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an email from a member of the California Faculty Association that says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We survived a hectic, pretty horrible year of furloughs, job losses and reduced opportunities for our students.â&#x20AC;? Well, hurray for us! Arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we wonderful! From where I sit, it was not a horrible year, the furloughs were not a big problem, and on the whole, students did not have reduced opportunities. Some of them have bought into the big myth that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re missing out and are being cheated out of their education. If anyone is doing the cheating, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the students themselves. The reality is that despite the fact that office doors are closed today and that most faculty members arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t here now, the quality of education at SSU is exceedingly high. It is high because of the collaboration that takes place between students and teachers in the classroom. It is a magical performance. Those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t teach donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really understand or appreciate it. Bring them into a classroom and invite them to interact with 18- and 19-yearolds, and on the whole theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lost. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to communicate. So people who say that â&#x20AC;&#x153;those who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything else, teachâ&#x20AC;? donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue. Teaching is an art; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the heart of the university, though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also very, very nice to have a swimming pool here, and an office and a computer. I am sorry that there have been lay-offs. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it when anyone loses his or her jobâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not in this economy or any otherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but teachers are no worse off than any other workers in the economy, and there is no guaranteed right to teach. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege to be able to teach at SSU or any other university. I started college in 1959. There hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been a time since when scholars and researchers havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been alarmed by what they call â&#x20AC;&#x153;the crisis in education.â&#x20AC;? There is always a crisis in education. The crisis does not matter. It is irrelevant. All that matters is what happens in the classroom. All that matters is the magic that takes place there between students and teachers. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back to teach next semester, to lecture, to ask questions, to invite students to think critically. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll swim in the pool, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll sit in my office with the door wide open.

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nonreinforced masonry (known more familiarly as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bricksâ&#x20AC;?), may find their home values reassessed. Under the new Prop. 13, seismic retrofitting would not result in higher property taxes until the building is sold, giving homeowners a chance to act before itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all a rubble. Estimations are that there may be a small drop in local property tax revenues resulting from the passage of Prop. 13, but no other unwarranted effects are forecast. This child of the old Prop. 13 trembles a bit at the thought of supporting a proposition thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right initiative to pass. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bohemianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommends: YES on Prop. 13. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Gretchen Giles Proposition 14 Prop. 14 would do away with party primaries and replace them with an â&#x20AC;&#x153;open primary,â&#x20AC;? in which Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians and Peace and Freedom candidates would battle it out. The top two vote-getters would win the opportunity to face off in a general election. Supporters claim the amendment would

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20-year ban on public financing of campaigns, paving the way for future publicly funded races. The most common criticism of this initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that it would waste taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hard-earned dollarsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;utterly overlooks the fact that funding would come from lobbyists, not taxpayers. Another criticismâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that taxing lobbyists to fund elections has been proven unconstitutionalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take into account the fact that this is a fee, not a tax, and a modest one at that. Others fret that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a gateway to a gold rush by fat-cat politicians eager to stick taxpayers with their campaign bills. Supporters point to successful â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair electionsâ&#x20AC;? frameworks in five states and relate intriguing anecdotes about what elected officials can accomplish when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beholden to no one. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very little to lose here, and an awful lot to gain. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bohemianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommends: YES on Prop. 15. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Traci Hukill Proposition 16 The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taxpayers Right to Vote Actâ&#x20AC;? has nothing to do with any existing right to vote. Prop.16 is really about energy and who owns the right to sell energy to the public. If it passes, opponents say, Californians would be tied to just a handful of energy companies, and their dominance in existing and new markets would essentially be written into the state constitution. Since the beginning of this year, PG&E has donated more than $35 million to the cause. If Prop. 16 passes, it would amend the state constitution to require a two-thirds approval (rather than a simple majority) by local voters before a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) could provide electricity to any new customers if there was any public money or debt involved. It would require the same two-thirds approval by any community that a CCA wanted to expand into, whether or not public money or bonds were involved. Proponents of the measure say the electricity business is risky, and voters should be able to vote when public money is being leveraged. Opponents say Prop. 16 is just a thinly veiled manipulation of the initiative process, and that it would constitutionally guarantee a monopoly for companies like PG&E. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bohemianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommends: NO on Prop. 16. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kylie Mendonca Proposition 17 Like Prop. 16, this prop is entirely backed by one company, in this case, Mercury Insurance. The allure of Prop. 17 is that consumers who choose to switch insurers can keep their continuous coverage discount and take it with them, saving up to $250 a year. Prop. 17 promises a 90-day grace period if drivers lapse on their car insurance payments. Under current law, if drivers qualify for the continuous coverage discount and then switch insurers, they cannot take that discount with them to a new company. If passed, insurance companies would be permitted to ask a consumer for proof of auto insurance for the last five years without any lapse over 90 days, even if he or she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been driving during that time. If the consumer canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prove coverage, an automatic penalty of up to $1,000 could be added to the premium. Opponents see Prop. 17 as a way to make insurance companies less accountable while giving them the ability to raise premiums and add penalties. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Bohemianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; recommends: NO on Prop. 17. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Morgan Carvajal

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state had cut the dental program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I asked her about her teeth almost every week,â&#x20AC;? Denny says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And she would always have a new lead to follow, always a story about somebody here or there who was going to help her. Meanwhile she was existing on peanut butter and soup.â&#x20AC;? Denny observed that Powell did not have the ability to find her way through the bureaucracy, so she stepped in to help her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After encountering the red tape firsthand,â&#x20AC;? Denny says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realize the social services system can defeat even those of us with a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree.â&#x20AC;? Denny claims to have called agency after agency trying to get Powellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth back. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were very nice. But they all recommended I get in touch with someone else,â&#x20AC;? Denny says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t their department.â&#x20AC;? Finally in April of 2010, Powell started talking about paying for the dentures herself, even though her life savings were not enough to cover the $4,000 replacement teeth. But her life is at stake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a diabetic and for the past year Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve not been able to eat what I needed to eat,â&#x20AC;? Powell says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;only things I could squish up real good and swallow. This made my blood sugar go up and up, so I had to go the hospital three times. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a year already. At the hospital, they told me I had to get my teeth no matter what. The blood sugar spikes are going to injure my heart if I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep my blood sugar under control.â&#x20AC;? Powell went back to the dentist and was offered the option to become involved in complicated loan options she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really understand. Finally Denny decided to loan her the cash because paying up front reduced the cost to $3,600. As of this writing, Powell is still on peanut butter and soup. While she is paying off her teeth, she is also saving for a lighter massage table, one that weighs only 25 pounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be easier to lug up stairs,â&#x20AC;? says the Napa senior. There is no golden retirement in sight, but things are looking brighter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somewhere around the first of June,â&#x20AC;? Powell says optimistically, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I might have teeth again.â&#x20AC;?

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and members who chat online, rate beers with numeric scores and post the results publicly. Just google the name of a beer released a day prior, and RateBeerians worldwide will already be nerding out on its virtues and shortcomings. I entered the world of beer geeks on an early May weekend at the 14th annual Boonville Beer Festival, during which I camped with the managers, founders and most eminent members of RateBeer.com. The festival, held in the heart of the Anderson Valley, features several dozen breweries and attracts more than 5,000 attendees each year. As the alcohol takes its effect on the masses at festival time, the police stake out the roadways with their radar guns aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;blazing, and locals like to joke that the troopers â&#x20AC;&#x153;are going to balance the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget this weekend.â&#x20AC;? But RateBeerians donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink and drive. They set up camp for two nights in the privileged company of more than 50 breweries and other friends in the trade, all of whom are hosted on the grassy premises of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company. (Members of the general public camp at the nearby

Boonville fairgrounds.) I traveled by bike from San Francisco and rolled through the gates of the brewery on Friday afternoon. In back among the oaks and the green grassy acres, I sought the RateBeer camp. Dozens of partiers were aggregating, staking tents and setting out kegs of brew beside trucks and vans emblazoned with logos of Bear Republic, Uncommon Brewers, Pizza Port and others. A banner hanging from a sun tent marked the RateBeer station, where six men and women in their 30s and 40s lounged in lawn chairs or grazed over the fruit, chips and dips on the foldout table. Beer from kegs and bottles was already flowing, and though the festival didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin until the next day, the pre-party had already begun. As a journalist seeking to understand the ways of these people, my first order of business was to blend inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to discover the flavors and smells of their world. Naturally, I asked for a beer. Ken Weaver of Sebastopol, a RateBeer core member, pulled from his loaded cooler a bottle of Furthermore Brewingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beet and black pepper ale, one of many oddities to be tasted in the hours to come. &) THE BOHEMIAN

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bourbon barrel-aged barleywine infected with brettanomyces. We tasted a sample of Uncommon Brewersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; barleywine spiced with redwood tips, a 15 percent ABV so long awaited that it had become a legend even before its time. More cars rolled in through the gates. Rumor had it that Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, a beer god if ever there was one, had arrived, and one exuberant geek came back to camp raving that he had just spoken at length with an older man named Ken from Sierra Nevada. It turned out to be another Ken with the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a good guy, but no god. At 7pm, the beer party began in earnest. Brewers and salesmen from other groups joined our campâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from New Belgium, Anderson Valley, Pizza Port and Dogfish Head. Holy bottles of oak-aged ales appeared from hidden coolers like treasures from buried arks. Corks popped, caps came off and rare beers poured like liquid gold as grateful recipients held cups aloft, awaiting just an ounce or two. Spirits soared, checked only by humility in the presence of greatness. As a bottle of New Glarus raspberry sour went around, voices of reverence and awe thanked the provider. Anderson Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven-year port barrel stoutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of just 150 bottles ever madeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;went all too fast. Boulevard Brewingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imperial pilsner elicited gasps. Joe told me that overwhelmed beer geeks may be brought to tears when a particularly special bottle is poured. How simple the world seemed that night, and for anyone whose life may be temporarily shrouded by gloom and darkness, despair and heartache, take solace in this: happiness can be found in bottles. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen it. I awoke as the blue and gold shades of dawn smeared the sky. Smoldering campfires spewed trails of smoke that hung silently overhead, like plumes over a battlefield. Bottles half finished sat among a hundred empties. I tasted several, rode into town for coffee and returned to camp around 9am. The gang was up, stretching out lazily in the sun, and for breakfast we had oatmeal stouts, barleywines and other dense malty ales. By the time the Founderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kentucky Breakfast Stout found its way to my glass, I had downed at least a pint of strong beer. So had all the geeks, and the festival was still two hours away. Before 11am, we filled our cups with imperial stout, aged Christmas ale, spiced Belgian blonde and ginger mead. It was noon somewhere. We swirled, sniffed and sipped, and began the mile walk to the fairgrounds to do battle with the masses, to taste still more beer, to queue up in lines 50 long to receive four-ounce pours, to soak up the booze with burgers and burritos, and, at the end of it all, to walk back to camp in the sun and enjoy another night of special bottles, riotous reverie and yet more enjoyment of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest flavors in one of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most beautiful valleys. That day, the whole world was a festival. Along the roadside, halfway to the fairgrounds, one of the RateBeerians announced, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m already drunk!â&#x20AC;? Who wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t? Because, for beer geeks, intoxication is just a side effect of life.

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epair California was just an idea. Then, overnight, it was the not-for-profit messiah of the Golden State and the darling of nearly every major newspaper on the West Coast. In 2008, the Bay Area Council announced an idea to fix Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political crisis that was so simple and so glisteningly democratic that it was sure to fail. Called Repair California, the plan was to convene a new state constitutional convention, an idea that outshone every other proposed initiative on the 2010 ballot before its star went dark. As fast as it arrived, Repair California was gone, leaving a stunned populace to wonder, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happened to our revolution?â&#x20AC;? Political movements often expire before their ideas can be tested, but in the story of Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise and fall, there is a larger explanation for why California itself is fading. Despite its apparent ties to money and power, the group went broke. Despite positive response from the public and media, Repair California couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get enough people to sign its petition. The very forces it sought to change overwhelmed the movement. On its website, abandoned since February

of this year, the group argued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only way to make sweeping, holistic changes to our state government and wrestle our state back from special interestsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is through a limited constitutional convention.â&#x20AC;? As envisioned by Repair California, a limited constitutional convention would call together a group of regular citizens for what essentially is a big brainstorming session. Delegates to the convention would propose changes related only to government, state spending and budgeting, elections and lobbying, and would vote on the spot on those changes. The Legislative Analystâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office estimated that it could cost taxpayers as much as $95 million to hold such a convention. If that sounds expensive, consider the current state budget gap of more than $18 billion. Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort is not the first time a constitutional convention has been proposed. In 1879, not 30 years after California joined the union, the state actually did convene a convention, and in 1934 the state authorized one, but did not convene. At least five more efforts were made before 1950, according to Jeffrey Lustig, a professor of government and political science at Cal State Sacramento, and the editor of the recently published collection of essays Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good. The 1879 convention ensured that future efforts to rewrite the state would not be so easy. Where the

Legislature used to need a simple majority, it now needs a two-thirds majority to call a convention. In 1911, voters won the use of the initiative, which was supposed to be a tool against specialinterest buy-outs of the Legislature. It has been used with mixed results over the years, and recently has caused more harm than good. There are today more than 500 amendments to the California state constitution. The federal constitution, a document that is more than 100 years older, has only 27 amendments, including the Bill of Rights. In all this mess, the impact of Proposition 13 canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be overstated. Approved in 1978, it basically froze property tax revenues, including commercial property; introduced the two-thirds majority mandate needed to pass a budget or raise taxes that has since strangled California government; and shifted control of taxes and school funding from local governments to the state. When the state failed to pass a budget or adequately fund schools, voters started passing such initiatives as Proposition 98, which dictates how general fund monies should be spent. About 40 percent goes to education, thanks to Prop. 98. Once a novel political tool of the people, the initiative process has become just another tool for big business and big unions. Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim was that the '' THE BOHEMIAN

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state is so institutionally crippled that it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be fixed incrementally. It all began with an August 2008 editorial by Bay Area businessman Jim Wunderman that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle. Titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;California Government Has Failed Us,â&#x20AC;? Wundermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorial invoked the likes of Thomas Jefferson, and unapologetically aired Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dirty laundry list of institutional failures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is our duty to declare that our California government is not only broken, it has become destructive to our future,â&#x20AC;? Wunderman declared. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Therefore, are we not obligated to nullify our government and institute a new one?â&#x20AC;? Wunderman is not the most likely candidate to organize a peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political revolution. He heads the Bay Area Council, which represents the business interests of Google, PG&E and United Airlines, to name a few. But that summer in 2008, after legislators again failed to get a budget passed on time, the business community was thinking of ways to get around the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toxic two-thirds majority vote. The effect was magic. The commentary was so well received that the Bay Area Council sent one of its own, John Grubb, to be the face of Repair California. Newspapers across the state, as well as such national magazines as The New Yorker and The Economist, were soon spilling free ink to advance the idea, and Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own polling showed that 70 percent of Californians of all political ideologies supported a constitutional convention. (A later Field Poll showed about 50 percent of Californians in support.) Soon, the group had a staff of close to 250 people working on two initiatives for the November 2010 ballot: the first would change the state constitution to allow voters, instead of legislators, to call a constitutional convention and rewrite the rules of the state. The second would actually call the first constitutional convention in California in more than a hundred years. If the initiative process got California into this mess, the theory went, perhaps it could get California out of it. There was one major hitch in this plan: the reluctance of professional signature-gathering companies to collect the names on a petition that could put them out of business. In a recent telephone interview, Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman, John Grubb, gets right to the point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were blacklisted,â&#x20AC;? he says. This year may be remembered as the one big money stopped being subtle about its domination of state politics. The gubernatorial and senate races are all about the tech billionaires and millionaires this round. And such ballot initiatives as Propositions 16 and 17, have been introduced, promoted and funded by single corporations. More to the point, it seems that only the extremely wealthy can afford the privilege of democracy. Repair California argued that the state has outgrown the initiative process as it currently exists. To get an idea on the ballot requires signatures from 8 percent of the voters who turned out in the previous gubernatorial election. For 2010

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constitutional amendments, that magic number is 694,354 signatures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It comes out to about one in 10 California residents that have to sign a petition,â&#x20AC;? Grubb says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way you can do that without signature gatherers, even with a big grassroots effort.â&#x20AC;? Signature gathering is like a shadow industry, ostensibly operating in the open with independent contractors parked at folding tables in front of grocery stores and college libraries, while the real deals are brokered in boardrooms. There are at least five such signaturegathering firms in California. Kimball Petition Management and National Petition Management are among the largest of these groups, and each has its specialtyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;union issues, socially conservative causes, socially liberal causes, etc. Each signature can cost between $1 and $1.50, depending on several factors, including the deadline to get on a ballot. When Repair California was circulating its two petitions, Grubb said the going rate was $1.35 per signature, with about 35 cents of that going to the actual gatherer. Repair was looking at close to $1 million just to gather the signatures needed. The service, which Grubb argues is critical to getting an issue on the ballot, can be too pricey for any real grassroots organization. Repair California, however, was not a poor grassroots group, and when California petitioners refused to circulate the initiatives, Repair bussed in independent signature gatherers from Oregon and Arizona at an additional cost. Grubb says those workers were routinely harassed. The biggest obstacle to Repair California turned out not to be the signature-gathering companies themselves. Grubb alleges that signature gatherers would not circulate his petition for fear that a constitutional rewrite would fix the initiative problemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the problem being that the process is owned by special interests. Fred Kimball, head of Kimball Petition Management, which is the oldest signaturegathering firm in California, did not return calls from the Bohemian, but he went on record in the Feb. 4, 2010, issue of The Economist about his feelings for a proposed constitutional convention, saying flatly, â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a business, I oppose it.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, not everyone wants change. Groups that passed initiatives to ensure themselves funding or that helped pass laws for crime victims certainly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see their work undone in a sweeping constitutional rewrite. The same is true for such anti-tax activists as the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (Jarvis was responsible for Prop. 13). Kris Vosburgh, a spokesman for the Howard Jarvis Tax Association, says that the group did not support a constitutional convention for fear that the two-thirds threshold for passing new taxes would be repealed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been suspicious of those efforts,â&#x20AC;? Vosburgh says of the convention talk, â&#x20AC;&#x153;because it could make it easier to raise taxes.â&#x20AC;? But professor Jeffrey Lustig says he was intrigued by the idea of a convention called by the people. He was so intrigued, he says,

that he put the book together as a resource for people when the debate over specific constitutional changes began. Nonetheless, he was surprised, even skeptical, by the Bay Area Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support for it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the last 20 years,â&#x20AC;? Lustig explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;while public services have been ravaged, there has been a vast redistribution of wealth upward. Even though they talk about the system being broken, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been working for some people.â&#x20AC;? Grubb says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that simple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dysfunctional governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at some point itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not helping anyone,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of our members were able to see that.â&#x20AC;? Repair California was breaking new ground when it suggested that citizens be the ones to fix the state government. Using the initiative process was basically a new approach. The plan to elect delegates from each community in the state was not entirely democratic, as it called on county officials to choose delegates. It was also extremely complicated. Several pages of the proposal were devoted solely to the process of picking delegates. But in true â&#x20AC;&#x2122;08 style, the initiative didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t propose any specific changes, just change itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The actual proposal to call a convention was way overdetailed,â&#x20AC;? Lustig says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was almost a parody of the problems they were trying to solve.â&#x20AC;? There were other problems too, like funding. How a group sponsored by some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most powerful businesses could run out of money is sort of a mystery. The group was able to raise almost $600,000, according to Grubb, and another $1 million in pledged donations. Then, he alleges, the money dried up as would-be corporate donors received threats from unions and members of the state Legislature. Grubb would not mention specific legislators or companies, but said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Members of the Legislature told companies they would be iced out if they supported the convention.â&#x20AC;? Grubb also says he received death threats over his work. The very same institutional failures crippling the state also brought Repair California to its knees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were challenging the status quo,â&#x20AC;? Grubb says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were challenging the biggest unions and the biggest companies in California.â&#x20AC;? Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ties to business, the very ties that normally make initiative efforts possible, turned out to be its undoing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they were a grassroots movement,â&#x20AC;? Lustig points out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they would have had volunteers out there gathering signaturesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they were thinking in a very corporate way.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would be really surprised if there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t another effort,â&#x20AC;? Grubb says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;certainly in time for the 2012 elections.â&#x20AC;? Like many initiatives, Repair Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy could be in the seed it has planted. It may have been an expensive experiment in selfgovernance, but something may yet grow of it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would guess that they were way out ahead of the rest of the state,â&#x20AC;? Lustig opines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bay Area Council, being representative of high-tech, bio-tech, alternative energy, I would guess that they were very forward-thinking,â&#x20AC;? But, Lustig warns, â&#x20AC;&#x153;any serious change has to come from the ground up. It has to be grassroots.â&#x20AC;?

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uba is in the air. The island nation may be experiencing a mellowing phaseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least in regards to its relationship with America. During his presidential campaign, Mr. Obama promised to meet with Cuban president RaĂşl Castro, and there is a sense that the possibility once again exists to match the island with the world. A small slice of that promise laps up against North Bay shores when the Sonoma County Museum opens a provocative new exhibit of contemporary Cuban art on June 5 with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba.â&#x20AC;? Part of a traveling exhibit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polaridadâ&#x20AC;? comprises some 60 pieces in all media from an elite group of 24 mid-career Cuban artists. Cuban-born photographer Javier Machado, now living in Oakland, gets a mini-retrospective of his own, titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Optic Fiber,â&#x20AC;? in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s upstairs gallery, and the institution fulfills its mandate for a local historical viewpoint with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Sonoma,â&#x20AC;? a look at communismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past in the North Bay. Former Cuban president Fidel Castro had an unlikely affinity for the arts. As a result, Cuban children who show early talent are shunted out of pure academic practice into a field where they might more naturally excel. The government sponsors art galleries and, in a largely successful attempt to bring

the world to it, Cuba now produces a widely hailed biennial exhibit every two to three years. Sonoma County Museum education director Jennifer Bethke helped to organize the touring showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stop in Santa Rosa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can be supported by the state if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing state-friendly art, and not many of these artists are,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unusual for them to be jailed for short periods of time. In the underground economy, now that Cuba is on the international art market map, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible for them to make a living.â&#x20AC;? Influenced by Spanish, African and Caribbean cultures and motifs, Cuban artists often reflect the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international isolation and the constant presence of the ocean. The nearness of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast capitalistic riches and its ancillary indifference figure largely. After the Soviet Union began its collapse in 1991, Cuba lost its super-power support and entered what the country euphemistically calls its â&#x20AC;&#x153;special period.â&#x20AC;? Most of the young artists in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polaridadâ&#x20AC;? show came of age during this time, and their work is emphatically marked by it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a generation turning their eyes to the international art world and making criticism of the government, though not across the board, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting part of the story,â&#x20AC;? Bethke says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a complicated and interesting ambiguity. There is this pervading sense that this was an opportunity lost or squandered after the revolution, once things turned to a Soviet-style dictatorship.â&#x20AC;?

Machado made his name doing blackand-white street photography in Cuba. Once ensconced in the Bay Area, Machado continued his work in black and whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;originally chosen because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fairly inexpensive mediumâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; moving into studio portraiture, creating darkly illuminated portraits in which he consciously chooses to emulate Rembrandtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s use of light and shadow to limn the images, many of them selfportraits in a variety of masks and costumes, that examine how and where one fits into the world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His newest works are these large-scale portraits that are essentially about Cuban identity, Cuban-American identity,â&#x20AC;? Bethke says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an interesting network of issues, as he transitions to being more of a American and less of a Cuban.â&#x20AC;? Other artists in the show include rapidly rising stars Yoan Capote, RenĂŠ PeĂąa, Abel Barroso and AimeĂŠ Garcia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to all the political stuff, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just interesting art,â&#x20AC;? Bethke says of the exhibit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a show that resonates on two levels: the fascinating political questions, freedom of expression, socio-political questions; on the other hand, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just really fabulous contemporary art.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Polaridad Complementaria,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Optic Fiberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Red Sonomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; open with a public reception on Friday, June 4, from 5pm to 7pm at the Sonoma County Museum. 425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa. 707.579.1500.

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landscape of London and the nightscape of the heavens whooshing past as the children appear to swoop under bridges and over housetops. But after that, the producers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of very much to do with their bag of tricks. A second act scene involving a pair of children swimming through the lagoon among animated fishes and sub-par Cirque du Soleil mermaids is pretty but mainly just slows down the story. Mostly, the projections serve to throw scenery up around the tentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;bedroom walls, Neverland trees, the bow and stern of a pirate shipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but the effect is more clumsy than inspired. And once the adrenaline rush of that initial night flight is over, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard not to notice that the animation is chillingly fake and cold, closely resembling that of the video game Myst. While children will likely be utterly transported by the show, the adults who shelled out the bucks might feel that there is a bit of bait-and-switch going on. Ultimately, the best parts of the show have nothing to do with the techno-wizardry. Itxaso Morenoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s punkish Tinkerbell is delightfully bizarre. The famous ticking crocodileâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a massive two-person puppet driven by lowriding bicyclesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is incredibly satisfying, with teeth made of clothespins and a roar that shakes the seats. And as Captain Hook, British actor Jonathan Hyde (Titanic, Jumanji, Ananconda) is everything a Hook should be, until the otherwise sharp-witted script fails him, giving him one of the lamest exit lines ever forced upon kid litâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most imposing and attractive villain. In the end, oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s satisfaction with Peter Pan will depend largely on what one expects. Based on its marketing campaign, I expected a dazzling night of state-of-the-art theater. What I got was an above-average county-fair attraction. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peter Panâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; runs through the end of summer at the Threesixty Theatre in Ferry Park, San Francisco. $30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$85. 888.772.6849. www.peterpantheshow.com.

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recording industry hates so much. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little like the United States providing chemical weapons to Iraq in the 1980s and then fighting against them in the aughts. But I digress. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s discussion for those addicted to the little, blue frog icon in their dock next to Audio Hijack and EasyWMA is on the rise of huge complete-discography torrents, and the simple fact that there can possibly be too much of a good thing. Like a bathtub full of IPA poured into a beer bong. Like a hundred browser windows filled with beautiful naked women. Like a heaping pile of spaghetti shoveled onto the table by a man in a red suit and bowtie. No one really wants these excesses. So why, I wonder, do we continue to fall for the idea that downloading a gigantic torrent of a bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete discography is going to be in any way rewarding? Say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been loving Lady Gagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alejandro,â&#x20AC;? and your acute powers of perception deliver an impulsive yearning for the song itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loosely based on, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fernandoâ&#x20AC;? by ABBA. You cue it up on your torrent browser. You scan search results for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fernandoâ&#x20AC;? itself (5.2 MB), for ABBA Gold (70.5 MB), for Greatest Hits (60.4 MB). And then you see the motherlode. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ABBA Full Discography 320kbps 65CD,â&#x20AC;? it reads. 8.7 GB! Jesus, this rules! Or so you think. Just as our stomach canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t process too many shovelfuls of spaghetti, just as our libidos canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t process all those naked women, just as our livers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t process all that beer, the musical receptors in our brain just simply cannot process 8.7 GB of ABBA. A friend of mine fell victim to such temptation recently. He wanted to hear a song from Depeche Mode, and was instead lured by the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s complete discography. It only required a couple hours of time and no real effort on his part, andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;voilĂ ! Every note Depeche Mode had ever recorded was at his fingertips. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But you know what?â&#x20AC;? he said afterward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Depeche Mode has a lot of horrible songs.â&#x20AC;? All heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d wanted was to relive the moment he first heard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Somebodyâ&#x20AC;? and feel a warm, loving adolescent feeling that the world could be caring and kind. Now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got crap like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better Days (Basteroid Dance Is Gone Vocal Mix)â&#x20AC;? and all the throwaway B-sides from Ultra, not to mention Ultra itself and all the other lousy late-era records Depeche Mode ever made. In a way, this is no burden. It takes up invisible space. But it is invisible music on an invisible aural plane, a cold, dead piece of silicon storage, the exact opposite of what he wanted to feel. Invisible or not, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there. And most of it sucks. My friend has two choices here. One is to spend the next year listening to Depeche Mode and nothing but Depeche Mode, evaluating and ranking and reorganizing and playlisting the virtually insurmountable glob of music with which heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s saddled himself. His other option is to drag the folder to the trash and start clean with Some Great Reward (50.2 MB). Or, God forbid, he could walk to a record store and actually fork over the cost of a burrito for a used copy of Catching Up with Depeche Mode, and go through life piece by piece instead of hoarding it all. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that the best way to live, anyway?

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