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Insane clown posse The serial killer circus in Marin Superior Court is gruesomely fascinating [“The Strange Case of Joseph Naso,” May 3], but how much is this costing the county? Enough to extend SMART from nowhere to somewhere, pay a few years of pensions for retired administrators, or provide dental care for the poor? Neither the victims nor their alleged killer lived in Marin. They were killed elsewhere and he was arrested in Nevada. By what dubious distinction were Marin taxpayers reeled in to host this carnival because one murdered woman’s body was left here? There must have been some competition among district attorneys for the publicity of frying this psychopath. Bad luck for the taxpayers, though, as death penalty cases are many times more expensive to prosecute and subject to numerous appeals. Especially when the alleged serial killer demands to defend himself, apparently convinced he’s smarter than the law, having eluded it for decades.

He’s also sure of his charm, bragging that any woman in the courtroom would get naked and pose pornographically for him once they got to know him. Including the two female county prosecutors. In his book The Collapse of American Criminal Justice, William Stuntz, of Harvard, wrote, “When politicians both define crimes and prosecute criminal cases, one might reasonably fear that legislators and district attorneys will work together to achieve their common political goals. Legislators will define crimes too broadly and sentences too severely in order to make it easy for prosecutors to extract guilty pleas, which in turn permits prosecutors to punish criminal defendants on the cheap and thereby spare legislators the need to spend more tax dollars on criminal law enforcement.” This is obviously inaccurate in a capital murder case. This clown is loving his time in the spotlight, public expense no more a concern to him than the lives of the victims, while our DA is all “damn the expenses” of death sentences. How many so far? By any measure, criminal justice is an expensive beast to keep. Stuntz’s concept of “on the cheap” punishment doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, although legislators, judges and prosecutors share other political goals. Crime prevention from social programs is cheaper than enforcement and prosecution, coercion more expensive than persuasion, but exacting vengeance is primal, while “security theater” assuages existential fears. The legal and penal system ceaselessly suck tax dollars to keep the people safe from barbarians, foreign and domestic, while our horrendous prisons fail to rehabilitate twothirds of their graduates for longer than three years. And we think our health care system is broken and unsustainable. Stephen Simac, Stinson Beach

We do more with appetites before 9am than most people do all day... You say that the female staff members are not shy about letting it be known that something in the paper is inappropriate [“Not Psyched About ‘Psycho’ Cover,” April 26]. What was their collective take on the recent too-much-information, pandering piece by Nikki Silverstein on her choice of sexual lubricant [“Smooth Operator,” April 19]? That bit of “writing” made me want to vomit and I almost decided to give up on the Sun. But then you redeemed it via Jason Walsh’s charming review of the new restaurant Beso [“Beso Puckers Up in Novato,” April 26]. Kathy Duby, Mill Valley

‘This is not Vietnam’

Is being an intolerant theocracy of anti-Semites enough to justify an unprovoked military assault?

I read with interest Joanne Williams’s thoughtful interview with David Harris [“Drawing a New Line in the Sand,” May 10]. I am old enough to well remember his eloquent protests against the war in Vietnam. Sadly, though, it appears he now largely spouts “blame-America” cliches about the threat from Iran. His confusing and somewhat contradictory statements are unpersuasive. For example, he opposes any economic sanctions, and railed against a possible military action. But after noting that Iran sent “hordes of unarmed children against Iraq” he insists, “We can deal with a nuclear Iran if they get a nuclear weapon.” We can? If Iran sent kids to fight Iraq, what will they do with atom bombs on their long-range missiles? Europe is well within range already. And who does Harris think is supplying weapons and troops to support the slaughter of civilians in Syria? Imagine if Assad was under Iran’s nuclear umbrella? The Arab states oppose Iran going nuclear, because they recognize the imminent dangers—not just directly from Iran, but from its proxies like Hezbollah, Hamas and Syria. The U.S. apology that Harris thinks would mean so much to the mullahs is naive at best. We have to protect ourselves. This is a real threat, to the West. This is not Vietnam. Peter Logan, San Rafael David Harris responds:

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provided by the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction. Use of such a weapon would be a choice by Iran to be obliterated. So far that threat has kept any of the world’s other nuclear powers from using their weapons and until we all take disarmament seriously, we are going to have to continue to rely on it. A preemptive assault by the United States will, according to our own generals, only make for small delays in Iran’s nuclear development while supplying them even more motive to want nuclear arms. As for Syria, most of Assad’s weaponry is supplied by Russia. Shall we attack them too while we’re at it? Maybe also throw in North Korea? And China, which supplies Iran with missile technology? And what exactly is the pressing threat to the West? We have not been under attack even though Iran has already dealt with military incursions into its territory, a cyber assault on its scientific computers, and an assassination campaign targeting its scientists, all without striking back in legitimate self-defense. By any standards, they have hardly played the aggressor in Mr. Logan’s caricature. Not that these mullahs are about to be our new best friends. The Islamic Republic is an intolerant theocracy which suppresses its opposition and talks like a bunch of rank anti Semites, but, as disgusting as that may be, those flaws are not sufficient grounds to justify an unprovoked military assault. In truth, the outcome we want and need is only available through negotiation, nation-to-nation, without warping our strategy around a demonization of Iran that guarantees all talks will fail. Of course, convincing any nation to forgo the option to maximize its ability to defend itself is a delicate task, but why not at least negotiate seriously before going to the mattresses? So far we’ve been spending most of our energy playing the bully and trying to impose our will rather than looking for an equitable solution. In any case, there is no upside to attacking, unless Mr. Logan is proposing we invade and occupy the country in pursuit of regime change, and even then a sympathetic government willing to eschew nuclear technology is far from a given outcome should we actually pull such an invasion off. This certainly isn’t Vietnam. It’s Iraq redux, only with far worse consequences for the all concerned.

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he Marin Energy Authority this month approved a plan that takes the concept of local clean-electricity generation and marries it to public power. That’s one of the enticing goals the founders of Marin Clean Energy (MCE) envisioned: the possibility that MCE could own clean and renewable power projects within its geographical jurisdiction. Marin Clean Energy customers would own the power-generating facilities, which could assure stable rates and true green energy. Unlike investor-owned utilities such as PG&E, no shareholders would be knocking at the door demanding a chunky dividend. Revenue generated above the cost of supply could be funneled toward local green projects. That could increase the supply of clean, renewable energy and also boost the local economy. When the board of the Marin Energy Authority voted in the first week of May to set aside a portion of revenue MCE generates and put it in a “local renewable development fund,” the move made real the dream of the founders who created Marin Clean Energy. It’s not an end-all proposition. But it’s a start that’s getting out of the blocks in a way that could and should spur increased purchase of the MCE product known as Deep Green. The Marin Energy Authority is the joint powers agency that administers Marin

Clean Energy, which was created after the state Legislature approved a plan that allows cities and counties to join and purchase power from any provider they choose in an arrangement called community aggregation. Marin Clean Energy offers two power plans. One, Light Green, delivers electricity that is 50-percent renewable. For a relatively small added charge, customers can receive electricity that is 100-percent renewable. Currently about 2 percent of MCE’s 92,000 customers are receiving the Deep Green product. That’s about the industry average, according to Jamie Tuckey, the MCE communications director. That’s a drop from the 8 percent of MCE customers who had signed up for the Deep Green product. But the higher percentage came earlier in the sign-up process from customers who got on board the cleanenergy train early, before a big secondphase rollout. In addition, Deep Green customers could start receiving the product before a general admission procedure. That stimulated the Deep Green program early because the motivated customers generally favored the 100-percent clean portfolio. The percentage dropped when Marin Clean Energy increased its enrollment and spread out in the county in a second phase of enrolling customers. The opt-out procedure mandated by the state legislation led to strong criticism 10 > Poll Results How should Marin deal with the threat of rising sea levels? Educate people about climate change and enact stricter building regulations along waterfront areas .......................................................... 66.7% False alarm! Even if the water rises an inch or two its impact will be negligible .................................8.3% Tell Sausalito how you feel about it now—before it’s too late.....................................................10.4% Strip mine Mt. Tam; use earthen spoils to infill Richardson Bay.......................................... 2.1% Like they say in Bolinas, “two words: surfs up, dude!”............................................................. 6.3% Build ark; gather animals two-by-two; blend in with houseboat community ........................ 6.3% It’s Lyme disease awareness month—Marin bites back. Weigh in with our latest online poll at 8 PACIFIC SUN MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2013

››NEWSGRAMS Coastal Commission countersues Drake’s Bay Oysters The tides are shifting once again in the Drakes Bay Oyster whirlpool, as the California Coastal Commission filed suit May 10 against the oyster company, claiming the Inverness mariculture business is operating without a permit. But spokespeople for the Lunny family’s oyster operation are describing the move as “retaliation” in response to lawsuits filed on behalf of Drakes Bay against the Coastal Commission last month intended to curb the commission’s orders that the oyster farm cease its operations. What’s more, says Drakes Bay—the reason it has no permit is because the Coastal Commission, which issues the permits, has suspended the processing of the permit, which Drakes says it applied for “years ago.” The legal tit-for-tat between the oyster company and the Coastal Commission stems from last November, when Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar decided not to extend Drakes Bay’s operating lease in the Point Reyes National Seashore. From the expiration of the lease, the oyster company had 90 days to remove its operations from the national park—but along with a suit filed by Drakes Bay Oysters owner Kevin Lunny to try and stop the cessation of the lease, the West Marin oyster farm has thus far managed to beat back the waves on the closure deadline, so that the business could remain operating throughout the court proceedings, which began May 13. Kevin Lunny and his family purchased the former Johnson’s Oyster Farm in 2005, when seven years remained on the 1972 “special use” permit, which allowed the oyster operation to stay on the national park land for a maximum of 40 years. But the Lunnys, along with many supporters in the area, had hoped to persuade the Department of the Interior to continue the lease for another 10 years, an option created through an appropriations bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a vocal supporter of Drake’s Bay Oysters. —Jason Walsh Grand jury calls for countywide ban on plastic bags Marin’s use of plastic bags need to end—and it needs to end with a loud “pop” across the entire county, according to a Marin Civil Grand Jury. In a report released this week titled, “Holding the Bag,” the grand jury is recommending that “a ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags should be imposed in all grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies and restaurants within the County and apply to all establishments, no matter how large or small.” It’s a sweeping suggestion—even for a county that’s been among the state’s leaders in limiting the nonbiodegradable bags. Fairfax voters passed a ban on plastic bags in stores and restaurants in 2009; the county of Marin enacted a ban on the bags at most stores and restaurants in 2012; other Marin towns appear moving in similar directions. According to California’s Statewide Waste Characterization Study of 2008, plastics make up 9.6 percent of the state’s overall waste stream, 1.2 percent of the waste stream is plastic bags. While plastic bags make up only a fraction of the waste, the 14 billion plastic bags distributed annually in California are particularly environmentally harmful—only 3 to 9 percent of them are recyclable, sending the rest to landfill or out onto the land and oceans, reports the Environmental Protection Agency. Most studies point to several factors about plastic bags that cause harm: the frequency with which they strangle, choke and kill animals; its slow rate of decomposition which leads to economic, health and aesthetic problems; and the high costs of clean up—West Coast cities alone spend a total of $412 million a year to clean their waters of plastic bags, according to the EPA. A fourth problem is the depletion of natural resources in the creation of plastic bags, which are made of polyethylene, a nonrenuable material derived from crude oil and natural gas.—JW Vast differences in hospital charges raise eyebrows If you’re planning to have a heart attack you might want to have it in wine country; the bill for care in Marin might cause cardiac arrest. Marin General Hospital charges an average of $46,387 for “heart failure and shock” without major complications, while the same treatment at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa is a mere $28,666. Looking for major joint replacement? Charge for that brand-new part at Marin General averages $104,137. At Novato Community Hospital the same thing is $89,422, and at Kaiser in Santa Rosa that procedure is a relative bargain at $44,278. All these numbers are part of a massive amount of data released this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For the first time, hospital-specific charges for the top 100 most common billed discharges paid under Medicare are revealed in the report. More than 3,000 hospitals’ charges are reported, including those for several facilities in the North Bay, reported for fiscal year 2011. The New York Times, which received the data before it was released on Wednesday, evaluated each hospital’s charges for common procedures based on whether they bill Medicare “less than U.S. average,”“bills 1 to 2 times U.S. average” or “bills more than 2 times U.S. average.” Marin General Hospital “bills more than 2 times U.S. average” and Novato Community Hospital “bills 1 to 2 times U.S. average” according to the paper’s report, while Kaiser facilities in San Rafael, Santa Rosa and San Francisco “bill Medicare less than U.S. average.” But the numbers in the government report are basically nonsense, Marin General Hospital Chief Fund and Business Development Officer Jon Friedenberg contends. “The charges 10 >



I’m no hypochondriac—I’m just irrationally fearful of contracting disease... by Nik k i Silve r stein


the cable. Why is a grown man watching Dr. Who reruns and animated shows when Mad Men is on? I posed this very question to him and he said that Mad Men has too much angst. Rick must have more issues than I do. Surely, he’s noticed that I am angst personified. Maybe that has something to do with the off-again part. My friend Abby understands. I love her. Whatever I feel, she feels. She’s the most empathic person I know. Too bad she recently got married and I don’t see her as much. I’m just kidding. Well, mostly kidding. We’ll have a nice visit this weekend when we take a walk down the middle of the street with Bruno. Since I’m not sleeping due to the itching from the imaginary ticks inhabiting my bed, I’m irritable. Almost everything and everyone is annoying me. I made a list. 1) Cyclists hogging the street, especially now that I’m using it as my hiking path. Do you and your bike buddies really need to ride in the center of the lane, side-by-side? Consider single file and save your chatting for the Starbucks break. Another thing, those clothes you wear are very busy. 2) The behavior of drivers at an intersection with a four-way stop sign. A few months ago, I got hit at that hideous juncture in front of the 2am Club in Mill Valley, and I’ve been taking note of this phenomenon ever since. Each car is supposed to stop, and one by one, we go. I have looked in the eyes of people that just arrived and they know it’s not their turn. They know it, but they barrel through anyway. I can tell that they’re not even sorry. 3) My moustache—again. I wrote about the thickening peach fuzz on my upper lip not long ago. Plenty of nice menopausal age readers sent me advice on how to deal with this unsightly problem. I bravely went to Benefit, tilted my chin up, and told the pretty young woman that I think I have a moustache. She confirmed. We did the wax thing. Before I left, she told me some small bumps might develop, but they won’t last long. That’s likely true for normal women, but of course, not for me. By the time the little red pimply things disappeared, my moustache had grown back. Oy, I have seven more things to tell you, but we’re out of space. If I’m not in a better mood when it’s time for my next column, I’ll keep kvetching. Otherwise, we’ll discuss shiny, happy people holding hands. < E-mail:

BONUS QUESTION: According to Greek mythology, this Phoenician noblewoman was courted by Zeus and became the Queen of Crete. A major land mass, as well as the sixth moon of the planet Jupiter, were named after her. Who was she? Howard Rachelson welcomes you to live team trivia contests on Wednesdays at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. If you have an intriguing question, send it along (including the answer, and your name and hometown) to

VThe river otters are back in Marin. The cute critters were gone for years, almost driven to extinction around these parts by hunters. Now, the river otters have folks looking out for their well-being—Otter Spotters. We wish we’d thought of it, but we must give credit to Megan Isadore and Paolo Bouley of West Marin. The two women founded the River Otter Ecology Project, a nonprofit organization based in Forest Knolls, to research the river otter and the ecosystems they inhabit in the Bay Area. Citizen scientists are invited to join the Otter Spotters by submitting sightings and observations of the charismatic creatures. You can even collect otter scat for the project, if you’re so inclined. For more information, visit

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W Folks who work with kids are charged with a challenging but rewarding responsibility. Jason Ward, a former swim coach, received a charge of a different kind this week—two felony counts for allegedly contacting a minor for lewd purposes and sending harmful matter with the intent of seducing a minor. In other words, sending lewd texts and photos, according to the sheriff ’s department. The minor at the time was a 13-year-old girl on his Marinwood swim team. Ward, now 37, a San Rafael  resident, previously coached the Marinwood Waterdevils Swim Team and the girls’ water polo team at Redwood High in Larkspur. His lawyer has said he will contest the charges. — Nikki Silverstein


or the last three weeks, I’ve been researching Lyme disease. I’m now compulsively checking myself for ticks. Worse yet, I found one on my arm after a hike the other day. It wasn’t attached, but given a few more minutes, I’m sure the little vampire vector would have buried his nasty head in my delicate arm. And, I’m itchy all over. I can’t sleep because I’m worried my dog deposited a tick or two on my bed. Bruno’s not allowed on the bed, but sometimes he stands next to it. My anxiety-ridden girlfriends won’t believe this, but even Ativan isn’t comforting me. I met people with Lyme disease right here in Marin. They’re suffering and I’m not making light of it at all. I’m honestly scared that I’m going to get it too. In fact, I’ve curbed my cherished daily hikes that gave me asylum from my neuroses. My dog and I walk in the street now. Not on the sidewalk, because there’s weeds and tall grasses bordering it. We both hate the hot pavement and we return home right after Bruno’s finished his business. (Yes, I pick it up.) Lack of exercise is probably increasing my preoccupation with ticks. A few years ago, there was a tick attached to my breast. Right on my left nipple. I found it when I was showering and calmly removed it. Obviously, that occurred during the brief period of my life when I was somewhat normal. I think it was before Rick, my onagain/off-again beau of 10 years, entered my life. To further complicate my newfound fear of illness, I just interviewed my personal hero, Eve Ensler. We talked about her memoir, which chronicles her battle with stage IV uterine cancer. Thankfully, she’s cancer-free now, but she said that she knew something was wrong with her body for about a year before her diagnosis. Sometimes I think something is wrong with my body. How am I supposed to know what my body should feel like? I’m smack in the middle of perimenopause and every day I experience strange sensations. Please don’t confuse this with hypochondria. I don’t think I’m sick. I’m terrified of getting sick. Hopefully, we’re talking about two very different concepts here. Psychiatrists feel free to weigh in. Also, is there a medication to quash my obsessions and would you mind sending me a scrip? I’ve shared my thoughts with Rick. He nods and looks sympathetic. I know he’s not listening to me. If he doesn’t start paying more attention to me, I’m cancelling

1. Frank Lloyd Wright originally envisioned the roof of the Marin County Civic Center to be what color, although it was changed to blue after his death? 2. What important organization, whose work has helped lead to a 50 percent drop in smoking since the 1960s, is celebrating its 100th anniver5a sary this year? 3. What geographical features, not as commonly found on Earth, are the most common features of the moon? 4. In the 1970s, 20 percent of the major league baseball players were this, but today only 8 percent are. What? 5. Pictured, right: The three top money-making movies of all time with oneword titles were released in 2009, 1997 and 2012. What are they? 6. Snowflakes have what geometrical 5b shape? 7. The musical Cats was based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, written in the 1930s by what writer known by his initials? 8a. The 2016 Olympics will be hosted by what city south of the equator? 8b. This will be the third city south of the equator to host the Olympics. 5c What were the first two? 9. What is a male donkey called? 10. The iRobot Corporation, located in Bedford, Mass., came up with the first practical home robot, called the Roomba. With $2 million in sales, it’s one of the best-selling consumer robots in history. What does the Roomba do?


Don’t let the bed bugs bite

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< 8 Power to the people aimed mistakenly at Marin Clean Energy. Another criticism, which remains emblazoned in the minds of staunch critics, centers on the definition of clean energy. MCE’s Light Green energy portfolio includes about 27 percent of renewable power generation. Using renewable energy certificates brings the total to over 50 percent. The MCE Deep Green product, including renewable energy certificates, (RECs) is all renewable. The ultimate goal aims to provide 100 percent renewable to all MCE customers. Renewable Energy Certificates are part of a nationwide strategy to stimulate the renewable market. When a wind farm, for example, produces 1 megawatt-hour of renewable energy, it gets one renewable energy credit (REC). That’s called a bundled REC. The wind farm can sell the energy along with the one REC. The REC proves that the energy was produced from a renewable source. The RECs can be sold along with the energy or decoupled and sold separately as an unbundled REC, which can be a tradable commodity. Once they are bought and put into an agency’s renewable portfolio, the RECs are retired and can no longer be bought or sold. Marin Clean Energy renewable credit transfers are administered through a clearinghouse for renewable energy transactions and tracking called the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information system. Green-e, a recognized independent nonprofit, certifies the renewable energy certificates. Although some clean-energy proponents view RECs as a hindrance to the proliferation of clean energy faculties, the RECs serve as a transition, albeit one that has yet to be proved in the long run. The Environmental Protection Agency notes that RECs have played an important role in stimulating clean energy across the country. When Marin Clean Energy was in its nascent stage, critics continually charged that the dream of providing local clean power was just that, a dream. But projects like the solar project at the airport in San Rafael show that local generation is indeed possible. The local development fund takes the concept more than a step further. “We’ve had a lot of skepticism about local projects,” says Tuckey. “It’s taken a while, but [last week] we had a three-year anniversary of supplying power to customers, and we’re excited about [the local renewable development idea].” Marin Clean Energy Deep Green customers pay about $5 more per month for their 100-percent green energy product. In 2012, the Deep Green program yielded revenues of $103,073. The Marin Energy Authority voted to take about half that amount for the renewable development fund. The revenue from Deep Green is expected to increase as MCE rolls out its programs in Richmond, and that could mean more annual money for the fund. Marin Clean Energy will start signing up about 30,000 10 PACIFIC SUN MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2013

new customers there in July. MCE has sent opt-out notices. And as in Marin, Richmond customers who choose to sign up for the Deep Green product can join MCE before the general admission date. The Marin Energy Authority vote authorizes taking $52,000 of 2102 Deep Green revenue and using it to pay for what are called pre-development costs for local clean power facilities. Marin Clean Energy staff has identified a number of potential sites that could accommodate solar power generation. They range in size from 250 kilowatts to 1 megawatt. The local generation projects that currently supply power to MCE are owned and operated by third party entities. The first local facility that Marin Clean Energy would most likely add to its energy production mix will be at the Port of Richmond. Solar panels installed on the roof of a building and a carport shade structure that would house solar panels are two possible sites. The Port of Richmond project would produce 1 megawatt of power and cost between $3 million and $5 million. It could eventually expand to produce 5 megawatts. Also on the possibility list are two sites Golden Gate Transit owns in Marin. According to a staff report, revenue from 2012 Deep Green will go toward paying $5,000 to $15,000 for environmental review, $5,000 to $15,000 for permitting, $5,000 to $15,000 for design and engineering, $500 for an “interconnection application,” and an amount to be determined for “securing site control.” The Energy Authority can deposit money in the development fund thanks to advantageous purchasing markets for the Deep Green product. “Revenues generated by Deep Green are above what’s needed to cover the cost,” says Damon Connolly, San Rafael city councilman and chairman of the Energy Authority board. “We see the fund as a way to take a beginning step on a program that we hope will grow over time.” Money in the development fund will cover only pre-development costs. Money for actual construction will come from a variety of sources best applied to individual projects as they emerge from the program drawing board. In most cases the Energy Authority will not own the projects initially. A better arrangement for the Energy Authority involves entering into what’s called a power purchase agreement or a municipal lease structure. Power purchase companies and lease companies can take advantage of tax benefits for which the Energy Authority doesn’t qualify. After the tax benefits accrue, usually in six to seven years, the projects could be transferred to the Energy Authority. That cost would be lower than the Energy Authority could get using traditional debt financing. To build a solar facility, the Energy Authority also could use a bank loan or revenue bond. It’s a rather Byzantine financial process that would result in simple end result: Marin Clean Energy customers would own clean-energy facilities and receive clean en-

ergy at stable rates in the control of MCE. The Energy Authority’s Integrated Resource Plan calls for what staff categorizes as “an ambitious target” for deploying about 14 megawatts of new distributed solar capacity by 2019. So far all the local clean power projects contemplated are solar. The Energy Authority has a goal of adding a total of 21 megawatts of solar projects by 2021. That amount of solar generation would bring the total of locally produced power, including power generated from Energy Authority-owned projects, to 7.8 percent of the total load. The percentages could go higher. The limit depends on the number of real estate parcels and rooftops and other installation sites that can accommodate solar project development in Marin and in Richmond. It also depends on the enthusiasm of MCE customers. “The numbers are a conservative minimum from our Integrated Resource Plan, which gives us a very conservative view of what market conditions will be like,” says Dawn Weisz, the authority’s executive officer. “We certainly will endeavor to have a much higher percentage of local renewable, subject to market conditions and subject to customer participation in our Deep Green program. The more Deep Green customers we have, the more buildout we can have.” The plan to establish a local renewable development fund should provide an answer to critics who have said Marin Clean Energy couldn’t produce local power. Although the starting percentages aren’t huge, if Marin residents, and Richmond residents, want to increase the amount of clean power they receive, here’s the opportunity, says Connolly. All they have to do is sign up for the MCE Deep Green program and half of the Deep Green revenue goes toward local renewable projects. In Marin, where environmental protection and judicious use of resources is an abundant philosophy (or at least it used to be) MCE now offers a concrete way

to participate in a nonambiguous local clean-energy plan. In addition to stimulating local clean energy, the renewable fund also stimulates a public power paradigm in which customers own the generation facilities. And Marin Clean Energy can reap the financial benefits of owning the facilities, benefits such as depreciating a power project capital asset. And MCE can take excess revenue and plow it back into the field. The question will be whether Marin residents and Richmond residents think the environmental benefits and advantages of publically owned facilities are worth $5 a month, a little more than a gallon of gas. As Marin Clean Energy rolls out its energy products in Richmond, the agency is embarking on a marketing campaign using its website and also through social media. According to a staff report, “Establishing a local renewable development fund tied to the ongoing Deep Green program revenues would create a mechanism for customers to directly support [Energy Authority-owned] local renewable projects and formalize the link between the Deep Green customer base and local [Energy Authority-owned] project development.” The staff report also recognizes that creating local projects could beget more projects: “Visibility and interest in local renewable projects is likely to stimulate additional Deep Green customer enrollments and thereby provide support for even more local projects in the future.” In addition to using the Marin Clean Energy website and social media in a marketing push, “we also might do an advertising campaign,” says Tuckey. MCE also will follow the advice of its staff and “let customers know that when they sign up for Deep Green they’re supporting the plans for local projects.” Connolly says there’s “a real potential” to cast the renewable development program as a milestone in the life of Marin Clean energy. Now it’s up to MCE customers in Marin and Richmond. < Contact the writer at

< 8 Newsgrams have nothing to do with what people actually pay,” he says. If a patient is on Medicare the reimbursement is determined by Medicare, and the majority of patients—those with private insurance—pay fees negotiated by those insurers with the hospital. Uninsured patients who suffer heart failure at MGH may well be presented with a bill for $46,387, but, Friedenberg says, self-pay patients are given a 40 percent discount, and, if they pay promptly get another 10 percent on top of that. Indigent patients’ bills are often zeroed out altogether. “Our charity care and self-pay programs are as generous as anyone’s,” he says. Friedenberg emphasizes: “We’re not higher priced than other hospitals in the Bay Area. We’re not out of line.” And, he says, “I think the government made a mistake in releasing data without a context to make it more useful to consumers.” He points to the numbers also in the report that have received less attention—what hospitals actually receive from Medicare for the billed procedures. For instance, at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, the hospital Friedenberg says is MGH’s closest competitor, their charge for a major joint replacement is $83,538, some $20,599 less than MGH’s charge. But the Medicare reimbursement to CPMC was $21,900—more than the $17,800 MGH received from the government. For a “drug-coated stent insertion” MGH’s charge of $126,989 was significantly lower than CPMC’s $138,610 charge; both numbers were far, far away from their Medicare average actual payments: $17,276 and $23,201 respectively. Other numbers in the report bear out Friedenberg’s contention that MGH gets reimbursed

at much the same rate as other full-service Bay Area hospitals by the government, despite those eye-popping charge numbers. (Walnut Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s John Muir Medical Center charges $182,467 for one of those drug-coated stent insertions, but the government coughed up a mere $18,065 for them.) And, of course, in the complex world of medical billing direct comparisons can be difficult because some hospitals have older or sicker patients, are nonprofits or teaching hospitals, or other factors which affect costs and charges. A lengthy March 3 Time magazine story about health care costs, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Usâ&#x20AC;? by Steven Brill, discussed the hospitalsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; devotion to their before-now secret â&#x20AC;&#x153;chargemasterâ&#x20AC;? price listsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;about which, Brill writes, â&#x20AC;&#x153;most hospitals chargemaster prices are wildly inconsistent and seem to have no rationale.â&#x20AC;? According to the Time website, a government official credited the article with prompting this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s release of the data. The hope is that more transparency could lead to a more rational system. Marin Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Friedenberg agrees that the current setup is â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazy and complicatedâ&#x20AC;? but that change cannot happen just in Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a federal issue. In the meantime, the main takeaway seems to be that a hip replacement in Ada, Okla., will be billed at $5,300 and the same hip replacement in Monterey Park, Calif., will run $223,000. According to the CMS, with this information â&#x20AC;&#x153;users will be able to make comparisons between the amount charged by individual hospitals within local markets, and nationwide, for services that might be furnished in connection with a particular inpatient stay.â&#x20AC;? The data can be found on the CMS website. Be forewarned: If you want to print the whole report out it could come to more than 17,000 pages. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Julie Vader


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Memoirs of an invisible malady

The bite on Lyme disease— does mainstream medicine have blood-suckers on its hands?

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ane has a life that many would envy. A solid marriage, a successful husband, two healthy children and a lovely Greenbrae home. But, underneath the cheery veneer is a secret. Jane, 43, looks normal to the outside world—however, she is suffering from a myriad of debilitating symptoms including numbness in her extremities, severe headaches, extreme fatigue, joint and bone pain, increased urination, memory loss and dizziness. Since the onset of her illness on Labor Day in 2010, which she initially believed was the flu, she has seen 14 doctors in Marin and San Francisco. Some physicians ordered tests, others wrote out prescriptions for pain and sleeping medications. She received diagnoses that ranged from encephalitis to “stressed out mom.” “Every time I left a doctor’s office, I felt defeated, unheard,” Jane says. Last month, Jane had an appointment with a 15th doctor and was tested for Lyme disease. The results came back positive. “I’m grateful to finally have a diagnosis and looking forward to starting treatment,” she says. It would be a good story if it ended here. However, the mysteries of Lyme are still unraveling. It is often difficult to tell fact from fiction and there seems to be a stigma associated with the disease. In fact, Jane and her family are not using their real names for this article. “There’s a firestorm surrounding Lyme that I don’t understand,” Jane says. “I think it comes from a lack of education in our community.” So, let’s get educated. Lyme disease is an infection caused by a spirochetal bacteria 12 PACIFIC SUN MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2013

related to syphilis. It is transmitted to people Ben, her husband, feels frustrated. “Jane by the bite of an infected tick. In California, and I both thought it was Lyme early on,” the culprit is the western black-legged tick he says. (Ixodes pacificus), and both the nymph and “The doctors kept saying there’s no Lyme adult are able to spread Lyme. The bacteriain California. There’s no Lyme in Marin,” laden bloodsuckers are our neighbors, accord- Jane explains. ing to a 2012 report by the Marin/Sonoma Q Q Q Q Q Q Mosquito and Vector Control District. Testing of black-legged ticks in Marin revealed that 3.9 percent of the nymphs and 2.3 percent of LYME DISEASE IN humans does exist in the adults are infected with Borrelia burgdorCalifornia and Marin. The Centers for Disease feri. (Western fence lizards, or “blue-bellies,” Control (CDC) reported 79 confirmed cases which are common in Marin, help keep these and 13 probable cases of Lyme disease in numbers down. When a tick feeds on them California in 2011. According to the Califorthe bug is “cleansed” of the bacterium.) nia Department of Public Health (CDPH) Once a person is infected by a tick, a rash there were 27 cases in Marin from 2001 to may appear in a bulls-eye pattern, which is a 2011. The Marin County Health and Huclassic indicator of the disease. Some people man Services confirmed that two cases were develop other types of rashes and flu-like reported last year. symptoms including fever, chills, body aches, “It’s estimated that Lyme is underreported fatigue and headache. When caught at this by about 10 times,” says Dr. Todd Maderis, a initial localized stage, most doctors agree that practitioner at Marin Natural Medicine Clinic a patient will fully recover with a two-to four- in Larkspur. Maderis and fellow practitioner week course of antibiotics. Left unchecked, the Dr. Jacqueline Chan are well versed in the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and incidence of Lyme disease in Marin. Many of the nervous system within weeks, months or their patients have been diagnosed with it. even years after the tick bite. They believe that the great divide Unfortunately, Jane, like many among doctors stems from differing Lyme patients, never realized viewpoints about how the infecby that she had been bitten by a tion is diagnosed and treated. tick and had never noticed a “There are three points of connik k i rash. Flu-like symptoms were tention with the testing for Lyme,” SILVERSTIEN dismissed as the flu. Though Maderis says. “Routine Lyme testher infection spread, there were ing is a two-tier method. If you run periods when she was symptoma Lyme panel through a lab like Quest free. Other times, she was bedridden. or LabCorp, they run an ELISA [enzymeCertainly, these factors complicated the diaglinked immunosorbent assay] test. If it’s neganostic process in her case, yet it took almost tive, it’s negative. If it’s positive, then it reflexes three years to pinpoint her problem. to a Western blot test. However, the ELISA test

has been proven to be very insensitive. It’s 47 percent sensitive in some research.” That means about 1 in 2 people aren’t testing positive on the ELISA, when they should—and therefore aren’t administered a Western blot test, a staining technique that detects certain proteins in tissue and cells. “We only order the Western blot because we consider it the gold standard,” says Maderis. “The second point is that IGeneX, a specialty Lyme testing laboratory, looks for 12 bands (antibodies), where other labs look for five bands.” The third point of contention, Maderis says, is that Quest and LabCorp use only the commercial strain of the bacteria, while IGeneX uses both the commercial strain and a wild strain of the bacteria. “So, the standard labs keep coming back with negative test results, which continues to reinforce to conventional doctors that Lyme doesn’t exist.” According to Maderis, Quest and LabCorp adhere to the CDC criteria when testing for Lyme disease and IGeneX has its own criteria. Some doctors believe that the CDC criteria are too narrow, which is problematic when considering whether Lyme is prevalent in an area. “The state requires reporting of Lyme cases,” says Dr. Julie Griffith, a neurologist in San Rafael who treats Lyme patients. “The reporting is sent to the Marin County Health Department. If you don’t meet all of the CDC criteria, then the report may be rejected. That contributes to the low reported number of cases.” Shanna Cronan, senior public health nurse at Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, confirms that

Don’t get ticked! May is national Lyme Disease Awareness Month—ap—appropriate timing, as the nymph ticks emerge in the spring. Both nymph and adult ticks can transmit disease to humans and pets. Protect yourself from ticks in May and year-round. Though a small percentage of ticks in California carry Lyme, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. • Wear light-colored clothing and a hat to help spot ticks more easily. • Wear long pants, long sleeves and long socks whenever you enter tick territory. Tuck your shirt in your pants and tuck your pants in your socks to make it more difficult for the tick to get to your skin. • Consider using insect repellent with a 20 percent or higher concentration of DEET on exposed skin. • Keep your lawn cut short, cut back dense vegetation and remove debris pile. • When hiking or biking, stay on cleared trails.

it all comes down to how Lyme is officially defined by the CDC. “Doctors are required to report Lyme disease—if it meets the case definition,” says Cronan. The CDC endorses guidelines developed by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), an organization that represents physicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. “The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society [ILADS] has a completely different viewpoint on Lyme,” says Chan. The two professional organizations don’t just disagree about testing. The proper treatment for Lyme disease treatment is also in dispute. “[The Infectious Diseases Society] doesn’t believe Lyme chronically persists,” says Maderis, “Many refute that.” The International Lyme society, however, recognizes the existence of chronic Lyme disease and the need for long-term use of antibiotics, says Chan.

contact with nymph • Avoid co ymph habitat (leaf litter,r logs, treee trunks, etc.). • Shower thoroughly after being outdoors and carefully check for ticks. • Wash your outdoor clothes in hot water and dry on high heat. • Make it a habit to check yourself, your children and pets every day for ticks. • Remove an attached tick immediately. With tweezers, gently grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull steadily upward. Don’t squeeze or crush the tick. Once you’ve removed the entire tick, apply antiseptic to the bite area. • Consider having the tick tested for Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Place the tick on a moist cotton ball and put in a Ziploc bag. Contact the Marin Public Health Laboratory in San Rafael, 415/4736849, for more information. —Nikki Silverstein

practice around Lyme was disqualified. You can look at that as preventing conflicts of interest, but the specialists were not allowed to be on that panel. The people working day in and day out with Lyme disease were not allowed to be on that panel.” The 2006 guidelines, which are currently endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control, remain unchanged. Controversy rages between the IDSA and Lyme advocates. A few even point to a government conspiracy. Wilson doesn’t believe in conspiracies. “It’s not so much a medical or scientific question, as it’s a political one,” he says. “These people [IDSA] do not want to say that they’re wrong. It could have a catastrophic impact on their livelihood. There could be lawsuits. They’re protecting themselves.” In the meantime, many people with Lyme remain undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed, because the majority of physicians follow the CDC criteria based on the Infectious

Diseases Society of America guidelines. It happened to Jane and it happened to the p people Wilson followed in his film. “My assumptions were that Lyme was an East Coast disease and that it wasn’t very serious,” Wilson says about the affliction named for the Connecticut towns of Lyme and Old Lyme, where the disease was first identified in 1975. “I was shocked to find out that it’s life threatening, similar to syphilis and it’s right here in our backyard, Marin County. I want to shock people into awareness about Lyme disease, but I don’t want people to be afraid of nature, the outdoors.” Dr. Griffith concurs. “Lyme disease is a pandemic. In 2010 there were 48,000 documented cases in the U.S. Only one in 10 are diagnosed. Ninety percent of the people with Lyme disease do not know it or cannot secure a diagnosis. The criteria used by the CDC to make the diagnosis are too stringent.” Maderis, Chan, Griffith and Wilson all agree that Lyme diagnosis should rely on specialized testing plus the clinical presentation to make the diagnosis. They’re also in agreement that Lyme is a complex disease that may become chronic if not treated early. “If you think you were exposed to Lyme disease, you need to find a Lyme-literate physician and get the more reliable tests for Lyme,” advises Wilson. “Just because a physician says we tested you for Lyme and

Do I have Lyme?

Lyme disease Hike of Fame These well-known folks have been touched by Lyme disease. Some were treated successfully in the early stages of the disease and others still suffer from chronic Lyme. Jane Alexander—actress Alec Baldwin—actor George W. Bush—while he was in the White House Neneh Cherry—singer, “Buffalo Stance” Daryl Hall—singer (still has it) Parker Posey—actress Ben Stiller—actor Amy Tan—author of The Joy Luck Club (still has it) Alice Walker—author of The Color Purple Rebecca Wells—author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (still has it)

you don’t have it, or because a physician says we don’t have Lyme disease in Marin, doesn’t mean you don’t have it. It’s really about patients becoming informed and aware and that’s a threat to the patriarchal medical system.” Jane starts her treatment for chronic Lyme disease this week, which will involve longterm antibiotics. “Hopefully,” she says, “I can beat it and get back to my life.” < E-mail:

Late Lyme disease

There are many different symptoms associated with Lyme disease and not everyone will react the same way to the infection.

Early Lyme disease • Bull’s-eye skin rash • Other skin rashes • Flu like symptoms

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uickly, now: what image springs to mind when you hear the word “picnic”? It’s such a personal experience, I’m sure it could range from Victorian outdoor feasts to peanut butter sandwiches you ate in the back yard with a childhood friend. That’s what makes the subject fun for food writers but also makes it a challenge. My aim is to provide inspiration for the season opening before us, starting this month with Memorial Day and extending through fall, Marin’s long summer when we can take advantage of the landscape around us to get outside for lunch or dinner (or even breakfast, if you like) with easy food and drink. Whether the occasion is a romantic tryst, a family reunion, a hot day’s supper in a cooler place or a large party outing, the plan is the same. The only limit is imagination. Recently Miss Pippa Middleton, who used her current position as sister-in-law of royalty to become a celebrity columnist for Waitrose Supermarket’s advertising, stirred up trouble when she published her menu for “a perfect Provencal picnic” with ingredients costing around 100 pounds. I would say her imagination ran a bit wild, like the luxe suggestions from James Beard in the sixties when he recommended taking white linens, real silver and Baccarat glasses on Champagne-fueled jaunts in the countryside. A touch of decadence is certainly never amiss, but hey, let’s get real and keep our picnics simple. One of my favorite food writers, Laurie Colwin, wrote in More Home Cooking, “So what if all you have in the fridge is leftover rice, a couple of scallions and a jar of almonds? When you invent a lovely new rice salad no one will care if it’s not the usual, because you’re on a

picnic.” This is the same Laurie Colwin who once complained about dining treks beyond her house. “When dragged into the out-of-doors for lunch I would crab about sand in my food, yellow jackets buzzing near my drink, and itchy wool blankets that did not protect my tender flesh from lumpy, damp, uneven ground. Furthermore I hate sitting in the sun and I found most picnic food boring.” She was converted when she and her husband spent time on Majorca and discovered that fresh bread from a bakery to be filled with local cheese and salty meats, along with cold white wine, could turn an afternoon exploring the island’s wild coast into a fabulous pleasure. Another hero of mine, M.F.K. Fisher, wrote in “Some Other Picnics” (in Architectural Digest,1989) about a time when she lived in the South of France with her two young daughters. They decided to host a picnic for their neighbors in the village, depending on its food merchants to provide them with meat pies and “a lot of little (roasted) chickens, and an enormous flat yellow cake, which we covered with wild strawberries...local wine and plenty of bread” —the shepherd’s wife brought along “clabbered ewe’s milk” for the cake. Her description of that perfect day near a stone quarry is enough to get me planning a gathering of my own. Nobody says we can’t do the same sort of easy, delicious menus here in California. We’re blessed with every sort of plant food, fruits, cheese, wine and beautiful breads. All we need to do is pack a basket and head out the door. This first recipe is from Laurie Colwin, and because it can be made ahead of time, it is a good choice for picnic fare. It was slightly adapted from the original by Lydia Walshin in her blog, The Perfect Pantry.

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Serves 6-8 1 chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces, or assorted leg/thigh and breast pieces 1 tablespoon dried thyme 1/2 tablespoon black pepper 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons brown sugar Pinch of ground clove 1/2 teaspoon paprika 2 cloves garlic, slivered 2 teaspoons butter

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Place the chicken pieces on a rimmed sheet pan or roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine the thyme, black pepper, red pepper, brown sugar and clove. Rub this on both sides of the chicken and set aside for an hour. When it’s time to cook, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Rub the chicken with paprika, slivers of garlic and pats of butter. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is as done as you like it and the skin is crisp. Serve it hot, room temperature or shredded in a salad. - - - - Here is the perfect picnic dessert; it comes from David Tanis, whose philosophy is related to Corwin’s and Fisher’s when it comes to eating simple foods seasonally—he was, after all, one of Chez Panisse’s longtime chefs. This is from his 2010 book, Heart of the Artichoke, where he writes, “These little almond cookies taste so very Italian, and they’re everything you want in a cookie—crisp exterior, moist center, slightly chewy. Accompany them

1 cup raw almonds 1/2 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 3/4 pound good-quality almond paste 1 egg white, beaten 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Powdered sugar.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grind the almonds to a fine powder in a spice grinder or a food processor. Put the almonds in a mixing bowl and stir in the baking powder and salt. Add the almond paste, egg white and vanilla and mix well until a nice dough forms. Roll the dough into 2 dozen little balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Put the little almond balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle the cookies with powdered sugar and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. The cookies will puff and crack a bit, and they’ll be done when they turn just barely golden. Cool them on a rack. < Peek inside Pat’s basket at


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If a body meet a body ‘Vagina’ monologist Ensler deals with rest of self in ‘Body of the World’... by Nik k i Silve r stein


ransformation is nothing new to Eve Ensler. But three years ago, at the height of her career, the Vagina Monologues author found herself transforming in ways she’d never imagined. Eve Ensler, 59, is an and 70 nodes had been award-winning playremoved. wright, bestselling author, Today Ensler is cancer philanthropist and activfree. We recently caught ist. Her 1996 play, The up with her by phone, Vagina Monologues, has in anticipation of her been translated into 48 appearance this Wedneslanguages and has been day at Book Passage. performed in more than She exuded warmth and 140 countries. V-Day, the was eager to share her activist organization that experiences and lessons she founded in 1998, has Ensler, above, earned a 1997 Obie award for learned. raised $90 million to end ‘The Vagina Monologues.’ violence against women Before your cancer and girls. diagnosis, you spoke Yet, even as her list of accomplishments of being disassociated from your body. grew, Ensler suffered the lasting effects of hav- What caused you to “leave” your body ing been sexually abused as a girl by her father. and how did you reconnect with it? Living in her head, as she describes, she felt I left my body because of violence at a exiled from her body and disconnected from young age from my father, and a remote the world. She began treating her body like a mother. There was no way I could stay in machine that had no limits, and eventually, this body, because it was too painful. It was she received a wake-up call. contaminated. Oddly, the cancer brought me Then Ensler was confronted by two formiback to my body, because when you’ve been dable forces—one was a war in a third-world operated on for nine hours, you’re not much country, the other, a battle in her own body. more than body. You can’t really function, In 2007, she began working in the Demo- except to be body. I had an infection for six cratic Republic of the Congo, where hundreds weeks, which made me body. And then I had of thousands of women have been viciously chemo. If that doesn’t bring you into your raped during an ongoing war fought largely body, I don’t know what will. All of those over the vast mineral resources in the country. things landed me squarely in body. I was Ensler became consumed pricked, I was ported. I was by the Congolese women chemofied. It was pretty and their horror stories. To hard not to be this physical COMING SOON help empower them, she thing, which is body. Eve Ensler will be speaking raised funds to build a sancat Dominican University on tuary and training center Wednesday, May 22, 7pm. Your former therapist called City of Joy. But, in For tickets, contact Book suggested that you Passage at 415/927-0960-x1, 2010, two months before “reframe” your chemoor visit www.bookpassage. the scheduled opening, therapy treatments— com/ensler. Ensler was diagnosed with changing them from a uterine cancer. terrifying event into a Ensler’s new memoir, cleansing, transformaIn the Body of the World, tional experience. Did chronicles her journey of sickness, healing that make living through chemo any and transformation. With relentless honeasier? esty, humor and courage, she writes about Once she gave me that frame, I looked the lessons she learned from the Congolese forward to chemo. I’ve been stuck in this women, the connection between body and darkness so much of my life and it’s been the world—and what it’s like to awaken from so painful. The chemo is the way to cleanse surgery to find that seven parts of your body the demons, cleanse the darkness and the

projected badness. I’m going through it anyway, so I might as well focus on that. It was very physical and very much like exercise to redirect the process in that direction. You touched upon the “irony” that you, the playwright of The Vagina Monologues, developed uterine cancer affecting your vagina. You even questioned whether you got cancer from talking too much about vaginas. Were you being facetious? Here’s the story. We write what we have to learn. We teach what we have to learn. In a way, it’s not surprising. Obviously, I hungered to get back in my body and my vagina and to reconnect with myself, particularly the part of me that had been contaminated and had been betrayed. It’s ironic, but perfect. At the same time that you were battling cancer, you were also helping the women in the Congo empower themselves after their bodies had been horrifically violated. How were you able to take on their pain when you were fighting for your own life? Remember, I wasn’t just taking on pain. The women of the Congo are powerful, loving, fierce, visionary. I feel deeply connected to them. They have the ability to rise from the most difficult circumstances and become victorious and generous to other people. They are my teachers.


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You’ve traveled the globe and met thousands of women that have been victims of violence. Why did these women of the Congo stand out for you? They were very clear about what they needed and wanted. I felt it was something V-Day could help support them in getting. And, I thought that what was going on there was, without a doubt, in terms of numbers and atrocities being committed, one of the worst places I’d ever witnessed on the planet. It seemed like that’s where we needed to stop and focus. After you finished your treatment for cancer, you went to the Congo and celebrated the opening of the City of Joy. What is going on there now? The City of Joy is for women who have suffered gender violence. It’s where women come to turn their pain to power. There are 90 women there at any given time, from [age] 14 to 40, who first come for healing. Then we have incredible training in literacy, agriculture, computers, rights and civics. They stay for six months at no charge, in the hope they will bring their training back to their communities. We’re seeing women develop into some of the most powerful leaders anywhere. They’ve started communes, collectives, and restaurants. They’re standing up to governments, demanding their rights, and changing the ways their families operate. It’s really happening. < Email Nikki at

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cappella is completely real. It’s unabashed kitsch, is a big part of the appeal as basic as you can get with for this art form—the campy, and now-demusic, since it’s just voices,” says funct, EDLOS, before Knudsen joined, once Craig Knudsen, local talent agent, a former took to the festival stage clad in floor-length member of the EDLOS a cappella group burlap monk’s robes and humming Gregoand a judge at the upcoming 29th annual rian chants before stripping to street clothes Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival. and busting out in a campy rendition of Led “Performing it is like walking a tightrope Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” with no net. There’s no piano or other This unique festival had its inception at instrument on stage defining the pitch for the Mayflower Pub in San Rafael, where the you as a singer—it’s all based on listening Mayflower Community Chorus performed. to each other within the group. In an age Chorus member Lisa Collins had suggested when we have techno everything, the apthat a competition could help to promote a peal is that it’s real, it’s honest. cappella singing to the general public. “And somehow people really respond She was right. to that.” Today, Marin producer Of course, this ain’t your John Neal runs the annual grandfather’s barbershop event, which has gained COMING SOON quartet: the festival has delivnational prominence, The 29th Harmony ered such novel attractions as attracting international Sweepstakes A Cappella Radiohead’s raucous ode to acts and drawing from Festival, Saturday, May 18, 8pm, Marin Center in self-loathing, “Creep,” sung a regional winners of similar San Rafael. $32.50-$60. cappella sans crunching guievents in Denver, New 415/499-6900. tars and bashing drums. York, Boston, Los Angeles, Indeed, theatricality, and Washington DC, Portland/

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(Chicago), the Rainbows (New York) and Fermata Town (Boston). Last year’s winners, Six Appeal, will serve as hosts. True to Collins’ vision, festival winners, and other contestants, have stepped into the wider spotlight. According to the Sweepstakes’ website, the 2000 “national champions” Toxic Audio now perform regularly off-Broadway throughout the country. The previous year’s champs, Naturally Seven, signed a record deal with the Sony label. National champions Hi-Fidelity landed a gig performing frequently on the Carson Daly Show. Contestants M-Pact was hailed by Billboard magazine as “Best Unsigned Artist.” And M-Pact member Rudy Cardenas became a Season 6 finalist on the hit television show American Idol. “In terms of popularity, a cappella is going strong,” Knudsen says. “In the collegiate world, there’s a whole other national competition.” Festival emcee Angie Doctor, a member of the quirky singing group the Bobs, who competed a decade ago as a member of Clockwork, says there’s an a cappella revival underway. She attributes that, in part, to the popularity of the hit Fox-TV show Glee as well as such televised singing competitions as the NBC-TV shows The Voice and The Sing Off, which is fashioned on the Harmony Sweepstakes. “The main thing is that we have lyrics, and the storytelling aspect of song really connects with people,” Doctor says of a cappella’s enduring appeal. “Also, it’s an instrument that is just so personal that, with harmony, singers are able to touch an audience in a way that instrumental music simply does not.” < Lend Greg at tenor at

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Pål Sverre Hagen and crew brave the treacherous Pacific in ‘Kon-Tiki,’ opening at the Regency Friday. O At Any Price (1:05) Farming magnate Dennis Quaid deals with a government better-business investigation and the reluctance of hot-rodder son Zac Efron to inherit the family dynasty. O The Big Wedding (1:30) Long-divorced and still-angry Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro are forced to play the happily married couple during their son’s weekend-long wedding celebration; Robin Williams officiates. O Cleopatra (4:20) Famously overblown studio-crippling epic stars Liz Taylor as the title temptress and Richard Burton as her Mark Antony; Rex Harrison, Martin Landau, Carroll O’Connor and several thousand others costar. O The Croods (1:31) Dazzling animation highlights the story of a prehistoric family emerging from their cave to behold the wide world; Emma Stone and Nic Cage vocalize. O Disconnect (1:55) The destructive nature of digital technology is explored in four short films about privacy rights, cyber-bullying, child pornography and the easy convenience of connecting with a cell phone instead of the people around you. O Fast & Furious 6 (2:225) The expat road warriors reunite in London to take down a mob of mercenary motorists; Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker star, of course. O 42 (2:08) Biopic of the great Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball’s color line in 1947; Chadwick Boseman stars. O Giselle (2:30) London’s Royal Ballet presents Adolphe Adam’s tale of love and betrayal with prima ballerina Marianela Nuñez and the choreography of Peter Wright. O The Great Gatsby (2:23) Baz Luhrmann takes on the great American novel with his signature razzle-dazzle; Leo DiCaprio is the shadowy Long Island millionaire, sure, but Carey Mulligan as Daisy? O The Hangover Part III (1:40) Zach Galifianakis, Bradey Cooper, Heather Graham and the gang are back and making the most of a boozeand drug-fueled road trip to Tijuana. O The Iceman (1:1:45) Prize-winning biopic of Richard Kuklinski, devoted family man and highly successful contract killer; James Franco, Ray Liotta and Winona Ryder star. O In the House (1:45) A schoolteacher and his wife become addicted to the provocative prose submitted by one of his students in Francois Ozon’s sly comedy. O Iron Man 3 (2:10) Robert Downey, Jr. is back

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as the genius superhero inventor, pitted this time against a destructive nemesis with a personal axe to grind; Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow costar. O Kon-Tiki (1:58) Dazzling docudrama about Thor Heyerdahl’s legendary 4,300-mile, three-month transpacific journey from Peru to Polynesia aboard a primitive balsa raft. O Love Is All You Need (1:40) Romantic comedy about the fated hookup between a British widower and a Danish divorcee at the Italian wedding of his son to her daughter; Pierce Brosnan stars. O Midnight’s Children (2:20) Salman Rushdie’s sweeping historical novel hits the big screen with Satya Bhabha and Shahana Goswami as the prince and pauper living one another’s lives against the backdrop of Indian independence. O Mud (2:10) Man-on-the-run Matthew McConaughey awaits girlfriend Reese Witherspoon on a remote Mississippi island as bounty hunters close in. O

N New Movies This Week

At Any Price (R) The Big Wedding (R) NCleopatra (G) The Croods (PG) Disconnect (R) NFast & Furious 6 (PG-13) 42 (PG-13) NGiselle (Not Rated) The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

NThe Hangover Part III (R) NThe Iceman (R) In the House (Not Rated) Iron Man 3 (PG-13)

National Theatre London: This House

(2:45) James Graham’s biting political drama goes behind the scenes at a Westminster beset by posturing and infighting during the acrimonious summer of 1974. O Oblivion (2:05) Tom Cruise comes upon a fellow being on an otherwise barren postapocalyptic Earth and finds himself defending the fate of humankind from alien colonials. O Oz: The Great and Powerful (2:07) Fantastical Sam Raimi prequel about the young wizard’s arrival in Oz stars Michelle Williams as Glinda and James Franco in the title role. O Pain & Gain (2:00) Michael Bay action comedy stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as real-life Miami trainers who got caught up in a dicey and dangerous underworld setup. O The Place Beyond the Pines (2:20) Stuntman-turned-car-mechanic Ryan Gosling locks horns with rookie cop Bradley Cooper when he turns to a life of crime to support his family. O Renoir (1:51) Sumptuous French period drama about the relationship between painter Pierre-Auguste, his future-filmmaker son Jean and their mutual muse, a lovely young model. O Rockshow: Paul McCartney & Wings (2:21) Digitally restored and remastered 33-year-old concert film features 30 cuts from Paul and Linda’s 1976 North American tour. O The Sapphires (1:43) Four hip young Motown-era Australian aborigines find themselves in war-torn Vietnam entertaining the troops! O Star Trek Into Darkness (2:12) Kirk, Spock and the gang take on a weapon of mass destruction that’s crippled Star Fleet and everything it stands for! O Stories We Tell (1:48) Documentarian/ actress Sarah Polley trains her camera on her own family and gets a veritable Rashomon of conflicting stories about her late mother. O Tyler Perry Presents We the Peeples (1:35) The annual reunion of an upper-crust family is upended when Craig Robinson crashes the party and demands favorite daughter Kerry Washington’s hand in marriage. <

NKon-Tiki (PG-13) NLove Is All You Need (R) NMidnight’s Children (Not Rated) Mud (PG-13)

National Theatre London: This House (Not Rated) Oblivion (PG-13) Oz: The Great and Powerful (PG-13) Pain & Gain (R) The Place Beyond the Pines (R) Renoir (R) Rockshow: Paul McCartney & Wings (Not Rated) The Sapphires (PG-13) Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)

NStories We Tell (PG-13) Tyler Perry Presents We the Peeples (PG-13)

Northgate: 11:05, 4:25, 10:05 Northgate: 11:15, 4:40, 10:20 Regency: Wed 2, 7 Sequoia: Wed 2, 7 Northgate: noon, 5:05, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 7:35 Northgate: 10:55, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 9:55 Northgate: Thu 10pm, midnight Rowland: Thu 10pm, midnight Marin: Mon-Wed 4:25, 7:20 Northgate: 10:45, 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:25, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:25 Rafael: Sun 1 Tue 6:30 Fairfax: Fri-Sat, Wed 12, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 Sun-Tue 12, 3:10, 6:20; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 5:30, 8:45 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 2:15, 5:30, 8:45 Mon-Tue 7, 10:15; 3D showtime at 8:45 Wed 7; 3D showtime at 8:45 Playhouse: Fri 3:30, 6:30 Sat 12:20, 3:30, 6:30, 9:35 Sun-Wed 12:20, 3:30, 6:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 10:45, 1:55, 5:20, 8:40; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:10 Sun-Tue, Thu 10:45, 1:55, 5:20; 3D showtimes at 12:20, 3:40, 7 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10, 1:10, 4:20, 7:30, 10:40; 3D showtimes at 11:35, 2:50, 6:10, 9:20 Sequoia: Fri-Sat 3:55, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 12:45, 7:05 Sun 3:55; 3D showtimes at 12:45, 7:05 Mon-Tue, Thu 3:55; 3D showtime at 7:05 Wed 2; 3D showtime at 8 Fairfax: Wed 10pm Larkspur Landing: Wed 10:15pm Rowland: Wed 10pm, midnight Thu 10, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 7:55, 10:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20 Rafael: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu 9:15 Cinema: Fri, Mon-Wed 4:10, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 7:15 Sat-Sun 10:15, 4:10; 3D showtimes at 1:10, 7:15, 10:15 Fairfax: Fri-Sat, Wed 1, 4, 7, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15 Sun-Tue 1, 4, 7; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 3:15, 6:15 Northgate: 10:45, 1:55, 2:50, 4:55, 8:05, 9; 3D showtimes at 11:45, 12:45, 3:50, 5:55, 7, 10 Playhouse: Fri 4, 6:50 Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Wed 1, 4, 6:50 Rowland: Fri-Tue 10:05, 1, 4, 7, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 Wed 10:05, 1, 4, 7, 10; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:30, 5:30 Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:15, 10:20; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:20 Sun 4:15; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:20 Mon-Tue, Thu 4:15; 3D showtime at 7:20 Wed 3D showtime at 5:05 Regency: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:30, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:30 Regency: Fri-Tue, Thu 11, 1:50, 4:50, 7:45 Rafael: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Marin: Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:30 Regency: Fri-Sat 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10 Sun-Tue, Thu 1, 4:05, 7:10 Rowland: Fri-Wed 10:10, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 Lark: Sat 1 Northgate: 1:30, 7:10 Northgate: 4:20, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 1:20, 7:25 Thu 3:50; 3D showtimes at 12:50, 6:55 Northgate: 10:50, 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30 Northgate: 1:35, 7:05 Rafael: Fri-Sun 4:15, 6:45 Mon, Wed, Thu 6:45 Rafael: Sat 1 Lark: 5:30, 8 Northgate: 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:20 Fairfax: Fri-Sat, Wed 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 Sun-Tue 12:30, 3:40, 6:40; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 4:45, 7:45 Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:45, 9; 3D showtimes at 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:30, 5:45, 9; 3D showtimes at 1, 4:15, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Wed 9; 3D showtimes at 7:30, 10:30 Marin: Mon-Wed 4:45; 3D showtime at 7:45 Northgate: 11, 2, 3:05, 5, 8, 9:05; 3D showtimes at 12:05, 1:15, 4:15, 6:05, 7:15, 10:15 Thu 11, 2, 5, 8; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Playhouse: Fri 3:40, 6:40 Sat 12:30, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Wed 12:30, 3:40, 6:40 Rowland: Fri-Wed 11:45, 2:45, 5:45, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Rafael: Fri 4, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9 Northgate: 12:20, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25

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


F R I D AY M AY 1 7 — F R I D AY M AY 2 4 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information »

Live music 05/17: Bedrock Rock. 9pm. $8. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 05/17: Elephant Listening Project Indie rock, blues. 9pm. $10. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200. 05/17: Hot Rod Jukebox 1950s rock , R&B, rockabilly, surf. All ages show. 8:30pm. $7. Presido Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sommerville Road, Ft. Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319. 05/17: Buffalo Wedding With Andy Padlo and Stephen Ehret. $10. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. 05/17: Lyrics Born 9pm. $12-18. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 05/17-18: May Rambles with Phil Lesh and Friends Jam rock. 7:30pm. Terrapin Crossroads, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 524-2773. 05/17: Pepperland Classic and deep-cut Beatles. Shows at 8 and 10pm. 8pm. $15. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. 05/17: The Sting Rays Americana, rock. 8:30pm. $10. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/17: The Sun Kings 9:30pm. George’s , 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 05/17: Super Diamond Neil Diamond tribute band. 9pm. $30. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley . 388-3850.

Madera Ave., Mill Valley . 388-3850. 05/18: Stefanie Keys Band Folk, rock, soul. Shows at 8:30 and 10:30pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600.

05/18: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers Blues, rock. 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/19: Destiny Muhammad Trio Jazz harp. 6:30pm. $10. Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael. 813-5600. 05/19: Donna D’Acuti Bluesy jazz. 6pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/19: Todos Santos Soulful harmonies. 5pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/21: Holly Williams Holly Williams is the daughter of Hank Williams Jr. and granddaughter of Hank Williams. 8pm. $12. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

chael and Johnny Mercer. 7pm. no cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/22: J Kevin Durkin Jazz. 7pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

05/22: Mystic Rhythms Band featuring Charles Neville and Youssoupha Sidibe

05/18: AfroFunk Experience, Afrolicious 9:30pm. $15-10. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

05/23: Ghosts of Electricity Celebrate Bob Dylan’s Birthday 8pm. $22. Sweetwater Music

Samavesha presents. With music and dance by Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Ni Ketut Arini, Laura Inserra, Alyssa DeCaro and Gamelan X members Dan Bales, Lydia Martin and Daniel Yasmin. Laura Inserra, artistic direction. Space is limited. Advance tickets only. 9:30pm. $36-118. Hawk Hill Tunnel, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Conzelman Road, Sausalito. 05/18: Danny Click Blues. 9:30pm. George’s, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

05/18: Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers Swing, rock. 9pm. $20. Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 892-6200.

05/18: Marooned in Marin: Roberta Donnay and the Prohibition Mob Band Benefit performance with DJs Gianni and Sunshine; magician Jeff Kost 7:30pm. $14-45. Sausalito Seahorse Supper Club, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899.

05/18: New Monsoon with Emily Yates 9pm. $18. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte

Brace yourself and your bellies Marin, comedian and cat whisperer PAULA POUNDSTONE is bringing her wry observational humor to Angelico Concert Hall on Saturday, May 25. Poundstone—known for her work as a comedian and The comedian would like to make a couple of points... panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me—is coming to San Rafael this Sunday at 8:30pm equipped with her trademark loud suit, a stool and a can of Diet Pepsi. She’ll rile up audiences with material that’s more than relatable for Marinites: three kids, 13 cats, two dogs, a hectic work schedule, travel toils and the complexities of aging gracefully. (And don’t forget to brush up on your own comedic timing— Poundstone does not shy away from audience involvement.) Sponsored by the Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts and The Other Café Comedy Showcase, An Evening with Paula Poundstone takes place in Angelico Concert Hall, located at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael. $25-$80. Visit www. or for tickets. —Stephanie Powell

05/21: Swing Fever: Memphis in June and Blues in the Night Songs of Hoagy Carmi-

New Orleans/West African music. 8pm. $22. Sweetwater Music Hall , 19 Corte Madera, Mill Valley. 388-3850.

05/18: Cave Concert: Into the Sound

What the cat dragged in...

Hall , 19 Corte Madera , Mill valley. 388-3850.

05/23: NGW Nicholas, Glover and Wray Harmonies, roots, jazz 7pm. No cover, dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

05/23: Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Opera House Benefit Show 6:30pm. $85100. Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main St., Napa. 707-226-7372. 05/24-25: The English Beat 21 and older. 9pm. $25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

05/24: Elliot Randall and the Deadmen, David Luning Original Americana. 8pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/24: Rockit Science Rock. 6pm. Boca Pizzeria, 1544 Redwood Highway, Corte Madera. 497-2448.


05/18: Marin Oratorio presents ‘Juda Maccabaeus’ Handel. The choir will be joined

05/18: Free Improv Show Improvisation Troupe Show 8pm. Free. College of Marin Performing Arts Bldg., Studio Theatre #32, Laurel and Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield. 510-260-9151.

by a full orchestra and vocal soloists Christa Pfeiffer, Michael Belle, Clifton Massey and Paul Thompson. 8pm. $15-20. James Dunn Theatre, College of Marin, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Laurel Ave. , Kentfield. 456-4929.


05/19: Mayflower Chorus presents ‘The Gathering’ American vocal music spiced with

05/24: Sweeney Todd, A Throckmorton Youth Performers Production Stephen

stories from its April tour of Ireland. 3:30pm. $5-$20. Aldersgate Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 491-9110.

Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime. Throckmorton Youth Performers production. 7:30pm. $18. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

05/17-24: Theatresports Spring Tournament Highly interactive night of improvised theater played as a sport. 8pm. $17-20. Bayfront Theater, B350 Fort Mason Center, S.F. 474-6776.

Concerts 05/17: Musae “Tuning In: Classic Music from Film and Television.” Recognizable hits from both the silver and small screens, this is a concert that everyone can enjoy. Led by artistic director Ben Johns. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853.

05/24: Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire

05/18: Harmony Sweepstakes: A Cappella Festival National Finals 8pm. $32-60.

9:30pm. $8. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax.

Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800.

Dance 05/18: Dance with Sherry Studio Spring Performance 2 and 7pm. $12-25. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 05/19: Just Dance Spring 2013 4pm. $2022. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6800. 05/22: Greek Folk Dance Greek Folk Dance with Kristalli Papadopoulos. Drop-ins welcome. 7:15pm. Albert Boro Community Center, Pickelweed Park, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 570-1841.

Art 05/18-19: 16th Annual Ranches and Rolling Hills Landscape Art Show and Sale Celebrate and mingle with California artists that have been painting on MALT-protected ranches and farms. For more information and to see a sneak peek at this year’s art, visit website. 2pm May 18; 10am May 19. Free. MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2013 PACIFIC SUN 21

Druid’s Hall, 4499 Nicasio Valley Road, Nicasio. 663-1158.

details. CineArts Marin, 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito.

Through 05/25: MarinMOCA Altered Book Show This popular event showcases the



05/19: Birds at Mt. Burdell This walk is for

Cumulus as you are

work of 150 Bay Area artists. Books have been folded, torn, bleached, rolled, cut, painted, reassembled and reimagined into works of art. On May 25 artworks will be auctioned. Closing party 5-7:30pm. May 25. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art , 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 637-9730.

Kids Events 05/19: Learn to Ride a Skateboard Rangers offer tips and techniques for beginners. This event is geared toward the newbie and those looking to cross over from other board sports, but aren’t quite sure how to start. Make sure to bring your board, helmet and pads. 11am. Free. McInnis Park, 310 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 446-4423. 05/19: MITI: Girls Get Your DIY On Curious Jane will host this day of DIY fun for girls. Make it/take it combines girls + design + community. Announcing their first West Coast July summer camp location, San Domenico School in San Anselmo. Meet them and get creative. Drop in anytime, stay as long as you like. For girls ages 6 -12. 12:30-4pm. $15-20. Marin Art and Garden Center , 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

05/19: Sunday Special: ‘Til Dawn A Cappella Concert 11am. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, Main Reading Room, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292 ext. 4741. 05/23: David Carter Join Bitsy Bee as she discovers flower bugs, unicorn bugs, cotton candy cloud bugs, a handsome prince and more. 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film 05/17: Film Series: ‘Chasing Ice’ Best cinematography winner at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Dr. Peter Joseph, Climate Reality Project, will speak after the film. 7pm. $5-15 suggested donation. Fairfax Women’s Club, 46 Park Road, Fairfax. 05/18: NT Live Presents: This House Broadcast from National Theatre London on the big screen. By James Graham 1pm. $30. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave. 924-5111.

05/18: Rockshow: Paul McCartney & Wings Starring Paul McCartney and Wings and filmed during their 1976 North American tour, this legendary concert film was originally released in 1980 but has been out of circulation for decades. 141 min. 1pm. $15-17. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 4th St. , San Rafael. 454-1222.

05/19: Giselle - From the Royal Ballet, London1pm May 19; 6:30 pm May 21. $12-15. Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St, San Rafael. 4154541222.

05/17-19: Sausalito Film Festival: Our Planet Events will include an opening night block party and a lineup of Bay Area premiere films and special events. See website for schedule 22 PACIFIC SUN MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2013

adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. David Herlocker leads. 9am. Free. Mount Burdell Preserve, San Andreas Dr., Novato. 893-9527 or 893-9508. 05/19: Culinary Hike at Mt. Burdell Get your hiking shoes on and your taste buds ready. Ranger Charlie Schonwasser and native foods chef John Farais lead this culinary hike on Mt. Burdell. Learn some ways local Native Americans used the abundant native plants of this area for food, medicine and other everyday needs. Please bring a cold dish to share and an optional recipe card to exchange with others. Registration is required. 10am. Free. Mount Burdell Preserve, San Andreas Dr., Novato. 473-2816.

05/23: Focus on Grasses with Ashley Ratcliffe This walk will explore how to look at a grasses. Bring a hand lens and a “Marin Flora” if you can. This walk is for adults. No animals (except service animals) please. Heavy rain may cancel. Call 893-9527. Parking limited. 10am. Free. Marin Open Space, Cascade Dr., Fairfax. 893-9508.

Readings 05/17: Paul Theroux in conversation with Don George Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux first came to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer. In “Last Train to Zona Verde” he returns after fifty years on the road to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/17: Readings from the Grotto Fast paced and irreverent evening showcasing new work from the students of the S.F. Writer’s Grotto. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F. 835-1020. 05/18: John Gray “Work With Me: The Eight Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business” is a collaboration between gender relations authors Barbara Annis and John Gray. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

05/18: Leslie Bennet and Stefani Bittner In “The Beautiful Edible Garden.” Landscaping experts discuss how to grow organic fruits and vegetables. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/18: Susan C. Shea “The King’s Jar.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/19: Amy Friedman “Desperado’s Wife.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/19: Linda Joy Myers “Don’t Call Me Mother: A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/19: Mario Livio In “Brilliant Blunders,” internationally renowned astrophysicist Livio explains how mistakes often lead to groundbreaking discoveries. 11am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Two very different releases this week to suit your mood. The megabudgeted Wachowskis’CLOUD ATLAS starring Tom Hanks, a bold adaptation of an unfilmable novel, tells six stories of redemption across millennia and galaxies. Clocking in at nearly three hours and gorgeous to look at, the film experiments with a steadily After playing a half-dozen different characters in ‘Cloud Atlas,’ it’s quickening intercut between officially OK to start hating Tom Hanks again. its tales until they’re practically in parallel. The effect is kaleidoscopic, with characters that extinguish and reappear in different forms across the eons, and represents yet another breakthrough for team Matrix. And the microfunded STARLET starring Dree Hemingway (daughter of Mariel), a story of unlikely friendship between a young woman caught up in the edgy life of San Fernando Valley and the 85-year-old widow whose path crosses hers at a yard sale. Their protracted getting-to-know-you phase has all the brittleness of two people completely ill suited for each other, but there are holes in each life the other seems to fill (Hemingway’s gifted costar Besedka Johnson, who died last month, was “discovered” at a YWCA). Hard Rs both despite the uplift of their stories, they show that the smithy of invention glows warm within and without Hollywood. —Richard Gould 05/19: Sprague Theobald “The Other Side

05/23: Marin Poetry Traveling Show Host-

of the Ice.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/20: Jennie Shortridge A bittersweet novel, “Love Water Memory,” explores complexities of personal identity. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/20: Michael Pollan Ticket includes signed copy of the book. In “Cooked,” Pollan explores his own kitchen. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, bake bread and ferment everything from cheese to beer. 7pm. $35. Angelico Hall at Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael. 927-0960. 05/21: David Sedaris “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/21: Josh Hanagarne “The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family.” The author will be joined by Fairfax librarian Shereen Ash. 7pm. Free. Fairfax Library , 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 927-0960.

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05/21: Marin Poetry Traveling Show Hosted by Becky Foust and featuring Cesar Love, Kathleen Winter, Ida VSW Red, Claire J. Baker, Daniel Polikoff and Charles Glaser. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 889-5295. 05/22: Eve Ensler Ticket includes signed copy of the book. “In the Body of the World” is a call to embody our connection to and responsibility for the world. 7pm. $30. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 9270960. 05/22: John Lescroart “The Ophelia Cut.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Community Events (Misc.) 05/17: An Evening with Ethno-historian David Conrad Slide show/discussion of “Dancing with D’mba: Celebration of Female Power, Grace & Mystery” and “Voodoo Spirits: Power, Art & Religion in West Africa.” Complimentary dessert, wine and raffle. 7pm. $5-10. Stinson Beach Community Center, Belvedere off Shoreline Hwy., Stinson Beach. .

05/17: History of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Join Ranger Bill to learn about the diverse missions, goals and objectives of the USACE. 2pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871.

05/18: Affordable Senior Housing Options in Marin The Marin Gray Panthers invite the public to attend a presentation by Leslie Klor, Director of Shared Housing Episcopal Senior Communities. Ms. Klor will present options and answer your questions about housing choices in Marin. 1:30pm. Free. The Redwoods Activities Room, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550.

05/18: Creativity as Connection to Life with Claire Hedin Learn how creative arts can connect us to our greater knowledge and our own healing. 1:30pm. $5-7. Corte Madera Town Center, Administration Bldg., Community Room, 770 Tamalpias Dr., Corte Madera. 564-6419. 05/18: Dear Iran Project Learn and participate in a fundraiser to facilitate peace and respect

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FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131930 The following individual is doing business as FIX YOUR TAX PROBLEM.COM, 14 COMMERCIAL BLVD. SUITE #111-A, NOVATO, CA 94949: ROBERT L. CRANE, 210 MIRADA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on APRIL 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 15, 2013. (Publication Dates: APRIL 26; MAY 3, 10, 17, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131904 The following individuals are doing business as ICEHOUSE STUDIOS, 1556 4TH ST. STE C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TAIMAGE MORRIS, 20 LAKESIDE DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925; AMBER MORRIS, 20 LAKESIDE DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 10, 2013. (Publication Dates: APRIL 26; MAY 3, 10, 17, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131827 The following individuals are doing business as VIN ANTICO, 881 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: HEFFERNAN ANTICO RESTAURANT LLC., 1350 CARLBACK AVE., WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596. This business is being conducted by A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on MARCH 20, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 3, 2013. (Publication Dates: APRIL 26; MAY 3, 10, 17, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2013131983 The following individual is doing business as ECOMMERCE MARKETING GROUP, 200 LARKSPUR PLAZA DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: DIANA SCARBROUGH, 200 LARKSPUR PLAZA DR., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on APRIL 1, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 23, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131891 The following individual is doing business as BAMBINI BOOKS, 35 SIRARD LANE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISABETTA PONTI, 35 SIRARD LANE, 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 listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on APRIL 9, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132022 The following individual is doing business as FEATHER RIVER TRAIN SHOP, 25 MITCHELL BLVD. #14, SAN RAFEL, CA 94903: CHARLES CIACCIO, 5 LOCHINVAR RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on JUNE 15, 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 29, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 3, 10, 17, 24, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 131810 The following individual is doing business as MARIN TACK AND FEED, 6912 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FOREST KNOLLS, CA 94933: JESSICA LASHBROOK, 277 TAMALPAIS RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by A TRUST. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on APRIL 1, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132031 The following individuals are doing business as SF ENTERPRISE DEVELOPERS, 3 CHIMNEY LANE, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938: CHRISTIAN ATKINSON, 3 CHIMNEY LANE, LAGUNITAS, CA 94938; SUNIL SODOH, 266 COUNTRY CLUB DR., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94132. This business is being conducted by CO-PARTNERS. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 29, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132054 The following individuals are doing business as SKINNY CARBS; IDEAL PROTEIN

BAY AREA, 128 STANFORD #128, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: SPICE LLC, 310 HARBOR DR., 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 listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MAY 2, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132065 The following individuals are doing business as SAN CARLOS BOUTIQUE, 116 ALTO ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AUDELINA I. VICENTE, 55 CANAL ST. APT. 7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; OSMAR A. LOPEZ, 155 CANAL ST. APT. 11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by A GENERAL PARTNERSHIP. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MAY 3, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132028 The following individual is doing business as AT HOME ASSOCIATES; AHA, 120 HARBOR DR., NOVATO, CA 94945: TONI TANG, 120 HARBOR DR., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on MAY 1, 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 29, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132089 The following individual is doing business as FRANCIS NAILS, 1815 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NGA THI DO, 1276 VIA NUBE, SAN LORENZO, CA 94580. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on MAY 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132117 The following individual is doing business as WORM ANIMATION, 22 PARK ST. APT. 6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CEMRE OZKURT, 22 PARK ST. APT. 6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began

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transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on MAY 9, 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MAY 9, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132016 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATLAS HEALTH, 85 BOLINAS RD. STE 2, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JOSEPH P. SMITH CHIROPRACTIC PC, 85 BOLINAS RD. STE 2, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by A CORPORATION. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on APRIL 26, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132130 The following individual is doing business as IDESIGN ASSIST, 75 LOCHINVAR RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PAULA ALEXIS PATTY, 75 LOCHINVAR RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by AN INDIVIDUAL. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein on MAY 10, 2013. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MAY 10, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 132132 The following individual is doing business as SIDEKICKS, 637 SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: PAMELA FRASER, 14 ELM CT., 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 listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on MAY 13, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304468 The following person has abandoned the use of a fictitious business name.

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): FRANCIS NAILS, 1815 4TH ST. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: JUNE 24, 2011. Under File No: 2011-126443. Registrant’s Name: XUAN TRANG T NGUYEN, 15 SONOMA ST. #B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on MAY 7, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304472 The following person has 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: VALLEY NAIL & SKIN CARE, 312 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: JULY 2, 2012. Under File No: 129834. Registrant’s Name: SUONG T. PHAM, 110 TUCKER AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on MAY 10, 2013. (Publication Dates: MAY 17, 24, 31; JUNE 7, 2013)

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1301728. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JORGE DEL TORO FARIAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JORGE DEL TORO FARIAS to JORGE FARIAS DEL TORO; ALEJANDRO ISIDRO FARIAS TO ALEJANDRO ISIDRO FARIAS CUEVAS. 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: JUNE 25, 2013 8:30 AM, Dept. B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: APRIL 23, 2013 /s/ ROY O CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: MAY 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013)

OTHER NOTICES ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1301414. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SARAH THOMISON BOUSHEY filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SARAH THOMISON BOUSHEY to SARAH MARIE MURRIETA. 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: MAY 20, 2013 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: APRIL 2, 2013 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Publication Dates: APRIL 26; MAY 3, 10, 17, 2013)

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I’ve been with my boyfriend for two years. I do have trust issues, having been cheated on in past relationships. My boyfriend’s best friend of six years, a beautiful and intelligent woman, passed away three months ago. Since then, he has visited her grave weekly and kept a photo of them together posted online. When she was alive, the two of them spoke daily about everything—including intimate details and problems in our relationship. I made clear that their constant communication and boundary-crossing details were not OK with me, yet they continued. They claimed they were strictly platonic. However, since I’m a woman who has been fooled before, I can’t help but suspect otherwise. I love my boyfriend and want to support him in his time of grief, but I don’t feel that he sees how hard it is for me to see the man I love mourn this woman he loved and lost.—Struggling


It can be unsettling when your man comes home with tear stains on his collar, smelling like a trip to the cemetery. But the guy’s best friend died only three months ago, and he’s visiting her grave once a week; it’s not like he’s up all night with the Ouija board, asking her for advice on your sex life. It must’ve been a bummer to find that your man’s best friend of six years wasn’t just a placeholder in his life until he could find a girlfriend. And yes, friends confide in each other, share their lives and give each other feedback. If there was certain information that you wanted to remain private—if, say, he was revealing details that you felt should be between you two and the headboard—you needed to come to some agreement about that together. But, you don’t get to mandate that your boyfriend’s friendship revolve around topics of conversation you don’t find invasive—such as the weather, who’s about to nuke whom and celebrity parole violations. As for why the dearly departed is still clinging to life in your boyfriend’s online photos, it’s probably for the same reason that I (like a surprising number of people) still have the phone numbers of several dead friends programmed into my phone. It feels good keeping them in my life, even in such a mundane way, and I refuse to have a hand in making them any more gone than they already are. You have “trust issues” because you’re “a woman who has been fooled before,” not because you have videotape of your boyfriend and his friend making out in the coffee shop. Unless he’s given you reason to believe he’s unethical, your jealousy and suspicions arose out of your failure to take responsibility for what was done to you in the past. There are a few crafty sociopaths out there who can hide their true character, but, chances are, you got cheated on because you didn’t really want to look at who you were with and that came back to bite you. Accepting that should help you be there for your boyfriend—tempting as it is to take the jealous girlfriend thing to a whole new level by asking whether that tapping on the wall is his dead friend trying to arrange a time for some out-of-this-world sex.


When I got a boyfriend six months ago, I became a lot less available to my best friend. I knew she was disappointed, but she took it in stride and even claimed to understand. I’m bagging a lot of guilt now because I call her the most when I’m having trouble with my boyfriend.—Bad Friend


It isn’t like you’ve stopped sharing your life with her—not if you count all those times your butt dialed her number and left a muffled five-minute message on her voicemail. Assuming your friend isn’t just a doormat, she’s been a good friend by not getting all miffy that you’ve been preoccupied. Your friendship probably can’t take up as much of your lifespace as it did before, but you can recommit to it by making time for her regularly with phone, Skype and coffee dates. You might also try an idea from Friendfluence author Carlin Flora—celebrating the success of a long-term friendship as you would a romantic relationship and treating your friend to dinner and reminiscing about how you met and the great times you’ve had. (Think of it as your “friendiversary.”) This should help you avoid undervaluing your friendship, which is important, in case what was proudly perky on you takes a downturn into something a little more National Geographic. That’s when you can really count on your female friends to stand by you—and if they’re less affected by gravity, to stand by you in public as often as possible. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Section 1 of the May 17, 2013 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly