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›› LETTERS Circ de so local I’m writing in regard to Novato City Councilwoman Pat Eklund’s objection to Circle Bank moving off of Grant Avenue to its new desired location in a vacant building at the corner of Grant and Redwood. While I do not live in Novato, I operate two businesses here and am a customer of Circle Bank. A fair percentage of our household expense is spent in Novato. I am a very active, vocal Rotarian in Ignacio. I should also tell you that my extensive background includes nearly 20 years as a professional on the political side of government. I am an economist by education. Ms. Eklund’s stated objections, I hope, will be reconsidered for a number of reasons. ● The huge national banks such as Chase, BofA, Wells, etc., are not helping our communities, as they might and should be. They are incapable since (said as a former New Yorker) their perspective does not really cross the Hudson. (Maybe being in Charlotte is the reason BofA is having such difficulties.) You should encourage Circle’s growth for your task in making Novato more vibrant. ● We need a more vital downtown. Banks are not traffic builders and especially not on the weekends when so many of us enjoy shopping as a family. ● The large banks do not lend locally very much. ● Local banks know their customers, not only from a business viewpoint, but from church, school, service clubs, even city council meetings, as well as the shopping areas where we greet each other, etc. We are true neighbors. ● Circle is a local bank, run and owned by life-long Marinites. They are good, caring,

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contributing members of our fluid society. ● San Francisco realized it had to cut down a few trees to make Doyle Drive safer. Your job as councilperson is to make Novato more vibrant, livable, and handy, so cutting down a single oak (which dies in all events soon enough) should be no reason to halt the economic recovery and progress of our Novato. Councilwoman Eklund, I would hope that you would reconsider your singular (I believe wrong-headed) stand and weigh the reality, rather than the dream of a non-humanimposed-upon scene. We are all very proud to call Novato home. Let us do something positive for our city. David Kurland, general manager, Mill Valley Bamboo

Let’s compare fledgling county agency to largest federal bureaucracies! Is MEA an exploding bureaucracy? As Parkinson’s Law demonstrates, bureaucracies inevitably expand, adding more personnel, requiring more intermediate supervising managers, and bigger facilities. Examples: ● Defense Department, created to coordinate the armed services. ● Energy Department, created in 1977 to “lessen dependence on foreign oil.” After 33 years, with an annual budget over $24 billion, it has 16,000 federal employees plus 100,000 contract employees—and we’re more dependent than ever! The 3-2 vote committing Marin Above, a projected rendersupervisors to ing of the Marin Energy underwrite the loan Authority circa 2015.

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Olympic Ceremony is Golden After watching the Olympics in China two years ago, I thought there was no way any other country could match that spectacle. With all of their money, resources and people, the... Thank you Pacific Sun The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights is the one that includes the part of about “Freedom of Speach”. It states that the government shall not pass any laws that restrict... Novato school may close over budget woes This week Novato School Unified School District board members reiterated plans to close a middle school in an effort to reduce a $2.8 million budget deficit.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com to MEA’s bureaucracy also makes taxpayers de facto loan co-signers. The vote passed only because Supervisor McGlashan hubristically ignored his gross conflict of interest in voting taxpayer support for a bureaucracy that he presides over. Whose transmission lines will MEA use to receive and transmit its electricity? At what cost? If MEA local service power lines suffer outages, whose “storm warriors” will restore power? MEA’s? Royal Dutch’s? PG&E’s? And who pays? Fielding Greaves, San Rafael

School lunches to include venison dipped in bitter I would like to comment on the Ross Valley School District’s plan to build a new school at Deer Park. I am a recently retired educator of 28 years. I feel strongly that a good student-to-teacher ratio is an essential component of a quality education. Though I have questions about the number of future students projected by the district, I acknowledge the present overcrowding in the schools. I think we should take serious action to ensure that students have classes of no more than 20 to 22 students. Although I am not wealthy, I am happy to pay higher taxes to make this happen through appropriate expansion, improvements, and possible redistribution of grades on the different campuses. However, I feel so strongly that Deer Park is the wrong site on which to build, that I would vote against any bond measure that proposes this, or that fails to define a specific site or plan. Deer Park is the wrong site for the following reasons: ● Poor water pressure and limited access roads make it a serious fire hazard ● Breaking ground on this pristine site would be a blight on the environment ● The small daycare center that exists there would be displaced ● The district anticipates far higher costs than the proposed bond would cover ● Putting a school there shows enormous disrespect to the residents in the Deer Park area. There are 1,345 registered voters who would be held captive twice a day, every day, throughout the school year by inevitable traffic snarls that would spill out into Fairfax

proper. Any new school would adversely affect far more residents than the number of students it would serve. There are many other options. None of them is perfect. But they are all better than building at Deer Park. They include using the site at Red Hill, or upgrading the existing campuses equitably to make sure that all students benefit from these tax dollars. Redistribution of grades on the different campuses should also be examined. All of these are less costly options. The plan must be safe, democratic, and extend consideration to the community at large. It must also take a realistic view of any potential dip in future numbers—even as it covers the projected rise. I know many others who feel as I do. The Ross Valley School District risks losing this bond measure if it proposes building at Deer Park. Such a move would be irresponsible on their part, and leave our children at a disadvantage. Roberta J. Anthes, Fairfax

No, but we’ll try to keep you plugged in... Can someone tell me how I can tell when EEStor will market its Ultra Capacitor [a capacitor they claim can store enough power to revolutionize electric cars]. I have tried to email several people like President Obama, Sen. McCain, Charlie Rose, etc., with no response. Who do I contact to get an answer? EEStor doesn’t have a website and Richard Weir, CEO of that company, is keeping quiet. Do you have an answer? Ted Van Ogle, Corte Madera

No, but we think Slim Whitman looks like Joseph Conrad... Did you notice that Meg Whitman looks like a female William Conrad? Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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The Authority strikes back Contract with Shell means Marin Clean Energy can power ahead... by Pe t e r S e i d m a n

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acific Gas & Electric used get-tough tactics right up to the vote last week that put a Marin Clean Energy stamp on a contract—which dumps the utility and goes with Shell Energy North America—to produce renewable energy for Marin. “This is a very momentous occasion,” said Charles McGlashan, president of the Marin Energy Authority board, right before the board voted to approve a five-year contract with Shell Energy, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. McGlashan, the county supervisor who has spearheaded the effort to start a local power plan, voiced concerns echoed by others that PG&E plans to continue a vigorous campaign against Marin Clean Energy. “I think it’s fair to say that the next five months are going to feel just as hard as the last seven years have been. And so with great soberness and a deep sense of commitment,” McGlashan called for the vote. As an example of that “vigorous campaign,” local-power proponents point to the response MCE had to take when critics suggested its renewable energy plan would actually produce more greenhouse gases than PG&E. Greg Stepanicich, MCE’s general counsel, told board members that rather than continuing the dispute, the contract includes an “iron-clad guarantee” that prevents “the greenhouse gas emissions of Marin Clean Energy from ever exceeding those of PG&E, and we still expect they will be much better and in no case will they be worse.” If, in a given year, MCE electricity produces more carbon emissions than PG&E, a 90-day

period will kick in during which MCE must purchase “environmental products” such as carbon offsets to balance any excess carbon production. Stepanicich says MCE does not expect to need the offset provision, but it’s in the contract as “a foolproof guarantee.” Initially, critics raised objections over contracting with Shell. Its parent company is no model of environmental friendliness, opponents say, and Marin would be better served using another company. But, proponents counter, Shell North America does have a history that includes clean energy, and using a large player like Shell makes sense in the opening years of the local power plan. Shell offers stability in a complex marketplace. And PG&E also gets electricity from Shell, so that argument is moot. In addition, the five-year deal is a bridge contract that takes MCE through the start-up phase to a time when it can embark on its long-term goal: local renewable energy production. Critics say there’s not much chance Marin has the ability to produce local renewable power, given its geography, demographics and land-use philosophy. Not so, says McGlashan, who points to a 2007 MCE study that shows “we have eight times the renewable power potential inside our borders than we need during peak loads. Just on solar resources on commercial and municipal rooftops, we have more solar capability than we need. Obviously, you don’t get every one of those solar projects to work, but the coverage ratio of 5-to-1, potential versus need, lends 9 > confidence that we can meet or beat

›› NEWSGRAMS College of Marin project progress Tension continues to rise over College of Marin’s plans for a $33.6 million Academic Center/Gateway Complex at its Kentfield campus. Angry neighbors rattled college trustees at a Feb. 16 meeting meant to designate an architect for the project; the board subsequently decided to table any decision until its March 16 meeting. Following the meeting, trustee Eva Long said the board wants to “make sure we understand what the neighbors and friends of the college want” before moving ahead with any further plans for renovation. Belvedere gets stinky; endures sewage, gas leaks A natural gas leak near Toyon and Bayview avenues forced Belvedere residents to evacuate their homes Feb. 16. The leak was caused by a construction crew that hit a PG&E gas line while working to install utilities underground. No injuries were reported and repairs were made within three hours. And last week, tree roots clogged a sewer line near the intersection at Beach Road and Bayview Avenue, spilling approximately 215 gallons of raw sewage into the bay before the line was cleared early Feb. 10 by Sanitary District No. 5 workers. Sutter sues Sonic, alleging unpaid rent Sutter Health is suing the NovatoNot everything was smelling like roses for once based media tech company Sonic Solutions in Belvedere. for $475,000 in allegedly unpaid rent and associated fees. According to the Marin Superior Court-filed lawsuit, Sutter claims Sonic vacated 101 Rowland Way in December—although its lease expired Jan. 31, 2010—and now owes back rent, along with accrued interest and late fees. Sonic Solutions, which is currently headquartered at 7250 Redwood Boulevard in Novato, had leased the commercial property since 1995, through several ownership changes. Sutter bought the buildings at 100 and 101 Rowland Way for medical office space in 2007. Shorts... The city of San Rafael is hoping the community will open its wallets to support library services by voting for a $49 per year parcel tax measure this June... San Rafael-based Tamalpais Bancorp—which owns Tamalpais Bank—reported a $28.2 million loss in the fourth quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2009, due to nonperforming loans...Cavallo Point Lodge is now the first national park lodge—and the first hotel on the National Register of Historic Places—to receive certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).—Samantha Campos

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From the Sun vaults, February 20 - 26, 1975

A Pie R Screwed operative closes in on her target in the United Market lot, 1975.

The Baader-Piehoff complex Marin finally gets its just desserts... by Jason Wals h

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crusty reporter was invited to rendezvous with the gang at their hideout (a single-story house near Red Hill) after he promised to lionize their unpalatable adventures in print. “Pie, as it must to all men, came to Marin this week,” minced Stanley. But why here, why now—and why in people’s faces? “Our motto,” replied Linda tartly, “is no person stands so tall that he cannot be put down by a pie.” The Screwed women said their arsenal ranged from the standard lemon or banana cream to Mom’s apple and chocolate layer cake. (The gang drew the line at the rather painful peach cobbler.) Laura told the reporter how a typical “hit” goes down. “When we get a contract we have to follow the target and learn his habits—where he goes, what time, what are his peculiarities. Just before we make the hit we say, ‘We have a message for you from... ‘ Then splat!” At the time, they claimed to have had seven pending contracts out. The tradition of throwing pie in someone’s face, or “pieing” as it is called by professionals, dates back to the silent-film era, when cinema pie-oneer Mack Sennett employed the visual gag in his Keystone Cops shorts. The use of pieing as a political act of public humiliation gained popularity throughout the 1970s and today remains an emblem of pomposity’s just desserts. But to the quiche clique of Pie R Screwed it was decidedly a cottage industry—literally a way to raise some dough. “We deliver a singing pie-a-gram for $2 extra,” Laura added. “And if you want the target hit with a chicken pie, that’s gonna cost you.” Still, like any populist outlaws worth their weight in pirog, throwing pies wasn’t all about bringing home the bacon. “We tend to give special discounts on certain people or even do them for free,” meringued Laura. “At least on people we are convinced are real a--holes.” ✹ Share your pie-in-the-sky stories with Jason at jwalsh@ pacificsun.com.

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by Howard Rachelson

1. What city in Marin County was built in the early 1940s to house the workers who came from all over the country to build cargo ships and tankers in Sausalito during World War II? 2. For what purpose does a cat primarily use its whiskers? 3. What two cities of Canada, besides Vancouver, have ever hosted the Olympic Games, summer or winter? 4. Most of America’s wild horses are located in what three states? 5. This former Saturday Night Live actor was originally cast as the voice of Shrek; he even recorded the dialogue before he passed away suddenly in 1997. Who was he? 6. The ancient city/state of Carthage, home of Hannibal, was founded by the Phoenicians in the #3 ninth century B.C. and became the center of power in the Mediterranean region after the sixth century B.C. In what (current) country was Carthage located? 7. In 1997, this award-winning actress, film producer, writer and fashion model took up the sport of archery. She started practicing five hours a day, and within two years became one of the country’s top female archers. Who is this Oscar-winning star of The Accidental Tourist? 8. Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony Number 6 both have the same sad title. What is this one word? 9. The 21-year-old luge racer Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died in a tragic accident preparing for his run in the Olympic Games, represented what country? 10. There were originally twice as many boys as girls in a room. After one-third of the boys left, there were still 10 more boys than girls. How many of each were in the room originally? BONUS: These two cities with the same name are the most populous cities of their states, and are located about 3,200 miles apart. What are they?

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.

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in line, along with a bunch of other Marin residents, to pay a PG&E bill at a bustling payment center. At the front of the line was a distraught 40-something woman who couldn’t pay her $34 electric bill and was “trying to avert a shutoff to her home” because she “just didn’t have the money.” Then, to AC’s astonishment, an unidentified man waiting in line in front of AC heard the woman’s pleas and paid her bill on the spot. AC’s eyes misted. “I am going through a struggle myself,” said AC. “Seeing that act...gives hope to the world.” Ah, yes—keep the change.

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Marin needed to shut its pie hole 35 years ago this week. It was late February years ago 1975. The FBI was closing in on Patty Hearst and what was left of the SLA, while the Weather Underground ducked for cover within the houseboats of the Sausalito waterfront. The left-wing paramilitary hipster scene had seemingly reached its ebb. But a tightly kneaded band had risen in Marin to fill the county’s uncharacteristic void of Me Decade counter revolutionaries. Make that, lunch-counter revolutionaries. There was a pastry posse in town—a confederacy of confectionary, if you will—and Pacific Sun executive editor Don Stanley was hot on their scent. But would he find them before they realized their half-baked plans to complete “hits” on the upper crust of Marin high society? “In the parking lot of United Market in San Anselmo,” reported Stanley, “I watched from a hidden vantage point as a cool duo prepared to carry out a hit on a young man upon whom a contract had been taken out.” Stanley was about to witness an assault even the most voracious of journalists would’ve found hard to swallow. “Wearing nondescript clothes the hitperson advanced casually upon the target, the weapon shielded from view by her body,” detailed Stanley. “Stepping to within a foot of the mark, he turned, and she delivered the coup.” The hitperson then raced to a getaway Volkswagen sedan while the victim “tottered, clawing at his face and gasping for breath.” The contract, concluded Stanley, had been fulfilled. These bandits, as the Pacific Sun cobbled together, had dubbed themselves Pie R Screwed and for $15 would carry out their cremes de tat on any given authority figure or “all around prick,” according to Screwed spokespersons Laura and Linda (not their real names). Following the United Market hit, the

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to the evils of “running the air conditioning year-round, every day of the year!” at a local fitness center. And while we don’t know that particular gym’s reasons for doing so—ventilation, climate control/ comfort, smell sensitivity, etc.—DS does bring up a good point. The U.S. Department of Energy says Americans spend over $22 billion a year on A/C, using 183 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and, along with winter heating, contributing significantly to our collective carbon footprint, emitting 129 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. And that’s just not healthy.—Samantha Campos

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›› UPFRONT < 7 Contract with Shell means Marin Clean Energy can power ahead our business plan in terms of our ability to develop local resources.” The attack and counterattack ate up months as MCE officials fought charge after charge. They could have used that time lining up money for a bridge loan until the agency can start gathering money from ratepayers, says McGlashan. Instead, the unrelenting attacks from PG&E and MCE critics forced MCE to go back to cities and towns that already had decided to join the Marin Energy Authority joint powers agency but were taking a second look. Using similar tactics, PG&E successfully stalled a local power plan at the San Joaquin Valley Power Authority. The utility spent considerable effort, including legal threats, trying to peel away members of that agency when it began its quest for local power. PG&E brought the lawsuit threat to Marin as well. When MCE determined it needed a $1.7 million guarantee for the bridge loan, a plan popped up that included asking the Marin Municipal Water District (the largest electricity customer in the county) to join the county in co-signing the loan. PG&E wasted little time threatening legal action if the water district directors agreed to co-sign, citing the action would violate state rules governing financing procedure. Rather than risk a court battle, district directors declined. That left the county agreeing to co-sign for part of the loan, leaving $750,000 still needing a co-signer. Four Marin residents stepped in after looking at the business end of the MCE plan. Harvey “Skip” Berg and his wife of Sausalito, Gwendolyn Grace of Tiburon and Effie Westervelt of Mill Valley are the financial angels. In a one-two punch, PG&E was busy hinting that even if MCE got its bridge loan, and even if the board approved the contract with Shell, the utility might (hint, hint) refuse to deliver the renewable power that MCE contracts for with Shell. That kind of maneuver has thrown doubt on the MCE path for seven years. The doubt found its way into the recent grand jury report that called for MCE to “pull the plug.” Even though virtually all of the points of contention contained in the report met credible refutation, the echoes of the charges reverberate. Grand jurors maintain they investigated MCE honestly and without bias. That probably is true, but the inaccuracies first introduced by PG&E marketing operatives (former Assemblyman Joe Nation and former Supervisor Gary Giacomini) recur throughout the report; repeated enough, the misconceptions are taken to be true. Late last week, 11 former Mill Valley mayors drafted a letter to the Mill Valley City Council, which is scheduled to discuss a response to the grand jury report Feb. 23. The 11 mayors want the council to withdraw from MCE. Their reasons are couched in the wordage of the grand jury report. The former mayors also cite the county treasurer, who came out against MCE as a risky financial proposition. But, say MCE proponents, the treasurer’s opinion is based on the same grand jury report that contains the inaccuracies and partial picture of MCE. Ross went through a similar bout of

angst and withdrew from MCE, joining three other municipalities that have not joined: Novato, Corte Madera and Larkspur. MCE has stressed that a firewall will protect the finances of the cities and towns in MCE if anything should go wrong. And ratepayers face virtually no downside, according to Dawn Weisz, the county sustainability planner and MCE interim director. If the local power agency fails to produce, ratepayers automatically revert to PG&E. An MCE bond will cover conversion costs at no cost to ratepayers. In addition, Weisz and others point out that local power plans already are in successful operation in Massachusetts and Ohio, and here in California, 25 percent of residents receive electricity through municipal utilities at rates lower than PG&E’s. The sustainability groups in Marin that support MCE, along with McGlashan, know that change can lead to reservation and reluctance. Last week, “The Sustainables” met to discuss strategy. Kiki La Porta of Sustainable Marin says they are tapping the marketing expertise of members to help MCE mount a campaign to go up against an all-out blitz they expect from PG&E. Until now, MCE has been handcuffed. It could not actively market or proselytize during the lead-up to the contract signing. Now, however, MCE is free to, in the words of Weisz, “talk about what we can do.” The Shell contract guarantees at least 25 percent renewable electricity at rates that do not exceed PG&E’s. And for a surcharge in the neighborhood of $3 to $6, residents in cities that joined MCE can receive 100 percent of their electricity generated from renewable sources. Resident can “opt up” to 100 percent green now, even if they are not among the customers in the first phase of MCE implementation, which has just begun. Residents will receive notices explaining the options. MCE has signed a contract with Sempra Energy to handle data and telephone calls. PG&E has its own website, of course, and in all probability will be sending out a blizzard of mailers, just part of the strategy the utility is using to block MCE. In addition to the threat to file suit against the water district, the pending threat of a refusal to transmit Shell power to MCE, and the pending threat to file suit against MCE for failing to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQUA), the utility has qualified Prop. 16 for the June ballot. If passed, it would require a two-thirds vote before a local power agency could produce electricity. The wording of the ballot is so vague, virtually no one can say definitively whether it will affect agencies like MCE that already have formed and are signing up new customers. Weisz says the official MCE position is that the proposition will not affect MCE because the agency has formed and the contract is signed. Any potential new members, such as the cities not in MCE in June, however, would be required to get that two-thirds vote, a hurdle local power advocates say clearly is intended to block local power agencies from luring away PG&E customers. While it could block new customers for the light-green 25 percent option, the proposition includes an exemption that will allow customers to sign up for a 100 percent green option even if the proposition passes—

or before the proposition goes to a vote. The more “deep green” customers MCE garners, the better the outcome for MCE regardless of the proposition. According to Stepanicich, the CEQUA charge carries little weight, and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) probably will reject that charge. The threat of refusing to deliver power, however, is another matter. MCE has taken its case to the commission. “PG&E is in flagrant disregard of the law by illegally refusing that which the Legislature made clear it must do,” says McGlashan. In 2005, a CPUC decision relating to local power programs states utilities must “cooperate fully with any community choice aggregators (local power agencies) that investigate, pursue, or implement community choice aggregation programs.” PG&E maintains that it cannot sign a service agreement “with an entity that we believe is not complying with community choice aggregation tariffs and the law and, at this time, we are working through legal issues we have” with the MCE implementation program, says Katie Romans, PG&E spokesperson. Romans says the utility is “not actively blocking” MCE. But at the meeting during which Marin supervisors voted to approve the MCE bridge loan, the CPUC’s Stephen Roscow gave a different impression. He said that PG&E had told the staff of the CPUC local-power division that the utility could possibly refuse to transmit Shell electricity. “We have told them they are not allowed to make that threat,” said Roscow, who is program and project supervisor at the CPUC energy division. “AB117 doesn’t give PG&E a role in determining whether the implementation

plan is workable. It’s the commission’s role to determine whether the [implementation] plan is complete.” Roscow says the utility is talking about protesting the commission’s approval of the MCE plan. He also says the PUC energy division staff has “escalated” the issue to the PUC executive director because PG&E says it “will answer to the commission but not to commission staff.” The utility may be taking that position because it detects a tough audience among the PUC staff. PUC administrators have heard from energy division staff that, according to one knowledgeable source, “a reasonable case could be made that PG&E is acting in violation of the 2005 commission order that implemented the [local power] program, and the law [AB117]” that created legal framework for local-power agencies in the state. San Francisco and Marin both are pursuing the issues and are working to persuade the commission that PG&E is acting in violation of AB117. “The blizzard of misinformation headed our way is very daunting,” says McGlashan. “If this program fails, we will know PG&E killed it. But I am hopeful and optimistic MCE will survive.” Many Marin residents, rather than doing the hard work of digging in and combing through the facts, are too easily swayed by the misinformation campaign, say MCE proponents. They also, in the words of Barbara George of Women’s Energy Matters, “too easily put on and take off their green coats.” ✹ Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com.

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Always room for Jello Dead Kennedy Biafra—alive and well in a political hell by Greg Cahill

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uring the Reagan era, the Dead Two years ago, Biafra got the urge to Kennedys—and especially the punk return to his punk-rock roots. band’s outspoken frontman Jello “The seed was planted when I saw the Biafra—became a thorn in the side of the Stooges on Iggy Pop’s 60th birthday,” he right-wing administration, blending hard- says. “I had a great time [at that show] and and-fast thrash and satirical barbs. The All even got over my aversion to seeing old Music Guide branded the DKs “the most bands play their old songs badly. dangerous band in hardcore.” “So I decided to do something similar Time hasn’t mellowed to celebrate my 50th self-confessed anarchist birthday.” COMING SOON Biafra, who brings his new His new band is an Jello Biafra and the band, the Guantanamo all-star punk outfit that Guantanamo School School of Medicine, to the features guitarists Ralph of Medicine perform North Bay this month. Spight (Victim’s Family) Saturday, Feb. 27, at 8pm, After two decades as a and Kimo Ball (Griddle, at the Phoenix Theater, 201 Washington Blvd., Petaluma. spoken-word artist, followFreak Accident), bassist $15. 707/762-3565. ing the DK’s messy 1987 Bill Gould (Faith No breakup, the new band More) and drummer Jon marks Biafra’s return to rock. Weiss (Sharkbait, Helios “When the Dead KenCreed). nedys broke up [in 1987],” says Biafra, The band’s recent debut CD, The Auduring a phone interview from his San dacity of Hype (Alternative Tentacles), is Francisco home, “I wanted to spread my a set of tightly rendered hardcore. The wings and try other things. My career re- lyrical themes are a litany of perceived ally took off after Tipper Gore and the sins: WTO, GATT, NAFTA, Gitmo, the PaLAPD made me their pigeon for a hate triot Act, domestic spying, bank bailouts, campaign against musical expression.” Bush...and Obama.

Indeed, the Prez is in the crosshairs on several songs. Not only does the CD title allude to Obama’s semi-autobiography The Audacity of Hope, but the cover art shows a demonic Biafra in the same graphic style as designer Shephard Fairey’s iconic Obama poster. In fact, Fairey designed the CD cover art as well as inside art that shows a pair of fake U.S. currency seals declaring “Obey the Dictator” and “E Pluribus Violence.” “I figured that if I was going to make fun of Obama then I should check with Shephard first,” Biafra explains. “He said, ‘It’s OK if you make fun of my art, but I want to do the cover.’” Biafra didn’t vote for Obama, but he did harbor hope for the ex-Illinois senator. “I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want and get it,” says Biafra, a Green Party member. “Obama’s voting record [in the US Senate] was liberal by the standards of today’s coin-operated Congress, but in areas that were important to me, it was abysmal!” Indeed, it’s policies, not politicians, that spark Biafra’s ire. The songs—including “New Feudalism” and “Electronic Plantation,” which were penned during the raucous 1999 protests at the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference in Seattle— underscore U.S. trade and fiscal policies that Biafra says are at the corrupt core of the American political system.

Eric Reed Boucher solidified his name as Jello in the 1970s. He’s also gone by Count Ringworm and Osama McDonald from time to time.

It’s a message he’s delivered before. “I don’t think it’s in any way beating a dead horse to hammer home the important stuff, again and again and again until people get it,” he says. Still, he aimed one of the album’s most pointed satirical barbs, “The Terror of Tiny Town,” at former-President Bush. The song is inspired by the 1938 cult film classic of the same name, a Western starring a cast of midgets. “I watched that film again around the time Bush invaded Iraq,” Biafra says, “and thought, my God, this is too perfect!” ✹ Whistle a tune for Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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he U.S. Preventive ventive Services Task Force’s recent breast-cancer t-cancer screening recommendations disturbed Gaynell Rogers, a founding member er of Marin Breast Cancer Watch. Had ad she followed the latest guidance from om the congressionally mandated panel anel of physicians and scientists and waited until she was 50 years old to o begin routine mammography, Rogers believes the cancer detected d on a mammogram when shee was 46 might have killed her. Had he not been n screened and treated for prostate ostate cancer, Stan Rosenfeld d believes it would have killed d him. “If I had not had a PSA test,” said Rosenfeld, d, now 72 and living in Fairfax, “I’d be in n a grave somewhere.” e.” Rosenfeld runs a weekly pport prostate cancer support eneral group at Marin General cates men Hospital and advocates begin prostate-specifi cific antigen, or PSA, testingg at 40. But

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neither the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force nor the American Cancer Society recommends universal screening for prostate cancer with PSA testing for men of any age. For decades, early detection appeared to be the most effective weapon in America’s cancerwar arsenal. As researchers weigh the risks against the rewards, though, the promise of cancer screening often falls short. Find cancers early, treat them and save lives, doctors long thought. Indeed, no one questions the benefits of screening for colon and cervical cancers because colonoscopies and Pap smears allow physicians to

Numbers bers game WHEN ERIC MURPHY TURNED 55, the premium quadrupled on the life insurance policy he had been carrying for years.The Mill Valley video-communications manager questioned the premium hike, and an insurance company representative told him he could probably get a better rate if he submitted to a physical examination and a blood test. So Murphy gave blood.Then an insurance agent called to say the company had canceled his policy because his PSA level was 8.7. PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen, and a level of 4 or above in a 55-year-old man waves a red flag. When the agent called, Murphy did not yet know that a PSA level is a controversial marker for possible cancer of the prostate, a walnut-sized gland at the center of a man’s sex organs.

Is it time to rethink how we view the ‘Big C’?

During a recent Tuesday night prostate cancer support group meeting, Murphy tells his story to 16 other middle-aged and older men sitting in a circle in the Marin General Hospital library. The group has been meeting weekly since the early 1990s, soon after some physicians began routinely screening for prostate cancer with PSA tests. Stan Rosenfeld, a 72-year-old retired IBM executive who lives in Fairfax, has been running the group since 1998, shortly after his own prostate cancer diagnosis. He says one or two newly diagnosed men show up every Tuesday night. The men listen attentively as the new member explains how he came to take a seat in a group he would have preferred never to have known existed. After getting his PSA level from his life-insurance company, Murphy tells the group

he saw a Kaiser doctor who tested his PSA level two times more. Both times it was substantially higher—14.4 and 13.7—than the level the insurance company reported. No surprise, the men in the circle say, because different laboratories report widely different PSA results. Murphy’s doctor took 12 biopsies from his prostate and found relatively low-grade cancer in eight. Now Murphy is weighing his treatment options. Doctors explain the options, but men must choose for themselves. “This is a difficult time for you,”Rosenfeld tells Murphy.“Once you decide, it’s really a big burden off your shoulders.”Other men nod in agreement. Speaking with a fading British accent, Rick Davis, a 59-year-old Mill Valley man who treats his prostate cancer with what he describes as disabling hormone therapy, chimes in:“For most men, the difficult part is determining the treatment path.” In an effort to help Murphy decide on a course of action, the men in the group share how they each elected to treat their prostate cancers.They talk about having their prostates removed, hav-

detect and remove lesions before they become malignant. But mass screenings for prostate and breast cancers have failed to slow death rates as much as hoped. Biopsies following mammograms and PSA tests do show early breast and prostate cancers. The problem is what to do once early cancer is found. Aggressive cancers may be lethal in spite of early detection and mutilating treatment. Moreover, left untreated, not all cancers will kill, and scientists sometimes have a tough time sorting the deadly

ing them externally radiated and having radiation seeds implanted.They discuss side effects: urinary incontinence, bowel problems and ED, shorthand for many men’s greatest fear—erectile dysfunction. Treatments carry side effects largely as a result of the delicate location of the prostate.The gland, which produces part of the seminal fluid, sits just below a man’s bladder, in front of his rectum and surrounding the urethra.The nerves that control a man’s erections run along the sides of the prostate. Surgeons try to avoid cutting the nerves, but sometimes they must take some or all of them. Despite the support group meeting’s orderly calm, the men in attendance know they are shaping life and death decisions. Late last year, they watched prostate cancer kill one of their own. The Rev. Angus Crocker, parish associate for the Tomales Presbyterian and the Two Rock Valley Presbyterian churches, died in November at 60 years old. In an award-winning video dubbed


from the harmless. One study showed that 80 percent of men who were over the age of 70 and died from other causes had prostate cancers. Even the nation’s foremost promoter of cancer-screening tests, the American Cancer Society, has acknowledged their shortcomings. “We have exaggerated the benefits of the screening tests in cancer,” said Dr. Otis Brawley, the society’s chief medical officer, in a telephone interview. “Screening isn’t the answer for every cancer,” said Dr. Laura Esserman, a nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon and professor of surgery and radiology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. “This is the thing that confuses people.” Just the other day, she said, she examined a patient with a 9-centimeter mass the woman discovered herself only two months after a clean mammogram. Last fall, just before the task force released its latest breast cancer screening guidelines and ignited a firestorm of outrage and confusion, Esserman co-wrote a Journal of American Medicine article titled “Rethinking Screening for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer.” “The basic assumption of these screening programs that finding and treating early stage disease will prevent late stage or metastatic disease may not always be correct,” the article says. “After two and a half decades of screening for breast and prostate cancer, conclusions are troubling: Overall cancer rates are higher, many more patients are being treated, and the absolute incidence of aggressive or later-stage disease has not been significantly decreased. Screening has had some effect, but it comes at significant cost, including overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and complications of therapy,” it says. It was the cost—not in dollars but in false-positive results, unnecessary treatments and anxiety—that persuaded the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to recommend universal mammography screening only for women between the ages of 50 and 74 and only every other year. In general, the independent task force found that potential harms outweigh benefits for women under the age of 50 and over the age of 75. There is nothing magical about the number 50. But mammography generally works better in 50-year-old women than in younger women who tend to have higher hormone levels and denser breasts, making their mammograms harder to read. There is nothing special about the age of 75 either, except that researchers believe women should have a certain number of years left to live before being subjected to often difficult-totolerate breast cancer treatments. Prostate Blues produced before his death (www. youtube.com/watch?v=27w-KdjO-_8), Crocker plays the guitar while assuming the role of poster man for PSA screening tests. In late 2005, three ashen-gray doctors delivered the news to him in his hospital bed. He had Stage 4 prostate cancer.“That means that basically all of the normal treatments that they can provide to cure the cancer, I was already past all of that,” Crocker says on the video.“I had not gone for my regular annual checkups, like I should have. So I didn’t get my PSA tested. If I had had my PSA tested several years earlier, they could have done surgery or radiation or even watchful waiting. They could have done something to stop the cancer.” Later in the video, Crocker sits in the hospital library with the prostate cancer support group, turns to an anxious newly diagnosed man and says:“Because you had your PSA checked, they knew you had it. Now you’re getting it treated so it doesn’t get metastasized all over your body like it did in mine.” Physicians argue over the benefits and limita-

Using computer models, the task force estimated that one woman’s life is saved for every 1,900 women between 40 and 49 screened with routine mammograms. The younger the woman screened, the higher the chance of a false-positive result, or finding something that turns out after further investigation to be nothing. Consequently, the task force concluded that the decision to start screening mammography before the age of 50 should be an individual one between a woman and her doctor, considering the woman’s risk factors, such as family history, as well as her feelings about mammography’s harms and rewards. ●

THE TASK FORCE’S recommendations infuriated Dr. Vida Campbell, a radiologist and medical director of the Breast Diagnostic Center of Marin. “They’re saying saving one in 1,900 lives is not worth it. I say they should be looking at the number of years of a person’s life they are saving. When you save the life of a 42-year-old, how many more years are you saving versus the life of a 74-year-old? These are young women in their 40s. They would like to have the best chance to have a long life for themselves and their families,” she said. “It is a controversial area, but I think the majority of evidence shows women should start screening at 40.” Oncologist and author Dr. Jerome Groopman framed the decades-old debate about the age to begin mammography screenings as a philosophical one rather than a scientific one. “When you’re crunching numbers, and you’re trying to say anxiety is worth this much as a downside and you’re offsetting it against the death of a young woman, the statistician may see that one way, but an oncologist w who takes care of these women and sees people die weighs it and values it a different way,”” he said in a New Yorker podcast. “So it’s really not a scientific debate at all. It’s a debate or— about values. It’s really a major— sion sort of almost biblical—decision d about how you see risks and benefits.” ves Groopman said he believes the benefits of beginning screening mammograms at 40 outweigh the risks. Woody Weingarten does too. His wife’s

tions of routine PSA screening tests. But the men in the Tuesday night group believe in them. Dave Badler, 61, lives in San Anselmo and nd owns a San Rafael furniture store. He tells the group that he recently learned the results of his biopsies and has decided to go on what doctors call “active surveillance.” Also known as “watchful waiting,” active surveillance allows men with borderline prostate cancer cases to do nothing while their doctors monitor them without treatment unless and until their profiles change. “In Europe,” Badler says his doctor told him, “a lot of people feel we’re overreacting on these PSA tests.” Rosenfeld has no doubt that a routine PSA saved his life and the lives of many of his support-group friends. Whatever side effects he experiences from his treatment feel insignificant to him when he considers that the cancer might have prevented him from seeing his grandchildren grow up. Speaking directly to Badler, he says:“Your

breast-cancer diagnosis and his own prostate-cancer diagnosis cast shadows over their lives. “One of the things I learned through this cancer stuff is to ignore the statistics because I’m not a statistic. I’m a person,” said the 72-year-old retired editor who lives in San Anselmo and started a support group for caretakers of breast cancer patients. “If it’s my life that’s at stake, and we’re saving my life through mammography, that’s pretty important.” Fern Orenstein, who serves on the board of directors of Zero Breast Cancer, formerly Marin Breast Cancer Watch, also questioned the task force’s calculations. “It’s OK to say the number of lives saved would be a very small number,” she said. “But when that’s your sister or your mother, it’s not small.” Unfortunately, the task force’s calculations were more complicated than simply estimating the number of lives saved as a result of early breast cancer detection. The panel had to weigh the number of lives saved against the more difficult-to-quantify and more nebulous potential harms from the screening test. After selling women on beginning mammography at the age of 40, task force members admitted they failed miserably in explaining the shortcomings of the screening tests. “We communicated very poorly,” Dr. Diana Petitti, the task force vice-chair, told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee. The subcommittee convened for four hours in December, after some breast cancer advocates expressed outrage that the task force recommended women wait until age 50 to start routine mammography screening. “The benefits of screening mammography have been easy to communicate,” Petitti said. “The harms and potential harms of mammography screening have been difficult to communicate.” Potential harms from mammography start with radiation fro from the X-ray itself. Though most experts consider radiation exposure from mammograms insignifica cant, there is no question that radiation radiati causes breast cancer, and once a woman is diagnosed with brea breast cancer, her exposure to mamm mammography and radiation increas increases. Like PSA tests, screening mammography ma also can lead to tre treating women with cancer who would have died from som something else long before the can cancer harmed them. Cancer 14 >

going on n active surveillance is the answer to the people who say we should ld not screen for prostate cancer with PSAs. Most men your age have the same amount of cancer you have. It’s normal. “But we need to do the PSA so we can help these guys,” he says, looking around the room.“I’m big on knowing your PSA and not overtreating it.” “Most of us in this room believe we should all know our PSA,” Davis says. Sandy Corbett, 66, of Fairfax says he had his PSA tested when he was 53 years old, and it was 2.3. His Kaiser doctors never again mentioned the screening test, he says. But five years later, when he was 58 and applying for life insurance, his PSA level measured a frightening 17, leaving Corbett to wish he had been tested sooner.

Another Kaiser patient,Tiburon resident Chris Morrison, 57, whose re father died of prostate cancer at fa 66 and who was diagnosed him6 self with the disease three years ago, holds up a yellow sheet Kaiser gives patients when they visit a clinic.The she sheet lists all the tests Kaiser recommends patients should have years into the future. But it does not list routine PSA screenings.“Let’s put the PSA test here on the sheet,”Morrison says. Rosenfeld turns to Eric Murphy and says,“13.7 is a high PSA. Are you glad you know your PSA?” Murphy has no life insurance for his wife and children while he stares down his mortality as a cancer patient. Still, he replied,“yes.” “My wife had breast cancer,” Badler says. “She found it on a mammogram when she was 48 or 49. Me, I wanna know because then it gives you the choice. It puts the power back into your lap.” ✹ The Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every Tuesday night at 7pm in the Marin General Hospital Medical Library. For more information, call Stan Rosenfeld at 415/459-4668.

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< 13 Tropic of cancer treatments themselves also can miss their targets and can occasionally be more lethal than the disease. Mammography, particularly in women in their 40s whose breasts are denser, can miss tumors. Breast cancer surgeon Dr. Susan Love likens trying to find cancer on young women’s mammograms to trying to find polar bears in the snow. Mammograms also can indicate false-positive results. Computer modeling shows that raising the universal screening mammography age to 50 would cut the number of falsepositive results by 60 percent, according to an editorial on the task force’s recommendations written by Dr. Karla Kerlikowske. A San Francisco Veterans Affairs doctor, Kerlikowske lives in San Anselmo and has long recommended women wait until they are 50 to begin screening mammography. ●

WOMEN WHO RECEIVE false-positive mammography results and men who receive high PSA scores wind up needlessly worrying about having cancer and getting biopsies when they are cancer-free. “We biopsy so much more than they do in Europe,” Dr. Esserman said, “and we don’t buy much for it.” “Big deal,” Zero Breast Cancer’s Orenstein said. “So you have an extra biopsy. I would most definitely prefer to have a couple of biopsies than deal with the loss of a breast and my life.” Orenstein did lose a breast to cancer after being diagnosed in her late 30s. She discovered her cancer herself. But she has friends, like Gaynell Rogers, whose breast cancer was diagnosed with mammography when they were in their 40s. A mammogram detected ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, in another of Orenstein’s friends 14 years ago, when she was in her mid 40s. The friend disregarded advice to surgically remove the DCIS, and

recently it turned invasive. DCIS is a noninvasive growth within the milk ducts. Mammograms detect the overwhelming majority of DCIS. For a time, physicians thought untreated DCIS would definitely become invasive cancer. More recently, however, they have begun questioning the assumption. “After two decades of detecting and treating DCIS,” Esserman writes in the October Journal of American Medicine article, “there is no convincing evidence of substantial reduction in invasive breast cancer incidence.” Breast cancer death rates have dropped because large numbers of women have stopped taking postmenopausal-hormone therapy, not because women have been treated for DCIS, Esserman writes. When doctors assumed that DCIS would become invasive breast cancer, surgically removing it presented a clear treatment path. With the evidence foggier, women face more difficult decisions about how to proceed when diagnosed with the pre-cancerous condition. Orenstein questioned whether clinicians should re-consider how they treat DCIS rather than having women start getting mammograms later. “So why not then just change the way you deal with DCIS?” she asked. “Why this sweeping change in how you deal with mammograms?” Stan Rosenfeld takes the same position about PSA tests. “Having information about yourself is not the dangerous thing,” he said. “Treating what doesn’t need to be treated is the dangerous thing.” Physicians have begun taking a more wait-and-see attitude with early-stage prostate cancer, enrolling men in so-called watchfulwaiting programs instead of immediately subjecting them to surgery or radiation. The dilemma of mammography showing DCIS is similar to that of men having elevated PSA results and biopsies showing low-grade prostate cancer, though doctors have had less trouble detailing the poten-


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FRIDAY, FEB. 19 The Ghost Whisperer Melinda suspects an email chain letter making the rounds might be evil. It probably includes a really cute video of a panda sneezing, except it’s an evil panda. CBS. 8pm. The Patriot Mel Gibson plays a farmer reluctantly drawn into the American Revolution. This was back when “patriot” meant believing in your country and not waving around a tea bag and a misspelled protest sign. (2000) TNT. 8pm. Elevator Girl A woman meets a guy while stuck in an elevator. Somewhere a reality show producer is taking notes. (2010) Hallmark Channel. 8pm.

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heard “It’s not the 20 of you, it’s me” speeches. ABC. 8pm. The Final Hours: Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight Historians are still intrigued by the disappearance of the famed aviator, puzzled by the discovery of new evidence: liquor receipts from a dutyfree shop in Manila. KQED. 10pm.

TUESDAY, FEB. 23 Winter Olympics Tonight’s broadcast includes women’s curling. It sucks that you have to pay for cable to see the really exciting events. MSNBC. 7pm. SATURDAY, Nova Paleontologists FEB. 20 Secrets of . m 6p , ay mins. Saturd ponder what killed North All about the Benja the U.S. Mint If you America’s woolly mammoths.Theolook closely at select ries include climate change, hunting by early $100 bills, Ben Franklin is doing the devil man, disease and unruly hair. KQED. 8pm. horns salute and wearing a Twisted Sister Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home pin. Travel Channel. 6pm. In an eye-opening experiment, a family Winter Olympics Events tonight include keeps every bit of trash they produce for 90 the bobsled. If we were racing the bobsled days. Don’t try this at home. Or at least don’t this year, we’d insist on an airbag. And a cup try this at home until you’ve run it by the holder. NBC. 8pm. homeowners association. (2007) Sundance Numb3rs This week’s murderer is copying Channel. 9pm. his killings from a movie, which is painfully unoriginal and frowned upon by the Serial WEDNESDAY, Killers Club. CBS. 8pm. The Hills Have Eyes 2 In the sequel, the FEB. 24 desert cannibal mutants tangle with Nation30 Days of Night al Guard trainees who all agree “it’s better Residents of an than being in Afghanistan right now.” (2007) Alaskan town are Spike TV. 9:30pm. invaded by a clan of vampires who take advantage of the SUNDAY, FEB. 21 Extreme Makeover: mid-winter month Home Edition This week, the rock stars of complete darkof KISS help a family that runs a nonprofit Mr. Emancypants. ness. On the plus music school.The building comes together Wednesday at 10. side, it’s a break from nicely but you have to be wearing 15-inch the town’s annual metal-studded platform boots to reach the “30 Days of Cheap Whiskey and Internet toilet. ABC. 8pm. Nature Examining the explosive population Porn.” (2007) FX. 7:30pm. Looking for Lincoln Historians explore growth of Burmese pythons in Florida.They escaped from pet shops and have flourished myths surrounding our 16th president, eventually re-naming him“Honest When it Was in the swamps, taking jobs away from hardApproved By His Lawyer Abe.”KQED.10pm. working American pythons. KQED. 8pm. Undercover This week it’s the CEO of 7-Eleven who steps behind the counter.To fit THURSDAY, FEB. 25 American Idol Four in, he had to get faux prison tattoos and fake singers are sent home tonight. That’s a speech impediment. CBS. 9pm. enough to share a limo, and a therapist. Prehistoric This series explores the ancient Fox. 8pm. landscapes and ecosystems of familiar Behind Bars This show visits different prisplaces.Tonight it’s Los Angeles, where we ons and jails across the country, like a travel witness the spectacle of a brontosaurus jack- show for people on a budget. Discovery knifed on the 405. Discovery Channel. 10pm. Channel. 8pm. Celebrity Rehab The recovering celebs and their families gather at a lake house MONDAY, FEB. 22 Mystery Woman: Sing for a retreat—because there is nothing Me a Murder An amateur detective investilike being surrounded by your family for gates a murder in a folk singing group.We’re a long weekend to keep you from hitting guessing the murderer used a hammer, and the booze. VH1. 9pm. hammered in the morning, and hammered in the evening, all over this land. (2005) HallCritique That TV Guy at letters@pacificsun.com. mark Channel. 8pm. The Bachelor Jake meets with the women Turn on more TV Guy at he’s already rejected, one of those rarely ›› pacificsun.com

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EWWW One of my pet peeves is television show chefs/cooks who open bagged salad fixings and dump them right into a bowl. Can we trust labels telling us that those are safe to use? Recently Consumer Reports tested 16 brands of greens (208 containers) and while no deadly pathogens were found, several types of bacteria indicating inadequate sanitation (types found in the human digestive tract) were discovered. I’m vindicated. Rinse those leaves and bits! DO GOOD WHILE SAMPLING GOODS Learn by watching and tasting when chef Heidi Krahling stages a demo class Feb. 24 (6:30 to 8:30pm) at Fresh Starts Cooking School in Novato. She’ll be sharing recipes from Insalata’s Mediterranean Table, her cookbook based on foods at her San Anselmo restaurant. The class costs $49 per person; proceeds go to the school’s job training program in culinary arts, part of Homeward Bound, provider of services and support for homeless families and adults. Reserve online at www.hbofm.org. ANOTHER TASTY DO-GOOD OPPORTUNITY Crab feeds are a Bay Area tradition this time of year, major fundraisers for charities and organizations. One of the more sophisticated of these is coming up Feb. 27 (seatings at 5 and 7pm) in Mill Valley, when Friends of the Redwoods present the sixth annual Crab Fest, Silent Auction and Raffle. The retirement community does an all-you-can-eat meal with a 3 to 5pm period for bidding and buying raffle tickets (hot prizes: a week in Tuscany, a Holland-American cruise for two). Tickets are $35-$50 per person; reserve at 415/383-1600, ext. 269. MORE THAN A MEAL Toni Piccinini, who created Mescolanza in San Francisco, has been teaching Italian cooking classes for 24 years now. La Cucina Semplice, her Marin-based school, combines hands-on learning with sit-down dining, whether in three-hour luncheon classes or parties held in private homes. She is noted for her popular “Girls’ Night Out” gatherings. Options include team-building opportunities for businesses, as well. Find out all about these activities at www. lacucinasemplice.com. DINING DIVERSITY Restaurant news this week ranges from big splurges to thrifty moves, with an ethnic celebration as well. The splurge: Picco in Larkspur will be throwing a French Champagne Din-

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101-year-old ukulele virtuoso Bill Tapia stars in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mighty Uke,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; playing Tuesday at the Rafael.

â&#x2014;? Avatar James Cameronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst movie since Titanic employs cutting-edge special effects to tell the story of a disabled vet reborn on a distant planet as an aboriginal warrior. â&#x2014;? The Blind Side (2:06) Heartwarming story about an African-American boy from the wrong side of the tracks who becomes an All American offensive tackle. Sandra Bullock stars. â&#x2014;? The Book of Eli (1:58) A lone warrior wanders postapocalyptic America in search of hope and humanity, felling any hopeless inhumane enemies in his path; Denzel Washington stars. â&#x2014;? Celine: Through the Eyes of the World (1:57) Concert ďŹ lm follows the Vegas diva on a ďŹ ve-continent â&#x20AC;&#x2122;round-the-world tour. â&#x2014;? The Cove (1:34) Chilling documentary about a top-secret Japanese installation where mercury-tainted dolphin meat is harvested for human consumption. â&#x2014;? Crazy Heart (1:51) Jeff Bridges as a dilapidated country music star who glimpses salvation in the person of Maggie Gyllenhaal. â&#x2014;? Dear John (1:48) Lasse Hallstrom drama about the star-crossed romance between a soldier and a college girl in the wake of 9/11. â&#x2014;? Edge of Darkness (1:56) Grizzled Boston cop Mel Gibson searches for his daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s killer and uncovers a web of corporate malfeasance and political corruption. â&#x2014;? An Education (1:40) Conundrum: Should pre-Swinging London schoolgirl Carey Mulligan head off to Oxford or pursue the naughty life with a sexy older man? â&#x2014;? From Paris with Love (1:35) Two American secret agents team up to stop a terrorist attack in the City of Light. â&#x2014;? The Hurt Locker (2:11) A bomb disposal unit in war-torn Baghdad is taken over by a new commander with a dangerously high bravado level. â&#x2014;? The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2:02) Terry Gilliam directs the fantastical tale of a traveling circus where the audience is transported to an alternate universe of unlimited imagination. â&#x2014;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complicated (1:54) Meryl Streep as a happily divorced mother of three who enters into an affair with ex-hubby Alec Baldwin; dashing Steve Martin complicates matters. 24 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 19 - FEFBRUARY 25, 2010

â&#x2014;? The Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra (3:45) The great Placido Domingo stars in Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of political intrigue, presented live from New York in big-screen high deďŹ nition. â&#x2014;? Mighty Uke (2:00) Tuneful doc traces the history and burgeoning global popularity of the fabulous four-string ukulele. â&#x2014;? North Face (2:01) Fact-based thriller about two mountain climbersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attempts to scale the formidable Eiger in 1936, a proud Nazi Germany cheering them on. â&#x2014;? Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts Catch ďŹ ve cartoons from around the world up for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy Awards. â&#x2014;? Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts The Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s picks for the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top ďŹ ve short subjects are on display at the Rafael this week. â&#x2014;? Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2:00) Chris Columbus fantasy ďŹ&#x201A;ick about a schoolboy who ďŹ nds himself in the middle of a power struggle between a troupe of surly Greek gods. â&#x2014;? The Princess and the Frog (1:35) Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst hand-drawn cartoon in half a decade transports the Grimm fairy tale to New Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rollicking French Quarter of the 1920s. â&#x2014;? Sherlock Holmes (2:14) The super-sleuth is back in the form of a karate-chopping, lascivious Robert Downey Jr.; Jude Law is Dr. Watson. â&#x2014;? Shutter Island (2:18) Atmo-rich Martin Scorsese thriller about the misterioso goingson at a remote island insane asylum; Leo DiCaprio and Max von Sydow star. â&#x2014;? A Single Man (1:39) A day in the life of a gay man dealing with the death of his partner and, oh yeah, the Cuban Missile Crisis. â&#x2014;? The Spy Next Door (1:32) Retired CIA agent Jackie Chan takes on one last mission: protecting his ďŹ anceeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three rambunctious kids from clueless terrorists. â&#x2014;? Tooth Fairy (1:42) Dwayne Johnson as a tough, mean hockey player who atones for his sins by working out the week as a tutuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tooth fairy; Ashley Judd costars?!? â&#x2014;? Up in the Air (1:49) Jason Reitmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quirky comedy stars George Clooney as a corporate hatchet man who ďŹ nds true love with a fellow frequent ďŹ&#x201A;yer. â&#x2014;? Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day (1:57) Comedy follows a group of budding romantics (Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Alba and Julia Roberts among them) over the course of one particular February 14. â&#x2014;? When in Rome (1:31) Lovelorn Kristen Bell heads for sunny Italy and in no time attracts a bevy of suitors...a few of them fairly normal. The White Ribbon (2:24) The choristers in a small German village are beset by a series of unexplained (perhaps vindictive?) â&#x20AC;&#x153;accidents.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2014;? The Wolfman (2:05) Benicio del Toro IS the haunted, hunted Victorian gentleman whose inner canine is aroused whenever the moon turns full. â&#x153;š

â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş MOViE TiMES Avatar (PG-13) Cinema 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:35; Th 11:30, 3:10, 7 Northgate 6:40, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 12:25, 4:10, 8:05 Fairfax F 3:15, 6:30, 9:40; Sa 12, 3:15, 6:30, 9:40; Su 12, 3:15, 6:30; M-Th 3:15, 6:30 The Blind Side (PG-13) Northgate 1:05, 3:55, 6:55, 9:45 Lark F-Sa 6; Su 2; M, Tu, Th 4; W 1 The Book of Eli (R) Northgate 1:10, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10 â?&#x2039; Celine: Through the Eyes of the World (NR) Fairfax Sa-Su 2; M, Th 7:30 â?&#x2039; The Cove (PG-13) Lark F-Sa 4; Su 4:30; Th 6:30 Crazy Heart (R) Regency Sa 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10; Su-Th 11:05, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 Fairfax F 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10; Sa 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 10; Su 11:40, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20; M-Th 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 Playhouse F 4:30, 7:10, 9:35; Sa 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35; Su 1:30, 4:30, 7:10; M-Th 4:30, 7:10 Dear John (PG-13) Regency Sa 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10; Su-Th 10:40, 1:30, 4:20, 7:15 Rowland 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 Edge of Darkness (R) Rowland 11:40, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 Northgate 4:15, 10:25 An Education (PG-13) Rafael F 4:30, 7, 9:30; SaSu 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:30; M, W, Th 7, 9:30; Tu 9:30 From Paris with Love (R) Rowland 12:40, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 10 Northgate 12:40, 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 9:55 The Hurt Locker (R) Lark F, Sa, Th 8:40; Su-Tu 6:30; W 3:30 The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (PG-13)

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Northgate 10:20 Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Complicated (R) Northgate 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35 The Metropolitan Opera: Simon Boccanegra (NR) Sequoia W 6:30 Lark W 6:30 Regency W 6:30 â?&#x2039; Mighty Uke (NR) Rafael Tu 7 (director Tony Coleman and ukulele virtuoso James Hill in person) â?&#x2039; North Face (NR) Rafael F 4, 6:45, 9:15; Sa-Su 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15; M-Th 6:45, 9:15 â?&#x2039; Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts (NR) Rafael 6:30; Sa-Su 2, 6:30 â?&#x2039; Oscar-Nominated Live-Action Shorts (NR) Rafael F-Su 4:15, 8:45; M-Th 8:45 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) Rowland 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Northgate 12, 1:15, 2:40, 4, 5:30, 6:45, 8:15, 9:30 The Princess and the Frog (G) Northgate 11:40, 2, 4:20 Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) Northgate 1:20, 7:20 â?&#x2039; Shutter Island (R) Rowland 12:50, 4:05, 7:20, 10:20 Larkspur Landing F 7:15, 10:20; Sa-Su 12:40, 3:50, 7:15, 10:20; M-Th 6:30, 9:35 Northgate 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45, 6, 7, 8, 9:15, 10:15 Fairfax F 4, 7, 9:55; Sa 12:15, 4, 7, 9:55; Su 12:15, 4, 7; M-Th 4, 7 Playhouse F 3:55, 6:50, 9:40; Sa 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:40; Su 1, 3:55, 6:50; M-Th 3:55, 6:50 A Single Man (R) Northgate 7:30, 9:50 The Spy Next Door (PG) Northgate 12:35, 2:50, 5:10

Tooth Fairy (PG) Rowland 11:50, 2:15, 4:40 Northgate 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Up in the Air (R) Rowland F-Tu 7:10, 9:40 Larkspur Landing F 5, 7:40, 10:15; Sa-Su 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:15; M-Th 6:50, 9:25 Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day (PG-13) Marin F 4:10, 7:10, 10:05; Sa 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05; Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:10; M-Th 4:30, 7:30 Rowland 11:25, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:30 Larkspur Landing F 7, 10; Sa-Su 1, 4, 7, 10; M-Th 6:45, 9:35 Regency Sa 10:45, 11:45, 1:35, 2:45, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25, 8:55, 10:20; Su-Th 10:45, 11:45, 1:35, 2:45, 4:30, 5:50, 7:25, 8:45 Fairfax F 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Sa 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Su 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30; M-Th 2:10, 4:50, 7:30 Playhouse F 4:15, 7, 9:45; Sa 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9:45; Su 1:15, 4:15, 7; M-Th 4:15, 7 When in Rome (PG-13) Northgate 12:20, 3, 5:15, 7:45, 10 The White Ribbon (R) Marin F 4, 7, 10; Sa 1, 4, 7, 10; Su 1, 4, 7; M-Th 4:20, 7:20 The Wolfman (R) Marin F 3:50, 7:20, 9:55; Sa 1:20, 3:50, 7:20, 9:55; Su 1:20, 3:50, 7:20; M-Th 4:10, 7:40 Rowland 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Larkspur Landing F 5:15, 7:50, 10:20; Sa-Su 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20; M-Th 7, 9:30 Regency Sa 11:25, 12:40, 2:05, 3:20, 4:45, 6, 7:40, 8:40, 10:15; Su-Th 11:25, 12:40, 2:05, 3:20, 4:45, 6, 7:40, 8:30 Fairfax F 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05; Sa 11:50, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05; Su 11:50, 5:10, 7:40; M, Th 2:40, 5:10; Tu-W 2:40, 5:10, 7:40 â&#x153;š

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Live music 02/19: Big Ben and his Snakeoil Saviors Original western swing. 8:30pm. $10. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

02/19: Pine Hill Haints, Brothers Comatose Part of the San Francisco Old Time and Bluegrass Festival. 9:30pm. $10. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. www.perisbar.com 02/19: S’Cream Cream/Clapton cover band. 9:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 898-5435.

02/19: The Chieftans with Paddy Moloney Traditional and contemporary Irish music. 8pm. $20-50. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org 02/19: Urban Nature Yoga Mountain Studio anniversary celebration with live world music fusion, desserts and drinks. 8-11pm. $15. Yoga Mountain Studio, 85 Bolinas Rd. #3, Fairfax. 602-3040. www.

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02/19: Wonderbread 5 Local favorites. 9pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 02/20: AcoUUstic Cafe With Walt Littrell, Libby Silvestri and Chip Wright. 6:30-9pm. $5-15. Unity in Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 479-4131. www.uumarin.org

02/20: Audrey Moira Shimkas Fusion Trio with Greg Sankovich, keyboards and Lincoln Adler, saxophone. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato. 883-5952 . www.audreyshimkas.com 02/20: Robben Ford Anne Kerry Ford opens. 8pm. $35-45. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 02/20: Winter Luau with Willie K With Avi Ronen and Joe Cano. 8:30pm. $20-25. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. ranchonicasio.com 02/21: Lonestar Retrobates Live western swing on the third Sunday of each month.

F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 1 9 — F R I D AY F E B R UA R Y 2 6 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar 3pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com 02/22: Kimrea and Friends 9-11pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 02/24: Diamond Ortiz Funk rock. 9pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 02/25: Marianna August Marianna August wi. Ron Borelli, electric accordian doing Sorrento, Parisian, & American Standards . 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview Street, San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 02/25: The Rowan Brothers A dinner time show with local rocker guitarist/songwriter Lorin Rowan and his talented brother Chris. 6pm. Free. Horizon’s, 558 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 331-3232. www.horizonssausalito.com

02/25:Doc Kraft at the Presido Yacht Club This is a special Thursday night show. Eye On The Bay CBS 5 will be out taping at the Presidio. 7:30-11:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker just under the GG Bridge N., Sausalito. 601-7858 . www.dockraft.com 02/26: Buxter Hoot’n Bluesy Americana, psychedelic folk. 9pm $7. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 02/26: Elvin Bishop Blues. 9:30pm. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. www.19broadway.com Fridays: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. No cover. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Saturdays: Fred Nighthawk Jazz piano. 11am. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361. Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361.

Concerts 02/20: Karma Moffett Tibetan Bell Experience Experience the acoustic vibrations from rare, old Tibetan instruments. 7-8:30pm. $20. Sausalito Presbyterian Church, 112 Bulkley Ave., Sausalito. 847-0661.

02/20: The Great American Sing-Along Celebrate Broadway with an evening of music

performance with the opportunity to join in. Come sing away your winter blues. Lyrics provided. 8pm. $13-26. The Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org 02/21: Atos Trio Mill Valley Chamber Music Society presents a program featuring works by Beethoven, Brahms and Cassado. 5pm. $10-25. Mount Tam United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. www.chambermusicmillvalley.org 02/26: American Bach Soloists J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. Jeffrey Thomas, conductor. Soloists: Ellen Hargis, soprano; Judith Malafronte, alto; Aaron Sheehan, tenor; William Sharp and Joshua Copeland, baritones. 8pm. $18-45. St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bayview Ave., Belvedere. 621-7900. www.americanbach.org 02/26: Joe Venegoni and Friends “Music that Soothes the Soul.” With Kathryn Keats, vocal; Tom Lattan, guitar; Kelly Park, piano. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www.landmarkssociety.org

Dance 02/26-27: Choreographers Showcase With choreography by Doree Clark, Nathan Cottam, Tom Mayock, Lee Rauch and George Young, Valerie Russell, Saki Suto and Patricia TerHeun. 8pm. Stage Dor Performance Space, 10 Liberty Ship Way, #340, Sausalito. 339-1390. www.stagedor.com

Theater/Auditions Through 2/19: Writers with Attitude #6 “Crimes and Punishment.” Eight short staged readings. 7:30pm. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

Through 2/21: RAW: Ross Alternative Works Five short fully staged plays by Bay Area playwrights: “The Polynesian Lounge” by Lynn Snyder. Cris Cassell, director; “The Boy in the Barn” by J C Lee. Ellen Brooks, director; “How You Play the

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New plays abound with the Ross Valley Players presenting fully staged productions in their long-running ROSS ALTERNATIVE WORKS WINTER FESTIVAL reading series. This year RAW brings short works from local playwrights Billie Cox, Steve Koppman, J.C. Lee, Diane Sampson and Lynn Snyder. Well known local directors Ellen Brooks, Cris Cassell, Cox (and Larissa Garcia), Phoebe Moyer and Carol Sheldon make sure the play- JC Lee’s ‘Boy in the Barn’ is a rural-America take wrights’ words get across. After perform- on the story of Narcissus. ances, audiences get a chance to have their say in scheduled talk-back sessions. Something for everybody. RAW’s new plays run one weekend, Feb. 18-21 at the Barn Theatre, Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. Info: 415/456-9555 or www.rossvalleyplayers.com—Lee Brady FEBRUARY 19 – FEBRUARY 25, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 25


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Power, money and blood In many ways GOMORRAH is the Italian film that had to be made, an epic neorealist vision of the world of organized crime in Naples today—which is to say, the world of trash collecting and the dozen little violent economies that get spun off of the city’s one-mob dominance. Director Matteo Garrone ambitiously weaves five stories of little people caught up in the orbit of the Camorra syndicate, some just going along to get along, others who are Italian mobsters ain’t what they stupid and made ambitious on a diet of Tony Mon- used to be. tana (a delicious irony)—and one 13-year-old boy, Toto (Salvatore Abruzzese), who’s learning to navigate the harsh new rules of a world familiar to him from birth. Through the Camorra’s hellish housing project wanders low-level paymaster Don Ciro, a diminutive career man giving out small amounts of cash to the faithful, the elderly and families of the jailed. But when a feud erupts between two clans, he’ll have to do some quick executive thinking to keep himself from being part of the splatter. A monster of an epic, good enough to win a coveted “Martin Scorsese Presents,” and authentic enough to earn everyone involved with its production a death threat.—Richard Gould

Game” by Diane Sampson. Mike Ward, director; “A (Bearded) Lady” written and directed by Billie Cox; “The Parenting Coach” by Steve Koppman. Phoebe Moyer, director. 8pm. Feb. 19-20; 2pm. Feb. 21. 8pm. $7.50-8. Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com

Noon-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd., Novato. 897-4064. www. marinindian.com Through 02/28: Linda Larsen Exhibit Landscape oil paintings. 8am-9:30pm. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. www.lindalarsenartist.com

02/20-21:‘Panto! Musical Fairy Tale Adventure’ Traditional British pantomime and musi-

Through 03/03:‘The Same Place Where Dreams Come From’ New works by Josie Grant

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Art 02/19-03/28:‘Gloria Matuszewski: Fields of Time’ and “The Wild Book Show 2010: Rain or Shine.” 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

Through 02/26:‘Ebullient:The Art of Harry Cohen’ Paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/

Through 02/27: Leah Schwartz Exhibit Retrospective art show. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.army.mil/bmvc

Through 02/27: Marianne Hale and Philip Wadsworth Exhibits Photography. Paintings. Reception Feb. 21, 4-7 pm. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888, ext. 252. www.sgvcc.org

Through 02/28:‘Black,White, Plus Red’ Gallery is open 11am-4pm Mon.-Thur.; Noon-4pm Sat.-Sun. Closed Fri. Marin Society of Artists Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org

Through 02/28:‘A Thousand Years of Southwestern Pottery’ Pottery exhibit. Traditions born centuries ago still live in this vital art form. Tue.-Sat. 26 PACIFIC SUN FEBRUARY 19– FEBRUARY 25, 2010

Through 03/04: ImageMovers Digital Employee Art Show “Counterpoint.” Exhibit featuring paintings, drawings, collage and photography. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 448-0362. www.marinarts.org Through 03/07: New Exhibitions “Coyote, Deer and Gold: Karen & Malcolm Whyte Collection of Contemporary American Indian Art in California”; “Ilka Hartmann.” Photography; “Marna Clarke.” Coastal Marin artist. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. www. bolinasmuseum.org

Through 03/08:‘Artists for Awareness: Goes Red’ Group show benefitting nonprofit fighting heart disease. 4-7pm. Northbay ArtWorks, 7049 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 892-8188. www.northbayartworks.com

Through 03/09:‘California, Una Decada’ Ronald Alexander Berliner, paintings. “Travels, A Decade.” Charlee Wagner photography. In the Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/ Through 03/14:‘Inside Out’ Works from 13 Bay Area abstract artists. Reception: Feb. 20, 4-7pm. Tue.-Sun. 11am-4pm Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.marinmoca.org

Through 03/25: Annual Marin Arts Council Members’ Exhibit Annual art exhibit featuring a variety of works by member artists including mixed media, paintings, sculpture and photography. 9am5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 329, San Rafael. 499-8350, Ext. 362. www.marinarts.org

Through Tim Weldon: The Higher Foolishness Mixed-media assemblages. Free. Gallery

02/20: Art Talk Harry Cohen and Richard Kamler discuss their obsession with art. Please RSVP. 1-3pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org/ AWDArtTalks2010.html 02/20: Golden Gate Dowsers Rob Ryan and Robert Gandrup apply astrology and numerology to disclose the connection between coming events and opportunities for you. 1:30-5pm. $5-7. SF Dowsers, Town Center Adm. Bldg. 2nd floor Community Rm., Corte Madera. 564-6419. 02/20: Gray Panthers of Marin Meeting Professor Mike Whitty from USF will present “A Futurist Looks at Obama and California 2010 and Beyond Election Year Trends: Federal, State and Local Issues.” 1:30-3:30pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 453-1550. 02/23: Conversations with Eco-Innovators “Natural Resources: How Some Corporations and Countries are Getting it Right.” With Glenn Prickett, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Conservation International 6:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 5613560. www.instituteatgoldengate.org/lectures

02/23: Kavalier and Clay: Between the Lines Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, discusses the reallife stories that inspired Chabon’s novel. Get to know the real people, and the real comics behind Kavalier and Clay. 7pm. Free. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. .457-5629. www. marinlibrary.org 02/24: A Conversation with Amy Tan Critically acclaimed and best-selling novelist, offers an evening of insight and conversation based on her experiences and good fortune. 7:30pm. $16-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

02/25: Elder Financial Abuse: Identification and Prevention Sponsored by the Trust and Estates Section of The State Bar of California. With Santa Barbara trust and estate attorney Sean Mason. 2pm. Whistlestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. 02/25: World Affairs Council Historian David Clay Large reflects on “The Legacy of the Berlin Wall in Contemporary Germany.” Registration required. 7:30pm. $6-9, students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, San Rafael. www. dominican.edu

Readings 02/19: Clever Renewal Dr. Linda Hawes Clever talks about “The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/19: Dominican and Book Passage Present Stanley Coren “How Dogs Think.” Coren discusses scientific insight that helps pet owners understand canine behaviors. Proceeds benefit Dominican’s Psychology Dept. 7pm. $25 (includes a signed book). Dominican University, 50 Acacia Dr., San Rafael. 257-1349. www.dominican.edu 02/19: Peter Hessler The author discusses “Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/20: Deborah Blum Blum talks about “The Poisoner’s Handbook” in which the Pulitzer Prizewinning science writer shares the untold story of how poison rocked jazz age New York City. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte

Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/21: Arthur Japin The author discusses “Director’s Cut.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage. com 02/21: Helen Thorpe Thorpe presents “Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/23: Michael Thomas The author talks about his novel “Man Gone Down.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/24: Kelli Stanley Stanley talks about her novel “City of Dragons: A San Francisco Mystery.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/25: Adam Haslett The author talks about “Union Atlantic,” the debut novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist “You Are Not a Stranger Here.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 02/25: Ken Mercer The author talks about his thriller “Slow Fire.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. bookpassage.com 02/25: Poetry Fundraiser for Homeless A benefit to help keep C.A.R.E. Team going. 7-9pm. $12. Enterprise Resource Center, 3270 Kerner Blvd. Bldg. A, Ste. C, San Rafael. 454-2339. www.camentalhealth.net

Film Events 02/19:‘Dancing With Gaia’ Screening and Talk Film explores ways to experience the earth as your own body, against a backdrop of ancient sacred sites. Gaia Chthon meditation talk after. 7-10pm. $20. Crystal Chalice Store, 1930 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 785-7119. www.gaiadancing.com

02/22: Monday Night at the Movies:‘A Walk in the Clouds’ (1995) Set in the lush vineyards of Napa post WWII, the clashes of culture are generational within this large Mexican family. Directed by Alfonso Arau, starring Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Ruben Blades. 7:30-9pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292, x203. www.millvalleylibrary.org

02/23:‘Mighty Uke’ - Film and Live Performance by James Hill Exuberant new documentary that examines the history of the ukulele & its contemporary comeback around the world. Live uke performance by virtuoso James Hill. Director Tony Coleman also in person. 7pm. $12-15. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 4541222. www.cafilm.org

Community Events (Misc.) 02/20: AAA Travel Fair Join AAA Travel of San Rafael for a special event presented by reprsentatives from our travel partners. Learn about exciting travel opportunities worldwide. 11am-2pm. Free. AAA, 99 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 488-2936. 02/20: February Book Sale Books indoors are individually priced with a comprehensive selection of hard/soft cover. Hundreds of bargain books outdoors. 9am-4:30pm. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292x 203. www. millvalleylibrary.org 02/20: Marin Peace Brigade Monthly Meeting Join Marin-based peace organizations and individuals in their monthly round table and lively discussion on current peace programs, initiatives and activities in the county. All are welcome. 10am-1pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera Shopping Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Second Floor, Room 201, Corte Madera. 497-8463.


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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122956 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MILL VALLEY TOWING, 18 LA GOMA STREET, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: OSCAR VELAZQUEZ, 291 PLAYA DEL REY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 18, 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010122819 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VOYAGER VAULT, 74 DOMINGA AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA 94903: DALE L. DERRY, 74 DOMINGA AVENUE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122893 The following individual is doing business as TAMALPAIS HARDWOOD FLOORS, 1133 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DERMOT COOGAN, 1133 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name listed herein in 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123026 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INSTITUTE FOR ESOGETIC COLORPUNCTURE, 1408 FOURTH STREET, UNIT 21, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROSEMARY BOURNE, 261 PLAYA DEL REY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122965 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ’S GYM/CROSSFIT SAN RAFAEL, 2240 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TJ’S GYM, LLC, 2240 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in April 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5,12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122964 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ’S GYM/CROSSFIT CORTE MADERA, 200 TAMAL PLAZA, SUITE 514, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: TJ’S GYM, LLC, 2240 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in May 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5,12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122966 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ’S GYM/CROSSFIT NOVATO, 7427 REDWOOD BOULEVARD, SUITE B, NOVATO, CA 94949: TJ’S GYM NOVATO, LLC, 7427 REDWOOD BOULEVARD, SUITE B, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5,12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123041 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A & A HOUSE CLEANING SERVICES, 727 MONARCH COURT, RICHMOND, CA 94806: ALEX SANTAMARIA, 727 MONARCH COURT, RICHMOND, CA 94806; ARISBEL MORIN, 727 MONARCH COURT, RICHMOND, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122997 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COACHING COMMITMENTS, 1000 BAYHILLS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HEATHER BOWKER, 1000 BAYHILLS DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 28, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123024 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MONEY TOUCH, 536 D STREET, UNIT B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TINA N. MARSHALL, 536 D STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin trans-

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STARSTREAM Week of February 18-February 24, 2010 ›› by Ly n d a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) As a celestial crowd gathers in the evasive sign of Pisces, you may feel frustrated by unseen forces working against you. Meantime, you will be expected to provide sympathy to those in need for the next few weeks. Chalk up good karma by visiting a confined friend—in the hospital...or in jail. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Wise Jupiter wants to teach you how to handle the romance in your life. Sometimes you are too practical about love and you need to access the passion buried underneath your pragmatism. On the weekend, the moody Moon in your sign prevents you from feeling happily lighthearted. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Right now an incredibly lively and creative bunch of celestial energies is occupying your career house. If your work isn’t satisfying, this is the time to solve your boredom by finding something different. Opportunity is certain to knock on your door. It’s up to you to answer it. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Destiny continues to loom large in your life and it may feel a little scary. Relationship changes are inevitable. Meanwhile, if you don’t discard unrealistic or obsolete goals for your future, you are fruitlessly fighting fate. You cannot expand your horizons and feel totally secure at the same time. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Your ruler just left the rational sign of Aquarius to enter the intangible sign of Pisces. This changes your outlook from the reality of love to the mysteries of love for the next month. With sexy Mars moving backwards in your sign, you will find romantic success elusive. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The bright sun is exposing the weaknesses of seductive Venus, kinky Uranus and idealistic Jupiter in the gullible sign of Pisces, shedding light on your tendency to idealize your mate. No matter how perfect someone looks up on a pedestal, reality always brings this mortal being down to eye level. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Don’t you think you’re being a bit hard on yourself? Saturn in your sign is making you feel restricted and confined by the tedious elements of life; and at times, he is overwhelming you with pessimism. It’s time for you to balance out that negativity with positivism. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) On Thursday, your creativity gets a boost. On Friday, your romantic dialogue is irresistible. On Tuesday and Wednesday, you are entertaining and lucky at games of chance. This week you are inundated with opportunities. But with Mars demanding action on your career, you’re probably working instead. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) This week, with the planets gathered in your memory house, everything relates to the past, the familiar and the childhood events that made you the person you are. Bring those skeletons out of the closet and have a little party with them. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) You continue to experience the powerful encouragement of Pluto to transform yourself. Meantime, expansive Jupiter, hedonistic Venus and excitable Uranus are encouraging you to loosen up and enjoy the wilder side of life. Don’t look now, but I think you’re not in Kansas anymore. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) This year you can accumulate property and move into a higher financial bracket. You have a realistic view of what you would like to do and the luck to attract the needed resources. You’re not the materialistic type, but you may as well acquire some possessions while you can. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The Sun moves into your sign on Thursday, bringing positive attention as it expands and highlights your natural creativity. Friday really rocks as it brings pleasure and passion into your life. Your birthday celebration is in full swing. Step in front of the camera and smile. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 acting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122986 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FERNRAY PUBLISHING, 187 WEST BLITHEDALE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY,

CA 94941: ANITA GARNER, 187 WEST BLITHEDALE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123052 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I HATE DIRT, 103 LEHMAN LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JUDY KEYDOMINGUEZ, 103 LEHMAN LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; MANUEL DOMINGUEZ,

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103 LEHMAN LANE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a Husband & Wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 29; February 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123075 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RSVP, RESOURCE SPECIALIST VERY PERSONAL, 426 CEDAR HILL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CARLA L. HIMY, 426 CEDAR HILL DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by

an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123084 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE NOISE FARM, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JESSICA LUTHI HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; LUKE LUTHI-MORRISON, 56-C MORAY ROAD, LONDON, UK, N43LG; JAY ALAN HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a Limited Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123085 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOBILE AFFILIATE NETWORK, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 95965: JESSICA LUTHI HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; JAY ALAN HERTL, 17 ARANA CIRCLE, SAUSALITO, CA 95965; STUART REED, 51 BRIARS END, WITCHFORD, ELY, UK CB62GB; JOHN GILBERT-JUPP, 74 EAST STREET, GILLINGHAM, KENT, UK ME71EH . This business is being conducted by a Limited Partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123077 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL MALO, 431 FIRST STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JORGE SANTANA, 431 FIRST STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122933 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHINING STAR ELECTRIC, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: SEAN KEVIN MOHAN, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930; STEPHANIE MOHAN, 48 BOLINAS ROAD, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a Husband and Wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 1989. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122955 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANACELIS SERVICE, LLC, 136 BELLAM BOULEVARD, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIA VICTORIA ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949; ABEL ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949; ARACELI ONTIVEROS, 133 LAURELWOOD DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123104 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHITE GIRAFFE PRODUCTIONS, 387-A WOODSIDE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PHILIP A. HODGES, 387-A WOODSIDE AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 12, 2005. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123078 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHARITYSTATEREGISTRATION. ORG, 40 HARCOURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MP MAY, INC., 40 HARCOURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 27,

2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122939 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WILMER’S AUTO REPAIR, 1385 EAST FRANCISCO BOULEVARD, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WUILMER NORBERTO DE LEON DE LEON, 3411 KERNER BOULEVARD, APT. 10, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123083 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PING’S BODY WORK, 710 C STREET, SUITE #14B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: YAO LIU, 200 CUTLASS DRIVE, #210, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123125 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMBASSY SUITES - MARIN COUNTY/SAN RAFAEL AND GRILLE 101, 101 MCINNIS PARKWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DJONT/EPT LEASING, LLC, 545 EAST JOHN CARPENTER FREEWAY, SUITE 1300, IRVING, TEXAS, 75062. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on 12/31/1997. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123182 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAINTBALL AT YOUR PLACE, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920: EMPYREAN GROUP, LLC, 5093 PARADISE DRIVE, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by a Limited Liability Company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123076 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW GUY, 25 CORTE LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: BRUCE WRIGHT, 25 CORTE LENOSA, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 122923 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FESTIVAL COMPANY/ THE MARIN ART FESTIVAL, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TYSON UNDERWOOD, 95 BUENA VISTA, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010122907 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TEENY TINY TALES, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; KEVIN MICHAEL PRICE PRODUCTIONS, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KEVIN M. PRICE, 172 PICNIC AVENUE, #1, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-5058. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 4, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123159 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASTERPIECE COFFEE, 31-C PAMARON WAY, NOVATO, CA 94949: K & R HOLDINGS, INC., 31-C PAMARON WAY,

NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by a Corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010123213 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE WINDOW WAREHOUSE, 5776 PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: HEALDSBURG LUMBER COMPANY, INC., 359 HUDSON STREET, HEALDSBURG, CA 95448. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123093 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as REDWOOD MEDICAL GROUP, 900 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE, SUITE 200, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: ONE MEDICAL GROUP, INC., 1 EMBARCADERO CENTER, SUITE 2440, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123204 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KEY REAL ESTATE AUCTIONS, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BONNIE LEVINE, 16 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123221 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GREAT BAY SIGNS AND GRAPHICS, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ROBERT B. JACKLIN, 61 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123217 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROYAL FRANKS, 1109 FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MOHAMED SHAWA, 2745 HILLVIEW DRIVE, FAIRFIELD, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26; March 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123185 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PETER JAMES, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; MAKENS, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965; SAUSALITO PRECIOUS METALS, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: LYN MATSON, 480 GATE 5 ROAD, #230, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 18, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123211 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TAQUERIA PUERTO VALLARTA, 85 WOODLAND AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOSEFINA SAMPERIO, 2 WARRNER STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010)

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997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1000522. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SCOTT JOSEPH KALECHSTEIN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SCOTT JOSEPH KALECHSTEIN to SCOTT KALECHSTEIN GRACE. 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: March 24, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. 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: February 1, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: MICHAEL KIRK FARMER. Case No. PR-1000470. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of MICHAEL KIRK FARMER, MICHAEL K. FARMER, MICHAEL FARMER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LOTUS FARMER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that FRANZA GIFFEN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: March 8, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept.: Probate, Room: L, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JULIA P. WALD, 1108 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 202, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415) 482-7555. (Publication Dates: February 12, 19, 26, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. Sausalito Mini Storage according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. Sausalito Mini Storage will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: REID ANSWORTH: UNIT #215; SHARON MORTENSON: UNIT #262; DON PRESSON: UNIT #504; SALLY STARRELS: UNIT #YORK19; THOMAS BENDER: UNIT #157-A; RODNEY ANDERSON: UNIT #J-17; RAY GORDON: UNIT #533; DONNA HICKEY: UNIT #208. Pacific Sun: (February 12, 19, 2010)

STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304143 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictious Business Name(s): ROBâ ™S HANDYMAN SERVICES, 369-B THIRD STREET, #326, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94904. Filed in Marin County on: March 13, 2008. Under file No.: 2008116565. Registrant’s Name(s): ROBERT ROBBINS, 216 FOSTER AVENUE, KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business was conducted by an INDIVIDUAL. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2010. (Pacific Sun: February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNERâ ™S LIEN and will be held at: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, 2145 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, LARKSPUR, CA 94904. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday â “ Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DONALD LEBUHN/EVOLUTION FURNITURE COMPANY: UNIT #250; MIKE BENDER: UNIT #402. Pacific Sun: (February 12, 19, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE, 5776-B PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010 at 1:30 PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: BOB WEILAND/TRADELINE: UNIT #806. Pacific Sun: (February 12, 19, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304156 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictious Business name(s): BUDGET BLINDS OF NORTH BAY, 1612 GRANT AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945. Filed in Marin County on: October 27, 2008. Under File No.: 118921. Registrant’s Name(s): ROBERT K. RAMERS, 1165 MIDWAY COURT, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business was conducted by: an INDIVIDUAL. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on February 11, 2010. (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1000704. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JANE PECKHAM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JANE E. PECKHAM to JAIME PECKHAM. 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: March 25, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept.

E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. 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: February 10, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): CIV 093568 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): ENAAM DABBAS, AND DOES I THROUGH X, INCLUSIVE: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): DOUGLAS MACCALLUM. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org) the California Courts Online Self-help Center (www.courinfo. ca.gov/selfhelp) or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The courtâ ™s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. AVISO: Lo han demando. Si no responde dentro de 30 dias, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escucher su version. Lea la informacion a continuacion. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www.sucorte.ca.gov) en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. lawhelpcalifornia.org) en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California. (www.sucorte. ca.gov) o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, UNLIMITED JURISDICTION, P.O. BOX 4988, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94913-4988. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): Geraldine Armendariz, (S.B.N.: 97196), 760 Market Street, Suite 939, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 986-0873. Date (Fecha): July 16, 2009 /s/ Kim Turner, Clerk (Secretario): by, S. Bond, Deputy Clerk (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; March 5, 12, 2010)

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Q:

In the two years I’ve been with my boyfriend, I’ve gained 40 pounds. I was unemployed, got lazy, blah, blah, blah. I’ve been trying to slim down without success, probably because I feel so bad about myself now. But, is it normal for a man to withdraw all affection when his partner gains weight? My boyfriend hasn’t kissed me or had sex with me in over a year. He won’t even put his arm around me. He’ll hug me if I ask him, but that’s all. Aren’t you supposed to love your partner for who they are, even if they gain weight or get cancer and have chemo and lose their hair? I’m certain he isn’t cheating, and he says he doesn’t want to break up. But, say I lose weight, and he regains interest. Can I ever forgive him for what he’s put me through?— Fatty With A Dream

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Love might be blind, but male lust usually has a weight limit. There are those guys who are fatty fanciers, but a guy who got together with you 40 pounds ago probably isn’t one of them. Male sexuality is highly visual. Women tend to feel superior for not caring as much about looks, but we’re all just acting on marching orders from our genes. While most women are picky about men’s height, women across cultures prioritize finding a partner with money and mojo. In other words, a big compromise for you probably isn’t having sex with a fat guy, but sticking with a guy who quits his high-powered job to become a Hare Krishna and sell flowers at the airport. Yeah, sure, “real women have curves,” but these days, far too many real women’s curves also have folds. The sad thing is, if you’re like so many Fatty Pattys desperately trying to lose weight, you’ve probably been approaching it all wrong—thanks to the advice of your doctor, Dr. Oz, much of the medical establishment and numerous supposed scientists at prestigious universities. For actual evidence-based science on losing weight, sans hunger and suffering, turn to Dr. Michael Eades’ blog at proteinpower.com, and to investigative science journalist Gary Taubes’ exhaustively researched book Good Calories, Bad Calories. Taubes shows that it’s carbohydrates—sugar, flour and easily digested starches like potatoes—that drive the excess insulin secretion that puts on fat. Per Taubes’ title, it seems a calorie is not a calorie, and the fewer carbs you eat, the slinkier you will be. If this sounds like the Atkins diet, that’s because it basically is. As Taubes told me, “Doctors have been saying Atkins is a quack for so long, they never bothered to check whether he actually got the science right. Unfortunately, he did and they didn’t.” I’ll let your friends go on about how your boyfriend’s a horrible person, and how love should transcend all. The reality is, it often doesn’t. Besides, you didn’t get cancer; you got a trough of Haagen-Dazs, stuck your snout in and didn’t look up for two years straight. Now, maybe your boyfriend’s affection strike is utterly unconnected to your weight, but chances are, he’s angry and resentful that he’s got a girlfriend whose panties are beginning to resemble a parasail. So, why isn’t he putting his arms through the leg slots and sailing off a tall building to safety? Maybe he still loves you; maybe he’s too lazy to leave. Or, maybe he’s trying to drive you away because he feels bad about breaking up over your looks—or even suggesting you step down as International Hausfrau of Pancakes: “Hey, Buffet Queen, either lose your 40 pounds or wave goodbye to my 175.” Since gaining 40 pounds isn’t “Got a little absent-minded while holding a bag of Doritos,” it seems it wasn’t an empty stomach you were trying to fill. Clearly, you not only need to lose weight but to deal with why you packed it on. Whether your boyfriend will come around and whether you’ll forgive him is anyone’s guess. Whether you’re willing to put up with a boyfriend who won’t put out—not even a hug, without being asked—is the looming question at present. Whatever you decide, it helps to accept that, as a woman, you need to do the very best you can with what you have. Sure, inner beauty counts for a lot, but it isn’t slimming. And while the average guy doesn’t want Kate Moss, he isn’t into Kate Moose, either. ✹ (c), Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? E-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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