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›› LETTERS ‘Disney characters are not real’ As the director of Spectrum Marin’s resource center on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and as a parent of a 4-year-old girl, I would like to suggest to those mothers who wrote letters [“Princess Diaries, I - VI,” Nov. 20] to express displeasure over the Oct. 23 cover art of the Pacific Sun that you may be projecting your own anxiety over not knowing what to say to your children when they noticed the cover. It is your own interpretation of two women dancing together that defined the moment. As the parent, it was your job to assist your child with broadening their perspective on life, or narrowing it in a prejudicial way. From the letters I saw, I would guess you chose the latter. Let’s remember that Disney characters are not real. They exist only in highly romanticized fairy tales about heterosexual relationships. The rest is multimillion dollar marketing. I suggest you be more concerned about your daughters absorbing fantasy messages about princesses falling in love and living happily ever after. Paula Pilecki, Spectrum LGBT Center, San Rafael

‘Sometimes girls dance together’ Just want you to know I loved your “Someday My Princess Will Come” cover; I laughed out loud at first sight. Very clever artistic statement. Nice touch with Peter Pan as the fairy godmother. Was amazed to read the judgmental letters from those distraught mothers. “What can I tell my daughter?” How about this: “Sometimes girls dance together. It’s OK.” Mothers, please don’t cling

to brainwashed stereotypes. I am a grandmother of 70 years. My daughter is straight. My granddaughter is lesbian. Makes Disney’s reputation for no difference to Despite playing it straight, critics have me either way. I gone to lengths to out some of the cut out the cover more flamboyant characters in image in ques- the animation company’s roster. tion and sent it to my granddaughter, along with the very serious article inside that included a photo of a 14-year-old boy who was murdered for wearing “feminine clothes.” And news of a book for queer teens, none of whom went to the book signing for fear of being outed. Do you want Disney or do you want truth, mothers? Your own kids may grow up queer. Please try to have a big enough spirit to handle reality. Arisa Victor, Greenbrae

‘All families are different’ I was saddened but not surprised to read that a number of parents were upset by the dancing princesses cover on your Oct. 23 issue. It may seem that discussing homosexuality is too much for young children, but it just isn’t so. In our two-mom family, we have been discussing this issue with our own child and other children in our community for years. The amazing thing about children is that they can ask questions about our family out of curiosity rather than fear or judgment. When a child asks why our son has two moms, or why he doesn’t have a dad, we say simply, “That is how our family is. All families are different.” Young children happily accept that information.

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Fifth death in Highway 37 tragedy The driver of the Mini Cooper that collided into a minivan on Highway 37, killing a family of four, has also died from the accident, according to the California Highway Patrol... 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. Read the full story here ... 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.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com I encourage parents to look around their neighborhoods and schools. If your children ask questions, you can tell them that there are many different kinds of families: some with a mom and a dad, some with just one mom or dad, some kids have two moms or two dads, some kids are raised by their grandparents, and the list goes on. Another helpful explanation is this: “If two people love each other, they can make a family together.” No politics need to be involved, no inappropriate topics. I am the first to agree that most issues about sexuality—hetero or homo—are not appropriate for young children. However, discussing an image of two women dancing together doesn’t need to include sex at all. It can be about love—and children understand that very well. Emily Bender, Fairfax

‘Unravel the social fabric of the family unit’ I found the princesses cover page to be offensive and in bad taste. To sugar coat and Disney-fy an issue such as this is a bad choice, as it exposes it to young, impressionable minds and makes a cartoon out of the real life situation. In a time when the trend of our indulgent culture seems determined to unravel the social fabric of the family unit and embrace all things “different” I have to stand and give a cheer for traditional family values. While this is not a perfect system either...is not one of our main reasons for being here to build a strong functional family and society with respect and love between the sexes? Instead we get more alienation and distance between us when we promote such ideals as these. For the children’s sake, I feel that a strong well-balanced family structure requires more of a father figure than some imaginary princess figure. Mr.Michaels, Forest Knolls

How about Ducky & Sucky? I’m writing in regard to your longtime feature, “Heroes & Zeros.” The word “hero” has become one of the most overused and misdefined words in the American language. The dictionary definition of a hero is “a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked

or sacrificed his or her life.” In so many cases the term has come to mean someone who has just done something nice Pacific Sun used to have a for someone else, The reporter who was something of or who can run a hero... fast or catch a ball. Laudable yes, heroic absolutely not. Please would you consider renaming the “Heroes & Zeros” column and returning the term “hero” to where it truly belongs? I cannot remember reading this column when a hero mentioned here has actually put their life on the line for others. These may be very good and kind people who have performed generous and unselfish acts—but returning a wallet, pushing a car, receiving a library grant, giving away excess fruit, absolutely does not make a hero out of anyone. How about “Cheers & Jeers”? “Claps ’n’ Slaps” perhaps? “Yeas & Nays”? Yes, far more appropriate. Penny Palmer, San Rafael

Just don’t call ‘em ‘heroes,’ Woody... This, typically, is a time to think about what we’re thankful for, to reflect on the good things in our lives. My list is headed by the usual—gratitude for good health, a loving family and affable friends, a comfortable home. Then comes what may be a surprise— appreciation for Marin County officials. For the first time, Health and Human Services has hired a homeless coordinator. That was a prime recommendation of a 2008-09 Civil Grand Jury report that considered it an imperative to help those needy men, women and children. The Board of Supervisors also has earmarked $150,000 for emergency shelters. Providing a winter shelter was also a recommendation of the grand jury report. Allow me, therefore, to lead a cheer for those county stalwarts who not only heard the jury’s suggestions—but acted on them. Woody Weingarten, San Anselmo

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channels: a government channel (channel 27), and a revitalized community access channel (channel 26). Plans are underway for an education channel. When the board of the Marin Telecommunications Agency (MTA) voted unanimously to approve the new franchise agreement, it capped six years of negotiations that involved three telecommunications companies. TCI had cable service in Marin at the start of the negotiations, but the cable business was in flux and companies were eating and being eaten. AT&T moved in and took over for TCI and then Comcast took over for AT&T. An increasingly fast transformation of the telecommunications industry in general— and the changing players in Marin in particular—lengthened the process that has led to the two new public access channels for Comcast customers. The franchise contract MTA now holds with Comcast covers about 62,000 customers in a market that includes most of Marin. Novato has a separate franchise agreement with the company. After Comcast took over from AT&T, it said it would agree to a fairly standard 5 percent franchise fee paid to members of the MTA, the joint powers organization comprising the cities in the Comcast region, as well as the county. The MTA thought another key provision in its negotiations with AT&T would transfer to Comcast: a commitment of $12 million during the life of the franchise 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Walking, cycling on the rise in Marin A 2009 Marin County study by the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program confirmed that more Marin residents are bicycling and walking than in recent years. According to the survey, weekday bicycling rates have increased an average of 6 percent between 2008 and 2009 and 118 percent since 1999; weekend bicycling has increased an average of 10 percent since last year and 125 percent over the past decade. Weekday walking rates increased 26 percent over last year and 51 percent between 1999 and 2009; weekend walking increased 1 percent between 2008 and 2009, and 5 percent since last year. A summary report is available on the Walk Bike Marin website: www.walkbikemarin.org/ resource_library_reports. All-female Novato council swears in On Dec. 1, an unprecedented all-female Novato City Council was sworn into office.When Denise Athas and Pat Eklund took the oath in council chambers, joining Carole Dillon-Knutson, Madeline Kellner and Jeanne MacLeamy, it marked a Marin County first—and the second time in California history—to have all city or town council seats filled by women. In 1992, the San Mateo city of Pacifica became the first in the state to have an all-woman council.The first female Novato City Council member was Lucile Cannon in 1962. Marin County officially changed the term“councilman”to“council member”in 1985. Highway 37 tragedy update; victims’ home burgled The driver of the car that collided with a minivan on Highway 37, killing a family of four, has also died from the accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.The family from Sonoma was killed on the evening of Nov. 28 as a result of a multi-car crash about two miles east of Novato.The fatal collision occurred when a Mini Cooper driven by 19-year-old Steven Culbertson of Lakeport ran a red light at the intersection of Highway 37 and Lakeville Highway, broadsiding the minivan, which carried Jonathan Maloney, 45, his wife, Susan, 42, and their children Aiden, 8, and Grace, 5.The Maloney family died from the impact; Culbertson died Nov. 29 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Jonathan Maloney had worked for San Rafael tech company Panamax and, more recently, at SolarCraft in Novato. In June 2007, Culbertson had been involved in a crash in Lake County, followed a month later by a DUI, which resulted in his license being suspended for a year. Pending toxicology reports, authorities say there does not appear to be evidence of drugs or alcohol in the crash. In even more shocking news on the tragedy, Sonoma police are now investigating a post-crash burglary at the Maloney family home. On Dec. 1, police apprehended Amber Marie True, 29, and her boyfriend, Michael Vincent Gutierrez, 26, of Redwood City, for allegedly ransacking the home the night before, and taking off with the Maloneys’ 2006 Nissan 350Z that had been parked in the garage. Both are being held at Sonoma County Jail on $500,000 bail. Shorts... Larkspur officials approved the first set of plans for the transformation of the Larkspur Landing shopping center.The new Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing will begin implementing refurbished landscaping, as well as a fire pit, picnic tables, benches, several public gardens and a children’s playground over the next several months.—Samantha Campos EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› pacificsun.com

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1. Identify these California cities by their nicknames: 1a. La-La-Land 1b. Garlic Capital of the World 1c. Baghdad by the Bay 1d. City of Roses 2. Sometimes you get your money from an ATM. What is ATM an abbreviation for? 3. Construction began in A.D. 312 on this road, which eventually extended more than 560 km (350 miles) from Rome to Brindisi on the Adriatic Sea. What was the name of this early highway? 4. In terms of automobile production, the U.S. ranks second in the world. What countries are first and third, in number of vehicles produced annually? 5. Identify these winners of the #3 recent American Music Awards: 5a. Favorite pop/rock band (has a colorful name) 5b. Favorite female pop-rock artist (has a speedy name) 5c. Favorite male soul and R&B artist (more popular than ever) 5d. Favorite male country artist (he’s not even American) 6. Born in New York in 1858, he became a Harvard graduate and U.S. president, and published over 2,000 written works on history, politics and travel. Who was he? 7a. In a unanimous vote, what Major League Baseball player recently won his third consecutive National League MVP award? 7b. He became the first player to repeat since what player was voted MVP four years in a row from 2001-04. 8. The smallest bird in the world is not much bigger than a bumble bee, and sort of acts like one. What kind of bird is this? 9. He gained early fame in the 1990s TV series Growing Pains, won his first acting awards for the 1993 film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and starred in the biggest money-making film of all time. Who is he? 10. A thirsty boy chugs 3/4 of a glass of milk in one gulp, then 2/5 of the remainder in another gulp. What percentage of the milk remains? BONUS: This search began in the United Kingdom in October 1986, and attracted media coverage from all over the world. Known as Operation Deep Scan, it was the largest and most intense search ever, for 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 howard1@triviacafe.com.

V Last month, after an errand in Fairfax, Ami H. put her wallet on the trunk of the car before unlocking the door, and drove off without putting it back in the car. While she was stopped at a light at the San Anselmo Hub, a man knocked on her window and wanted to speak with her. Ami rolled down her window and the man apologized for alarming her but, he politely told her, there was a wallet on the trunk of her car. Ami thanked him and ran out to pick up her lonely wallet that was, amazingly, still perched on the boot. “This man was a hero in my everyday life,” wrote Ami later. “And I would like to publicly acknowledge him for his generous spirit and respectful manner.”

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▼ ’Tis the season...for offensive parking lot behavior. One Fairfax reader recently reported that a dreaded but seasonally necessary trip to Target in Novato for her grandchild’s gift was hindered preentrance by a woman and her SUV, which was stopped at length in front of the store and blocking an ever-increasing line of cars waiting to park or exit the perennially crowded lot. “Hold your horses!” yelled the woman to the honking of the traffic jam forming behind her blinking hazard lights. Although our reader was unsure what necessitated the woman’s “emergency” stop, we’re guessing the Tyco Stunt Psycho radiocontrolled vehicle and Disney Princess Magic Castle could be loaded out of everybody’s way just as easily.—Samantha Campos

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›› UPFRONT < 8 I want my MarinTV! contract to fund public access. In the initial stages of negotiations, it seemed the cable giant would accept that term; but the company started to look for ways to bail and said it would not put up the money. The franchise contract called for Comcast to front the MTA $3 million to help create the media center, which would take over public access responsibility and eventually offer as many as six channels of public programming on the Comcast system. The media center, a “designated access provider,” has its own board and is an autonomous nonprofit agency, a provider of content for the public access system. Its parent organization, the MTA, has morphed from the days when it was an agency that dealt strictly with negotiating a franchise agreement with Comcast; it can now can deal with a variety of telecommunications issues. With the new franchise agreement in place, Comcast turned over operations for public access to the MTA, which handed off the day-to-day operations to the media center. Part of the package included using $2.5 million of the $3 million Comcast grant for capital expenses, including equipment and the cost of leasing space in San Rafael. The media center now has two full-time staff members in addition to Eisenmenger and an ample collection of video equip-

ment and editing workstations. After the initial set-up, the primary task has been training people to use the new equipment. (If you build it, they will come.) During negotiations with the cable companies and the formation of the administrative structure of the media center, residents contributed insight as members of a Media Access Advisory Committee. Also important to the creation of the new public access structure were members of Media Action Marin, who regularly reminded the MTA board that public access should remain public and not be allowed to wither, either philosophically or financially. Eisenmenger came to Marin from New York, where he worked with Laura Flanders to start Grit TV, a national issuesbased program that runs on Free Speech TV. Before that, he worked in the community media department at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, one of the largest public access systems in the country. The organization Eisenmenger runs is based on a membership structure. In the summer, the media center began looking for members who would pay $35 a year ($25 for seniors), which would allow access to the equipment. Before checking out equipment for productions, prospective producers must pass a training program and receive certification. The class for basic field camera production, for instance, is offered in three sessions for $50. Completing the class qualifies the trainee to check

out video equipment for between 48 hours and 72 hours at a time up to four times a month. (The center also is looking for organizational memberships.) The number of people who have taken classes in production and editing there represents a fair assessment of whether the new facility is, indeed, attracting local talent. “We have about 200 members now,” says Eisenmenger. “From July through October, we’ve had 116 certifications. The classes fill up as soon as we offer them. We just opened our studio in October and just finished our third set of training classes [for studio work], so I expect we will be seeing a lot of studio programming starting up, and we actually have a little bit of a waiting list to get into that class.” Certification class students represent the Marin demographic. Eisenmenger says most are on the older side. But the center’s newest endeavor, an education channel, is in the works, and talks are being held with local schools in preparation. The three channels represent the three legs of the PEG system: public, education, government. Attracting the educational community to the center in a synergistic arrangement could benefit both parties. That was the hope when the MTA spent months wooing the College of Marin, proposing the college as an ideal location for the media center. But the college remained cool to the idea, and at least some COM officials and board members felt that the school

would not gain enough from the arrangement to offer a site on campus. “We’re launching an educational advisory committee to bring in people from the K-12 schools, Dominican and College of Marin to start talking about the educational channel,” says Eisenmenger, “so we’re hoping we will be getting more synergy with [COM]. We have been running their distance education programming. They are well aware that we are here and we are available. We’re just waiting for things to kind of gel on that end.” The media center is eager to attract college interns, who could benefit from opportunities working in the world of nonprofit telecommunications and PEG programming. (Prospective interns can e-mail a resume to position@cmcm.tv.) The upfront money from the Comcast franchise deal should keep the media center running at a comfortable pace for about three years. Long-term funding always has been a concern. The membership structure is one way to attract some income, but it won’t yield enough to top off the tank. Another method of raising operating funds will be to run a fee-for-service operation. The center has already dipped a toe in that water. The dismal economy is reducing the amount of money nonprofits have to take on new projects, and that means the feefor-service plan might take a while to get rolling. Eisenmenger says the media center remains ready to work with nonprofit

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Masonic Hall Monday, Dec. 21 and 22, and at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre Dec. 19 with special guest Bonnie Hayes. 142 Throckmorton Theatre has two must-see events coming up this month. First, the Seva benefit show on Saturday, Dec. 12—hosted by Wavy Gravy and featuring the Rowan Brothers, Moonalice (with Pete Sears of Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna) and G.E. Smith (SNL Band), plus the David Nelson Band and some very special surprise guests (wink, wink). Then on Saturday, Dec. 19, drummer and Grammy Award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden will host his annual foundation benefit jam featuring Lydia Pense (Cold Blood), members of Santana, Tevin Campbell and many others. Both these shows start at 8pm and have two-tier ticket prices. Visit www.142throckmortontheatre.org to find out how to get tickets soon as both shows will sell out. Singer/songwriter Noelle Hampton returns from Austin, Texas, to celebrate the release of her new CD, Thin Line, at the Mill Valley Masonic Hall Saturday, Dec. 5, at 8pm. The Mill Valley native and California Music Award nominee has opened for Bob Dylan, Chris Isaak and Richard Thompson, to name a few, and can count none other than former Rolling Stone editor Ben FongTorres as a fan. Welcome back, Noelle! The Bolinas-based band This Old Earthquake, featuring Ethan Okamura on guitar and vocals, Mike Burton on bass and Steve Trivelpiece on vocals and guitar, will celebrate the release of their new CD, Portuguese Murder

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Ballads, with a very special show at Bolinas Community Center on Friday, Dec. 4. They describe their unique vocal harmony-based sound as “sunny with a chance of sleet.” The Beat would like to wish Ramblin’ Jack Elliott a speedy recovery from his recent bypass surgery. KPIG will host Steve Kimock on the Ham Jam Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 3pm. If you don’t have New Year’s Eve plans yet, here are some reasons to get out and do the North Bay boogie. In Fairfax, the Hold Outs, Diamond Ortiz and Lansdale Station will share a smokin’ bill at 19 Broadway, while Honeydust rocks the socks off of Peri’s Bar and the Tom Finch Band lights up The Sleeping Lady. Two great annual traditions continue as the Zydeco Flames burn up Rancho Nicasio and the Tommy Castro Band once again paints the Mystic Theatre blue. In West Marin, the Jenny Kerr Band sails into Smiley’s Saloon in Bolinas, Duke and the Boyz reign over Pt. Reyes Station’s Old Western Saloon and the Sky Blue Band shines on the Papermill Creek Saloon. Lastly, in Sausalito, Vinyl (with special guests) gets ‘em spinning at Chris Holbrook’s Studio 333 on Caledonia Street. December LIVE: Petty Theft (featuring Monroe Grisman) steals away to Peri’s Bar on Friday, Dec. 4; then the legendary Jonathan Richman has a modern love-in at 142 Throckmorton on Dec. 5; surf-rock pioneer Dick Dale rides into 19 Broadway for a Dec. 6 show. Next week, Todd Snider snipes at the Mystic Theater on Dec. 9; Bonnie Hayes wakes ’em up at The Sleeping Lady on Dec. 12; Hot Buttered Rum and Poor Man’s Whiskey will be pouring at the Mystic Theater, Dec. 11 and 12; and Chrome Johnson rides again at 19 Broadway on Dec. 19. < Got a hot tip for the Beat? E-mail me at marinbeat@gmail.com. Rawk on! Lay down a beat of your own on TownSquare, at

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or nearly 20 years the Rombeiro household on Novato’s Devonshire Drive has taken Christmas decorating to another dimension—one of throbbing red lights, electric-rail superhighways and cute/sinister dolls whose roving eyes cast their gaze upon all who enter. The Rombeiros’ is known locally as the “Christmas House” and has become something of a yuletide Mecca, so to speak; an annual pilgrimage for residents throughout the county to imbibe in the spectacle of it all and stare slack-jawed in wonder at what kind of family would string nearly 100,000 lights through their house—and then let hundreds of strangers traipse through in amazed stupor (while quietly questioning the family’s collective sanity). Edmundo, his sister Rosalinda, his wife Mary Jo and their daughter Kathy begin set-up for the Christmas House in September and toil daily until opening to the public the first weekend of December. After that, hundreds of visitors queue through their house nightly—including Christmas—to see irradiating plastic reindeer, trumpet-toting cherubs and scarf-bedecked penguins herald the coming of the Christ child. For much of the year, their lives literally revolve around the Christmas House. So much so that it’s even become a backdrop when the family faces its most difficult challenges, like when Ed and Rosalinda’s mom passed away at the house eight years ago in December—while merrymakers waited patiently outside for the doors to open for the evening. (They didn’t. But the show went on about a week later, in memory of the Rombeiro matriarch, “because my mother loved Christmas so much,” says Ed.) The Rombeiros are braced for another round of Christmas splendor starting this weekend, and continuing through the first week of January. THE CHRISTMAS HOUSE You can pay your respects nightly from 6 to 10pm. is open nightly from Dec. Ace Sun photographer James Hall dropped in on the Rombeiros dur4 through the first week ing this year’s set-up to capture the dream before it became reality—the of the new year, from 6 to Rombeiros’ version of it, anyway.—Jason Walsh 10pm. It is at 34 Devonshire Drive, Novato. Check out www.rombeiro-christmashouse.com

Above: The angel room is special, says Ed. ‘A lot of people kneel down in front of Jesus, and some people cry.’ Left: When she’s not stringing tinsel, Kathy works as a sales rep for Office Depot.

Edmundo Rombeiro has been ‘extreme decorating’ since age 13 when he’d create elaborate lava rock Nativity scenes for his mother when they lived in Portugal.

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Rosalinda joined the Christmas House fun following its first big year in the early ‘90s; she works primarily with the outside decorations.

L Rosalinda’s dream First time ever, last night, I had a dream with my mom about the house here. She picks up a beautiful ornament to put on the tree, and inside there’s an angel. So I ask her, “Where did you find that?” And she says, “Well I found it...” And then she just disappeared. This is the first time I’ve had a dream with Mama at this time of the year. She loved Christmas so. Ed, on their mother’s passing in December 2001 She passed away five minutes before I was going to open the house that year. She’s in bed and then I go in to tell her, “Mom, I’m going to open the door.” And she says, “OK, good luck, I hope God helps you this year.” Then my wife comes over to me at five minutes before six and says, “Ed, your mom passed away.” I go in, but she’s already gone. I have Santa Claus over here and...I don’t turn on the lights or anything. I put up a big sign on that gate: “The house is going to be closed for a week, and going to be reopening the day after the funeral.” You know...it was a very, very tough time. You know, I mean, guys came over from the funeral home and I’m in the room and saw the guys put the body inside that bag. And that night, the night she died, the news went from one neighbor to the next, all the street, nobody turned their lights on. I mean this street was dark. And the cars stopped, and asked, “What happened, the street is all dark?” And Santa Claus walked down the middle of the street, talking to all the people in the cars, and said, “The mother of the owner of the house, she just passed away a few minutes ago.”

In 2008, Ed installed storage space in the attic above all the rooms to go along with the two storage sheds and loft in his garage that hold all the paraphernalia.

Ed, on the real-life characters out front We have a Santa that once in a while comes by, and an angel, and these are just people who showed up at the Christmas House. Nobody’s been hired. Nobody’s been asked. Just something to do from the goodness of their heart. Ed’s advice for aspiring Christmas House wannabes It’s a huge expense, so be ready to spend many thousands of dollars. Prepare your checkbook. Kathy and the candy cane counter About three years ago on Christmas Eve we had 4,100 people come through. We knew based on how many candy canes we handed out. We were opening cases and cases that night. Maybe a week before Christmas it’s 1,500 people, 900 people. Consistent every night. After New Year’s it starts to taper off. Kathy, on the prospect of a holiday without the Christmas House I just don’t know what Christmas would even look like without it. Is Kathy disappointed or relieved when the season ends? When the Christmas House is over, for one week I don’t show up here. We close the house on Jan. 6 and it’s just one week with no calls, no people, just decompression. And you need it, you need it. <

During warm-weather months, the train room is an enclosed patio. The train, agree the Rombeiros, is their most difficult feature—people get excited when it passes by and accidentally knock it off the track.

Above: Ed utilizes his skills as a former airport traffic-control engineer to convert all the Christmas doodads from battery to electricity.

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Leslie Gifford’s paintings will put a little cheer in your yule.

efforts to save Mt. Diablo from encroaching development, including the warm-toned “Turning Point,” priced at $975. In 259B is Sue Averell, one of ICB’s brightest lights. A departure from her busy urban landscapes is hung just inside the door: a large, intensely colored seascape in two panels, whose unusual right-angle installation adds an arresting sense of depth. Averell is always happy to discuss her work and technique with visitors. Studio 330, home of the ebullient Elaine Gentile, is a necessity for those cruising the ICB. Like a singer who’s equally at home with jazz, pop, folk and classical, Gentile works in many styles. Her oil-on-canvas “Mt. Tam”

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($1,500), a view from the Acqua Hotel, is solidly in the plein-air tradition. Her large Asianinspired abstract paintings would hardly be recognized as by the same artist, nor would some of her more primitive still-lifes or portraiture. “Life is a smorgasbord,” she laughs, “I can’t paint a series of a hundred apples.” Almost all of ICB’s studios are on the second and third floors—the West Marine store occupies most of the bottom floor—but it would be a mistake for visitors to overlook Lee Ruggles in studio 110 near the build-

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Br/Ba

Asking $

Selling $

DOM* List/Sell%

3/2 3/2

$985,000 $925,000

$975,000 $895,000

51 47

99.0% 96.8%

4/4 2/2 3/2

$1,199,000 $788,000 $729,000

$1,150,000 $715,000 $714,800

51 137 33

95.9% 90.7% 98.1%

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

$2,495,000 $1,895,000 $1,995,000 $1,165,000 $1,050,000 $779,000 $769,000 $625,000

$2,400,000 $1,851,000 $1,700,000 $1,150,000 $1,135,000 $825,000 $687,000 $545,000

77 81 93 54 20 36 263 204

96.2% 97.7% 85.2% 98.7% 108.1% 105.9% 89.3% 87.2%

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