admirers. Chief among them is a potential rival, Kathleen Foote, former Mill Valley mayor and head of the state attorney general’s anti-trust division. She, like Sears, worked from an office on the 11th floor of the State Building in San Francisco and thought of applying for the supervisor job. Says Foote: “How would I describe Kate? She has a fabulous sense of humor; really smart; very real. I think she’s great. I’m a real fan. She’s lively, smart, intuitive, sharp, strategic. I hope the political office thing doesn’t take this out of her.” Foote and Sausalito political legend Robin Sweeny offer this identical description: “Kate doesn’t suffer fools gladly.” Does this mean she’s mean? No! they say. She is very fair. Would she dispute this assessment? “No, I would not. I want people to treat each other well. I have very strong feelings about how people treat each other; how you should supervise and mentor people.” Sears, a Democrat, lives in the Sausalito place where she grew up, next to Star of the Sea Church “in a very non-Sausalito lot; flat with no view.” She is divorced with no children but has a “joint custody dog, Josie, plus two cats, Roxie and Pootie, all from shelters.” She goes to a gym twice a week and is religiously unaffiliated but enjoys the Zen Center at Green Gulch. Sears got the supervisor job because she impressed the governor and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, as a supervising deputy attorney general under Brown in the AG’s office. She led the legal charge to an $8.6 billion settlement of the predatory lending lawsuit against Countrywide Financial and its parent, Bank of America. It was a huge win for Brown as

When you’re a county supervisor, you can spell your name any darn way you please.

then Marin Country Day School in its early years managing general partner, or director, days, then Tam High. “My dad wanted me of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury to go to Burke’s but my mom taught math Winthrop Shaw Pittman after four mergers). at Tam High and wanted me to go to public He didn’t want his name in the paper, but high school. So did I. We prevailed.” for years quietly made things happen for the Then a dizzying array of degrees and highSierra Club and Greenbelt Alliance and even powered positions: Carleton College for a B.A. saved the Skunk Train between Fort Bragg and in Asian Studies, UniWillits. He and Sweeny by Steve M c N am ara versity of Washington went to Washington for an M.A. in China to lobby for the last, Regional Studies, University of Michigan for southern slice of the Golden Gate National a Ph.D. in Political Science, Harvard Law for a Recreation Area. J.D. Plus fellowships, consulting jobs, teaching Kate Sears served on several Sausalito awards and work at two high-powered San committees and boards, chiefly the city Francisco law firms before joining the AG’s Planning Commission. She says the most office in 2005. satisfying political assignment was sortSears says she gets her political chops from ing out the hugely contentious new public her late mother, Mary Ann, who with Sweeny safety building for Sausalito. One faction

wanted a big building constructed across Caledonia Street. The other faction was fiercely against it. Sears headed a committee of 21 that met for a year and, peacefully, chose a smaller but workable footprint. “Many of those people, from both sides, sent letters to the governor supporting my application. I’m proud of that.” Sears happily echoes McGlashan’s devotion to environmental issues, especially bay preservation. “Believe it or not,” she says with a laugh, “I was actually a big fan of BCDC in high school. I went to their meetings! And now I’m on the board!” A divisive issue facing Sears is the SMART train from Marin to Sonoma and points north. Sears was reported as having doubts about McGlashan’s commitment to the train. Sears still has concerns about financing, and she’s disappointed that the current route is from downtown Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael, not on to the Larkspur ferry terminal. But as is her habit, she did her homework and now is thinking the train isn’t a bad idea. She first approached the issue as a veteran bus commuter from Sausalito to San Francisco. “I initially thought, ‘Why don’t they just make the bus system better?’ But then I realized that a lot of people will never get out of their cars and on a bus because they have an attitude about the bus that isn’t positive. Perhaps they will get out of their cars and get on a train. Plus, I think we need to think forward. In so many areas in Europe they have a fabulous train network. We can’t get so constricted by current concerns that we forget about the long-term impact. And I take seriously how the voters voted. They said they wanted the train. You can’t say, ‘Those silly voters. We’re going to ignore them because we know better.’” Lastly, will she seek a full term in 2012? Her friend Robin Sweeny offered this: “She may do all this study and say, ‘Wow! Get me out of here!’ Or she may say, ‘I’m not going to spend all this time learning this stuff and then just go home.’” Sears’ response? She laughs and laughs some more. “I think Robin summed it up pretty well.” You should bet on Option B. Because this is what Sears says about being a supervisor: “I’m really, really enjoying my job. I’ve always been service-oriented. Some people thought I spent too much time doing pro bono work when I was a lawyer. There’s always that issue of so many billable hours. It’s a great luxury to be able to do this work and actually have it be your job, to be paid for it. It’s incredible!” ✹ Steve McNamara was editor and publisher of the ‘Pacific Sun’ from 1966 to 2004. Email Steve at stevemcnamara@me.com. AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 19

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Nancy Kelly, lullaby of parkland...

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etting to filmmaker Nancy Kelly’s home in Greenbrae is somewhat of a production in itself. Drive to the dead end. Find a legal parking space. Go around the corner and onto the narrow dock. Keep walking on the wood boardwalk for about 10 minutes until you finally reach Kelly’s cozy home sitting on pilings above a salt marsh. The unusual, yet serene setting seems the perfect place to interview the petite, cheerful woman who transitioned from cowgirl to award-winning documentary filmmaker. Kelly seemed destined for a career that allows her to wear many hats. As a student at the University of Masby N ik k i S sachusetts, she changed her major 23 times. Today, as a filmmaker, she tackles writing, producing, directing, fundraising and marketing. One thing she doesn’t do is edit. Fortunately, her business partner and husband of more than 25 years is respected editor Kenji Yamamoto. Working together on their six critically acclaimed independent films, Kelly and Yamamoto recently finished a trilogy, 10 years in the making, about the transformative power of art. Kelly and Yamamoto’s current working project, Moments in Time, is a PBS documentary focusing on the people who saved the parklands of the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from development. Kelly expects to finish the film in time for airing in 2012. It’s a fascinating story that hasn’t yet been told on film and it resonates with Kelly. Without these parks and vast open spaces in our backyard, cowgirl Kelly would never have moved from a cattle ranch in Modoc County to the confines of her home in Marin County. And the timing of her subject matter couldn’t be more prescient—due to draconian parks budget cuts, Marin’s four state parks are scheduled for closure for the 2012 season and beyond. Meanwhile, a group of open space-lovin’ Marinites has formed what they’re calling the Open Parks Coalition to save China Camp, Olompali, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor from the budgetary ax. Once again, when nature calls, Marinites answer. We asked Kelly about her upcoming film and the birth of Marin’s environmental movement. ●

How did a small-town girl from Massachusetts end up as a cowhand in California? My best friend wanted to work on a cattle ranch. She ended up in Surprise Valley [a Modoc County town at the northeastern tip of California]. We corresponded by audiocassette. One tape said, “Hey Nance, I’m on a 20 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

ranch and the horses here gallop over rocks as big as footballs.” I had already graduated college and had a professional job where I got money, vacation, retirement. I quit that job so fast. What made you leave behind your life atop a horse for a life behind the camera? I lived that life for three years and loved it, but I met Kenji in San Francisco while I was editing a film about the cattlemen on the ranch. I tried hard to get Kenji to be a cowboy. He did not want to be a cowboy. We ended up moving to Marin in 1983.The only way I could leave the ranch ilve r ste in was to get out where there was space. The open space, that’s what made it possible for me to live in Marin. Is that open space the inspiration for ‘Moments in Time’? [The film] was actually Nancy Dobbs’ idea. Nancy’s the president of KRCB-TV and we’re partnering with them. Three books inspired the film: The Wilderness Next Door and Farming on the Edge by John Hart and Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast by Dr. Martin Griffin. It is such a story.

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Greenbrae filmmaker’s ode to Point Reyes and the GGNRA couldn’t come at a better ‘Moment’ People can see the Marincello model? Not now, but we were able to use it in the film. Someone at GGNRA took me into the Wallace Battery [former underground military bunker in the Headlands] to find it. We walked past boxes that were labeled “cruise missile parts.” Some consider the battle over Marincello as no less than the birth of the Marin environmental movement. It was quite a David versus Goliath battle. There were three pro bono lawyers [Martin Rosen, Doug Ferguson and Robert Praetzel]. Huey Johnson of the Nature Conservancy traveled back and forth to negotiate with Gulf Oil—endlessly. The people at Gulf told him [the Nature Conservancy’s] lawyers were going to go broke and they’d quit. Huey said, “There’s something you don’t know. They’re crazy and they’re never going to stop.” Those attorneys took it all the way to the California State Supreme Court. They prevailed. It sounds like the typical legal and political battle that happens today. They were activists before there was a word for it. There were two ladies who stopped traffic going over the Waldo Grade to ask drivers to sign petitions against Marincello. Small groups of people would be fighting development in one part of Marin and they wouldn’t even know that other people were out there fighting for the same thing.

What makes saving the Marin land a compelling story? Is what happened here different from what happened in other areas? I’ve been fascinated with the political process of saving those lands, because good lord, we’re in the middle of 7 million people. The people They needed the Internet. here fought to preserve so much land in this That would have helped. Part of it was place that was growing like crazy in the ’50s that in the ’60s, there wasn’t an enviand ’60s after the war. Somebody described it ronmental movement. By the time the as a portrait of the fabric of Bay Area society, Golden Gate National Recreation Area because the people here were determined that came along in the ’70s, the first Earth Day Marin wasn’t going to go the way of Malibu or had happened. People learned the power Southern California or even the Peninsula or of saying no. wherever—Maryland, Delaware, Michigan—wherevWhat other battles to er they had come from. thwart development will Seize the Moment ‘Moments in Time’ cover? Moments in Time still Was the line in the The battle over the needs some help to reach sand Marincello? Bolinas Lagoon. It was the finish line. Donations In the 1960s in the Marin unbelievable. At the may be sent to: Headlands, developers were southern entrance to the Nancy Dobbs, execugoing to build Marincello, a national seashore, develtive director KRCB Public city of 20- to 30,000 people. opers planned to build a Television, 5850 Labath Ave., Gulf Oil bought the land large marina with botels Rohnert Park CA 94928 from various farmers and [boats as hotels]. There engaged in a partnership would be a toll road from with an East Coast developStinson Beach. A helier named Thomas Frouge. He had this grand port somewhere. A whole development vision of a city that would be self-sustaining. of roads. The Richmond Bridge would There would be industry and people would connect with Highway One, which was live and work right there in the Headlands. going to be four lanes. It’s also interesting Construction even started. I saw the architect’s to consider the unintended consequences. model of the project. Positive and negative.

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What are some of those consequences? There were wild proposals to subdivide farms outside the parks, have umpteen houses per acre. Nicasio Reservoir was built to support that development. Gary Giacomini was on the Marin County Board of Supervisors and he was a proponent of preserving the land. He helped rezone the West Marin farmland to one house per 60 acres. That’s a positive consequence. And, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust [MALT] was born—the first agricultural land trust ever. Ellen Straus was a farmer and Phyllis Faber was a biologist; they were the unlikely allies that founded MALT. They went for a walk in a field and came back with the idea that the farms in the park should be held in perpetuity. It was the nature of the times, a lot of people from very different worlds came together. That’s a wonderful, positive, unexpected consequence. What’s a negative consequence of saving those lands? The negative, unintended consequence is that the cost of real estate is high. Children that grew up here can’t afford to buy a home and stay here. But, the open land, that’s why we all want to be here. What do you want people to learn from ‘Moments in Time’? The true lesson is that every one of us can do what people did as individuals back then. Their energy, that’s the same kind of energy we need to solve the problems of today. ✹ Email Nikki at nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com.

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Dawn Weisz, local power’s lead spark San Anselmo mom now the public face of the hot-button MEA

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house gas inventory process in the county. “What we found is that about one-third of the contributions to greenhouse gas emissions from the county—both the government and the people and businesses—come from stationary energy use, [meaning] buildings.” b y S a m a n t There are other contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The biggest one, of course, is transportation. “[But] it was clear that the transportation nut was a lot harder to crack, because so many individual choices are involved,” Weisz explains. “Building new transportation systems, and getting new vehicles in place, is a very big undertaking—very resource-intensive. The stationary energy use seemed to be a more straightforward way to make a change, because folks are all getting their power through the same lines. And if we could simply change the source that is creating all that energy, then there could be a pretty dramatic change made.”

Weisz first becamwe concerned about environmental issues three decades ago, while attending the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She started a town recycling program—a fairly innovative concept at the time—and began focusing on the global impact that humans have on ecosystems. By the time she began her graduate work at UCLA, Weisz shifted her focus to environmental justice, public policy and social welfare—namely, the effect that society was having on certain segments of the population. “Los Angeles is a great place to find a lot of examples of where industrial processes are impacting low-income communities and people of color, more so than more affluent communities,” says Weisz. “That’s been a big concern of mine.” In the late ’90s, Weisz began working for the county of Marin on sustainability and energy programs, helping to determine what the county’s impact was on the environment and discovering how it could ROBERT VENTE

he’s no overnight success or flash in the pan—although her critics may have uttered such terms earlier this year when she was hired quickly and quietly “without due process” as the executive director of Marin Energy Authority (MEA). Still, there was no small amount of backlash last winter when the MEA board voted unanimously to pull the plug on its outside headhunter search for a permanent head and hand the reins—and $198,000 a year in salary, plus a $22,000 signing bonus—of the state’s first public power agency to its interim director. Even some of the county supervisors raised eyebrows at the move. But Dawn Weisz has been working tirelessly for the past 17 years developing and managing renewable energy programs. When she took on her current position, Weisz had already launched the first phase of service nine months prior as the public utility’s interim director. Under her leadership, Marin Clean Energy (MCE) has been recognized as an innovative public utility program, receiving accolades from the EPA and state Legislature. The program was the only utility in the state to actually exceed renewable requirements in

Weisz is crossing into uncharted currents as head of the state’s first local power aggregator.

2010, called the Renewable Portfolio Standard, mandating all load-surfing entities to provide power that’s 20 percent renewable content—MCE reached 27 percent. And when Marin Clean Energy completes its full rollout by next year, its customer base is expected to increase from a little over 8,000 customers to something like 50,000. That expansion alone would make Dawn Weisz a person in the county to watch in the coming year. But when the MEA’s biggest champion, Charles McGlashan, died unexpectedly from a heart attack in March, Weisz suddenly became the public face of the fledgling energy agency— 22 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

reduce its impact, or do a better job. She began to assist the county with developing and tracking indicators related to energy use and the environment and greenhouse gas emissions, launching a number of related programs, including the Green Building Program that continues today. “We did a solar analysis for the county, determining where would be the best locations to install solar,” she says. “We actually did install the first solar installation on the county garage in 2002. That was really exciting. [It’s] still up and running.” That same year, Weisz helped run a green-

ficult,” she theorizes. “Particularly when there are stakeholders that are invested in the way things are currently—that change is perceived as not beneficial for them, because it changes the status quo. Change also is often aligned with uncertainty. And ha Camp os when there’s uncertainty, folks get fearful— and a lot of worry and hand-wringing goes along with that. That’s why so much study and analysis was put into this idea before we took steps to get it up and running.” On a daily basis, particularly in recent months, Weisz spends a lot of time in contract negotiations for new power supplies. She’s also responsible for interfacing with board members, stakeholders, community members who might have questions, occasional media and more recently, the councils of cities and towns that have not yet joined, because of an amnesty program now available to them. Earlier this year, MEA launched a feed-in tariff, a program that basically pays any power providers in Marin County for power that they’re generating. “It’s a good fit for someone ● ● ● ● who may be a small dairy that has a methane BECAUSE HER PARENTS were in the digester, landfill gas that’s being created can Peace Corps in the late ’60s—Weisz was born go into the feed-in tariff, or solar if someone in Nairobi, Kenya—she traveled quite a bit built a large solar facility and wanted to sell as a youth, and recognized the disparity of that power back to us,” explains Weisz. MEA resources from culture to culture, and the also recently signed a contract for solar power gross abundance of wealth by comparison in with an agreement for one megawatt of America. Especially in California, and espepower to be built as solar carport structures cially in Marin County. “And I feel like, given in Marin County. (One megawatt of carport that privilege, it’s really our responsibility to structures is about eight acres.) Over the next serve as a model for positive change, rather year they’ll be looking for a good location for than serving as a model for negative impacts that solar installation in Marin County. on the environment, which is what we have Weisz has also been busy this summer been doing up until this point.” working in Sacramento, testifying at the SenWeisz contends that MCE is a local govern- ate and the Assembly on a piece of legislation ment program that allows for the energy sponsored by Mark Leno’s office—SB 790, a dollars that customers are paying anywhere bill that would remove some of the barriers to flow into a local government not-for-profit currently in place for Climate Change Agreestructure, without major overhead going to ment programs. And, of course, she’s gearing shareholders. Instead, any revenue that comes up for the expansion of MCE’s “phase two” in can be used, as she says, “to do the right rollout, which is scheduled for 2012. thing, make good choices, invest in renewable “I think that choice is important,” she energy and energy efficiency, and at the same says. “When I started working on this—I time, lock in costs so that on a going-forward have two young children. And they wanted basis, customers aren’t subject to wildly to know why I was always going away to fluctuating power costs.” And, says Weisz, these night meetings. I explained to them very likely in the not too distant future, as that it’s about choice—you know, when we fossil fuels become more and more limited in go to the grocery store, we spend a little supply, we want to make sure that we’ve acted time thinking about, ‘What kind of milk responsibly and we have renewable sources of do we want to buy? Do we want to buy supply in place for our community. organic or local? The glass bottles from But not everyone feels the same way. Since Straus?’ I think having a voice and being the formation of MCE, Weisz has faced able to make an impact on your environformidable opposition—from PG&E, as well ment is really important for a society. I as a small but vocal collection of community hope that Marin Clean Energy, through members who feel that Marin County power offering that choice to customers, can aggregation is another example of the local serve as a conduit for empowerment to government forcing a financial boondoggle make positive change on the planet.” ✹ on customers. “I think that change can be difEmail Samantha at campos_samantha@yahoo.com.

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Fran White, from campus to cantata Can the former COM pres help the symphony strike a chord with youth? ROBERT VENTE

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ome 70 years ago F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Often this pithy quote is pulled out and dusted off for use in stories (such as this one) to demonstrate that Fitzgerald was wrong. Second acts abound in this country’s history (Ronald Reagan comes to mind), and nowhere is this more evident than with Marin County’s Fran White. White is the high-powered, intensely driven former president of the College of Marin who has, since her retirement last year, morphed into a powerful force in the county’s classical music scene. She recently became the chairwoman of the board of the Marin Symphony and her new mission, among other things, is to broaden the fan base—particularly children—of the 59-year-old institution. Board members who were interviewed say that White’s talents in administration, fundraising, community outreach and passion for classical music make her a natural to lead the symphony at this time in its history. And White could not be happier. “I’m having a ball,” she said in a recent interview. “I’m having the time of my life.” It certainly is a more peaceful time compared to the community college problems and controversies—many if not all of which she inherited when she became president of the College of Marin—that captured local headlines and seemed never ending. Enrollment seemed to be in a downward spiral, the college faced a loss of accreditation, questions about how to spend money from a bond measure for restoring old facilities and building new ones peppered her administration as well as the college’s board of trustees—and, perhaps most enduring, there was the fractious faculty, a vocal minority of which was unrelenting in its demands that White be fired by the board.

The former community college chief is staging quite an encore. Literally.

Reflecting on her years at the college, White says, “I look back and smile a lot.” The faculty, primarily the college’s academic senate (comprising faculty members), was key in stabilizing the campus. “I must give credit to the faculty who have turned the institution around, “ she said. “The academic senate stood up. I smile about that.” She said it was of prime importance to her to not leave the college “bankrupt— financially, educationally or in developing a successful building program.” The college, she said, “improved over six years [her time in office]. I’m proud of it.” A classical composition is, among other Those years and the ones in academia things, punctuated by points and counter- preceding them can be viewed as White’s points, which ultimately blend into exqui- first act, the one for which she had trained site harmony. The inifor a career in educaby D on Sp e ic h tial-to-middle years tion. of White’s tenure at Since her retireCOM featured distinct points and coun- ment, she has served as a consultant to terpoints, loud and ultimately disruptive, community college districts, particularly which did not lead to harmony but rather in the area of strategic planning. She also to jarring dissonance and irresolution. has served on the symphony board, driven Ultimately the controversies, the primarily by her love for classical music. problems, the rancor were successfully She grew up in a home that was musiaddressed. Enrollment picked up, the cal. Her mother was a trained classical redevelopment program got on track and, pianist. “It was great to hear music all the perhaps most important of all, accreditatime,” she said. tion was assured. White is proud of her She was approached last year by some role in resolving all of what at one time colleagues on the board and asked if she seemed intractable problems.

would consider leading the board, and, she said to herself, “Why not?” Steve Machtinger has been a violist in the symphony and a member of the board for 10 years. He and other board members have nothing but high praise for White. “We are very fortunate to have her,” he said. “She is an outstanding administrator, has experience with [reaching out to] the public, passion and leadership skills. “The main thing the symphony needs at this point is the ability to reach out to a broader Marin community who do not realize who we are.” He said the “audience has not been growing at the same rate that the orchestra has grown” in both its size, quality and number of symphonies performed (at present five a year). He and other board members said a key priority is to increase knowledge of and membership in the Marin Youth Symphony. Currently the young musicians (most of them high-school age) perform three times a years at the College of Marin. Board member Leslie Miller said one challenge facing White is “how to let people know how exciting classical music is.” Young people in particular, she said, frequently know little if anything about classical music. White is the ideal person to take on this

task, Miller said, because “she had her finger on the pulse of the community.” Board member Renee Rymer also is enthusiastic about White and her leadership abilities. “She’s a real gem,” Rymer said. She also stressed the need for the symphony to reach out to Marin’s youths. White, she noted, referring to White’s career in education, “has lots of experience with young people.” One thing White and board members are excited about is the upcoming 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. To celebrate the event next May, the symphony has commissioned composer Rob Kapilow to create a symphony that celebrates the world-renowned bridge. It will be performed next year on May 6 and 8 on a program also featuring Beethoven’s joyous 9th Symphony. Board member Machtinger talked about the intriguing approach Kapilow is taking to compose the symphony. He is going about Marin asking a wide range of adults, teens and children this one question: What does the Golden Gate Bridge sound like? For White, perhaps it sounds like a Chopin sonata played by her mother many years ago, planting the seed that would blossom decades later as the curtain rose on Fran White’s second act. ✹ Contact Don at dfordonny@yahoo.com. AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 23

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hen Rebecca Wilson was 3-1/2 years old, her father took two bullets, in the chest and head, on South Van Ness Street in San Francisco. Dow Wilson, 40, had been the militant leader of the 2,500 strong Painters’ Union. He and his wife, Barbara, were labor organizers and class warriors; when Dow was gone nights on union business, Barbara opened the front door shotgun in hand. Dow could not be bought by the unscrupulous, and clashes with a corrupt union official led to his assassination in 1966. Becky, the baby of the family—her older brother, Lee, was 18, her sister, Amalia, 14—was told that her father had been shot by robbers. She writes, “[M]y father’s murder fractured the family and set us madly in some motion that we’ve never stopped.” The remaining family, each member with a personality big enough to take over a room, descended into chaos and remained there. In A House with No Roof, Wilson’s sad, funny and remarkably unbitter memoir coming out from Counterpoint Press this fall, Wilson describes growing up with grief, bewilderment, domestic violence, drug abuse and death. Oh, and the Wilsons moved to Bolinas, the West Marin town that she says, “seemed to welcome crazy people.” The book is in some ways a portrait of the late ’60s and ’70s in Marin County. Union contributions and proceeds from a small life insurance lawsuit paid for a house to be built for the Wilsons on the Mesa. While they were living in rental accommodations during construction, Lee, then 20 and a handsome Robert Redford look-alike, began to shoot heroin. Barbara’s response when told about this by Amalia? To slap her face and tell her to shut up. Writer Anne Lamott, who came to know Barbara 30 years ago when she spent time visiting Lamott’s dying father—she was a fierce and caring friend—writes in the book’s introduction that she was “extraordinary in her brilliance, artistic eccentricity, and ferocious plain spoken feminism,” but could, nonetheless, “be impossible.” In spite of her feminism, Barbara set no boundaries on Lee, whose bursts of druginduced violence against his girlfriends (and more shockingly, his young sister) would have driven most mothers to call the authorities. But “Wilsons Are Bold,” b y E l i z a b e read the banner Barbara sewed to fly over the house—and furthermore, would have no truck with cops. (When, as a 5-year-old, Becky got lost in Mill Valley and wound up at the police station, her mother was furious. Confiscating the lollipop given to Becky by a policeman, she lectured, “We don’t ever go to the police.”)

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Lee may have reminded Barbara of her lost husband; certainly Dow appears to have been impatient and mercurial in his temper. She let Lee get away with what could well have been murder. On one occasion, a fight broke out between Lee and Becky. After he had punched her in the head, and kicked her in the stomach, he kicked her head-first down the stairs. “You must forgive him,” Barbara told the sobbing Becky, “Lee feels terrible guilt.” She went on to explain, without irony, that on the night of Dow’s murder, Lee and his father got into a fistfight at the dinner table—over table manners. Lee ran out of the house and thus was not present at his father’s murder, which he felt he could have prevented. “Things have never been easy for Lee, not since that night.” “My throat closes up,” Wilson writes, “I want to yell, ‘What about me? Make him stop.’ But I know she won’t. Lee will come back. She’ll always let him come home.” Sure enough, as Lee’s drug smuggling (he began by bringing back a surfboard full of cocaine, and went on to organize huge shipments of marijuana into the port of San Francisco) led to trash bags of cash, he and his mother engaged in violent dishthrowing fights. Meanwhile, the voluptuous Amalia departed for Woodstock and was not heard from for “a long, long time.” Becky was now 10 and the owner of a beloved bay mare named Shaheia. In lovely contrast to the mayhem of her life at home, Becky and Shaheia would escape into the wild beauty that is West Marin. Alone or with girlfriends she rode the hills and beaches—even riding across the channel to Seadrift at low tide. Wilson gives the reader lyrical descriptions of the lives of little girls surrounded by flowers, shells and butterflies, running wild in nature. (It’s a safe bet that there is a movie somewhere in the future for A House with No Roof.) Time passed and Wilson somehow made it to high school—a dubious achievement, since tradition at Tam High dictated that students from West Marin were hicks and “Boho Burnouts.” But worse followed: Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer and, in a not uncommon scenario in ’70s California, decided to take the “alternative” route to healing. Becky was thrown into the role of parent as they endured the misery of fruitless travels to t h S t e w a r t Mexico and elsewhere in search of cures that inevitably disappointed. Barbara grew ever sicker and finally died two weeks before Becky’s graduation. In meeting the adult Rebecca, it is hard to square this composed and beautiful woman—now in her 40s—with the girl who grew up amid such grief and pain.

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She lives with Malcolm, her kind-looking, handsome older partner, and a very tiny cat in a secluded sunny cottage in Fairfax. After college at Scripps in Southern California, she spent two years in the U.K. interviewing Scottish and Irish women poets for her first published book, Sleeping with Monsters. Returning to California, she began work with Don Deane at the Coastal Post. “When I first interviewed with him, I said I had an idea for a book and pitched the idea of trying out some of the material in the paper, and he let me try it in column format. It was called ‘Raising My Mother.’” These days Wilson is deputy editor at Tiburon’s Ark newspaper. In the 12 years needed to mold A House with No Roof into its present publishable form, it took various versions and received much editorial input. Wilson herself grew and changed. At the age of 30 she became the

owner of two wolf/malamute/husky dogs— her wolves as she refers to them. The wolves gave her a much needed sense of home and protection—and in fact rallied ’round her with wild barking and ruffs erect during an encounter with an angry Lee. (Lee died five years ago, of cancer.) When Wilson finally met Malcolm in a yoga class, it was the wolves’ reaction to him that sealed the deal. He held out his arms to them on the beach, and they raced toward him, knocked him into the sand, and with wild barks and wagging tails licked his face in welcome. When asked if she has felt changed by the writing of A House with No Roof, Rebecca Wilson thinks for a moment, then says: “I do feel changed by it. Strangely enough, it’s made me feel closer to my family. And I have a sense of freedom from the past. I feel free.” ✹

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Enjoy local food and organic beer and wine provided by Epicurean Group. Also, check out the menu at Lydia’s Organics and try some creamy, delicious Laloo’s Goat’s Milk Ice Cream. As you stroll around, look for Whipper Snapper, Weaver’s Coffee, Clif Bar and Mary’s Chickens, and sample some of their treats. Let us entertain you Come hear a full day of passionate, live local music –bring a blanket and relax on the grass near the stage. And you’ll find plenty of hands-on activities to keep the little environmentalists busy, including a climbing wall.

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iLearn Dominican University Green MBA (booth #1) www.greenmba.com Students in our two-year full-time or three-year part-time GreenMBA program learn a practical approach to financial viability, ecological sustainability and social justice. Point Reyes Books (booth #2) www.ptreyesbooks.com A spirited, independent bookstore that caters to the literary passions of townsfolk and visitors to coastal Marin. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lively forum for authors, poets, scholars, and storytellers. Rudolf Steiner College (booth #3) www.steinercollege.edu Rudolf Steiner College is one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading Waldorf teacher education colleges and a center for transformative learning, and the arts. San Domenico School (booth #4) www.sandomenico.org San Domenico is very proud of its distinctive program of ecological literacy â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the first in Marin County and recognized nationally as a Leading Edge school in environmental sustainability. The Branson School (booth #5) www.branson.org An independent high school, Branson is leading the way to a sustainable future. Our new green campus

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improvements uphold our mission to promote responsible leadership. Shelter Publications (booth #6) www.shelterpub.com Publishing high-quality books about natural building, alternative architecture and sustainable construction for 40 years from a garden studio in the small coastal town of Bolinas. From War To Peace (booth #7) www.fromwartopeace.com From War To Peace creates jewelry from disarmed and recycled nuclear weapon systems.We donate 20% of our profits to peace and social justice organizations. San Anselmo Quality of Life Commission (booth #8) www.townofsananselmo.org Charged with promoting sustainability through action and leadership,The Quality of Life Commission also awards recognition to those contributing to the wellbeing of our community.

iPlay Marine Mammal Center (booth #1) www.marinemammalcenter.org The Marine Mammal Center rehabilitates sick and injured marine mammals.What we learn from our patients helps us inspire others to take action to protect the oceans. Point Reyes National Seashore (booth #2) www.nps.gov Point Reyes National Seashore, established in 1962, safeguards the resources of the Point Reyes Peninsula, preserves local history, and hosts over two million visitors every year. Marin Agricultural Land Trust (booth #3) www.malt.org MALT is a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists working to preserve farmland. Since 1980 MALT has permanently protected 68 family farms. Marin County 4-H (booth #3) http://cemarin.ucdavis.edu/Programs/ 4-H_Program Head – Heart – Hands – Health. 4-H Youth Development helps diverse young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing and caring citizens. Shastina Rose Creative Love — Face Painting and Hula Hoops (booth #4) Enjoy face painting to reveal the playful, elegant, and fantastical creatures that we truly are. Handmade hula hoops will be for sale for children and adults. Clif Bar (booth #5) www.clifbar.com Employee and family-owned, we make nutritious, all-natural, organic foods and drinks, including CLIF® BAR energy bar, LUNA® and CLIF Kid®. We’re committed to sustaining our people, brands, business, community and planet. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (booth #6) www.seashepherd.org Since 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), an international nonprofit marine wildlife conservation group, has worked to end the destruction of habitat and wildlife in the world’s oceans. Mom’s Breastaurant (booth #7) www.momsbreastaurant.org Mom’s Breastaurant provides an infant care station where parents can change diapers or feed their little ones away from distraction. AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 27

Marin Alternative Mother’s Group (booth #7) www.marinalternativemothersgroup.com Marin Alternative Mother’s Group provides a supportive community for natural birth moms. Holistic Moms Network is a national nonprofit connecting parents who are interested in holistic living. No Enemy (booth #8) www.noenemy.org No Enemy makes organic cotton and hemp activewear in the Bay Area to support peaceful communities. It’s FUNctionalocal clothing for children men and women.

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recycled hammered copper vases, handmade leadfree pottery, paper mache and textiles. Juice Plus+ (booth #6) www.juiceplus.com Juice Plus+ is a whole-food-based nutritional supplement that supports immune health by providing key phytonutrients found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and grains. Whipper Snapper (booth #7) Whipper Snapper is a fun, vibrant neighborhood restaurant featuring organic California-Caribbean cuisine with delicious tapas and sangria. Enjoy the back patio — it’s a tropical oasis! EcoTensil Inc. (booth #8) ecotensil.com EcoTensil produces ultra-green, silky-smooth paperboard spoons.The award-winning 3” EcoTaster and the 5” EcoSpoon are renewable, materialefficient and simply more fun to use. Mass Mutual (booth #9) www.massmutual.com Mass Mutual, a financial services company, is proud to support EcoFair Marin! Visit us to enter the composter raffle and compete for eco-friendly prizes. Flowmotion Rolfing (booth #10) www.flowmotion.com Rolfing is a form of bodywork which can help you to create a fluid, easy, and pain-free life. Feel at home in your body! Best Sole (booth #13) www.massaginginsoles.com Massaging Insoles® are therapeutic, 100% glycerinfilled insoles that provide cushion, increase circulation and massage your feet with every step. Absorb shock — great for knees, hips and back.

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The kids are all right... Or so say opponents of tighter security measures at Juvenile Court by Ronnie Cohen

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im Nielsen understands the need for court security. In 1986, while working as a deputy public defender, he was sitting in a Marin Civic Center jury box when he heard a pop and caught a glimpse of a woman’s arm firing a gun. He dove to the ground, crawled on his elbows and knees to the witness stand and darted out of the courtroom. Two people were shot down that day inside Courtroom M. The maternal grandmother of a child in the middle of a custody dispute killed the child’s father and then turned the gun on herself. The murder-suicide happened in a criminal courtroom everyone entered without having to pass through a metal detector. Despite his brush with courtroom violence, Nielsen sees no need for the security measures Marin court officials have proposed in Juvenile Court. A security officer screens everyone who enters a courtroom adjoining Juvenile Hall. But Kim Turner, who oversaw the Civic Center’s installation of a metal detector soon after she became the court executive officer in 1986, insists on tightening security measures at the Lucas Valley courtroom—or closing it. Turner planned to build a glass enclosure—also known as a cage—in which juvenile defendants and their lawyers would sit during hearings. The plan sparked such outrage that Turner scrapped it and decided instead to close the one-room court adjoining Juvenile Hall in September. Closing the juvenile courtroom would mean having to shuttle juveniles in shackles about four miles from Lucas Valley to the Civic Center. The plan to close the courtroom upsets defense attorneys, who cringe at the notion of teenagers being shackled. And it

would leave the county Probation Department, which is responsible for Juvenile Hall, scrambling for money for a vehicle to accommodate the kids and for staff to accompany them on the trip. Closing down the Lucas Valley courtroom might cost more than keeping it open. The problem, however, is that the state pays to operate the courtroom, while the county pays to operate Juvenile Hall and would be responsible for transportation from Lucas Valley to the Civic Center. Michael Daly, the county’s chief probation officer, rounded up all the county players in the criminal-justice system and plans to pitch an alternative they believe will alleviate security concerns in the Lucas Valley courtroom. Daly and a representative of the sheriff’s department will present the plan—secret for now—to Turner, the judges and commissioners on Sept. 21. Turner had planned to close the courtroom Sept. 19 but agreed to delay the closure until at least the end of November to hear Daly’s presentation and allow time to post a public notice of the closure. Daly’s plan includes surveillance cameras and panic buttons. He did not want to elaborate on other details. But others involved in the discussions said the plan includes a Plexiglas barrier to separate court spectators from the judge, the lawyers, the court reporter and alleged juvenile offenders. “With the enhancements we’re going to recommend, it’s not going to be unsafe,” Daly said. “The plan we’re going to present is going to be persuasive.” District Attorney Ed Berberian said he worries more about spectators than about juvenile defendants. “The public is oftentimes

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to be shelved. The prosecutor who handles juvenile cases was pleased that the video-conferencing plan died. Seeing a judge in court has a power that seeing a judge on a screen would not, said Ron Ravani, the deputy district attorney who has handled Marin’s juvenile cases for the past 23 years. “I just want them in front of that judge,” he said. “I don’t want them to just see it on a screen. I want them to feel the presence.” The point of juvenile court, Ravani and other attorneys pointed out, is to rehabilitate. Juveniles may be punished but only as a form of rehabilitation, not retribution. “When there’s a kid who’s hellbent on doing wrong, they’re gonna do wrong,” he said. “But we’ve got a lot of kids who aren’t hellbent on it.” Being with a judge in a courtroom, he added, can turn kids around. Ravani said he had not worried about his safety in the juvenile courtroom until Turner raised the issue. “I don’t generally feel unsafe in that courtroom,” he said. “Would I look at this differently if everyone’s security was my responsibility? I think I would.” Nielsen now runs Alternate Defenders Inc., which provides defense attorneys in cases when defendants qualify for a public defender but the public defender’s office has a conflict. “I understand people’s concerns about safety,” Nielsen said. “However, I haven’t heard of any instances where there’s been any problems where these type of measures are necessary. I just don’t see the necessity of going to the extreme measures they were planning. “Why put a kid in a cage? Why do you need to separate him from everybody else and make him feel inferior and like a second-class citizen? People thought this was preposterous that you would treat a kid like this. I’m glad it’s not going to happen. The glass cage has been put to rest, thankfully.” ✹ Write Ronnie Cohen at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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Eighties über alles Let’s dance this mess of a decade around one more time... by G r e g Cahill

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But, just as the GOP candidates mistakenly believe Reagan never raised taxes, the music world myopically views ’80s music through such pop acts as Blondie, the B-52s and the Cars—rather than Bauhaus, Corrosion of Conformity and Killing Joke. The unvarnished street view of the Reagan era can be heard on the Clash’s “Washington Bullets,” the Ramones’ “Bedtime for Bonzo” and the DK’s “California Uber Alles,” all good examples of ’80s music with teeth. The decade that saw the rise of rap and hip-hop as commercially viable genres and the introduction of MTV, the CD, neopsych and house music, also ushered in

unintended changes that continue to afThat accounts for the former North Bay fect pop music in a way that the Cars never audiophile label Mobile Fidelity’s recent could. For instance, Reagan’s deregulation flood of hi-def vinyl reissues featuring of the broadcast industry led to almost total classic titles by the Cars (1978’s eponycorporate control over the airwaves, leading mous debut), Elvis Costello (1978’s This to the homogenization of Year’s Model and 1980’s radio and the death of Get Happy), the B-52s such underground FM (1979’s self-titled debut), COMING SOON stations as San Rafael’s Echo and the Bunnymen The 85’s perform their ‘80s free-form, low-power (1981’s Heaven Up There), dance party Saturday, Aug. 27, KTIM-FM (which billed the English Beat (1982’s at 10pm at the 19 Broadway nightclub, located at 17 itself as “the last free radio Special Beat Service) and Broadway Blvd., in downtown station”)—a development INXS (1987’s Kick). If Fairfax. $10 (wear your best that led to the rise of colyou’d rather get your ‘80s attire for a discount). lege radio and, ultimately, kicks on a sweaty dance 415/459-1091. the post-punk and indiefloor instead of spinning rock bands that dominathi-def platters remastered ed the ’90s. with MoFi’s patented These days, cover bands and record la- Gain 2 Ultra Analog System (you haven’t bels dishing up ’80s nostalgia lean toward really heard the B-52s “Dance This Mess the decade’s New Wave acts. Around” till you’ve heard the MoFi reisAnd who doesn’t enjoy a little giddy fun? sue), then flock to Fairfax this weekend. The talent-laden Marin band known as the 85’s is scheduled to serve up high-energy covers of ’80s dance classics that are uncannily true to the originals. Expect a heavy dose of Clash, Devo, English Beat, Eurythmics, the Fixx, Madonna, Police, Pretenders, Prince, Talking Heads and Van Halen. The band was formed six years ago by three 1985 Tam High grads: guitarist Monroe Grisman (son of bluegrass mandolin great David Grisman), drummer and vocalist Adam “Bagel” Berkowitz and bassist and vocalist Django Bayless. The three Marin musicians are veterans of such popular North Bay bands as Jerry Hannan, Petty Theft and American Drag. In the 85’s, they’re joined by ex-Notorious singer and keyboardist Amy Levine and singer April Ryan Grisman, a Fairfax native who has worked on stage and in the studio with Eric Martin, Clarence Clemons and Irene Cara (who won a 1984 Oscar for co-writing “Flashdance... What a Feeling!”). Given the prevalence of such ready-forthe-’80s contemporary malaises as recession, high unemployment, inflation, war and famine, it might just be wise to dance this mess around on a hot summer night. And then get to work fixing the rest of the mess. ✹ Flashback with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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n his “Talking Pictures” column last week, David Templeton explored the “broccoli vs. fast-food” debate that often revolves around comparisons between art films and mainstream movies. David acknowledged how such generalizations can border on cliche—for instance, note how I just paired the word “film” with art, and “movie” with mainstream—and he deftly managed to stake out an admirably inclusive turf for his own cinematic appetite. This culinary battle erupted anew in May, when The New York Times published a piece by pop-culture critic Dan Kois called “Eating Your Cultural Vegetables,” in which he confessed to “cultural fatigue” after years of watching movies that he felt pressured to appreciate, but didn’t actually enjoy. The movies that he characterized as the green stuff he now wants to leave off his plate are primarily (but not entirely) foreign-language titles that are slow moving, austere and, in his view, boring. Responses were fast and widespread, both in print and online, including some thoughtful articles by the Times’ chief film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. “What is boring?” asked Dargis, who cited a recent Hollywood hit comedy as her own idea of boring, and in a complementary way Scott observed that, while film has always been a predominantly popular art, escapism shouldn’t be its sum total. By dismissing more challenging kinds of films in the name of fun, a critic “risks throwing out quite a few masterpieces with the bathwater.” As a film programmer, I think about this dichotomy often enough, but I found it particularly fascinating that this iteration of the perpetual debate between art

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and entertainment coincided with the release of The Tree of Life. I saw Terrence Malick’s long-awaited new film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Honestly, I was fortunate to attend Cannes in the first place, but I was also lucky to get into the first public screening of The Tree of Life, even with a ticket in hand, because the crowds were almost overwhelming. Grabbing a really good seat at the very last moment was a minor miracle. I thought The Tree of Life was one of the most audaciously abstract “major motion pictures” I had ever seen, considering the prominence of its impending release and the high profile of its stars. Serious art is not unusual at Cannes; Malick’s film would go on to win the Palme d’Or, but that top prize has frequently gone to “difficult” films that haven’t received much distribution in America. The Tree of Life is a tone poem of imagery, music and words evoking the experience of memory. It vividly captures sense-memories of distant childhood in its ambiguous narrative, and since Malick even manages to incorporate the evolu-

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P for Phenomenal A few years back I promised two hours of pleasant diversion for renters of the Wachowski brothers’ V FOR VENDETTA, little knowing the cultural impact this dystopian thriller would go on to have on the world. At this writing, droves of rioters have trashed London wearing the film’s iconic Guy Fawkes mask, U.S. protesters now assemble regularly in front of surveilled buildings wearing the trademark mustache and grin, and online sales of the disguise are way beyond brisk (user review:“fits comfortably with an adjustable strap, forehead high, tape black stocking behind the eyeholes”). But all that pales in comparison to the use made by hacker groups like Anonymous, who upload viral video-screeds of the caped bandit standing alone in an empty sound studio, railing against government intelligence groups with a haunting, disembodied and computer-synthesized voice—persuasively, I might add. Anonymous claims they’ll bring down In the film, V is a charismatic freedom Facebook on Nov. 5, the very date that figures fighter—a persona hackers in Anonymous, so strongly in the film (and English history). So to at top, believe they emulate. watch V again five years later is to realize what damned strong tonic it was, and to read dense layers of irony into the offhand tea party comment and dialogue, like “If our own government were responsible for the deaths of 100,000 people, would you really want to know?” Alan Moore’s crafting of a fascistic future England had all the makings of a phenomenon—in retrospect. —Richard Gould

tion of our planet, his movie doesn’t lack in spiritual and philosophical ambitions. I thought it was beautiful, but you must relinquish any expectations of a conventional story and go along for the ride. Otherwise, you’ll find it boring. The day after the Cannes screening, more excitement: We received the news that the Rafael would be showing it in Marin. Actually, we had been pursuing it for several months, sight unseen, since a Malick film is an occasion worth a bit of blind faith. The Tree of Life recently left the Rafael after strong crowds sustained a healthy 10-week run. The reviews were generally strong, and word-of-mouth had to have been pretty good for the film to perform so well for so long. However, I’d be misrepresenting the situation (and undoubtedly some readers of this article) to claim that praise for the film was unanimous.

People loved it; people hated it. Rafael management and staff fielded an extraordinary range of comments, much more than usual, from customers calling the movie “life-changing” to those finding it completely pretentious. There were walkouts, especially in the first couple of weeks. I’ll gladly defend the film, but I won’t presume to tell anyone what to think about it. I have enough friends and respected colleagues who don’t like The Tree of Life. We all know that no single critic or review can provide a definitive statement about any movie’s value. What ultimately matters is the quality of the discussion, and if an argument can be more persuasive than dismissive, then that exchange (at least) will never be boring. ✹ Richard Peterson is the director of programming at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. Following the passing last week of Raul Ruiz, he is trying to figure out how to schedule that filmmaker’s four-and-a-half hour masterwork ‘Mysteries of Lisbon.’

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Turning Ghosts Into Ancestors: Healing the Unseen Injuries of War Upper Retreat Hall Sunday, October 9, 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm Sharon Salzberg, Norman Fischer, Joseph Bobrow

Essential Dharma: Core Buddhist Teachings, Part 3 10 Tuesdays, Sept. 6 - November 8, 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm

Forgiveness & Assertiveness: Love in Action in the Real World Sunday, September 18, 9:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm

Mark Coleman, Sharda Rogell

Dr. Fred Luskin, Rick Hanson

The Heart That Holds It All: Sacred Poetry & Meditation Sunday, September 11, 9:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm

Spiritual Activation: Manifesting Spirit into Action Saturday, September 24, 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 5 pm

Debra Chamberlin-Taylor, Kim Rosen (poet)

Julia ButterďŹ&#x201A;y Hill, Katchie Ananda

Developing Presence: A Day for People of Color Saturday, September 17, 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm

Holding Your Life in Kindness: Practicing Gratitude Saturday, October 1, 9:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm

Anushka Fernandopulle

Larry Yang

5-Week Introduction to Insight Meditation Class Series Wednesdays, October 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; November 16, 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 9 pm Spring Washam

Mindfulness & Lovingkindness in Relationships Saturday, October 22, 10 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 pm David Richo

Family Practice Day Sunday, October 23, 10:30 am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 pm Wendy Johnson, Rebekkah LaDyne, Betsy Rose

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›› MOViES

Friday August 26 -Thursday September 1

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

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. ● The Hedgehog (1:39) A reclusive Parisian concierge with a passion for literature bonds with two of her tenants, a precocious young filmmaker and an elegant Japanese widower. ● The Help (2:17) The lives of three women on both sides of the cultural divide in 1960s Mississippi are examined in the film version of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel. ● 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. ● One Day (1:31) Two decades of romance between Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgiss are glimpsed on the same date each year. ● Our Idiot Brother (1:35) Three yuppie sisters on the brink come to realize that their trusting, easygoing mensch of a bro might have the right idea after all. ● Red Hot Chili Peppers Live (2:15) The ’90s rockers perform old faves plus new stuff from their latest album. ● Rise of the Planet of the Apes (1:45) Turns out it all got started in present-day San Francisco (but this is not a documentary). ● Sarah’s Key (1:51) An American journalist investigating France’s role in the Holocaust discovers a surprising personal connection to a child victim of the roundup. ● Scarface Special (3:15) The 1983 cult classic is back, Pfeiffer, Pacino, coke spoons and all, in glorious Blu-ray and with insights from some of the film’s famous fans. ● Senna (1:46) Documentary about legendary Brazilian Formula-One driver who won three world championships before his death at age 34. ● The Smurfs (1:40) Teensy cobalt-blue critters find themselves in midtown Manhattan, much to the bafflement of Neil Patrick Harris. ● Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (1:29) The fourth “D” is a scratch-andsmell card, which isn’t really a dimension and makes us fear further sequels. ● Third Star (1:32) Four buds head off on one last road trip to the spectacular coast of Wales. ● 30 Minutes Or Less (1:23) Two smalltown dweebs are forced into a (brief) life of crime by cops, assassins and a couple of wannabe gangsters. ● The Way (1:55) A grieving father (Martin Sheen) embarks on a 500-mile pilgrimage across the Pyrenees to reexamine his life and values; Emilio Estevez directs. ● The Whistleblower (1:58) Cop-turnedUN peacekeeper Rachel Weisz uncovers a sex-trafficking conspiracy in postwar Bosnia involving her very colleagues. ✹ ●

Film Night in the Park presents Julie Andrews in ‘Mary Poppins,’ Saturday at 8pm in San Anselmo’s Creek Park; info, 272-2756 or filmnight.org.

Africa United (1:28) Story of three Rwandan kids who travel 3,000 miles to the World Cup in South Africa—on foot. ● 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. ● Captain America (2:04) Yet another comic book superhero hits the big screen, this one a 98 lb. weakling transformed into a Nazi-smashing World War II ultra-soldier. ● Colombiana (1:45) Professional assassin Zoe Saldana vows to hunt down and destroy the gangland boss responsible for her parents’ murder. ● Conan the Barbarian (1:52) Jason Momoa stars as the sword-wielding Cimmerian in this update of the Schwarzenegger action epic. ● Cowboys and Aliens (1:52) Cowpokes Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig join forces with Apache warriors in an epic showdown against weird-looking hombres in flying saucers. ● Crazy, Stupid, Love (1:58) Freshly divorced straight arrow Steve Carell navigates the tricky shoals of singlehood with plenty of help from smooth-operating wingman Ryan Gosling. ● Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1:40) Spunky Katie Holmes gets more than she bargained for when she unlocks the basement of her father’s spooky old mansion. ● Fright Night (2:00) Remake of 1985 vampire-next-door tale; Colin Farrell’s in this one and Chris Sarandon is in both (in different roles, alas). ● Glee the 3D Concert Movie (1:48) Rock out to musical highlights from the “Glee” casts’s summer concert tour. ● The Guard (1:36) A crusty Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) is teamed with an uptight FBI agent (Don Cheadle) on a drug investigation with its comic sides. ●

›› MOViE TiMES 30 Minutes or Less (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1:55, 4, 6:10, 8:15, 10:25 Africa United (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 Buck (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Sat-Sun 1:30 Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 7:05; 3D showtimes at 4:05, 9:55 ❋ Colombiana (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Conan the Barbarian (2011) (R) ★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5; 3D showtimes at 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 2:15, 9:15; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 5, 7:55, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon, Wed 4:45, 7:20 Tue, Thu 4:45 Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 10:30 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Sun-Tue 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon 4:20, 7 Tue 4:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:10 Mon-Tue 4:25, 7:10 ❋ Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Fright Night (2011) (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15; 3D showtimes at 8, 10:30 SatSun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 8, 10:30 Mon-Wed 7, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:50, 5:25, 8, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 12, 2:50, 5:25, 8, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:45; 3D show-

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times at 12, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:10, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:10, 7 Mon-Tue 4:10, 7 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:35 The Guard (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:05, 2:35, 5, 7:20, 9:45 Sun-Tue 12:05, 2:35, 5, 7:20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 7:10; 3D showtimes at 4:10, 10:10 Lark Theater: 8:20 Sun 6:15 ❋ The Hedgehog (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 6:45, 9:05 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:05 The Help (PG-13) ★★ Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 12:50, 2:30, 4:10, 5:50, 7:30, 9:10 Sun-Tue 11:10, 12:50, 2:30, 4:10, 5:50, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 6:15, 9:20 Sun-Tue 2, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri, Mon-Tue 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun-Mon 11:30, 1:55, 4:30, 7 Tue 11:30, 1:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:40, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 2, 4:40, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5:05, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Tue 1:10, 4, 6:40 Lark Theater: 6:15 Sat 4:10, 6:15 Sun 4:10 One Day (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:15 Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4,

6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Tue 4, 6:50 ❋ Our Idiot Brother (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35, 4:45, 7:15, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 9:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon-Tue 5:15, 7:30 ❋ Red Hot Chili Peppers Live (R) Century Regency 6: Tue, Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Tue, Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue, Thu 8 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 10 Mon-Wed 7:15, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:40, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15 Sun-Tue 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 Sarah’s Key (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Tue 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Mon-Tue 4:25, 7:10 ❋ Scarface Special (R) Century Regency 6: Wed 7:30 Senna (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: 4:15, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 7, 9:15 The Smurfs (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 4:25; 3D showtimes at 2, 6:50 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:35, 9:10; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 4:55, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 7:25 ❋ Third Star (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 ❋ The Way (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4 (director Emilio Estevez and star Martin Sheen in person) The Whistleblower (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: 4, 6:30, 8:55 Sun 8:55 Thu 4, 8:55

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

Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer and Paul Rudd in ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ opening Friday.

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

F R I D AY AU G U S T 2 6 — F R I D AY S E P T E M B E R 2 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Jay Alexander will be opening up his bag of tricks this Saturday in Mill Valley.

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

Live music 08/26-27: Pete Escovedo and His Orchestra Master percussionist Pete Escovedo perform Latin jazz, salsa, funk and R&B. 9pm. $25-30. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 08/26: Eoin Harrington Band Mix boyish, engaging charm with a knack for telling a compelling story in song and the result this fellow. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 08/26: Victoria George With Fiver Brown. 8:30-11pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.TheSouthernPacific.com

08/27: Danny Montana and the Bar Association Blues, rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910. www.perisbar.com

08/27: Downtown Days on the Green: Phillip Claypool and the Smokehouse Band Country, American. Rock for Good event. 3:30-5:30pm. Free. Novato City Green, 901 Sherman, next to City Hall, Novato. www.rockforgoodfoudation.org 08/27: Jo D’Anna Acoustic folk singer-songwriter. 7-9pm. Free. Blackbird Cafe, 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Inverness. 488-9195.

08/27: Mark Hummel and The Blues Survivors w/ Steve Freund Blues, jazz. 8:3011pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com

08/27: New Rising Sons with Donna Spitzer Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, Bridgeway , Sausalito. www.taste-of-rome.com 08/28: Dynamo Jones Jazz funk organ quartet. All ages welcome 1-4pm. $5 suggested donation. San Rafael Elks Club, 1312 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 272-8802.

08/28: Erika Alstrom with Dale Alstrom’s Jazz Society Classic swing standards and original numbers. 5-8pm. Free. 19 Broadway , 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com

08/28: Grandpa Banana and David Thom Bluegrass, old-timey. 6-8:30pm. $5. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 08/28: Jonah Hopton Vocal concert. 4pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 08/30: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

08/31: Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys Americana, bluegrass. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center, Fairfax. 485-1005. www.ironspringspub.com 08/31: Blue Light River 9pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 08/31: Midnight on the Water Irish folk. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com

BEST BET

With Larry Vuckovich, piano; Paul Keller, bass; Chuck McPherson and Harold Jones, drums; Noel Jewkes and Hamilton, tenor saxophone. 8pm. $25. Horizons/Ondine, 558 Bridgeway , Sausalito. 389-5072. www.murphyproductions.com 09/01: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 9pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. www.presidioyachtclub.org 09/02: AZ/DZ And Metal Shop Rock tribute band. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 09/02: Joshua Smith Trio Straight ahead jazz. 7-10pm. Free. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1392. www.stationhousecafe.com

KEN PIKNEY

CHINA CAMP’S ANNUAL HERITAGE DAY CELEBRATION is a good place to start learning about the fascinating history of Marin’s once-vibrant Chinese shrimping industry. In the late 19th century, China Camp was populated by nearly 500 Chinese immigrants who had created their own unique community complete with markets and even a barbershop. But antiimmigrant sentiment was taking hold in China Camp now features a lovely beach and a California at that time, and the glory days fascinating museum dedicated to its Chineseof China Camp would, within decades, be shrimping legacy. driven down by anti-Chinese legislation. Learn all about the history and natural environment of the park while enjoying one of Marin’s loveliest locations. The event includes Chinese music, dance and acrobat performances, crafts for children, local art for sale, historic vessels on display, a presentation on China Camp’s archaeology collections, and a guided tour, among other activities. China Camp’s Annual Heritage Day Celebration takes place Saturday, Aug. 27, 11:30am-4pm at China Camp State Park, North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Free. 415/456-0766.—Dani Burlison

08/27-09/18: ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ Directed by Michele Delattre. Presented by the Curtain Theatre. Aug.27-28; Sept. 3-5; Sept. 10-11 and 17-18. Family friendly. 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley. www.curtaintheatre.org 08/27-09/25: ‘The Tempest’ Jon Tracy directs Shakespeare’s exploration of revenge, forgiveness and the transitory nature of dreams. See schedule for performance details. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. www.marinshakespeare.org 08/27: ‘Murder Me Always’ Murder mystery dinner theater. Every Saturday through August 27. 6:30-8:30pm. $44-68. San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202. www.marinmurdermysteries.com

09/02: New Rising Sons with Debra Clawson Rock. 9pm-midnight, Southern Pacific Smoke-

08/30: Dominican University Winifred Baker Chorale Auditions Auditions held on

house, Novato. www.thesouthernpacific.com

Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 at 7pm. Participants should be able to match pitch readily, and preferably have some music reading skill and chorale singing experience. 7-9:30pm. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-3579. www.duwbc.org 08/31: S.F. Mime Troupe ‘2012 - The Musical!’ 7pm. Free. Back lawn, Mill Valley Community Center , 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 285-1717. www.sfmt.org 09/02-25: ‘How the Other Half Loves’ Presented by the Novato Theater Company. Showtimes 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 883-4498. www.novatotheatercompany.org Through 09/04: ‘Seven Guitars’ Music, mystery and humor. Presented by the Marin Theatre Company. 8-10:30pm. $20-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

09/02: Peace Train Celebrating Cat Stevens

Shrimping’s never been so fascinating

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08/31: Scott Hamilton and Friends Jazz.

music and songwriting. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

09/02: Pressure with Wystic Mand and Lakay Reggae. 9:30pm. $15-17. 19 Broadway , 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com

Concerts 08/31: Songs and Music of Scotland Combination of traditional Scottish music and dance featuring Scottish vocalist, Isla St Clair, the Macintosh Pipe Band and the San Jose School of Highland Dancing. 7-9:45pm. $15-20. Hall Middle School, 230 Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 927-7731.

Theater/Auditions 08/19-27: ‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ Funny musical written by Scott Brown and Anthony King with Zac Schuman and Ben Campbell. 8pm. $10-15. Bellrose Theater, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. www.thebelrose.com

Through 09/25: The Complete History of America (Abridged) Presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. A zany, irreverent three-man romp through the annals of our nation’s past, featuring scenes of recent historical events. See website for complete schedule of performances. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows

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08/27: Jay Alexanderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Swing Circus

4pm. Free. MSA Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org.

Jumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; night of comedy, magic, circus and swing music. Featuring the rocking big band of Lee Press-on and the Nails. 8pm. $22-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org

Through 09/05: Sausalito Art Festival Exhibit The Sausalito Art Festival will be showcasing cutting-edge gallery Artists from around the globe. 10am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/index.html

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photography. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. www.sgvcc.org Through 08/29: Beverly Berrish Paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org

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. 666-2442. www.marincf.org Through 08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

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Through 09/17: Benefit Art Auction Preview Featuring work by 40 invited Bay Area artists plus new releases of historic photographs from Museum archives. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www.bolinasmuseum.org

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phy. Exploring life inside two townships of South Africa, Soweto and Alexandra. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary , 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org Through 10/07: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fiber Unlimitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wendy Lilienthal, paper and textile collage works. Phyllis Thelen, recycled art and natural fiber works. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000.

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09/02: Einstein: Ancient Skull of Consciousness Presentation workshop introducing Carolyn Ford, Guardian of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Einstein,â&#x20AC;? The ancient crystal skull of consciousness. 7-9pm. $45 . Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 233-1757. www.thecrystalchalice.com

Through 08/28: Being Brave: Transforming Our World with Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Sunday programs include meditation and light refreshments. 9am-4pm. $10 drop-in. $40 for series. Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group, 734 A St., San Rafael. 751-3666. www.tamalpais.shambhala.org

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Community Events (Misc.) 08/26: Picnics on the Plaza in San Anselmo The last in the series of summer evening event featuring live music and kids activities. Bring a picnic. 5-8pm. Free. San Anselmo Town Hall, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4661. www. townofsananselmo.org

08/27: Save the Moon Bear â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;An Evening with Jill Robinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fundraiser 6-10pm. $75 donation. Stage Dor Studios, 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito. 677-9601. www.animalasia.org. www.stagedor.com 08/27-28: Relay for Life of San Rafael Create a team to raise money for American Cancer Society or volunteer day of the event. Activities, food, T-shirts. Open to the public event. 10am. $25/ team; donations College of Marin sports area, College Ave., Kentfield. 250-7638. www.relayforlife.org/sanrafaelca 08/27: Pennies From Heaven Annual fund raising event to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room in San Rafael. All proceeds stay in Marin to feed our hungry residents. 6pm. $150. St. Hilary Church, 761 Hilary Dr., Tiburon. 454-3303 . www.vinnies.org

08/27: Tomales Bay Conservation History Walk Join Marin Conservation League and longtime park ranger Carlos Porata for the story of the conservation history of Tomales Bay State Park. Easy 2.8 mile loop, family-friendly. 9:30am-1pm. $8 parking fee. Tomales Bay State Park, 1208 Pierce Point Road, Inverness. 485-6257. www.marinconservationleague.org 08/27:Who Killed the Fish? From the Gold Rush to our present time, the ecology of California has undergone radical change with disastrous unintended consequences. What happened to the millions of fish that once swam through the SF Bay? 12:30-1pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc/ index.html 08/30: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. www.finnegansmarin.com 08/30: Having Fun in the Delta Find out about fun and interesting adventures you and your family can have this exploring this hidden gem. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/index.html Fridays: Food Truck Crush Gourmet mobile food trucks and live music. Through Sept 30. 4-8pm. Larkspur Ferry Terminal, 101 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , Larkspur. 259-7263. www. foodtruckcrush.com Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga.Gain and maintain balance, strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. www.whistlestop.org/ classes/yoga-with-kelly/ Saturdays: Point Reyes Farmers Market Purchase locally grown products from the only all local, all organic produce market in the county. Live music, guest chefs and Kid Zone every Saturday. 9am.-1pm. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn, 11250 Hwy One, Point Reyes Station. 663-9667. www.marinorganic.org

Through 10/29: Marin Open Garden Project Community Veggie Exchange Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners. Mill Valley: 10-11am Saturdays at Volunteer Park, Evergreen and Melrose, Homestead Valley, Mill Valley. Novato: 9-10am Saturdays at the School District Lawn, 7th & Grant, Novato. Mill Valley: 9:3010:30am at Boyle Park, 11 East Dr., Mill Valley. San Rafael: 9:30-10:30am Saturdays at Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael. San Anselmo: Saturday 48 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 26 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

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Kid Stuff 08/27: China Camp Heritage Day Chinese music and dance performances, crafts for children, guided tour, local art for sale, historic Chinese vessels on display, snack bar and picnic tables. 11:30am-4pm. www.parks.ca.gov China Camp Historic Village , N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 456-0766. www.parks.ca.gov 08/27: Film Night in the Park All of the supercalifragilisticexpialidociousness of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mary Poppinsâ&#x20AC;? even more magical on supersized screen under the stars. 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. www.filmnight.org 08/27: Marin History Museum Free Family Day Join the Marin History Museum in celebrating their latest exhibition, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin at War!â&#x20AC;? Special activities for Free Family Day will include a Color Guard ceremony, games, crafts, music, and more! 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.marinhistory.org

08/30-31: Little Music Circle for Toddlers Small instruments, bubbles, songs, movement, bubbles and laughter. 10:15-10:45am. $10, drop in. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 6088308. www.littlemusiccirclde.com

08/31: Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime For children ages 0-3 and their parent or caregiver. 9:30-10am. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St. , Marin City. 332-6157. www.marinlibrary.org

09/01: First Thursday Dinner and Bikes For high school students. An evening of gourmet vegan food and inspiration from bicycle activist Elly Blue, publisher/filmmaker Joe Biel and chef Joshua Ploeg. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292. www.millvalleylibrary.org

Through 08/26: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Out for Dinner: Kids Eat Free A select group of Marin County restaurants are providing free meals to kids 12 on Aug. 22 and continuing through today(Aug. 26). Participating restaurants are Outback Steakhouse, Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CafĂŠ, Wipeout Bar & Grill, WildFox and Southern Pacific Smoke House. 9am-9pm. Various locations.. 892-5252.

Through 09/11:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Curious George: Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Get Curiousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition Experiment with color, light, and shadow inside his apartment. Play mini golf on Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special course. This new exhibition will introduce young children to Curious Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s world and lead your family on a fun, interactive math, science and engineering-based adventure. Free with museum admission Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm.org Thursdays: Story Time With Phil Join master storyteller Phil Sheridan for a weekly story time. For children of all ages. 3:30-4pm. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 08/28: Sunday Morning Meditative Hike Easy walk around Lake Lagunitas. Meet at the Fairfax Community Church at 8am for carpooling or at 8:20am in the Lake Lagunitas parking lot at the animal postings board. 8-10am. Free. Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. â&#x153;š

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by Ly n d a R ay

Week of August 25-August 31, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Now appearing in your house of exercise and fitness is the zodiac’s most-likely to be vain duo: the dazzling Sun and vampy Venus! It’s time to break a sweat (instead of a zipper). Meanwhile, your ruler (Mars) continues to seek new and exciting challenges in the kitchen. In order to prevent canceling out your calorie-burning uphill bike ride, it’s best to stick to recipes with veggies... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Finally, you have a week to put aside all your chores and enjoy whatever sweetness summer has to offer. Whether exploring your own neighborhood or grabbing your sweetie to head for a romantic beach resort, your experience should be pleasant. As your ruler (tasteful Venus) travels with the creative Sun, your artistic skills are enhanced. If you have an unfinished project, now’s the time to complete it. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Restless Mercury (your ruler) is finally ready to start moving in the right direction again. By Saturday, any technical or mechanical devices that have been giving you a hard time should start to behave again. (Unfortunately, you probably cannot expect similar improvement from members of Congress.) Structuring Saturn continues to discipline your creative endeavors. You may not be thoroughly enjoying the process, but at least you’re getting things done... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) There’s a certain amount of relief this week now that the spendthrift duo of the extravagant Sun and hedonistic Venus has moved out of your money house. Fortunately, Sunday’s New Moon in the sensible sign of Virgo can be quite helpful in putting your budget back together again. After the weekend, one of your female friends is generously helpful. Instead of being suspicious, just smile and say “thank you.” LEO (July 22 - August 22) Curious Mercury comes to a temporary standstill in your sign on Friday. Some may call you “nosy,” but you are simply interested in finding out as much as you can. Now that your ruler (the Sun) occupies the discriminating sign of Virgo, you are inclined to be a bit more critical. So you may want to refrain from offering your opinion on your sweetie’s poorly applied spray tan or your sister’s latest goal to become a female wrestler. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) A birthday that includes pleasurable Venus in your sign is always a plus. Not only does Venus make sure you are charming, popular, and appealing, but she also gives you permission to stop working so hard. Meanwhile, there’s an inspiring New Moon in your sign on Sunday. No matter when your actual birthday, it’s the perfect day to make your most important wish—with or without candles... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Sometimes the end result is not worth the effort. If you feel as if you’re on an uphill climb, you might want to stop, sit down and check out the view. The mystical sectors of your chart are actually quite lovely this week. Once you give up trying to control what is going on in the mundane reality parts of your chart, you may discover a blissful experience awaits through relaxation and meditation. Ready? Take a deep breath... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The creative Sun is helping again this week with a positive influence on your ruler, powerful Pluto. Not only does this enhance your artistic talents, it also provides new avenues for implementing your ideas. If you feel as if Saturn has caused you to suffer from a lack of imagination, this is your opportunity to prove Saturn wrong. Meanwhile, you are likely to make a new friend on Sunday. To make sure this happens, you’ll have to appear in public... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) As your ruler (Jupiter the Gypsy) continues to occupy the immovable sign of Taurus, endless wandering is not so high on your priority list. In fact, you sometimes find it difficult to venture further than your favorite local pub or coffee shop. One encouraging event this week does look good for booking an end of summer trip. Mercury begins moving forward in your travel house. So, even if you can’t GO anywhere right now, you can still schedule something. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Been feeling the heat from fiery Mars opposing your sign? Be grateful there are four celestial energies supporting your sign Sunday and Monday—you shouldn’t feel like you’re wearing a bull’s-eye target. Tuesday morning starts on a high note, but by evening, there’s not a lot to love. Both the emotional Moon and judgmental Saturn make it difficult to deal with authority figures without taking it personally. Stay under the speed limit and avoid your boss. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) You may be able to straighten out a recent misunderstanding this week, providing you can keep your temper under control. This may be easier said than done, as you are prone to blowing up at your neighbors, co-workers and in-laws for much of the week. You may want to channel some of that aggression into something else—like learning a martial art or taking up boxing. Just a suggestion... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The playful Sun and romantic Venus ignite your love life for the next couple of weeks. Whatever plans or reservations you make, make them for two. If you’re single and looking, take advantage of Sunday’s New Moon in your relationship house. Not only does this provide opportunities to connect, it also shows you what your heart truly desires—besides your own beach studio with a fully stocked bar, a dock and a custom-built sailboat, that is... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 50 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127385 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOUTH BAY MODERN REAL ESTATE; BAY AREA MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 July 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127390 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as W.E.V. ASSOCIATES, 103 ROSS ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ADAM VIOLANTE, 1615 4TH ST., 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 July 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127306 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FRAMES, 4316 REDWOOD HIGHWAY SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HIGHER RESOLUTION, LLC., 4316 REDWOOD HIGHWAY SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. 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 July 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127340 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JEFFRE W MANKIN, 1701 NORANDA DR. #1, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087. 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 July 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127411 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CATNIP STUDIOS, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: EMERALD KAITEN CATZ, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127264 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LV PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES; JIMENEZ REMODELING, 215 BAYVIEW ST. #201, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LUCIA RUVALCABA, 459 RANKER PLACE #1, HAYWARD, CA 94544. This business is being conducted by an individual. 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 July 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127457 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ DESIGNS, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS J STANGHELLINI, 14 BEDFORD COVE, 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 August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127458 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JJ DESIGNS, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JUDITH J STANGHELLINI, 14 BEDFORD COVE, 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 August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127456 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FUNCTION & DESIGN, 1068-B LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: BRUCE COALE, 1068-B LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127486 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MAKE A DIFFERENCE, 3 LOCKWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAYLE C MARSH, 3 LOCKWOOD DR., 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 August 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COOP DESIGN COLLECTIVE, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JULIE ROUPE EXLEY, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., 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 July 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MR. PICKLE’S SANDWICH SHOP, 1014 COURT ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRENT THURMAN, 27 RIDGE AVE., 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 July 12, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127432 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALTA MIRA RECOVERY CENTERS, LLC., 125 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: ALTA MIRA RECOVERY CENTERS, LLC., 125 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 August 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YAZY CONSTRUCTION AND MARINE SERVICES, 26 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID ESPARZA, 26 HAWTHORNE AVE., 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 August 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127502 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BABY WORLD SAN RAFAEL, 514 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALDO CABELLO, 397 MORAGA AVE., PIEDMONT, CA 94611; CRISTINA CABELLO, 397 MORAGA AVE., PIEDMONT, CA 94611. 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 August 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127548 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOHN HAMEL & ASSOCIATES, 70 MITCHELL BLVD. #103, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN MARC HAMEL, 28 UPPER OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; JUDITH

ELLYN SHEPPARD, 28 UPPER OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. 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 August 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127560 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AME PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, 88 BUENA VISTA AVE. APT #34, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ALEXIS MARTIN ESPINOZA TERCERO, 88 BUENA VISTA AVE. APT #34, 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 August 16, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALAN’S CONSTRUCTION, 131 ROSS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALAN POOLE, 131 ROSS ST., 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 August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127556 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MAT COIN LAUNDRY, 2416 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: RONALD A. GONSALVES, 1325 GRAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; HERMILA R. GONSALVES, 1325 GRAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127466 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INDIE DESIGN, 58 SPRUCE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: AMFULL ENTERPRISES, 58 SPRUCE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127583 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FIVE CORNERS GROUP, 875 FOURTH ST. SUITE 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FIVE CORNERS CONSULTING GROUP, LLC., 875 FOURTH ST. SUITE 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 August 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTISTIC VISIONS, 8 POPPY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949: LAILA OLSEN, 8 POPPY PLACE, 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 August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127596 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APROPOS-TRANSITIONS, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MATTHEW C. WIVELL, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 August 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011)

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Public Notices Continued from Page 50 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUAIL RUN CARE HOMES. 143 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: YVETTE DEN HELD, 143 MABRY WAY, 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 October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 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 1103773. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIO WOODS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIO WOODS to ALPHONSE AMEDEE MALEK BENET’. 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: September 9, 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 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: July 29, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101912. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner

KATHERINE CHILDS (WAHL) filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ABIGAIL IRIS WAHL to ABIGAIL IRIS CHILDS; JACK ALLEN WAHL TO JACK ALLEN CHILDS. 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: September 13, 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 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: July 1, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103914. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner NATHAN JOSEPH PECK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: NATHAN JOSEPH PECK to NATALIE JOSEPHINE PECK. 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: October 3, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room E, 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: August 5, 2011 /s/ FAYE O’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103881. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HONEY M. BORDAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HONEY M. BORDAS to HONEY M. GREEN. 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: October 4, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Room E, 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: August 4, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 30402 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): BUZZCUTS.TV, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: February 25, 2011. Under File No: 126182. Registrant’s Name(s): THOMAS P. SCHWEEN, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 11, 2011. (Pacific Sun: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011)

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A co-worker seems interested in me. This is flattering since he’s 48 and I’m 57. He’s asked me out on dates a few times—rather last minute, unfortunately, and I had conflicting plans. He also invited me to join his volleyball club that plays in the park during lunch breaks. The group is all men except for one 30-something woman, who banters a lot with this guy and is grudgingly nice, if not cool, to me. My intuition’s sending up caution flags! I don’t want to trample over a girl who has feelings for this man. I want nothing to do with causing pain for another woman! Should I just come out and tell this man what my intuition’s telling me? Ask him what’s up between him and the young woman?—Wary

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Self-interest is at its most presentable when dressed up in a Florence Nightingale outfit. (You’re only worried about causing another woman pain, not whether your crow’s-feet are starting to look more like pterodactyl claws.) The average guy is more likely to be attracted to “Barely Legal!” than “Almost Of Age To Retire To The Home.” This particular guy doesn’t seem to be average. Sure, he might have invited you to volleyball to be inclusive, but dates—which he’s asked you on—are very rarely a form of philanthropy. Chances are, the guy’s into you, and apparently not for a lack of options. This has to be irritating to the younger woman, who probably thought she’d have the “hot young thing” advantage. OK, at 30-something, at least the “hot younger thing” advantage. What’s a girl in her position to say but “Shoo, grandma!”? You should worry about causing pain for another woman if you’re about to break up her happy home, but you’re just breaking up the all-boy/one-girl ratio of the volleyball league and maybe getting the guy. If you’re like many women, you not only are uncomfortable with competing, you feel it’s mean to try to win—even if your tactic is just wearing a really good bra, not going after your rival with a medieval battle ax. Probably because women evolved to be the nurturers and cooperators of the species, they tend to feel guilty about going for what they want and resentful if another woman gets it. Although it’s nice to be compassionate, deferring to everyone else’s desires is no way to go through life. It’s good and right to act in your self-interest, assuming you aren’t poisoning the rivers or parboiling small children. Puking your feelings all over this guy’s shoes won’t settle anything; it’s just an impulsive way to relieve pent-up anxiety. (If things weren’t awkward between you before, not to worry; they will be.) If you need stress relief, get a squeeze ball or one of those desktop sand gardens with a tiny wooden rake. Because things are always bigger and scarier in the abstract, if you’re afraid of being hurt, consider how, exactly, that would play out and whether you can deal. Getting emotionally trampled is painful, but not like being crushed by falling space debris. You go through some miserable-time, and then you lick your wounds and move on. If that’s too much for you, retire from relationships to the porch swing at The Home and train for the sort of competition that, at 57, you’ll be a shoo-in to win—the chair yoga/walker push/sponge bath triathlon.

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I’m a 5-foot-5-inch man. I know “character is what really matters,” and I’m not insecure about my height, just a realist: Many women want a man who’s taller than they are. I’m considering getting elevator shoes (height enhancers that look like normal shoes). Obviously, if I started dating a woman, she’d find out. Do you think she’d feel scammed?—Bad Altitude

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There’s adding a couple of inches, and there’s going from circus act to starting forward. Two inches is the male version of a padded bra. Five is taking a woman’s bra off and finding it filled with socks. For many women, any heightfaking is an automatic deal breaker. But, if some woman’s very attracted to you as a person but not as a short person, your being able to stand a little taller may keep you in the running to be more than her friend. As for whether women will feel scammed, your attitude probably matters—whether you project that you just feel better with a little extra elevation or whether you seem ashamed and angry at being small. Confidence does make a short man seem taller. But, keep in mind that some women won’t be into you unless you stand taller at all times. That’s when your confidence will really come in handy—when you’re the only guy on the beach going for a swim in a pair of cowboy boots. ✹

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