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›› LETTERS Some people send ‘thank you’ notes for everything... I’d like to personally thank the Novato Police Department, the San Rafael Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office for traumatizing my wife and children the other night. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, as I was about to walk back up the hill to my house in the Olive School area after putting out my trash cans, a couple of SUVs full of men in ski masks came careening into my driveway. I thought for a moment it was a home invasion robbery or something. By the time I got halfway up the hill, there were police in Kevlar vests and windbreakers coming down the hill, telling me to stay where I was. I spent at least 45 minutes sitting on the curb, freezing my posterior off, getting ID’d by the police, being patted-down and being asked the same inane questions over and over again. “How do you know these people? How long have you lived here? Why are you living here? Who do you pay rent to?” My neighbors also happen to be my landlords, so the house is in their name. Apparently, someone told the cops that my neighbors were committing white-collar crimes. I don’t know the validity of the claim, and I personally don’t care. All I know is that my rights have been trampled. I didn’t think much of it until I was finally allowed to walk up the hill of my private driveway, into my own home, to find a police officer wearing a ski mask and stroking a military-style assault weapon. This 800-pound gorilla was in my living room, with my kids running around! It was like my house was full

of ninjas. As I discovered later, they BANGED on the door, yelling, “Police, search warrant!” over and over, and when my wife opened the door, she had semi-automatic handguns in her face. They made my disabled wife, my 7-year-old son and my 3-year-old daughter sit on the kitchen floor until they ID’d everyone and swept the house, all the while flashing military hardware. This was like something out of the Sopranos or Sons of Anarchy. They claimed they had a warrant, but they never produced it. I was in too much shock to think of asking for it. My wife has a doctor’s recommendation for medical cannabis, so the cops now have photos of my entire house, including her stash, a pipe, a couple of broken bongs and a vaporizer or two. They went through my dresser drawers. They went through my kids’ toys. And the worst thing is, when I talked by phone the next morning to the ACLU, I was informed that I might not have any legal recourse, due to...get this...the Patriot Act! Rupert C,Novato

All we are saying, is give ‘peaceful place to sleep’ a chance I left a neighborhood meeting at San Rafael First United Methodist Church in tears last week. Why? Tears of sorrow that our world is so divided and full of fear of the “other.” Tears that past experience with the homeless have left people with one stereotype of those who live without shelter. San Rafael First UMC is asking to open its doors and floor for 14 nights over a fourmonth period to shelter up to 20 screened and handpicked women each night. The question that has been ringing in my head all night is “How will this benefit us?” My analogy is that it’s like living next to a



Open letter to the City of San Rafael This winter, a number of congregations have banded together to help the City of San Rafael mitigate a problem the City has failed to resolve. That problem is the number of peo... Upfront: Sustainability we can afford Creating affordable homes close to jobs is the true big-picture green path, say advocates of sustainability and affordable housing. Read the full story here ... Feature: Throck and awe It was a cold, damp Tuesday night and the boutiquelined streets of downtown Mill Valley were virtually deserted. And yet, on Nov. 17, inside the historic 142 Throckmorton Theatre, devoted droves filled the

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› gym. You see all these sweaty people pass by, hear the’80s music they blast during spin class and feel annoyed by the activity. But the fact that you live there does not mean that you will get fit. You have to enter the building to gain any benefit. So, I would like to extend an invitation to you. Enter the building. Come and see the ministry. Ask to share dinner one evening and get to know these women, not just as “the homeless women” but as Tracy and Elizabeth and Sally. Be humbled by the depth of gratitude they have for a safe, dry, peaceful place to sleep. Allow yourself to see the benefit of this program firsthand. Allow the fears and stereotypes to fall away as you see the individuals. And after you have had the experience, share how it benefits you. Alison Hendley,San Rafael

Novato can’t even get folks to express their disinterest properly I’m writing in regard to Nikki Silverstein’s recent Single in the Suburbs column [“A The current debate over the usage of Town With- ‘disinterested’ in regard to Novato is out Pity,” the most exciting thing to happen to Oct. 30]. Ms. the town in years. Silverstein wrote that “as soon as women found out he lived in a condo in Novato, they became disinterested.” But “disinterested” means impartial, neutral, unbiased—and Silverstein’s essay makes clear that these women were anything but. I think she meant to tell us that when learning the location of Patrick’s domicile the women lost interest. You may think that “disinterested” is an elegant synonym for “uninterested.” It’s not. Here it’s simply wrong. Occasionally a new dictionary will actually list “uninterested” as a remote alternative definition of “disinterested.” But dictionaries are merely duty bound to denote current usage, not correct usage. These dictionaries also have listings for “ain’t” and “n----r.” Don’t think you’d want to use either of these words either. Martin Blinder,the Grammar Police,San Anselmo

Shout to the rafters Last week, a failed vice-presidential candidate claimed that animals belong right next to the mashed potatoes. This week, our president is pardoning two turkeys. Each of us has the presidential power to pardon a turkey this holiday season. It shows our compassion for an innocent animal and is a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health and happiness. The 270 million turkeys abused and slaughtered in the U.S. each year have nothing to give thanks for. They breathe toxic fumes in crowded sheds. Their beaks and toes are severed. At the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats, and dump them into boiling water, sometimes while still conscious. Consumers too pay a heavy price. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. A visit to my local supermarket or health food store and an Internet search on vegan Thanksgiving provided me more recipes and delicious turkey alternatives than I can possibly use. MorganVrooman,MillValley

From what we’ve seen, everything in Belvedere is quite dear... I’m writing in regard to the town of Belvedere’s seven-month-long deliberation about what to do about the island’s growing deer population. The only solution I see for getting rid of the deer in Belvedere is for the residents to jump in their This little critter has stricken Hummers and fear into the hearts of the Beemers and run citizenry, according to Belthem over. It’s legal, vedere city manager George the insurance com- Rodericks. pany will pay for vehicle damages and Kaiser will put the drivers back together if they hurt themselves. The deer will just have to be sorry they ever dared eat a flower in Belvedere... Marcia Blackman,San Rafael

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Northgate has undergone several transformations since opening in 1965 as an outdoor mall.

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later, community leaders, developers and retailers gathered on Nov. 13 to unveil Marin County’s largest enclosed mall in all its redesigned glory. The aesthetic changes to the mall’s interior are dramatic. Huge, oversized glass doors and rolling walls of windows open to lush courtyards, a design element that Macerich says will “blur the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors.” Native Northern California plants in mammoth-sized pots decorate the center promenade. A triangulated skylight spans the length of the ceiling, bringing in an abundance of natural light, with rows of windows along each wall below that open to allow fresh air to circulate within 10 > the mall. A new outdoor gathering

Golden Gate Bridge seeking firm This week Golden Gate Bridge officials announced a plan to develop interactive visitor programs that could help alleviate the district’s impending $132 million deficit. The district is currently seeking a firm for collaboration, with talks of a museum and 50,000-square-foot visitor center as part of the project. Talks of possible programs include allowing visitors in normally off-limits areas, like walking on catwalks beneath the bridge or climbing up cables. A new $3 million interactive science and engineering exhibit is set to open near the bridge in 2012. Future plans also include eliminating bridge toll takers and increasing the toll by $1 in 2013. Homeless shelter winter rotation begins A countywide plan to rotate temporary emergency homeless shelters at churches this winter is set to begin Dec. 1 and run through March. However, San Rafael city officials have rejected Marin Interfaith Council requests for a provisional permit to operate temporary women’s homeless shelters in four churches sooner than Dec. 8. Meanwhile, the town of San Anselmo has agreed to shelter 30 homeless men for three nights a week at its First Presbyterian Church, with help from members of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ross.


s the story goes, it was the end of Christmas season 2006. San Rafael City Manager Ken Nordhoff walked into Mayor Al Boro’s office for a quick chat. “Been to the mall lately, Al?” The mayor nodded, knowingly, and sighed. “Not good, is it?” he replied. At the time, Terra Linda’s 40-year-old Northgate shopping center was looking rather neglected, garnering a reputation as the lowly stepsister to the livelier, more modern Village at Corte Madera and the Town Center Corte Madera. A revamped alliance with Northgate owner Macerich—the Santa Monica-based company that also owns and operates the Village at Corte Madera—and a major renovation project ensued. And 18 months

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Tiburon cameras approved Tiburon officials last week unanimously approved the implementation of surveillance cameras to record the license plates of all vehicles that enter and exit the town. Police say the primary purpose of the plan, which authorizes up to $197,000 for six cameras to be installed at Tiburon’s two entry points, is to help that department’s investigation of crimes. Photographs of rear license plates could be used to gather names and check criminal records in the event of a theft or other crime—as well as notify police immediately if stolen or crime-involved cars enter the area. The controversial cameras have met opposition from some who say they are an infringement on rights to privacy and are unnecessary in a town of relatively low crime. While maintenance may reach up to $15,000 a year for the non-traffic cameras, the county sheriff’s department is planning to contribute funding for the project.

Tiburon auto surveillance officially got the green light.

Shorts... Thanks to a $389,000 grant from the Federal Lands Enhancement and Recreation Act, some services at three of Marin’s state parks—Mount Tamalpais, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor—have been restored, including weekday hours at Mt. Tam and Tomales Bay parks...Marin County Department of Health and Human Services has received another 1,700 doses of H1N1 nasal vaccine. The next free vaccine clinic for highrisk individuals will be held Dec. 5 at Novato Community Hospital.—Samantha Campos EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› Despite many of its retail spaces still shuttered, the mall opened earlier this month to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. 8 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 3, 2009

From the Sun vaults, November 30 -December 6, 1964

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1a. In what year did the Spanish first colonize California? 1b. When did California become part of Mexico? 1c. In what year was California “annexed” by the United States? Four years later it became a state... 2. What colorful name is given to the first shopping day of the Christmas season? 3. In 1911, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen beat the British explorer Robert Scott in a race to become the first person to reach what landmark? 4. What world currency, only 10 years old, is the second-most-traded currency in the world? 5. Name at least six items eaten at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. 6. See picture at right: 6a. What color is Marge #6 Simpson’s hair? 6b. What American cartoonist and screenwriter created The Simpsons? 6b. The Simpsons cartoon first appeared in 1985 on what quirky TV variety series hosted by a talented Englishwoman? 7a. Perhaps the most important legal document in the history of democracy, a bill of rights for the common people, was written in Latin in 1215, and is known as what? 7b. What English king was forced to sign this document respecting basic human rights? 8. There are more species of insects than all other animals, but the most common species of insects—almost 50 percent—is what? 9a. Which U.S. president declared Thanksgiving a national holiday: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Teddy Roosevelt? 9b. About how many turkeys are eaten at Thanksgiving each year: 15 million, 30 million or 45 million? 10. The era of modern technology was launched in the early 1940s when the first electronic computer, weighing 30 tons and using 17,000 vacuum tubes, was built at the University of Pennsylvania. What was the five letter name of this technological forerunner? BONUS QUESTION: Late CBS newsman Charles Kuralt once commented,“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing...“ what? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live team trivia contest at 7:30pm every Wednesday at the Broken Drum on Fourth Street in San Rafael. Join the quiz—send your Marin factoids to

V Recently, 80-year-old Patsy White was at Costco, struggling with a 40-pound package of bird seed when a woman came by and asked if she could help, and then did so by putting the burdensome bag in Patsy’s cart. As the woman left she told Patsy she’d also help put it in the car if she saw Patsy in the parking lot. After getting some other items, Patsy went to her car and the woman was right there, amazingly enough, and hefted the bird seed into the trunk, along with the rest of her purchases, “even though none of them were so heavy.” Says a grateful Patsy: “It was a wonderful encounter and a great help to me. I hope she sees this if you print it so that I can thank her more publicly.”

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t one end of the seasonal-affect spectrum we have the sensation that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Christmas is at our throat.â&#x20AC;? The immortal Noel Coward lived way out there, along with a couple of New Yorker cartoonists. At the other end: hyper-excited merrymakers of every age, some of whom actually squirrel away presents beginning in February, guided by an inner database that keeps track of everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s likes and dislikes, clothing size, etc. Such people are selectively deaf to the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;no giftsâ&#x20AC;?; they make the rest of us look like slackers. Assuming you have not withdrawn from the holiday spree with a curmudgeonly sniff, or burnt out from the shopocalypse, think about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really importantâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;family, friends and food. Plus that most precious gift of all: enough time to enjoy the season. How to get the time? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend the entire season shopping. This ethos is best exempliďŹ ed by Reverend Billy and his Stop Shopping Choir (, whose gospel asks the listener to simply back away from the shelf. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go cold turkey? Try sustainable shopping and doing-it-yourself. DIY is a soothing method to get me through the lastminute Christmas gift panic. A few caveats: OGift must take up very little space. O It must cost less than $50, bonus points if it costs nothing. Recycling is fair game. O It should be local and healthful.

Tips to pass as one of the Perpetually Prepared Rufty tufty outdoors types often lose their stuff, owing to a fascinating double shot of genes governing novelty-seeking (which got them on mountain bikes in the ďŹ rst place): impulsivity and ADHD. Which is why they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember to zip shut the bag they just grabbed something out of...gloves, ďŹ&#x201A;ashlights, mini toolkits for bicycles leap out onto the road or the trail to be found (by others) at trailheads. Gloves are sadly the most-often lost ďŹ tness necessity. Once off, one or both gloves can hitch a ride via the wonders of Velcro, on someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laundry pile, your own trouser leg, a park bench if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay full attention in both the putting down and the taking up...sneaky! Why not do yourself and your pedalhead friends a favor and suggest writing their names and e-mail addresses on the inside of the gloves with a laundry pen. And, make a tiny-font label to tape on the ďŹ&#x201A;ashlight, camera and helmet of your loved ones (and yourself). Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be surprised how things come back when the ďŹ nder is given a chance to return them. All my jackets, glasses and sunglasses feature indelible markings. After all, not needing to replace things is a reasonably green alternative to having multiples of everything in case of loss. Trips for Kids Re-Cyclery (610 18 >

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of her later on out on the trails. In the healthful department, consider spending a couple of hours at the Marin Cancer Center (1350 S. Eliseo Drive Greenbrae) on Thursday, Dec. 3, between 5 and 8pm, fabricating greeting cards with collage artist Jane Kraft. Each card you create (for the Cancer Center) raises $5 at the gift shop in Marin General Hospital. Samples of the Valentines Day card-making event are at www.ďŹ&#x201A; wombatbiker/3275158619/in/photostream. No experience is necessary, materials are supplied and you come away with glitter- and glue-stuck ďŹ ngers and a satisfying feeling of having contributed to cancer programs beneďŹ ting women in Marin. Final ďŹ&#x201A;ourish My presents, new and recycled, come with a handmade card or decorated note. Why not â&#x20AC;&#x153;self-publishâ&#x20AC;? a wordy tome 4 inches tall (see photo, and instructions: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made a dozen unique books from a single folded page this way, and the recipient has always been charmed. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to reserve the front page for the title and back page for copyright symbol and the date, plus your made-up name for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;press.â&#x20AC;? With the six remaining sides I get to express how much I love that person. < Jacquie Phelan is a member of the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame and Mountain Biking Hall of Fame. Cycle to more stories at

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much room. Set of two is $20 at REI. The other thing we’ll be worrying about this season is the flu that’s going around. There are plenty of hand sanitizers out there, but Jao products are a touch above the rest with added essential oils. Now you can get rid of the germs and be relaxed by the scent of lavender; 2-ounce travel size $7.25 (www. Can you say Who wants plain slippers—when you can have Sock Monkey Slippers?

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3/2 3/3 2/3 3/2 3/3

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$5,000,000 $4,075,000 $1,785,000 $1,100,000

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5/8 5/5 3/5 3/4 3/2 2/2

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$5,880,000 $3,650,000 $1,945,000 $1,900,000 $1,170,000 $600,000

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