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›› LETTERS The real test will be how they run their Marco Polo league... Do we really want Big Government sticking its toes into our swimming lanes?

Are our memories so short that we taxpayers forgot the $1 million loss San Rafael had with its New Year’s Eve Bash for Y2K? Now they’re going to be managing the renovated pool at Hamilton in Novato. Seems no smart businessman wants to touch that with a 10-foot pole...but San Rafael is chomping at the bit to lose more money and then ask the taxpayers to bail it out. And it’s not even in San Rafael. They don’t care where they spend taxpayer money. Now you know why I’ve opted out of the MEA. Government has its heads up its arse when it comes to running anything that resembles a business entity. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Marin pets pampered, need Pampers... In regard to the Fairfax cat owner alarmed by sighting a coyote [“Roadrunner Owners Need Not Be Alarmed,” April 23]. This is your chance to become a responsible pet owner. Go get that cat box and kitty litter! And lock the cat door. If you were a parent, would you allow your kids complete freedom to go in and out at any hour of the day and night? As for the “predator,” consider that our roads and towns have increasingly encroached upon the

environment of many wild animals who do not really want to be around us. Coyotes are not the only danger to cats. Although I live in the middle of town, recently several raccoons, a large possum and a fox have strolled across my back porch. I was very glad that my cats were inside! I do let my two cats out during the day when I am at home, but they also have cat boxes. It seems to me that it is a lot easier to clean a cat box than to capture a coyote and take him to the Sierra. All this so that you can continue to enjoy your selfish “lifestyle” of allowing your cat to defecate all over the neighborhood. Carole Ormiston, Sausalito



Advice Goddess Forget the old “anything worth having is worth waiting for.” You’re a woman in a hurry. Anything worth having is worth cornering like a trapped animal. Unfortunately, guythink... Osheroff killer found guilty of second-degree murder Habitual drunken driver Edward Schaefer of Novato was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter for the 2009 killing of 9-year-old Melody ... Letter of the Week: PG&E has been paying Joe Nation obscene amounts of money to confuse Marin residents about the attractive alternative that the Marin Clean Energy plan (MCE) will provide...

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Sour grapes of wrath Having read the letter to the editor from Ron Ford of Santa Venetia [“Commons Denouement-ator,” April 23], as he attempted to criticize Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams, I was struck with a couple of obvious thoughts: Isn’t this the same Ron Ford who was fired by Supervisor Adams a couple of years ago? Isn’t his timely campaign-inspired rhetoric known as “sour grapes”? In his letter, Mr. Ford seems to believe that it is a good idea to locate a much-needed public safety facility in an empty office building three miles away from county law enforcement and public-works headquarters. Ford continues by stating that the county should purchase Marin Commons, an empty 455,000-square-foot office building, that would somehow be preferable to the construction of a state-of-the-art, 85,000square-foot safety facility that would be in close proximity to the Civic Center where the emergency response workers are located. (By the way, Adams’ opponent Kerry Mazzoni also thinks this is a good idea.) With the extra

370,000 square feet of unoccupied building space perhaps the county could go into the real estate business since there is such a high demand for office space. Well, then again, what with all the empty office space in the county, maybe that’s not a good idea. Earlier this year, Supervisor Adams asked at one of the scoping sessions for the environmental review process that several off-site locations be studied, including Marin Commons. It is now up to those experts conducting the study to analyze its suitability relative to the other sites. Marjorie Newton, Novato

more I learn the more I favor her courageous stand for it. Kerry Mazzoni was a co-author of AB 1890, the bill that deregulated energy in California. This bill led to the Enron debacle and the rolling blackouts of 2000 and 2001. Enron lobbied the legislature heavily, and spent millions to get the bill passed. This was truly a sad state of affairs for our state and we never have recovered. Now Mazzoni is opposing Marin Clean Energy in favor of PG&E. Whose side is she on—big corporations or the people of Marin? Did Mazzoni take any money from Enron or PG&E or other energy producers while she was in the Assembly? Marcie Leach, San Rafael

Valero’s worried global-warming act will cost jobs—notably, theirs... We’ve got three words for you, Valero gas, a Texas-based energy company Cindy...Six Flags Fairfax! and one of the top polluters in the country, is trying to mess with California’s clean energy jobs and air pollution law, AB 32. AB 32, California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, is a great tool for us to re-build our economy, clean up our dirty air, and reduce greenhouse gases. But Valero gas is trying to effectively kill AB 32 by spending lots of money to put a measure [called the California Jobs Initiative] on the November ballot. I will be boycotting all Valero gas until they stop attacking AB 32. I hope you will join me. Mark Hirschfield, San Anselmo

Perhaps your sign wasn’t enough of a spectacle... Has anyone submitted a lost glasses item recently? I found a pair of glasses on the trail in Mill Valley two weeks ago. No one responded to my sign. Lauren Houde, Mill Valley

Hey, someone’s gotta stand up for the mega-corporations! As a school nurse, I have been a supporter of Susan Adams ever since she worked with Childrens’ Health Initiative to help needy children get medical and dental care. I was not as knowledgeable about energy, but I have been trying to study and understand the issues. I know many are hesitant about Susan’s favoring the Marin Clean Energy. The

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My family and I live across from the lot where Albertson’s market used to be in Fairfax. Nobody has asked us what we would like to see there. These are a few of our suggestions: 1. A low-cost medical clinic 2. An affordable grocery store 3. A roller- or ice-skating rink where teens and young people can have something to do 4. A community center where everyone, young or old, can have something to do 5. A school and/or childcare center (Perhaps the Ross Valley School District doesn’t have to displace the Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center?) By the way, it seems to me that “green” and “organic” are becoming buzz words for “outrageously expensive.” While I like the idea of locally owned businesses, I find myself leaving Fairfax and shopping at “chain” stores (including Trader Joe’s) more and more often so that I can hold onto my money. Cindy Ross, Fairfax

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n May 6, the day before Marin Clean Energy threw the switch to begin sending power to its first customers, the new public power entity submitted a formal request to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) asking for financial penalties to be assessed against Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The request is a response to unfair marketing tactics PG&E used to drive people away from Marin Clean Energy by using fraudulent opt-out methods. The opt-out process is clearly described in AB 117, the law passed in 2002 that set the stage for creating community choice aggregation. That’s the mechanism by which joint powers agencies, like the Marin Energy Authority, can create public-power entities, like Marin Clean Energy, to compete against the big utility companies in California. And PG&E is the biggest. Paul Clanon, executive director of the CPUC sent a letter to PG&E on May 3 in which he reminded the company that the opt-out process for Marin Clean Energy “specifies two options: a phone number for the customer to call, and a website. Those are the two options that PG&E must offer, and no others.” Clanon called PG&E on the carpet for violating these rules by sending residents marketing mailers that had “the appearance of an official opt-out notice, and [were] thus likely to create unnecessary customer confusion.”

Clanon also said that the utility ran newspaper ads that included a mail-in form residents could use to opt out of MCE—another violation of the AB 117 opt-out rules. The letter also says PG&E unfairly called customers and asked them to opt out, and then transferred the calls to a PG&E customer service representative—yet another violation. Clanon stated that AB 117 stipulates utilities “shall cooperate fully with any community choice aggregators that investigate, pursue, or implement community choice aggregation programs.” It is not a choice; it’s a mandate. Clanon further told PG&E that the utility “must comply with the entirety of AB 117, not just selected portions.” Last Thursday, one day before MCE began supplying power to its first customers, PG&E representatives said the utility was assessing the situation to determine how many residents had opted out due to the unfair marketing campaign. The utility said it would have the total number of invalid opt-outs by the end of the month. PG&E also said it will work with the new public power agency to ensure that its customers receive MCE power. Under the rules of AB 117, PG&E will continue to transmit electricity that MCE procures and will continue to handle billing functions. During the run-up to throwing the switch, when MCE was gathering its first customers—mostly public agencies, including six cities, the county and the Marin 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Whiskey Town, USA! Hooch is returning to West Marin. Earlier this week the

West Marin was actually a major moonshine stop during the Prohibition era.

Board of Supes OK’d a proposal by Lagunitas Brewery owner Tony Magee to construct a brandy distillery on land he owns out in Marshall. The 4-0 vote also cleared the way for a farm, livestock ranch and house on the 150-acre parcel. The aqua vitae operation would also include hops cultivation and grape growing; sheep and chickens would graze and peck, respectively, on 50 acres of their own. Plans for Magee’s firewater farm could be subject to review by the state Coastal Commission.

Talk about getting cut off in traffic... Sonoma County’s reputation for parking cars on its lawns won’t be helped by the recent work of Clinton Mark Dahms, a 26-year-old Sonoma resident arrested this week for careening his Pontiac van through Novato front yards along Rowland Boulevard. Dahms’ “landscaping” included bushes, grass, several trees and a retaining wall. He finally came to a halt atop a Volkswagen Jetta, at which point he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and hit-and-run. Communication breakdown One too many screwups with the thingamabob in its computer system has caused the county of Marin to file suit against project consultant Deloitte Consulting LLP over the company’s “failure to fulfill its responsibilities regarding its role in the County of Marin’s implementation of an SAP comprehensive financial and human resources management system,” according to a statement by County Counsel Patrick Faulkner. The county, which has invested over $29 million in the system, says it has suffered snafus with paychecks, bookkeeping and human resources files ever since launching the system in 2006. Faulkner estimates the case could take years to resolve and legal fees could number in the millions of dollars. Shorts... Novato Sanitary District rates could rise nearly 9 percent if Measure F—a proposal to contract an outside company to run its new $90 million wastewater treatment plant—fails, the district board warned this week...Marin County Supervisors are slashing the county open space district patrol by 50 percent! (They’ve agreed to move from two deputies patrolling the 15,000 acres down to one, as a cost-saving measure.)—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ›› 8 PACIFIC SUN MAY 14 - MAY 20, 2010

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A disturbance in the Force Newsweekly blind to deeper meanings in summer kiddie movie... by Jason Walsh


Luke’s severed hand was nothing compared to the impaling he took from the Pacific Sun.

Campbell’s theory of the Monomyth, itself a play on the classic Jungian archetype, in which the hero’s odyssey is both external and internal—conscious and subconscious—combining elements of the self, hero and sage into one in the eternal struggle between anima and animus, good and evil, dark side and light. The Sun, however, found the film’s domain to be more along the lines of English children’s author E. Nesbit, who wrote Pussy and Doggy Tales and The Wouldbegoods. So, the Sun didn’t give much credit to the dialogue, acting, characters or story—the Star Wars films have always had their film-snob detractors. But what about the landmark special effects—surely Marin’s foremost arbiter of the arts would acknowledge the groundbreaking, Oscar-earning visual effects of Empire, right? “[The special effects] moves mechanically and in long shots its animation shows,” scoffed Benson, who then added that the Hoth ice monster “looks like a berserk flokati rug with bear claws,” that the many visual allusions to other movies “stunt the film” and that Yoda was nothing more than “Kermit the Frog as a rubber puppet.” Despite the Sun’s surly critique, The Empire Strikes Back would go on to gross more than $850 million at the box office, win multiple Academy Awards and gather a 97 percent favorable rating at movie-review aggregator If it’s any consolation, Yoda probably wouldn’t hold a grudge against the Sun for the bad write-up. “The dark side clouds everything,” Yoda said in Empire. “Impossible to see, the future is.” ✹ Share your E. Nesbit memories with Jason at

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1. California’s state bird is which of the following: Valley Quail, California Condor or Wild Turkey? 2. It was on May 15, 1718, that London lawyer James Puckle patented this weapon of mass destruction: the world’s first m_ _ _ _ _ _ g_ _. 3. It was on May 15, 1862, that the Union Grounds opened in Brooklyn, New York, the first park designed for what popular new sport? 4. It was on May 16, 1988, that U.S. Surgeon #5 General C. Everett Koop reported that this commonly and legally purchased substance was as addictive as heroin. What was it? 5. Pictured, left: The title of this 1997 film is named after a common event in ice hockey. Give the movie title and identify the two main stars. 6. There are at least seven European nations whose names end with “land.”Two of them are England and Ireland. Can you identify five others? 7. Pictured, left, below: Alias Pacman the Destroyer, he’s one of the world’s greatest boxers, and a hero in his country, the Philippines...he was even honored with his own postage stamp. Who is he? 8. Given the performer, identify the song title that starts with “Born to...” 8a. Bruce Springsteen 8b. Steppenwolf 8c. Britney Spears 9. What two-word French phrase describes that beautiful era of artistic and cultural refinement in France at the beginning of the 20th century? #7 10. What is Beatle Paul McCartney’s middle name? BONUS QUESTION: These two words are related to royalty: The masculine singular form has six letters, but the feminine plural form requires four more letters, three of which are “s”. What are these words? Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, invites you to a live Team Trivia Contest every Wednesday at 7:30pm at the Broken Drum in San Rafael. Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

± Budget cuts have hit school librarians heavier than a hardback edition of Les Miserables. But for the students taking part in the Heads Up Foundation’s Run for Reading pledge drive, their Dewey Decimal days might not be over just yet. Starting Monday, nearly 4,000 Marin students will begin running laps to raise money to save our K-8 librarians. The Run for Reading fundraiser will roll out over two weeks and students hope to raise as much as $100,000. With a little help from adult pledgers and a lot of help from student plodders, hopefully we’ll get those librarians “shushing” those non-whisperers among us again in no time. For info, check out

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²Ê File this one under “inn”ervention! Linda G. of San Rafael wrote in to report about a little incident that occurred at a popular inn on Lincoln Avenue the other day. It seems one of the lodge’s guests was suffering from a bout of insomnia and had a 1:30am hankering to light up a gasper—but, alas, our sleepdeprived Marlboro Man was in a nosmoking room. Instead of going cold turkey, he went complete turkey and cut the wires to the nearby smoke alarm, hoping to steal a puff in privacy. Apparently, says Linda, “cutting the wires sent an alarm to the fire department and they quickly responded.” Soon, the entire motel staff and its guests were in the parking lot wishing our nicotine addict would next time try the Patch. This is what we call a “zero” alarm fire.—Jason Walsh


The Pacific Sun was being seduced by the dark side 30 years ago this week. It was May of 1980 and years ago Chewbacca-masked Marinites were already queuing up at the Cinema I in Corte Madera for the following week’s opening of the second installment of George Lucas’s Star Wars trilogy. And despite its preference for obscure foreign films and counterculture indie cinema, the Pacific Sun was on the scene to, if not fully appreciate the charms of the Billy Dee Williams’ turn as space pirate Lando Calrissian, at least give it the ol’ college try. Unfortunately, in the words of a certain predicate-challenged Jedi master, “Try not. Do...or do not, there is no try.” Sadly, the Sun would disappoint the backwater hut dweller even more than young Skywalker. “The film is crammed,” blasted Sun movie critic Sheila Benson. “There’s nothing of the wit of Star Wars...[audiences] may come away querulous and hungry.” Obviously, no one bothered to inform Benson that The Empire Strikes Back—or Empire, as it is affectionately known among aficionados—would eventually be named the greatest movie sequel of all time in an April 2010 poll. Perhaps it would take the teddy bear adventures of the despised Ewoks, the Kingston stylings of much-maligned Jar Jar Binks and the senses-dulling dialogue delivery of Hayden Christensen for Benson to fully appreciate the vaunted position Empire holds within the Star Wars canon. But until then, Luke Skywalker’s Homeric journey from planets frozen to murky to heavenly would be nothing more to the Pacific Sun but “a hopeless embarrassment.” “Han Solo and Princess Leia yap at each other like Pekingese,” scathed Benson, apparently unaware that their playful banter would one day find them hailed as the Powell-Loy of early ’80s summer blockbusters. And if the writer failed to notice that Yoda was following in a grand tradition of 16th-century samurai master Oda, lord of Nagoya, she did point out that his “patterns of speech...fall on the ears like the blight of a bad brogue.” In the following years, entire UCLA filmschool masters’ theses would be dedicated to analyzing the Freudian symbolism in Luke’s desire to destroy his father, bed his sister and unsheathe the longest light saber in the galaxy. Yet the Sun’s scant take on this reading was summed up in Benson’s dismissive “Luke Skywalker Meets Dr. Freud” remark, comparing the landmark dramaturgy to a campy Abbot & Costello comedy from the 1940s. Of course, as anyone save for a Gungan simpleton surely knows, the Lucas space opera is more accurately a study of Joseph




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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT < 8 Wires tighten on PG&E Municipal Water District, the largest single electricity customer in Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;PG&E threatened to withhold its power transmission function, which would have effectively killed MCE. While PG&E said it took that stance as part of a responsibility to its customers and shareholders, MCE and publicpower proponents cried foul, and the utility dropped its threat. Marin Clean Energy began sending notices to 7,500 of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest electricity customers in February alerting them that they automatically would be enrolled in the MCE â&#x20AC;&#x153;light greenâ&#x20AC;? program unless they opted out. An estimated 20 percent of those initial customers did opt out. But the unfair marketing tactics that Clanon at the CPUC described undoubtedly accounted for some of those opt-outs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a simple numbers game. The unfair marketing tactics took aim at the operating ďŹ nances of the ďŹ&#x201A;edging public power agency as much as its initial customer base. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are three types of damages that need to be considered,â&#x20AC;? says Dawn Weisz, interim MCE director and a Marin County sustainability planner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The ďŹ rst is simply our cost for legal, staff, technical and communications work. We had to spend a lot of time on legal strategies trying to get [PG&E] to comply with the law. We had to spend a lot more money than anticipated in communi-

cating with customers because there was so much misinformation going out to them. That more than doubled our communications budget.â&#x20AC;? MCE also had to cover the costs of added staff time dealing with the customer confusion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of that totals $750,000,â&#x20AC;? says Weisz. The unfair marketing has resulted in what Weisz calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;an artiďŹ cially low estimate of MCE customers.â&#x20AC;? Under the CPUC rules, the invalid opt-outs automatically will go back under the MCE column, until and unless those customers opt out through approved methods in the future. When MCE threw the switch last Friday, the agency knew that it had more customers than were ofďŹ cially on the books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an artiďŹ cially low estimate of how much [electricity] volume we need to be supplying. That has a big impact on us. We had to submit our load estimates to the [California Independent System Operator]. The ISO is a nonproďŹ t public beneďŹ t corporation responsible for managing most of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wholesale power grid. If an agency is unsure of how many customers it has, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to estimate the amount of power it needs to draw from the grid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a big question mark about how many customers we will have. And we may need to ask PG&E to pay for some of the ISO charges for load forecasting.â&#x20AC;? PG&E certainly can afford a $750,000 write-off for violating AB 117. Weisz says the request to the CPUC for punitive damages is not unreasonable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems that PG&E is


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happy to push the bounds of the law until they are told not to, and then they go on their merry way. Punitive damages may prevent them from conducting this kind of behavior in the future.â&#x20AC;? It should be reiterated that PG&E says it always has acted in the best interests of its customers and shareholders. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Luckily, we set aside [ďŹ nancial] contingencies,â&#x20AC;? says county Supervisor Charles McGlashan, who serves as chairman of the Marin Energy Authority board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But these are extra costs that the ratepayers and the citizens of Marin shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to bear. This is a selfish private company breaking the law.â&#x20AC;? McGlashan says he expects PG&E to drag out the disclosure of invalid opt-outs â&#x20AC;&#x153;the whole way, just as Supervisor [Steve] Kinsey predicted in February. He identiďŹ ed that the biggest threat to this whole program is PG&Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to obfuscate and confuse data and the public and the lawyers. We are girded for battle here, and we will continue to meet the challenge.â&#x20AC;? When MCE threw the switch, the agency began providing electricity from a variety of sources that is 78 percent carbon-free and 25 percent renewableâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;almost double the renewable percentage that PG&E currently provides. MCE continues its pledge to provide its energy at rates that meet or beat those of PG&E. If customers want a guaranteed 100 percent renewable supply, they can opt into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;deep greenâ&#x20AC;? MCE alternative that comes at a modest surcharge. The deep green alternative is immune from the outcome of Proposition 16 (see Endorse-

ments, page 12), the PG&E initiative on the June ballot. If passed, Prop. 16 will mandate that any jurisdiction that wants to start a community choice aggregation plan must garner a two-thirds vote from residents within the jurisdiction. And if an already existing community choice system, like MCE, wants to expand its territory, it would have to garner a two-thirds vote in the original jurisdiction as well as from voters in the expanded territory. PG&E calls the proposition the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taxpayers Right to Vote Act.â&#x20AC;? Public power proponents call it a blatant attempt to sabotage community choice aggregation in California. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one catch in the proposition: 100 percent renewable power would not be affected. If Marin residents sign up for the deep green alternative, that energy would keep ďŹ&#x201A;owing, even if Prop. 16 passes. The total effect of Prop. 16 on MCE remains open to legal interpretation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no coincidence that MCE threw the switch a month before the June election. A new nonproďŹ t, the Marin Green Leadership, covered a large chunk of the costs for MCEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s May 7 launch event, including a brochure, which lists hundreds of businesses that have pledged to buy their electricity from MCE and also lays out the beneďŹ t of the renewable portfolio MCE offers. The list had 226 business names on it last week, and Alex Bischoff, director of Marin Green Leadership, says more are coming on-board every day. He and Gordon Bennett 11 > played major roles in creating the

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Bischoff drew on his experience working with Microsoft in England, where he developed a marketing strategy he used to gather customers to Microsoftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exchange server client program, which was going up against IBMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lotus Notes. He employed whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called a business-tobusiness-to-customer strategy. Instead of attacking your business opponent, Bischoff says, outlining the advantages of a competing system is a better way to gather long-term customers. Persuade a prominent business ďŹ rst, then go to competitors within an industry. If a car dealership joins MCE, which Toyota did, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to convince Chevrolet to join an energy agency sympathetic with the Marin renewable-energy milieu. And the businesses in turn can act as ambassadors to their customers. In exchange for pledging to join the MCE fold, Marin Green Leadership offers a marketing beneďŹ t. The brochure unveiled at the switch-throwing ceremony is one example. Bischoff says the sustainability groups in Marin have pledged to provide links on their sites and include green marketing for MCE business customers in sustainability mailers for the next 18 months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is only the start,â&#x20AC;? says Bischoff. â&#x153;š Contact the writer at

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★ U.S. SENATE Barbara Boxer is seeking her fourth goround in the Senate and the former Pacific Sun reporter’s Democratic primary should be a breeze in advance of her toughest-ever campaign in the November general election. Her Democratic primary challengers are Brian Quintana, a wannabe socialite from L.A., and Robert “Mickey” Kaus, a blogger. The Republicans offer a far tighter contest with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and former U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell facing off. DeVore is easily the furthest to the right of the trio, appearing at Tea Party rallies and running on an anti-tax, anti-choice—but pro-drilling—platform. He’d be a disastrous choice for the Republican ticket. Similar to gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, Fiorina is a wealthy CEO with a poor voting record who developed an interest in public service only recently. Her first foray into campaigns came as an adviser on the McCain ’08 ticket, a poorly run show if there ever was one. Campbell is a pro-choice and pro-gay-rights moderate who served five terms in the House, earning respect from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. We recommend Barbara Boxer (D) and Tom Campbell (R).

★ U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 6 Lynn Woolsey is pretty much a lock for another term in the House. No Democrats, Independents or Greens filed to challenge her and her Libertarian opponent, Joel Smolen, and Republican opponent, Michael Halliwell, didn’t put up much of a fight when they both ran against her in ’08. (Halliwell fared better, garnering 24 percent of the vote; Woolsey, meanwhile, was chosen on more than 70 percent of the ballots.) Halliwell, a crusader in the fight against breast cancer and a passionate 12 PACIFIC SUN MAY 14 - MAY 20, 2010

advocate of reapportionment, will probably pick up some ground in this anti-incumbent year, but he’s simply in the wrong district. Running against Halliwell in the Republican primary is Cotati resident Jim Judd, owner of a manufacturing business. According to his website, Judd believes he can help us “rekindle the beacon of liberty proclaiming, ‘America is good, America is great!’” Judd seems to be running for the Tea Party vote; he’s against Big Government, the healthcare bill, “ballooning taxes” (taxes have fallen for 95 percent of Americans since Obama dropped payroll taxes, we should note...) etc., etc. He’s a patriot who says “our nation teeters on the brink” since Obama took office. We endorse Lynn Woolsey (D) and Michael Halliwell (R).

★ GOVERNOR Jerry Brown’s decades-long transformation from our goofy cousin Moonbeam to our tough-talking Uncle Gerald was all but complete by the late ’90s when he was elected mayor of Oakland, moving politically to the center and governing the troubled city with tough talk and tough love. The 72-year-old Brown will sail smoothly past his six opponents in the Democratic primary and then basically run against his own past for a third term as governor in November. Out of the eight candidates on the Republican ballot, state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman are the two contenders for the nod. Whitman’s run a nasty and record-breakingly expensive campaign, while billionaire Poizner has tried to paint her as a billionaire trying to buy her way into office—well, more of a billionaire than he, a former Silicon Valley CEO, is anyway. It’s a depressing state of affairs, indeed, when even the multimillionaires are priced out of politics.

From top left, Boxer, Brown, Poizner, Woolsey and Huffman.

Poizner, 53, found little success running for Assembly six years ago as a moderate Republican in favor of women’s choice, gay rights and the environment—so now he’s reinvented himself as an anti-gay-marriage, anti-choice immigration hardliner who has apologized for his earlier support of Prop. 39, which would’ve made it easier for voters to raise taxes in favor of school bonds. (A sad reversal, given his admirable support for education throughout his career.) The 53-year-old Whitman, meanwhile, has been so disinterested in politics for so long that she didn’t begin voting until 2002 (she claims that’s incorrect and she distinctly “remembers” voting once in 1984) and, according to the Sacramento Bee, wasn’t even registered as a Republican until 2007. Listening to her dodge questions from reporters borders on the painful (we recommend a YouTube search for her tete-a-tete with reporters at last year’s California Republican Party Convention). So far her strategy to improve her interview results has been to stop granting them. Whitman’s campaign platform has largely revolved around promises to “run the state like a business.” We seem to recall George W. Bush saying that a lot. California’s long-term fiscal and political crisis can be blamed on a lot of things—plummeting property values, a crippling anti-property tax attitude, shameless district gerrymandering, the list goes on. But the last time voters put a wealthy political neophyte (yes, that’s a reference to our current governor) at the helm of such a convoluted political structure, things went from bad to much worse. Whitman’s obvious lack of interest in politics and avoidance of answering tough questions really does make the charge that she’s a billionaire trying to buy her way

into office ring quite true. The better bet is that Poizner is running a disingenuous campaign to please the far-right base and would be a more thoughtful campaigner in the general election. Unlike Whitman, Poizner has dedicated his post-billionaire life to public service and wouldn’t be completely lost navigating California’s crippled governance structure. We recommend Jerry Brown (D) and Steve Poizner (R).

★ STATE ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 6 Marketing consultant Robert Louis Stephens is running (barely) unopposed in the Republican primary for Assembly. We can’t find a campaign website for him and voterinformation sites don’t seem to have much to say about him either. One page credits him with writing the 19th-century literary classics Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If that turns out to be true, he’s got our vote. On the Democratic side, incumbent Jared Huffman of San Rafael is being challenged by producer-artist-caregiver Patrick Connally. In his first two terms in the Assembly, Huffman’s chaired the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials as well as the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. The 46-year-old has authored and passed about 20 Assembly bills, more than half of them aimed at improving environmental standards (he was a director of the Marin Municipal Water District board for over a decade). Connally, 59, has said that Huffman’s been too weak on funding disability, senior services and public transportation (Huffman, we should point out, was one of the SMART campaign’s most vocal supporters). He also says that Huffman favors “minor” bills when he should be focusing on more ambitious legislation. Connally’s “minor bills” complaint is probably a reference to the wine labeling,

paint disposal, driver’s-ed and aluminum baseball bat bills he’s tried to push through. And, yes, they may be minor, but that doesn’t make them unworthy. Huffman’s been an active legislator in Sacramento and had made himself a steady and available presence back here in Marin. He’s shown leadership during the recent sewage spills and went to bat for the county when Sutter Health withdrew tens of millions from Marin General (he didn’t hit a home run, though; Sutter hasn’t returned the money). We also like his policy of not “taking a walk” during tough Assembly votes (a common practice in which Assembly members duck out of the chambers to avoid having to vote on something that could hurt them politically). We think Huffman deserves a third (his final) term. We recommend Jared Huffman.

★ COUNTY SUPERVISOR, 1ST DISTRICT This season’s most divisive local contest pits incumbent Supervisor Susan Adams against former state Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni for the district that encompasses most of San Rafael and its surrounding neighborhoods. Mazzoni entered the race at the very end of the filing period at the behest, she says, of disappointed former Adams supporters, business interests and “environmentalists who believe she has taken the wrong approach with Marin Energy Authority.” (Adams supports it.) In the Assembly, Mazzoni boasted a promising environmental voting record and was known for her championing of education issues. She names “cuts to education” as Marin’s most pressing issue, but adds that the Board of Supervisors has little control over that. In Adams’ two terms on the board, the nurse practitioner has helped get the Health & Wellness Campus on its feet at Kerner Boulevard and has strongly advocated for disaster preparedness and protection of the Baylands Corridor. She’s been tenacious in the long-simmering quarry dispute along San Pedro Point and has prodded stubborn quarry owners, the Dutra Group, toward better compliance with operating restrictions. Perhaps the biggest brouhaha of Adams’ recent tenure has revolved around her support (along with the county administrator’s, all the supervisors’ and a county grand jury) of the county building its much-needed emergency operations facility at the popular dog park across from the Civic Center. Adams, a staunch champion of health and human services, dug in her heels over the location and the dog people in her district bit back politically. (We’d hate to imagine the fallout if Adams and the supes were to favor a “secondary” location for an emergency facility to appease pet owners.) Mazzoni’s an experienced politician who typifies “moderate.” But in certain areas, like the environment, moderation doesn’t cut it. She says she supports community choice aggregation, but also says that it’s not the right time for the Marin Energy Authority. With climate change such a frightening

reality now and into the future—when IS the right time for local governments to offer the community a choice to go green? (While the Board of Supervisors will supposedly have no bearing on the MEA now that the agency has been established, it is obviously in the best interests of the fledgling agency to have a board majority that champions it.) Mazzoni’s Assembly experience and passionate roots in the community make her more than qualified for the job. We appreciate her support of business during trying economic times, but that support at times teeters too closely to being an advocate for Big Business—when Big Business isn’t necessarily advocating for the best interests of the community. As for Adams, the Mazzoni campaign says it hears complaints about Adams’ my-wayor-the-highway style. We’re not convinced that’s much of an issue—or at least enough of one to suggest voting against a supervisor who has thus far impressed. The Pacific Sun endorses Susan Adams for supervisor.

★ ASSESSOR-RECORDER-COUNTY CLERK The trio of candidates for the three-offices-in-one job of assessor-recorder-county clerk differs greatly in regard to the position that has so much oversight of Marin home values—so much that they can’t even agree on whether Marin home values are going up or down. Richard Benson, assistant county assessor, and Shelly Scott, deputy county assessor, both insist values are still in decline, while veteran property appraiser Bruce Raful says the market bottomed out last year and is currently in rebound. The three candidates are gunning for the position held by retiring County Assessor Joan Thayer, who’s already endorsed Benson, her number-two, for the job. Everyone agrees on some level that the department needs belt-tightening and efficiency streamlining, with Raful, not surprisingly, the most critical—he says the office is in “crisis.” Benson would bring the most experience to the post and likely keep things running as they have under Thayer, while Raful has implied he’d be an active advocate for the real estate market. Scott is somewhere in between. Raful cites some good examples of how Marin’s department appears bloated in comparison to similarly sized assessor offices of other counties. Still, we’re not completely comfortable with the cozy relationship he seems to envision with the county real-estate industry. Benson’s experience is hard to knock and we have no doubt he’d serve the department well as its elected head. Scott, however, comes with experience and has provided specific details on how she’d like to streamline the department. She says she could save $100,000 by closing up off-site office space and having affected employees telecommute and she’d like to improve the department website so that folks could purchase certain documents straight over the Internet —both of which sound like good ideas and achievable goals. We endorse Shelly Scott.

★ SHERIFF-CORONER We consider it a shame that Marin County, in a growing trend among counties across the state, has for budgetary reasons decided to meld the positions of its chief two investigators—one for the dead, the other for the living—into a single sheriff-coroner. Not surprisingly, it’s resulted in longtime county Sheriff Robert Doyle’s first tough campaign for the office since being appointed in 1996, as veteran county Coroner Ken Holmes has no intention of burying his career just yet and has thrown his scalpel into the ring. The sheriff’s office has already begun its transition to coroner duties—select sergeants, lieutenants and deputies will undergo basic coroner training, and existing investigators in the coroner’s office will probably play a valuable hand in the transition as well. But we have no doubt that losing a separate office for the coroner will result in diminished returns for the 200-plus autopsies performed each year, not to mention the value it has to grieving loved ones. Doyle’s been with the sheriff’s department for more than four decades, is respected within the county and his first serious election challenge for the position (he’s been unopposed in other elections) has to do with the county playing musical chairs with jobs—not because he has underperformed. He says the biggest challenge ahead for the sheriff-coroner will be the state’s plans to relieve prison overcrowding through early release programs and with recidivism rates at around two-thirds of all prisoners, crime rates could be on the upswing. Holmes has been Marin’s coroner since 1999 and, based on the Pacific Sun’s encounters with him over the years, there’s no denying he’s got a passion for the job and possesses the sharp investigative skills it requires. He places fiscal responsibility and budget reduction as his priorities for the coming term. We have no doubt both Doyle and Holmes would serve the county well as sheriff-coroner. The only question, really, is whether the position is more coroner than sheriff or more sheriff than coroner. It’s very likely the latter. And with that, we lean toward experience as sheriff. We recommend Robert Doyle for sheriff-coroner.

★ SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE, OFFICE 3 Sitting judge Paul Haakenson is up for retention on the Marin Superior Court bench, nearly four years after being appointed to his seat by Gov. Schwarzenegger. Before, he’d spent 13 years as a prosecutor for Marin’s district attorney, specializing in child abuse and sexual assault cases. He lost an earlier bid for the Marin Superior Court in 2004 for the seat that went to Faye D’Opal. He’s endorsed by all the sitting Marin judges, the district attorney, all five supes and the sheriff, among others. Lone challenger for the judgeship is Nicasio resident Mark Burton, a private litigator who specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury lawsuits and “mass tort litigation.” Burton is reportedly challenging Haakenson

because the former prosecutor resides in Sonoma County and was, at the time of the Schwarzenegger appointment, a Republican. Burton is not planning to seek donations toward his campaign, nor has he set up a campaign website. Burton appears to be putting out minimal effort in his campaign—and he’s equally minimal in offering a legitimate message as to why he should supplant his incumbent opponent. Haakenson deserves another term on the court. We strongly recommend Paul Haakenson.

★ BELVEDERE CITY COUNCIL Only two candidates filed to run for the two seats open on the Belvedere council, but the election will be held nonetheless, as the current council failed to muster a majority to cancel the election and simply appoint the council hopefuls. In her plea to cancel the election, Mayor Barbara Morrison expressed concern that the appearance of an uncontested election would result in minimal turnout (its population is below 2,500) and create the possibility that a wild-card write-in candidate could end up winning a seat. The incumbent candidate, Thomas Cromwell, is an M.D. who has specialized in anesthesiology, in addition to lending a hand the past decade toward rebuilding healthcare systems in Iraq and helping Hurricane Katrina victims. He describes Belvedere as “a unique community” and he hopes the city will maintain its character for years to come. Cromwell cites the remapping of the FEMA flood zone—which now includes the entirety of the lagoon— as a major issue facing the community, as well as overall disaster preparedness (he chairs the Bel-Tib Disaster Council). He believes the controversial Tiburon Peninsula security cameras will be valuable to law enforcement without infringing upon privacy rights, and that the growing deer population of the island is a “definite problem.” Cromwell, 68, has been Belvedere’s representative on the board of the Marin Energy Authority and calls it “the right thing to do for the environment, dependence on foreign oil and local control.” Vying unchallenged for the other seat is real-estate developer Siavash Barmand, 53, a partner in MetroPacific Properties, which has specialized in bestowing vast condo developments in places like Southern California and Nevada (check out In our efforts to give Belvedere voters a better understanding of what kind of councilmember Barmand would be, the Pacific Sun tried to reach him multiple times for feedback; we finally caught him at the airport about to board a plane, where he suggested his assistant could answer our questions in his place. We hope this is not an indication of his responsiveness to the community on the council. We’ll chalk his indifference up to running unopposed and 14 > repress our instinct to suggest that MAY 14 - MAY 20, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

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★ ROSS TOWN COUNCIL The bucolic and normally quiet town of Ross made headlines in January when the council voted 3 - 2 to make Ross the first municipal member of Marin Clean Energy to drop from its joint powers authority. Swing-vote councilman Scot Hunter, an on-again, off-again supporter of the MEA, said his vote to drop out was based partly on the certitude that the town could rejoin the MEA in the future. With councilmembers Michael Skall (who voted to drop out) and Bill Cahill (who voted against dropping out) declining to seek re-election, the results of the June council election could have a big impact on whether Ross decides to rejoin the MEA. There are four Ross residents vying for the two vacant seats in the council chambers: Carla Small, a community volunteer; Iris Winey, a retiree who says she was a high-level manager in the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Department; Rupert Russell, an attorney; and Mark Fritts, an architect who’s served on the town’s Advisory Design Review Group. When asked about municipal priorities for Ross, virtually all of the candidates place flood control and disaster preparedness at the top of their lists. Carla Small adds traffic and parking as issues of concern and suggests that some of her council decisions would be based on informal polling of the community. Iris Winey says she would like the town to focus on “sustainable practices to improve energy efficiency” as well as solve the $1.65 million funding hole for the town’s public employees’ pension liability. Rupert Russell, who was flummoxed by town bureaucracy after being flooded out of his home in 2005, is chiefly concerned with flood mitigation and making town processes “more efficient, friendlier and clearer.” Council candidate Mark Fritts informed the Pacific Sun both by telephone and via email that he did not intend to respond to our inquiries as to his various positions on town issues. We’re disappointed that he isn’t more enthusiastic about sharing his thoughts on local issues with the Ross townsfolk from whom he is seeking votes. If and when he runs for elected office again, we hope he’ll take the responsibilities that come with public service more seriously. Winey, Small and Russell all say that if they had been on the council in January, they would have voted to keep Ross in the MEA. We think all three would probably serve the town well as councilmembers. We lean toward Winey and Small, who have both shown an impressive commitment to Ross community service over the years. (Though we caution Small not to overemphasize the importance

of town polling. Getting feedback is great, but putting council decisions to a popular vote isn’t always practical and isn’t necessarily good leadership. The community will have its say— at the next town council election.) We suggest Iris Winey and Carla Small for Ross Town Council.

★ ROSS VALLEY SANITARY DISTRICT While things have settled measurably in the five years since Ross Valley’s district became known as the hard-partying sanitary agency of Marin—with wining and dining expense accounts that would’ve made the Republican National Committee blush—the RVSD still can’t seem to shake its reputation for unsavory sanitary hubris. Not only has the district board been the lone holdout in ongoing consolidation talks with San Rafael and Corte Madera sanitary districts—a plan that several studies have shown would benefit the districts—but board president Pat Guasco has implied that Ross Valley would only come to the table if it is allowed to call the shots in such a merger. Meanwhile, the district in 2008 passed a whopper of a rate hike on the community—from $270 to $520, over three years—ostensibly to pay for replacing aging sewage pipes. Yet a lot of those rate-hike funds will also be used to pay for the district’s new $2.5 million San Rafael headquarters, a 17 percent pay raise for district manager Brett Richards (he’s now at $197,000 a year) and about $1 million a year on legal fees. (A Larkspur development group filed a $15 million suit against RVSD last month for failing to clean up hazardous materials it claims the district is responsible for at Larkspur Landing.) Still, board members say the district is in a healthy financial situation—with a lot of help from that rate hike, which was passed just after the previous board election in 2008. Three seats are up for grabs on June 8—incumbents Pat Guasco and Peter Sullivan are asking voters for another term, while former San Anselmo Police Chief Bernard del Santo, Fairfax Planning Commissioner Pamela Meigs and Fairfax real-estate agent Rick Holland have thrown their sanitary hats into the ring. Nine-year incumbent Steve Vanni chose not to seek re-election, citing frustration over the district’s “take over the world” attitude. Unfortunately, that attitude—the attitude Vanni sees, anyway—won’t likely change much as, of the five candidates, only Holland strongly supports consolidation with Central Marin districts and only Holland has been overtly critical of the current board’s financial management. Guasco and Meigs argue that the district’s legal fees are in line with other sanitary districts and that the same studies cited by consolidation supporters didn’t show a benefit toward Ross Valley ratepayers. Despite having three seats on the ballot, RVSD isn’t likely to have a revolutionary shift in policy no matter what the ballot-box outcome is next month. Still, we think it could use—yet another—breath of fresh air with a couple of new faces. We recommend Rick Holland, Pamela Meigs and Pat Guasco.

STATE PROPOSITIONS ★ PROPOSITION 13 Limits on Property Tax Assessment, Seismic Retrofitting of Existing Buildings. Legislative Constitutional Amendment. In another example of how the 1978 Howard Jarvis-inspired Proposition 13 was misguided on so many levels, the antiproperty-tax bill that is hugely responsible for California’s never-ending budgetary shortfall still managed to over-tax people. The state Legislature is looking to close a loophole with this Prop. 13 amendment so that buildings undergoing seismic retrofitting for safety reasons will no longer be reassessed for new property tax value—which previously, in a state sitting atop several active fault lines, was discouraging building owners from earthquake-proofing their buildings. This amendment’s financial impact is negligible and there’s not a single “nay” of opposition in the state Senate or Assembly. We recommend a YES on Prop. 13.

★ PROPOSITION 14 Increases Right To Participate In Primary Elections This one’s intriguing and not an easy call. It essentially disposes of partisan June primary elections and throws everybody and their candidate mother on a single ballot. The two candidates with the most votes would advance to a general election in November. Could be a Republican and Democrat like usual, or it could be two Republicans, or two Democrats. (Don’t count on a Green, Libertarian or other third-party candi★★★★★ date making it past the June vote—this virtually eliminates them from the November ballot.) Proponents say Prop. 14 would take the power over candidates away from party hardliners and hand that power to the moderate voter—as candidates wouldn’t simply have to court their party base, but the entire electorate in order to advance to the November runoff. Prop. 14 architect Abel Maldonado, a Republican moderate, argues that over time this will result in a state Legislature that is moderate enough to solve California’s many problems. It sounds nice, but when put in practice in the two states that have tried such a primary, Washington and Louisiana, it’s shown to have a negligible effect on moderation—unless you consider the advancement of KKK Grand Wizard David Duke to have been a moderate choice by 1991-era Louisianans. That’s an extreme example; mostly it’ll still come down to the top two candidates in name recognition and campaign funding. And who do those typically turn out to be? Why, the candidates favored by the party hardliners, of course.

The real change if Prop. 14 passes will come at the expense of third-party candidates, who stand little chance of taking part in a “top two” general election. Their ability to campaign, debate and take the major-party candidates to task (and siphon off critical votes) will be virtually silenced. We recommend a NO on Prop. 14.

★ PROPOSITION 15 California Fair Elections Act. The California Fair Elections Act would repeal the state ban on public funding for political campaigns, using as its testing grounds the office of secretary of state in the 2014 and 2018 elections. Funded by fees assessed on lobbyists, Prop. 15 would provide a pool of revenue for secretary of state candidates who agree to a) limit their campaign spending to their share of the Prop. 15 funds; and b) raise $5 contributions from at least 7,500 registered voters. Why secretary of state? It’s traditionally a much smaller race, with lower voter turnout and lower overall campaign spending—which means it’ll be far easier to tell if public funding can even the playing field and help participating candidates compete with privately funded ones. Additionally, with the secretary of state’s role in overseeing transparency in elections and political campaigns, it’s an ideal position to fill with someone not tied to the influence of private contributions. Opponents claim it’s a sneaky way to overturn 1988’s voterapproved Prop. 73, which set limits on private campaign contributions and banned public campaign funding. But 15 is hardly a blitzkrieg into using taxpayer money to line the coffers of billion★★★★★ aire candidates who’d blow it all on hit-piece attack ads. It’s starting at a snail’s pace—it’s only testing the public-funding waters with secretary of state and rolling out over the course of several years. Seems like it’s worth a try. We recommend YES on Prop. 15.



★ PROPOSITION 16 Imposes New Two-thirds Voter Approval Requirement for Local Public Electricity Providers. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Let’s set aside Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s shamelessly dishonest campaigns to kill community choice aggregation across the state, let’s ignore the laughably mendacious title of the “Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” and forget for a moment that the burdensome two-thirds vote requirement it calls for is traditionally used for when jurisdictions call for a special tax—which community choice aggregation doesn’t do. Here are three even better reasons why you should vote No on Prop. 16: ● For a company that claims community

choice aggregation is a “risky scheme,” PG&E sure gives every indication it believes the exact opposite. Once it became clear the utility wouldn’t be able to stop the launch of the Marin Energy Authority, it went full throttle to get Prop. 16 on the ballot and make it extremely difficult for communities to form their own CCAs—and it didn’t do that because it thought counties across the state would see Marin flame out and quietly thank their lucky stars they stayed out of the “energy business.” ● Supporters of Prop. 16 claim counties seeking community choice aggregation to compete with established utilities are “going into the energy business.” That’s like saying if I’m not happy with my cable company and I want to contract instead with a satellite dish company, then I’m “going into the “TV business.” It’s a disingenuous argument at best. ● If Prop. 16 passes, energy competition would be dead in the water in many counties—as getting two-thirds of voters to do anything is often impossible. (Why not 55 percent? Why not 60 percent? Because those majorities are often reachable with a popular idea; 66.6 percent is the threshold where a well-funded opposition campaign can squelch nearly everything.) Keep in mind, Marin voters, that if Prop. 16 passes, all the towns that aren’t currently in the MEA— that’s you, Novato, Corte Madera, Larkspur and Ross—would be subjected to the twothirds voter requirements if you ever want to sign up for Marin Clean Energy. If you cast one and only one vote in this election, make it a NO on Prop. 16.

★ PROPOSITION 17 Allows Auto Insurance Companies to Base Their Prices in Part on a Driver’s History of Insurance Coverage. Here’s what you may be thinking: Why, this sounds great! According to the ballot summary, Prop. 17 will allow auto insurance companies to “offer a discount to drivers who have continuously maintained

their auto insurance coverage, even if they change their insurance company...” Fantastic. Who doesn’t want a discount?! Car insurers will finally be giving me a break for being a lawfully insured driver for all these years. If I switch to them, that is. Well, so what? That’s the beauty of a competitive market, right? But wait—what’s this fine print at the end of the ballot summary? Prop. 17 “may allow insurance companies to increase cost of insurance to drivers who do not qualify for discount.” Oh, so if I ever put a halt to my insurance (for 91 days or more) for whatever reason—having sold a car...can’t drive for health reasons... am serving overseas in the military—my insurance company “may” increase my insurance rates. But I’m sure they wouldn’t do that! Besides, if this proposition passes, it would be an incentive for me to never ever stop purchasing car insurance no matter what...never, ever, not in a million years. Which means I might be eligible for a little discount! Sarcasm aside, Prop. 17 sounds like a great way to get people to never drop their auto insurance. Or, as we keep asking ourselves, when in human history has an insurance company ever funded a ballot measure to ensure drivers pay less money to insurance companies? Prop. 17 was put on the ballot through the funds of Mercury Insurance Company. Last month, according to USNewswire, “The California Department of Insurance (CDI) [on April 12] said that Mercury Insurance Company, the sponsor of Proposition 17, has overcharged and discriminated against California customers for over 15 years, including failing to deliver discounts required by state law and imposing unlawful surcharges.” We suggest a resounding NO on Prop. 17.

COUNTY MEASURES ★ MEASURES A, B AND C This trio of library funding measures for the county libraries, as well as San Anselmo and San Rafael libraries, is asking for a $49 per year parcel tax to help maintain hours of operation, improve children’s services and improve collections of books, CDs, DVDs, etc. The tax would be in place for five years everywhere, except for San Rafael, which is shooting for seven. Excellent libraries have been a demarcation of advanced societies since the first card catalogs cropped up in ancient Egypt 4,000 years ago. Marin’s library system has been so underfunded for so many years we’re frequently amazed that they’re as good as they are—with dedicated staffs, storytelling for kids and a convenient courier system sharing books from branch to branch. San Anselmo particularly needs help with its hours, which are down to only 36 a week, and recent draconian eliminations of children’s services. Quality libraries are worth their weight in Dewey Decimals as far as we’re concerned, and a dollar a week isn’t a lot to ask. We recommend YES on measures A, B and C. 16> MAY 14 - MAY 20, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 15


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★ MEASURE F Novato residents have the pleasure of voting on the adoption of a sanitary contract memorably titled “Novato Sanitary District Contract Service Agreement for Operation, Maintenance, and Management of Wastewater Treatment Facility.” But it’s more interesting than it sounds. (How could it not be?) Measure F essentially comes down to a vote on whether the sanitary district can go ahead with its plan to contract with a private French company for $15 million to manage its new “state of the art” wastewater treatment plant. The district believes hiring the company, Veolia Water, is necessary due to the $90 million treatment plant’s intricate 21st-century technology—and that the move will save the district $7 million over the course of its five-year contract. Opposition to the contract has coalesced around the fate of a handful of workers at the plant who fear their job status


★ SUN ENDORSEMENTS JUNE 8 PRIMARY U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 6 Democrat: Lynn Woolsey Republican: Michael Halliwell

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, DISTRICT 1 Democrat: Betty Yee Republican: Kevin Scott STATE ASSEMBLY Democrat: Jared Huffman Republican: Robert Louis Stephens (unopposed)

LT. GOVERNOR Democrat: Gavin Newsom Republican: Abel Maldonado


SECRETARY OF STATE Democrat: Debra Bowen (unopposed) Republican: Damon Dunn


CONTROLLER Democrat: John Chiang (unopposed) Republican:Tony Strickland


TREASURER Democrat: Bill Lockyer (unopposed) Republican: Mimi Walter (unopposed)


ATTORNEY GENERAL Democrat: Kamala Harris Republican:Tom Harman

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HIT THE BOOKS Two May book events bring very different perspectives in food writing, each of them full of valuable lessons. Kim Severson’s name should be familiar from her years as a food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle before she became a staff writer at the New York Times. Her recently published memoir, Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, goes beyond interviews and impressions of the women featured in her book: It reveals how their lives and work deeply affected her own process and personal growth. The cast includes Alice Waters, Marion Cunningham, Ruth Reichl, Edna Lewis, Leah Chase, Marcella Hazan, her mother Ann Marie Severson and—yes—Rachael Ray. She will be discussing her book May 16 at 7pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera... A cookbook that emphasizes using the freshest possible goods is perfect for this time of year. Cooking from the Farmers’ Market— by Georgeanne Brennan, Chuck Williams (founder of the firm) and Richard Eskite—is part of a series of publications from WilliamsSonoma and it will be featured in a class and tasting May 24 at 6pm at the Marin branch of Williams-Sonoma. Cost is $75 per person, which includes a copy of the book. Reservations: 415/924-6799. NOW THAT’S ITALIAN Sometimes a change of ownership brings a whole new mood to a restaurant; sometimes this also means a definite change for the better in its cuisine. This has happened to Pasta Pomodoro, the small collection of restaurants that has grown to 29 since 1984. Under the partnership of Matthew Janopaul and Girish Satya, the dining spots now emphasize conscientious selections from local sources for ingredients, adding lighter touches and more choices for vegetarians while keeping the menu strictly Italian. This means that products like Zoe’s Meats from Petaluma, Niman from West Marin and regional Belfiore cheeses show up in dishes such as rustic cauliflower soup with artichoke as a flavor booster or a current specialty, conchiglie (shell pasta) with shrimp in a sauce that includes asparagus tips, cream and a shrimp stock reduction. Options abound in proteins to be added to

sauces or salads, and vegetarian dishes are marked on the menu with a green basil leaf logo. Pizzas are based on thin, crisp crusts and desserts are stellar—especially an espresso cup of tiramisu for a just-right sweet bite, or bunet (the “ancestor” of puddings) of dark chocolate and crushed amaretti, flavored with amaretto and a caramelized sauce. Another change is in the wine service that showcases bottles from family wineries in California and Italy; wines by the glass are available in three pours, from a virtuous 4-ounce glass to 16 ounces. Pasta Pomodoro is family-friendly, hosting Cena di Familia each Monday (a three-course dinner served familystyle, $35 for four servings) and free dinners for children 12 and under on Tuesday nights. Locations: Strawberry Village, Mill Valley; Montecito Shopping Center, San Rafael; and Vintage Oaks, Novato. IT’S NEWZ WITH A Z Other restaurant news: The outlook continues to be positive this month. In Bon Air Center (Greenbrae), smallish Z Cafe morphed into NewZ— pronounced “news”—with a much brighter atmosphere in lighter, airier surroundings. Its menu offers organic produce, grass-fed beef and free-range poultry. Drop by before 6pm and find wine by the glass at half-price; 415/925-4370...Tamalpais Commons, mixeduse housing that has emerged in Mill Valley, is home to small businesses and live-work lofts as well as residences. It is also home to Dish, a casual restaurant scheduled to open soon at 507 Miller, the third local establishment from Peter Schumacher (Buckeye Roadhouse, Bungalow 44), who has partnered with Mike House for this venture. Word is that the menu will be “California ethnic,” comfort food influenced by Thai, Moroccan and Greek cuisines. There will be kids’ choices available for the families they hope to attract for breakfast, lunch and dinner; 415/388-3474...Burgers ’n’ booze: The Counter (Town Center Corte Madera) celebrates Fridays with all-day happy hour, half-price drinks (wine, beer, cocktails) with the purchase of food items. ✹ Contact Pat at

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SATURDAY, MAY 15 The Haunting of Sorority Row Most of the sorority houses weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve visited were mainly haunted by toxic levels of hairspray and the residue of poorly formulated Jell-O shots. (2007) Lifetime. 7pm. Just Like Heaven A man falls in love with a woman who is in a coma. That part of the relationship doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually happen until the third year of marriage. (2005) CBS. 8pm. Weird or What? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re guessing weird. Discovery Channel. 8pm. The Dudesons in America WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 These are Swedish guys Destroy, Build, Destroy doing crazy, stupid stunts. This is a show about teams Think Jackass but with the building contraptions and fresh, minty taste of a Menthen tearing them apart. It tos commercial. MTV. 9pm. is also a good description of Saturday Night Live Alec our relationship track record. Baldwin has hosted so Say what you will, the French Cartoon Network. 8:30pm. many times he probably queen was generous with confecCriminal Minds Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeps a toothbrush there. tionary. Monday, 9pm. killer finds his victims on NBC. 11:30pm. online social networks. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we never friend anyone on Facebook SUNDAY, MAY 16 Bay to Breakers On TV, whose profile interests include â&#x20AC;&#x153;dissecitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just one 12 kilometer-long pixilated blur. tion.â&#x20AC;? CBS. 9pm. The Tonight Show Eddie KRON. 7pm. Murphy talks about the new Survivor: Heroes vs. VilShrek movie and why making lains Another winner is an ass of himself became so announced. But this time all much more lucrative in anithe contestants were from mation. NBC. 11:35pm. previous seasons. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible the winner could be a repeat winner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ability to use THURSDAY, MAY 20 Modmanipulation and guile to ern Marvels The story of the crush the hopes of othersâ&#x20AC;? Alcan Highway, stretching has got to look even weirder 1,522 miles across Canada on your resume the second to Alaska.We love a road trip time. CBS. 8pm. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell, on the set of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Riding the where the highway sign says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Next Rest Stop That Tree Over Bus,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; or perhaps her daytime talk There.â&#x20AC;?History Channel. 8pm. MONDAY, MAY 17 House show. Thursday, 9pm. Worst Case Scenario Is runThe team is dispatched to an emergency site. This is a real challenge for ning from dogs really a worst case scenario? medical professionals accustomed to a clini- What about running from tigers, or aliens or cal setting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to haul that many insur- kindergartners hopped up on Red Bull? Disance forms around and still move quickly. covery Channel. 8:30pm. Riding the Bus with My Sister Rosie Fox. 8pm. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell plays an adult woman with develLaw & Order A reality show finds a dead opmental disabilities. How this is different body in a dog cage.That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound as from her talk show host persona remains much like a reality show as it does a totally awesome game show. NBC. 9pm. unclear. (2005) Hallmark. 9pm. â&#x153;š Marie Antoinette Examining the life of Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciďŹ Marie Antoinette, her marriage at 14, her Turn on more TV Guy at ascendancy to the throne and the tragic â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ day when she died being pelted with tea

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y sharing this story, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not implying that men are pigs. Women do this stuff too. Well, in the movies they do. Actually, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just trying to be nice here, so no one will accuse me of bashing men. The truth is, women donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t behave like the men Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m about to describe. Maybe some women wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if they had penises. I met my friends Kate and Melissa for brunch at Il Fornaio in the Town Center. Melissa brought along Sandy, a friend from work, and Sandyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23-year-old daughter Rosie. After they all ordered fruit and yogurt, I conďŹ rmed that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m embracing my cellulite by ordering French toast with mascarpone cheese and maple syrup. Rosie picked at her food and spoke very little. I thought she was bored with us spinsters; however, it turns out she was blue about losing her position as a live-in nanny in Orinda. She worked for a wealthy executive who had his two young daughters every other week. So, what did she do to get ďŹ red? The better question is what didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t she do. After a month on the job, Mr. Hairy Back started walking around the house after his shower clad only in a towel. Rosie felt uncomfortable, but wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure he was doing anything wrong. It was, after all, his home. Hairy frequently complimented her appearance. The day he watched her swimming with his daughters, he told her he loved the way she moved in the water. We know where this is heading, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cut to the chase. One night Rosie awoke to ďŹ nd him in her bed. He reeked of alcohol and body odor. Reacting on pure adrenaline, she shoved him onto the ďŹ&#x201A;oor and locked herself in the bathroom until she heard his car pulling out of the garage in the morning. Rosie called her mother, spilling the story between sobs. Sandy insisted she quit, however it was a moot point. While they were on the phone, Rosie found a note on the kitchen counter. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m letting you go. The girls have been complaining about you. Remove your personal items and be gone before I return from work. Kate and I were incensed by Hairyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conduct. Melissa wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosie, you allowed it to escalate,â&#x20AC;? Melissa said. Kate, Sandy and I jumped to Rosieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense so fast that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who said what. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;He took advantage of her.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame the victim.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say that it if it happened to your daughter.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosie, this wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your fault,â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was older than you, 30 or so, when it happened to me. I blamed myself. I should have discouraged him or maybe I even encouraged him. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get caught up in that kind of thinking.â&#x20AC;?

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he thing that makes New Or- leans and Cyril in Slidell, Louisiana. leans music so unique and so A recent appearance at the New Orleans recognizable and so compelling Jazz & Heritage Festival served as a family is that folks in that town play music for love reunion and chance to work on new songs. and spiritual expression as opposed to com“Backstage, during rehearsal, I was able to mercial success or fame,” says saxophonist go over a couple of new tunes with a couple Charles Neville. “Even people in New Or- of the band members and when we got leans who got famous early onstage everybody else fell on—Lee Dorsey and Chris right in line with the new COMING SOON Kenner, for instance—kept tunes even though they their day jobs as cab drivers hadn’t gotten a chance The Neville Brothers will open for Elvis Costello and or whatever. to go over the material,” the Sugarcanes on Sunday, “They worked to earn Charles says. May 23, at 5:30pm, at the money and played for love.” “That musical connecSonoma Jazz Plus Festival. For Charles, 72, who tion is so tight, so there $60-$260. started touring at age 15, whenever we get together.” music is his life. It’s also The Nevilles have been a way to stay connected making music together for with his musical siblings—Aaron, Art and nearly 35 years and in various solo projects Cyril—known collectively as the Neville for five decades: Aaron topped the Billboard Brothers band. pop charts in 1967 with the ballad “Tell It Since Hurricane Katrina uprooted several Like It Is” and keyboardist Art and percusof the Neville clan, the first family of New sionist Cyril co-founded the seminal 1960s Orleans R&B has remained scattered most and ’70s funk band the Meters. of the year: Aaron resides in New York City, In 1976, Aaron and Charles teamed up Charles in Massachusetts, Art in New Orwith the Meters, Big Chief Jolly (singer

The Neville Brothers—that’s sax-man Charles on the far right—have been the Fab Four of New Orleans soul since the mid ‘70s

George Landry) and other Mardi Gras Indians on the Wild Tchoupitoulas’ eponymous album. In the wake of the album’s critical success, the Nevilles recorded their 1978 self-titled debut. That was followed by 1981’s break-

through Fiyo on the Bayou. But their big break came through their manager, Marin music mogul Bill Graham. A 1987 recording-industry showcase at New George’s in San Rafael resulted in Uptown, with an all-star lineup that included Keith Richards, Carlos Santana and Branford Marsalis. The 1989 follow-up, the Daniel Lanoisproduced Yellow Moon, garnered a Grammy Award with its messages of social justice mingled with Cajun and Creole, R&B and jazz. Ultimately, the Nevilles have helped bring New Orleans music into the mainstream. “We just got lucky,” Charles says. “At the time that we started recording and performing, we picked up a really good following. And we had the good fortune to work with Bill Graham—he really was responsible for getting our name out there.” Even if recording and touring has dropped off of late, the band’s live dates continue to afford an almost transcendental experience for fans and band members alike. “What makes it all worthwhile for us when we get together onstage is that it’s a chance to link spiritually in order for that thing to be one and to go into the audience and to come back to us onstage,” Charles says. “For me, most of time, when I’m onstage, what’s coming out of the horn isn’t coming from me, it’s coming through me. “We all feel that way—we might be creating the words and the notes, but the actual essence of the music is coming from the great spirit that moves through all things.” ✹ Whistle a tune for Greg at

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Imogen Heap sings for a cause in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Call+Response,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; playing at the Rafael Sunday with ďŹ lmmaker Justin Dillon in person.

â&#x2014;? Babies (1:20) Thomas Balmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documentary follows four babies (a Namibian, a Mongolian, a Japanese and a San Franciscan) from birth to their ďŹ rst tentative steps into toddlerhood. â&#x2014;? The Back-up Plan (1:38) ArtiďŹ cially inseminated single gal Jennifer Lopez drags her new dreamboat of a boyfriend down the tangled path to childbirth. â&#x2014;? Call+Response (1:26) Jaw-dropping documentary about todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 27 million-strong slave trade; Cornel West and Madeleine Albright share their insights. â&#x2014;? City Island (1:43) Hilarious havoc ensues when a middle-aged wannabe actor introduces his family to his long-lost ex-con son. â&#x2014;? Date Night (1:28) A married coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s night on the town goes kerblooey when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re mistaken for a pair of desperados on the run from the Mob; Tina Fey and Steve Carrell star. â&#x2014;? Exit Through the Gift Shop (1:27) Challenging prize-winning documentary about English grafďŹ ti artiste Banksy and his friends and fans. â&#x2014;? Furry Vengeance (1:32) Real estate developer Brendan Fraser has a battle on his hands when a brigade of forest folk wage war against an eco-unfriendly cul-de-sac. â&#x2014;? The Ghost Writer (2:08) Polanski political thriller about a Tony Blair-like former PM and the biographer who learns more about his subjectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ties to the CIA than he ought to; Pierce Brosnan stars. â&#x2014;? The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:32) Stieg Larssonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestseller hits the big screen with Michael Nykvist as a down-and-out newspaperman out to crack a long-forgotten unsolved murder. â&#x2014;? Godspeed (1:39) A lapsed faith healer faces down a biblical-worthy foe in the wilds of Alaska. â&#x2014;? Harry Brown (1:43) Michael Caine as a law-abiding bloke who goes all vigilante when his best friend is murdered. â&#x2014;? Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone (2:32) The boy wizardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ rst big-screen adventure ďŹ nds him enrolling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and embracing his true calling. â&#x2014;? How to Train Your Dragon (1:38) Cartoon about a Viking dragonslayer-in-training who outrages his tribe by befriending one of his ďŹ re-breathing foes.

â&#x2014;? Iron Man 2 (2:05) Robert Downey Jr. is back as the now-famous superhero inventor, trying to keep his crime-ďŹ ghting secrets out of the wrong hands; Don Cheadle and Mickey Rourke costar. â&#x2014;? Just Wright (1:51) Physical therapist Queen Latifah falls for her latest client, an oblivious NBA all star. â&#x2014;? Letters to Juliet Vanessa Redgrave and Franco Nero, together again in the story of a woman who returns to Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Verona in search of a long-lost love. â&#x2014;? MacGruber An unorthodox all-American Green Beret/Navy SEAL/Army Ranger is called out of retirement to track down a rogue nuclear warhead. â&#x2014;? The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (4:15) Saucy Renee Fleming stars as Rossiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexy sorceress in big-screen high-def glory. â&#x2014;? Mother and Child (2:05) Annette Bening, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts as three women experiencing child adoption in different ways. â&#x2014;? National Theatre: The Habit of Art Alan Bennettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed drama about the troubled friendship between W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten is transmitted live via satellite feed from Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End. â&#x2014;? A Nightmare on Elm Street (1:35) Jackie Earle Haley stars as Freddie Krueger in this remake of the 1984 horror classic. â&#x2014;? Oceans (1:40) The latest underwater cameras capture dazzling glimpses of life beneath the seas; Pierce Brosnan narrates. â&#x2014;? Please Give (1:30) Catherine Keener is steeped in bittercomic ennui as a Manhattan success story confounded by the ethics of her marriage, family and livelihood. â&#x2014;? Princess Kaiulani (1:40) Qâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orianka Kilcher as an exiled Hawaiian princess coming into her own in Victorian England. â&#x2014;? Robin Hood (2:20) The greatest guerrilla insurrectionist in history is back (in the person of Russell Crowe), robbing from the rich, giving to the poor and wooing the spirited Maid Marian (Cate Blanchett). â&#x2014;? The Secret in Their Eyes (2:07) A retired Argentine criminal investigator confronts his inner demons as he writes a novel based on a rape and murder that took place 30 years earlier. â&#x2014;? Shrek Forever After 3D (1:34) The nowdomesticated ogre, yearning for the hair-raising days of yesteryear, gets mixed up with con man Rumpelstiltskin; Mike Myers, Jon Hamm and Antonio Banderas provide the voices. â&#x2014;? Sons of the Fallen (2:00) Soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are remembered by their sons at a Rocky Mountain gathering featuring music by Clint Black. â&#x2014;? Times Talks Live: Lost (1:45) The New York Timesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lorne Manly gets the lowdown on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lostâ&#x20AC;? series ďŹ nale from executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. â&#x2014;? Touching Home (1:57) Local ďŹ lmmakers Logan and Noah Miller write, direct and act in this memoir of their homeless father and their dreams of baseball stardom; Ed Harris stars. â&#x153;š

â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş MOViE TiMES A Nightmare on Elm Street (R) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 3:20, 5:45, 8:05, 10:25 Babies (PG) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 8:30 The Back-up Plan (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 7:30, 9:50 â?&#x2039; Call+Response (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 6:30 (ďŹ lmmaker Justin Dillon in person) City Island (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 CinĂŠArts at Marin: Fri 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:20 Date Night (PG-13) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:40, 10 Sat-Sun 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:05 Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:40, 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:05 Exit Through the Gift Shop (R) CinĂŠArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:45, 7:55, 10:05 Sat 1:30, 3:35, 5:45, 7:55, 10:05 Sun 1:30, 3:35, 5:45, 7:55 Mon-Thu 5:20, 7:30 Furry Vengeance (PG) 1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 9:15 SatSun 9:20 Mon-Thu 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:45, 4:05, 6:40, 8:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:20, 12:30, 2:55, 5:20 The Ghost Writer (PG-13) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1, 3:50, 6:50 MonThu 3:50, 6:50 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat 1, 4:15, 7:30 Sun 12, 3, 8:45 Mon-Tue, Thu 7:30 â?&#x2039; Godspeed (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Wed 7 (ďŹ lmmaker Robert Saitzyk in person) Harry Brown (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05 CinĂŠArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4, 9:50 Sun 4 Mon-Thu 4:50 â?&#x2039; Harry Potter and the Sorcererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone (PG) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Lark Theater: Sun 10:30am How to Train Your Dragon (PG)


= New Movies This Week

â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 1:40 Iron Man 2 (PG-13) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2 Century Cinema: 10:45, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:35 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30; Digital Projection showtimes at 4, 7, 10 Thu 11:30, 12, 12:30, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, 10:30, 11, 11:3 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 CinĂŠArts at Marin: Fri 4:10, 7:15, 10 Sat 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:15, 4:10, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:40, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15, 8:45, 10 Sat 11, 12:15, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15, 8:45, 10 Sun 11, 12:15, 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15 Mon-Thu 1:45, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:15 â?&#x2039; Just Wright (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Letters to Juliet (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:50, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:50, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:45, 6:15, 7:25, 8:55, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 11:30, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:45, 6:15, 7:25, 8:55 Wed 11:30, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:50, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2, 4:40, 7:25, 9:45 Sat 11:15, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 9:45 Sun 11:15, 2, 4:40, 7:25 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 7, 9:25 Sat 1:20, 4, 7, 9:25 Sun 1:20, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 â?&#x2039; MacGruber (R) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm The Metropolitan Opera: Armida (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinĂŠArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 â?&#x2039; Mother and Child (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:15 National Theatre: The Habit of Art (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 6:30

Oceans (G) Century Larkspur Landing: 7 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:10 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35, 4:40, 6:55, 9:05 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 2:20, 4:35, 6:40, 9 Sat 11:50, 2:20, 4:35, 6:40, 9 Sun 11:50, 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 Mon-Thu 2:20, 4:35, 6:40 Please Give (R) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40, 10 Sun-Mon, WedThu 12:40, 3, 5:20, 7:40 Tue 12:40, 3, 5:20 â?&#x2039; Princess Kaiulani (PG) Lark Theater: Fri 6:30, 8:45 Sat 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:45 Sun 2, 4:15 Mon 6:30 Tue-Wed 4:15, 6:30 Thu 4:15 â?&#x2039; Robin Hood (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:35, 3:45, 7:15, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:40, 12:45, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40, 10:15 Sun-Wed 11:40, 12:45, 2:20, 3:55, 5:30, 7:05, 8:40 Thu 11:40, 12:45, 2:20, 3:55, 7:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:10, 11:10, 1:10, 2:10, 4:10, 5:10, 7:10, 8:10, 10:10 CinĂŠArts at Marin: Fri 3:50, 7, 10:05 Sat 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:05 Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4, 7, 10:05 Sat 12, 4, 7, 10:05 Sun 12, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Sat 12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3:40, 6:40 Mon-Thu 3:40, 6:40 The Secret In Their Eyes (R) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026; CinĂŠArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon 4:10, 7 Tue, Thu 4:45 Wed 3:15 â?&#x2039; Shrek Forever After (PG) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm â?&#x2039; Sons of the Fallen: A Live Tribute to our Military Heroes (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Tue 8 CinĂŠArts at Sequoia: Tue 8 â?&#x2039; Times Talks Live: Lost (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinĂŠArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Touching Home (PG-13) â&#x2DC;&#x2026;â&#x2DC;&#x2026;1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sat 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15

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


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F R I D AY M AY 1 4 — F R I D AY M AY 2 1 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Ya do the Ho’ike Hula and you turn yourself around... find out what it’s all about May 15 at the Hamilton Amphitheater.

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks with more important event information. ‘‘

Live music 05/14: Rubber Souldiers You’ve got to get this into your life! It’s the Rubber Souldiers, the Fab Five tribute group with a jam-band heart. Featuring the Rowan Brothers, David Gans, Josh Zucker and CC Dawson, the Rubber Souldiers will reveal just who is the walrus this Friday, May 14 at the Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave. in Mill Valley. Special guest Mark Karan; opening Garrin Benfield. Doors at 7pm; show at 8pm. In the Woods Productions, call 415/38WOODS. 05/14: Jesse Kincaid and New Rising Sons with Boudeeka ’60s dance music. 9:30pm. Peri’s, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-9910.

05/14: Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers Local Music Vibe presents this retro dance band. Early bird drink specials 8:30-10. 21+ 8:30pm. $10. The Vibe at Club 101, 815 W. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael. 606-7435. 05/14: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute band. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/14: Rubber Souldiers Beatles tribute band with Lorin and Chris Rowan. Garrin Benfield opens. 8 p.m. $20. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 05/14:Tom Rigney & Flambeau Fiery Cajun and zydeco music. 8pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/15: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio Jazz pop fusion. 7pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 847-8331.

05/15: Bautista Latin Rock-Jazz Fusion 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/15: Crossing Bridges, Bridging Communities Students from the SF Mission District YMP program perform Latin music with elementary students from San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood Enriching Lives through Music (ELM) program. 1:30-2:30pm. Free. Pickleweed Park Community Center & Library, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 847-8540. 05/15: Doc Kraft Band Dance music. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858. 05/15: Melvin Seals and JGB 9pm $20-25.19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 05/15: Schuster Bay Modern jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 05/16: Calafia In the bar. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/16: Calafia In the bar. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. 05/16: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 05/16: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 05/16: Swing Fever and Mal Sharpe The Marin-Sonoma Concours will not only have cool classic cars, boats, Hot Rods and art but

BEST BET Full tilt Elegance Besides being a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, J a n i s J o p l i n w a s we l l known for her psychedelic style—and car. The legendary Larkspur resident’s 365c Cabriolet will be ‘My friends all drive featured in a dizzying array of Porsche vehicles at Porsches, I must make amends!’ the second annual MARIN SONOMA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE. The San Rafael event—a fundraiser for Hospice By The Bay—will also include rare fire engines, ice cream trucks and even a vintage hearse. For those who want their own piece of automotive history, sweet rides and related art can be purchased at the Car Corral and other booths. And if cars don’t float your boat, the exhibition boasts a fleet of wooden ships on display in the Civic Center Lagoon. Live music, food and wine are just a few more reasons to hit the road and head for the hot rods. 9am-4pm May 16 at the Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Info: Call 415/479-7727 or visit—Sarah Strand

also live music. Mal Sharpe at 11am and Swing Fever at 1pm. 11am-3pm. $15, free kids under 16. Marin County Fairgrounds, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 479-7727.

05/21: Lauralee Brown & Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

05/18: Swing Fever with Bryan Gould

05/21:Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs

Songs of Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Carmichael. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 05/19: Grupo Falso Baiano Duo Ami Molinelli and Brian Moran. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/19: Rattlebox With Barry Sless, Lorin Rowan and Doug Harmon. 7:30pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax. 485-1005. www. 05/20: Deborah Winters With Jean Michel Hure. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 05/20: E-40 With special guests. Hip-hop. 9pm. $30. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 4591091.

Thirteen piece band which combines vintage rock ’n ’roll with comedy sketch work. 8-10pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/21: Wonderbread 5 9pm.$15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 05/22: Turbulence Reggae. 9pm.$20-25. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. Fridays: Jose Neto Brazilian guitarist. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. Fridays: Michael Aragon Quartet Jazz. 9pm. no cover No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. James Moseley Band Soul music. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219. Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361.

05/20: Live Band Karaoke Benefit with Jimmy Dillon Have a moment in the spotlight


or just enjoy the show. Join Phil and Chris Bronstein and Julie Chaiken for an evening of exciting, interactive entertainment for a great cause. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Center for Reproductive Rights. 6:30pm. $100. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 05/20: Singer/Songwriter Night Hosted by Lauralee Brown. In the bar. 7pm. Rancho Nicasio. 662-2219.

05/21: Jack Van Paris and Company Rock,R&B and Originals. 8 p.m. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/Fort Baker, Sausalito. 383-5123.

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05/15: Harmony Sweepstakes A cappella festival national finals. 8-11pm. $29.50 - $39.50. Marin Veterans Audirorium, Ave of the Flags, San Rafael. 459-3955. 05/16: Marin Music Chest Annual Young Artists Concert Co-sponsored by Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. Featuring selected classical student musicians honored with this year’s award scholarships. 5pm. Free. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453.


Comedy 05/19: Mill Valley Comedy Fest and Feast

Have they got pipes!

Don’t judge a book by its cover— or a band by its name. The affectionately coined “Sewer Band” doesn’t relate to what you might think: Members don’t perform in sewers, they aren’t sanitary district employees and their music is anything but foul. The group, officially known as the LAS GALLINAS VALLEY SANI- Flushed with talent. TARY DISTRICT NON-MARCHING BAND, was founded in 1957 by then-Dixie School District music director Joseph Curatilo and six other musical folks. The bandmates realized they shared one thing in common—they all lived in the same sewer district. Ever since, the band has been entertaining Marinites with classic bandstand melodies at its annual spring concert, proving to fans that they truly don’t stink. Tuesday, May 18, 7:30pm at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Free. Info:—SS 05/16: SingersMarin Youth Choruses “Sharing Hopes and Dreams and Reaching for Stars.” Spring concert. 3-5pm. $10-20. IDESST (Portuguese Hall), 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 383-3712.

05/16: Throckmorton Chamber Players Chamber works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, Barber, others. 7:30-10pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

05/18: Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band W7:30pm Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 05/20: Akabella Quintet World music vocal ensemble. Benefits Every Dollar Feeds Kids, a non-profit helping to feed hungry children. 7-9pm. $10. First Congregational Church, 8 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 479-2747.

Dance 05/15: Dance With Sherry Studio Recital "Infinity and Beyond...2010." 2 and 7pm. $12-22. Showcase Theatre, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 05/15: Ho’ike Hula 2010 “Aloha Na Ali’i.” Halau Hula Na Pua O Ka La’akea performance featuring all classes taught by Kumu Hula Shawna Alapa’i, including the little Keikis. 1-3pm. $10, children under 10 are free. Hamilton Amphitheater, 601 Hamilton Parkway, Novato. 381-1616.

Rubber Souldiers... just like the Beatles. Only better.

Theater/Auditions 05/16:‘May We’ With Rhiannon, David Worm, Vitta Joy, and Claire Peaslee, plus Joyce Kouffman percussion. Vocals and physical theater created entirely in the moment, with a deep bow to planet Earth. 7:30-9:15pm. $21. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1634. 05/21-06/20:‘Top Girls’ Set in 1980s London, at the Top Girls Employment Agency, this play tells the story of an ambitious career woman who has just been appointed head of her firm. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.

Through 05/15:‘The Rhubarb Revue Now in 3-D’ 49th annual community cabaret style, comedy/ variety show. Shows May 7-8 and May 14-15 7:30 p.m. Bring dinner. Rhubarb treats available. $20. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill valley. 383-3691 . Through 05/16:‘Big The Musical’ The Stapleton Theatre Company presents a musical theater rendition of the 1988 movie. 7:30pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $14-20. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 454-5759. Through 05/22:‘The Big Knife’ By Clifford Odets. 7:30pm Fridays; 6:30pm Saturdays. $15-25. Belrose Theater, 1415 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 4546422. Through 05/30:‘Owners’ Dark comedy by renowned British playwright Caryl Churchill. $25. AlterTheater Ensemble, 1701 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787.

of the human body. 11am-6pm. elsewhere gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 747 8696. www.

Through 06/02:’Get Covered’ Exhibition

First annual Mill Valley Comedy Fest & Feast, a benefit for 142 Throckmorton. Includes dinner, right around the corner, at Piazza D’Angelo Ristorante followed by an all-star comedy show with Paula Poundstone. 6-10:30 p.m. $100 -175. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Marin Magazine’s contest winner Edgar Soberon’s still life paintings. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 06/04: Art of the Automobile Opening reception 6-9pm May 8 after the May Madness downtown parade. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.


Through 06/13:‘H2O:The Watery Medium in Art’ Group exhibtion. Deborah O’Grady, large

05/14-06/20: Mary Mountcastle Eubank, Linda MacDonald and Suzanne Parker “Flo-

format photographs John de Lormimier, paintings. ‘The Latin Photo Project.’ From Gallery Route One. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

tation Devices/Letting Go” and “Stories from the North Woods.” Opening reception: 3-5pm May 16. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. 05/14-21:‘Something Fishy’ Exhibition featuring artwork of third graders from Dixie Elementary. Opening reception 5-8pm May 14. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. 05/14: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up and down Fourth St for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration every 2nd Friday of the month 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Downtown Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.

05/15: Ranches & Rolling Hills Landscape Art Show & Salae Works of more than 40 California landscape artists who paint to preserve their inspiration and Marin County farmland. A benefit for Marin Agricultural Land Trust. 2-5pm. Free admission. Druid’s Hall, Village Square, Nicasio, CA. 663-1158.

05/16-07/18:‘Sudden Intended Exhilaration: Art to Recall’ Exhibition featuring 15 Bay Area artists. Opening reception 5-7pm May 16. Noon4:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3781.

Through 05/16: 20th Annual Spring Art Show Group exhibition in the Maurice Del Mue Galleries. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. Through 05/23:‘Make It Shine’ Artists of MarinMOCA Juried Spring Exhibition. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. www.

Through 05/23: Marin Arts 2010 Open Studios Open studios event and celebration. 11 a.m.6-

Through 06/14:Tiburon Art Festival 2010 Call to Artists The Art Festival is now accepting applications for their juried art event by the Bay. Seeking painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, jewelry, photography and mixed media works. $25 application fee Historic Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633. www. Through 06/25: Marin/Scapes Preview An early opportunity to view and arrange to purchase selected pieces of the Marin/Scapes artwork by Buckelew artists. Proceeds from Marin/Scapes support Buckelew Employment Services. Noon-6pm. Free. Bank of Marin, 50 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 457-6964 x386.

Through 06/30:‘Ancient Process: New Perspectives’ Elisabeth Setten, new works on paper exploring indigenous dyeing techniques. 9am-5pm. Free. Bear Valley Visitor Center, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station. 464-5100. index.htm

Through 07/04: Jan Gross and Gael Hunt Exhibition Pastels, monotypes and mixed media works. Opening Reception 3-5pm May 30. Landscapes, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. Through 07/15:‘Where You Are’ Exhibition of mixed media artwork inspired by environmental issues. Open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 459-4440. Through 09/30:‘Artistic Sausalito’ Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and ’50s who gave Sausalito its reputation as an art colony. Hours: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Free. Sausalito Historical Society, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4117. www.

pm. Free Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 459-4440.


Through 05/23: Marin Society of Artists 2010 Spring Rental Show Exhibit of artworks

05/15: Is It Dyslexia? If you, or someone you know is having difficulties with reading, writing,math,speaking or thinking clearly, or attention deficits, this informational seminar may offer some helpful insights. 2-5pm. Free. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera. 479-1700.

for rent. 11am-4pm. Free. 2010 Spring Rental Show, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www. Through 05/28:‘Global Paw Prints’ Animals around the globe photographed by Allison Levenson. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292.

Through 05/29: Falkirk Juried Exhibition Annual Donna Seager gallery juried exhibition. Artworks in all media by forty Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 05/30: KWMR’s 8th Annual Art Exhibit and Auction “Homegrown Radio.” Silent fundraising art auction. Closing event 3-5pm May 30. See website for more details. Free. Toby’s Gallery, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-8068, ext. 3.

Through 06/01:‘Figuratively Speaking’ Figure Artists Glen Miller, Oola Mar, Ayris Hatton, Larry Bencich display their approaches to depictions

05/17: A Woman Artist, Muslim and Political Prisoner of Iran Mehri Dadgar reviews her art through a Powerpoint presentation and talks about her research of the origins of Islam and Islamic art that has influenced her. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall-Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

05/18: Conversations with Eco-Innovators “Indigenous Peoples and Conservation: From Rights to Resource Management.” With Kristen Walker Painemilla, Indigenous & Traditional Peoples Program, Conservation International. 6:307:30pm. $15. Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 561-3560. MAY 14 – MAY 20, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33

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05/19: Palestine/Israel: History Through Personal Narratives Three long-term Israeli citizens (Israeli and Palestinian) move through the history of Palestine/Israel from mandate times to the present as they describe their own experiences and thoughts. 7:15-9pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 381-5985.

05/19:Travel, Food and Photography Conference Information Night Tim Cahill, Don George, Spud Hilton, Robert Holmes and Amanda Jones discuss plans for the 2010 19th annual conference(Aug. 12-15). 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 05/20: Railroads in Our Backyards A slideshow by Richard G. Torney featuring historic photos taken along the path of the Northwestern Pacific Railroadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Electric Interurban route in Marin County. 7-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. 924-6444.

Readings 05/14: Uncool Thomas Chatterton Williams talks about his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Losing My Cool: How A Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/15: Back in Pink Actor/author Molly Ringwald will present her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco. 835-1020. 05/15: Laurie R. King The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/15: Mac Barnett The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Clock Without A Face.â&#x20AC;? Twelve emerald-studded numbers, each handmade and one-of-a-kind, have been buried in 12 holes across this land. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/15:Tim Johnston Johnston presents the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction â&#x20AC;&#x153;Irish Girl.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 05/16: Culinary Life Savers New York Times food writer and James Beard Award winner Kim Severson talks about her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/16: Good Guide Author Susan Krieger talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/16: Keetje Kuipers Stegner Fellow Kuipers talks about her poetry collection â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beautiful in the Mouth.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 05/17:Vanitha Sankaran The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/17:Chely Wright The singer/songwriter will perform her music and talk about her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Like Me.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

05/18: Literary Luncheon with Isabel Allende Allende talks about her new novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The

Island Beneath the Sea.â&#x20AC;? 12:30pm. $55, includes lunch and a signed book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960, x1.

05/18: MPC Summer Traveling Poetry Show The Marin Poetry Center presents Joe Zaccardi, Melanie Maier, Bill Noble, Claire J. Baker, Karla Clark and Rrancesca Bell in a reading hosted by Sim Warkov. 7-9pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5135. 05/19: Norman Ollestad Ollestad talks aboutâ&#x20AC;? Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival.â&#x20AC;? When their private plane crashed in the mountains in 1979, killing his father, Normanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skills were put to the ultimate test. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/20: Jeff Klein The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Livingâ&#x20AC;? which is a practical guidebook for building and operating a successful, socially conscious business. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 05/20: Steve Kowit Reading The Marin Poetry Center presents noted poet and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Palm of Your Hand,â&#x20AC;? a guide to writing poetry. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and an NEA Fellowship. 7:30-9pm. Donation. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission St., San Rafael. 485-3326. 05/21: Doris Ober Ober talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Dogtown Chroniclesâ&#x20AC;? about a middle-aged couple of escaped New Yorkers who become shepherds in rural West Marin. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 05/16:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Call + Responseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bay Area filmmaker and musician Justin Dillon will present and discuss his documentary which explores issues with performing artists & popular music of today. 6:30pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. 454-1222. 05/19: Godspeed Bay Area filmmaker Robert Saitzyk will present & discuss his psychological thriller set against the natural beauty of Alaska. (US 2009)Film 99 min. 7pm. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 05/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Habit of Art.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; This play deals with the relationship of the poet W H Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Richard Griffiths is set to play Auden whilst Alex Jennings will play Britten. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this Encore presentation from the National Theatre in HD. 6:15-9:30pm. $24. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

05/21 'Flow' Documentary on Privatization of Water Irena Salinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: The World Water Crisis. Meet Irena, Q&A session 7-10 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Drive, Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. 05/21: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sherlock Holmes.â&#x20AC;? (with Robert Downey Jr.) 8-11pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. Through 05/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;OSS 117: Lost in Rioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Followup to the French comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies.â&#x20AC;? In French with English subtitles. (France 2009) 100 min. $5.50-10. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

Through 05/20: Cheech & Chongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey Watch Thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Feature film showcasing the duoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful reunion tour, Cheech & Chong: Light Up

America. 9:30pm. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

Community Events (Misc.) 05/15: Bark! for Life Cancer research and support Fundraiser for Novato Relay for Life. A fun-filled morning to take a bite out of cancer! Includes a Doggie fair, raffle prizes and demos. 10am-noon. $25.00 per dog/owner Dogbone Meadows Dog Park, Sutro & Novato Blvd., Novato. 250-3069. www.relayforlife. org/barknovatoca 05/15: CIP Ticket to Ride Spring Benefit Community Institute for Psychotherapyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Ticket to Ride, a Beatles-themed fundraising benefit with dinner, live music, wine tasting, dancing and auctions. 4-8pm. $60. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 459-5999 x101. www. 05/15: Monthly Book Sale Books indoors are individually priced with a comprehensive selection of hard/soft cover(trade). Hundreds of bargain books outdoors. 9am-4:30pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4929, 203. 05/15: Special Olympics Marin Games Cheer for athletes from seven counties compete in Track & Field and Aquatics Regional Championships. Come hear the Stanford, Terra Linda High and San Rafael High bands. 9am-3pm. Free. Terra Linda High School, 320 Nova Albion, San Rafael. 883-8455 x 206. 05/16: Marin Sonoma Concours dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Elegance The Second Annual Marin Sonoma

by John Trimble, meets every Wednesday. Every week the group learns a new traditional Irish tune and plays others that have been learned in the past. You do not need to be able to read music or have experience playing Irish music to participate. All traditional Irish acoustic instruments are welcomed along with their players. 7-9pm. Free. St. Isabellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School, 1 Trinity Way, San Rafael. 342-4052.


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and an opportunity to mix and mingle with your peers. Noon. Free. Marin Sanitary Services, 150 Andersen Dr., San Rafael, CA 94901. 454-2510.

Flower and Food Festival. Volunteers needed for easy 2 hour shifts to set up or work the beverage booth. Shifts start at 9am and go to pm. Call Joanie at 924-3803 today! Free. Magnolia Ave. betwnWard and King, Larkspur. 924-3803.

05/22-23: 34th Annual Marin Home Show A fun event if you are contemplating home or garden, renovations. Find ideas on what's new in green home improvement and talk to the pros. Exhibit Hall, Marin Center, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.

Downtown San Rafael Thursday Evening Market Thursday nights through September. Farmers market, food, live music and bouncies. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, 4th St. between Lincoln and B St., San Rafael. 492-8007.

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Through 06/20: Birdwatchers Needed for Heron Research Project Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cypress Grove Research Center seeks birders to monitor an assigned heron and egret nesting site with scopes and binoculars from March-June. Contact for detailed information. Free Audubon Canyon Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cypress Grove Research Center, Tomales Bay. 663-8203. www. â&#x153;š

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PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 (Void in Illinois) (AAN CAN) Earn your beads The Bay-to Breakers is on May 16. Join Nudist Nation in participating either nude or topless in this annual event. Meet at 7:30-7:45 on the hill in Alamo Park (at the top of Hayes Street Hill). At 8:00, we will walk down the hill and somewhere along the way, meet the runners heading toward the finish line. At sometime, we will reverse course, strip and head back to wards the finish line. Beads will be provided to all participants.

135 Group Activities

Yoga Life Tees

1926 Classic Yacht - $149K

Eckhart Tolle Community of Marin Marin Single Mingle

FOR SALE 201 Autos/Trucks/ Parts volvo 2001 S40 - $4850

210 Garage/Estate Sales Grannies Attic Sale 17 Sellers under one roof! May 15th,9AM - 5PM at 1821 5th Avenue at H Street, San Rafael San Rafael, 115 Jewell Street, Sat., May 15, 9-3

2003 Ranger Comanche 520VX Bass Boat with a 225 Evinrude Engine, Mini Kota 74, asking $2900, contact me / 6199567008

250 Musical Instruments BB King Lucille 1 0f 17 482-9261 $6,000. BB King signed Lucille Guitar - $6,000.

MIND & BODY 425 Health Services

235 Wanted to Buy

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130 Classes & Instruction Free Advice! We’ll Help You Choose A Program Or Degree To Get Your Career & Your Life On Track. Call Collegebound Network Today! 1-877-892-2642 (AAN CAN) Free Advice! We’ll Help You Choose A Program Or Degree To Get Your Career & Your Life On Track. Call Collegebound Network Today! 1-877-461-5940 (AAN CAN)

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rare books wanted Marin’s oldest rare book dealer wants to buy rare valuable books, maps, old gold coins. Michael S. Hollander. 415-5724224.

237 Barter Baby Grand Available

240 Furnishings/ Household items Solid Oak Wooten Style Desk - $1200

245 Miscellaneous LUCCHESE BOOTS Exquisite W or M $155 Nikkon N80,with lens - $650 W & N WATERCOLORS KIT & CASE $24

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Therapuetic Massage Experienced skilled Asian Masseuse (CMT). SR Massage Studio. Free parking. 1st time $55/hr. (415) 827-8699.

215 Collectibles & Antiques



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220 Computers/ Electronics


440 Massage Therapy

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430 Hypnotherapy Patricia Daneman Amster CCHT Eating/Weight Issues & More. Free Phone Consult. (415) 459-3057 Thea Donnelly, M.A. Hypnosis, Counseling, All Issues. 25 yrs. experience. 415-459-0449.

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450 Personal Growth Quality of Life News TRANSFORMATIONAL COUNSELING Gloria Wilcox 479-HOPE

EMPLOYMENT 500 Help Wanted Administrative Assistant Seeking an extraordinary Administrative Assistant!! This position requires someone who is pro-active, highly organized and able to work in a constantly changing environment. This position is ideal for someone who is looking to work in a fast paced environment with a corporate culture focused on collaboration and team work. Interested candidates should forward their cover letter and resume to

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seminars AND workshops SINGLES WANTED Tired of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join

with other singles in nine-week coed group to explore what’s keeping you single, learn intimacy skills and meet other singles. Group meets for nine Thursday evenings, beginning May 20 (no meeting 6/3 and 7/1). Also, Women’s Group and Coed Intimacy Groups for both single and partnered/married, as well as individual and couples sessions. Space limited. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, MFT#35255 at 415/453-8117. ENLIGHTENMENT & SELF REALIZATION British author and speaker Rupert

Spira will guide us experientially into the heart of freedom and the understanding of the great wisdom traditions; that reality is not divided into a perceiving subject “I” and a perceived object; world or other. There is only Presence taking the shape of the totality of our experience from moment to moment. One-day workshop in Corte Madera, Sunday, May 23 10:30am–5pm, $57. For information and booking, please see http:// THERAPEUTIC HORSEMANSHIP FOR CHILDREN (7-12) WITH ADD/ADHD OR RELATED SYMPTOMS using Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Starts Mon-

day, June 7 for six weeks, 4-5:30pm in Novato. Groups are limited to six children and are structured to allow the horse-child interaction and activities to facilitate change. This hands-on, goal-oriented treatment group allows each child to manage their unique being in relation to the horse. Contact Judy Weston-Thompson, MFT, CEIP-MH at 415/457-3800 or visit Fee negotiable. Most insurance accepted.

To include your seminar or workshop, call 415/485-6700 x 303.

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ADVANCED HOUSE CLEANING Licensed. Bonded. Insured. Will do windows. Call Pat 415.310.8784

Bartenders in demand No experience necessary. Meet new people, take home cash tips. Up to $200 per shift. Training, placement and certification provided. Call (877) 4352230 (AAN CAN)

All Marin Housecleaning Licensed, Bonded, Insured. Will do Windows. Ophelia 415-717-7157 415892-2303 House Cleaning Service Full-service house cleaning at reasonable rates. Excellent refs. Free estimates. Call Cathy @ 415-892-0153 or 415572-6773.

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Julio Guzman Small Tree trimming and removal. Yard and garden clean-up, maintenance, rototilling. New Sod Irrigation, labor, hauling, power washing & more. Call 415-460-0813. Call 415-902-4914

771 Painting/ Wallpaper


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415-479-9269 751 General Contracting NOTICE TO READERS It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project valued at $500.00 or more in labor and materials. State law also requires that contractors include their license numbers on all advertising . Check your contractor’s status at or 800-321-CSLB (2752). Unlicensed persons taking jobs that total less than $500.00 must state in their advertisements that they are not licensed by the Contractors State License Board

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761 Masonry/Brick

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123655 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VIRGINIA CLEANERS II, 61 CAMINO ALTO, UNIT# A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SAMJUNG CORPORATION, 1048 ARLINGTON LN., SAN JOSE, CA 95129. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123837 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 790 DELONG AVENUE, NOVATO, CA 94945: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., 5980 HORTON STREET, SUITE 200, EMERYVILLE, CA 94608. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123838 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WHOLE FOODS MARKET, 731 E. BLITHEDALE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: WHOLE FOODS MARKET CALIFORNIA, INC., 5980 HORTON STREET, SUITE 200, EMERYVILLE, CA 94608. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 9, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 23, 30; May 7, 14, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123859 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THERESA & JOHNNY’S COMFORT FOOD, 817 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LESLIE BURNSIDE, 1 WELCH ST., 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 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010)


MAY 14 – MAY 20, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 37


STARSTREAM Week of May 13-May 19, 2010 by Ly nd a R ay ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Thursday’s sensitive new moon in Taurus brings an awareness of what is truly valuable in your life. The weekend brings interesting discussions and perhaps an opportunity to meet an attractive neighbor. Monday gives you a chance to show off your cooking skills. Meanwhile, your ruler (Mars) remains in the creative sign of Leo. If you haven’t taken the art world by storm yet, you still have time. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Now that chatty Mercury is moving forward again in your sign and your ruler (Venus) is in the clever sign of Gemini, you should be entertaining your friends with wit and snappy repartee. During this final week of your birthday cycle, Jupiter wants all your wishes to come true—so be careful what you wish for. Watch out for careless outbursts on Wednesday when abrupt Uranus tangles with your ruler, polite Venus. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Feeling a little lazy? Hedonistic Venus in your sign suggests all sorts of pleasures. These include physical delights (massages, decadent high-fat, salty foods); possession delights (the Apple store beckons); and professional delights (long lunches with the boss under the guise of a business meeting, but for the true purpose of escaping your job). And, now that Mercury is moving direct, your ability to rationalize any of the above is operating brilliantly again. Score. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Whether enrolling in a higher education program, taking off to study with a Tibetan monk or organizing a wildlife research trip to the Galapagos Islands, you’re motivated to expand your horizons along with your worldly knowledge. Although travel calls, ambitious Saturn’s influence on Jupiter suggests a vacation with a career purpose. So, for those of you hoping to laze around on a beach with mojito in hand, don’t count on it. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Well, look who’s working hard instead of hardly working. You’ve got the stamina and motivation to get things done this week. As your ruler (the creative Sun) continues moving through the dependable sign of Taurus, even the most tedious chores can give you satisfaction when they’re finally finished. From cleaning out the garage to coaching the neighborhood Little League team, you are one energetic lion(ness). Let’s hear you roar. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Now that your zodiac’s ruler is moving forward again, you can follow through with plans (or relationships) that stalled during Mercury’s retrograde status. Unfortunately, you are still dealing with judgmental Saturn backing up through your sign—so you may feel guilty when these plans (or relationships) don’t have a practical purpose. If your plan is to enjoy springtime in Paris with a French lover, all you have to do is convince Saturn that your company is thinking of opening a branch there. Simple, oui? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Working vs. traveling continues to be a theme in your chart as the weekend begins. If there’s any way to combine the two activities, do it. On Monday, enthusiastic Jupiter tries to convince you to flirt indiscriminately. If you’re single, please indulge. Otherwise, consider the consequences. By Wednesday, your ruler, Venus, leaves the socially active sign of Gemini to enter the domestic sign of Cancer. Spring cleaning anyone? I didn’t think so. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) After years of occupying the carefree sign of Sagittarius, Pluto’s current environment (responsible Capricorn) requires a big adjustment. As for the art of persuasion, you’ve got it in spades on Wednesday. Whether you’re negotiating the price on a sailboat or angling for an invitation to the hottest private party in town, you hold all the cards. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Stick to simple routines until Sunday. Avoid anything too complex, competitive or emotionally charged. On Sunday, the loony Moon in your house of secrets is startled into revealing something you never meant to share. Hang out with friends who don’t gossip—if you know any. On Tuesday and Wednesday, imaginative Neptune and outrageous Uranus zero in on romantic Venus in your relationship house. Whatever happens on Venus stays on Venus. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) With profound Pluto in your sign, you are intent on making your existence meaningful. Remember: There is more to life than a job and a fat bank account. As someone who can get caught up in overachieving, you can lose sight of the forest for the trees. Meanwhile, if you’ve been feeling a bit neglected or ignored, that should change on Wednesday when lovable Venus takes over the part of your chart governing your one-on-one relationships. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Wishing you were playing with crayons instead of sitting at a desk? Yes, the creative juices are flowing this week. Since the boss probably won’t let you use the computer for digital art projects, your artistic impressions will have to be expressed over the weekend. Meanwhile, your family is pretending they understand your uniqueness. You doubt their sincerity, but you may as well act like you believe them. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Sometimes old habits are hard to break, but now’s the time to break them. The opposition between freedom-loving Jupiter (in your sign) and restrictive Saturn (in Virgo) is a challenge. The more independence you exhibit, the more resistance you encounter. Traditional Saturn, one of Jupiter’s toughest opponents, is attempting to make you fearful of change. Ignore Saturn and start swimming upstream. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 38 PACIFIC SUN MAY 14 – MAY 20, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123860 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE PIE PALACE, 811 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LESLIE BURNSIDE, 1 WELCH ST., 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 April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123870 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPENING FULLY, 2 GILBERT ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BELINDA LAUCKE, 2 GILBERT ST., 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 April of 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123812 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as X-GALAXY, 415 HOLCOMB AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: AIWA L. TROUTMAN, 415 HOLCOMB AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 April 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123868 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 215 BAYVIEW, 215 BAYVIEW ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 215 BAYVIEW JF, LLC, 215 BAYVIEW ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein in 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123723 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CACTUS METAL DESIGN, 100 MARIN CENTER DR., #58, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROBERTO MONTANO, 100 MARIN CENTER DR., #58, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 April 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123885 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POCKET POOCHES GROOMING, 1135 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBIN BOUCHARD, 1135 MISSION AVE., 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123876 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VANDER AUTOMOTIVE, WOODLAND AVE. 24-A, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VLANDERLEY SOUSA DE PAIVA RESENDE, 244 N. SAN PEDRO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 April 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123922 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FRANCESCA GALLERY, 52 PRINCESS STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: KATJA FRANCESCA TAPIA, 52 PRINCESS STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123922 The following individual(s) is (are) doing

business as FRANCESCA GALLERY, 52 PRINCESS STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: KATJA FRANCESCA TAPIA, 52 PRINCESS STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on May 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123899 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as XTREME GREEN CLEANING SERVICES, 44 MARINER GREEN DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LUCENITA COSTA GOODEN, 44 MARINER GREEN DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 April 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123788 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA LEGAL DOCUMENT ASSISTANCE, 316 SANTA MARGARITA DRIVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAVID LEE WEISSMAN, 316 SANTA MARGARITA DRIVE, 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 April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123903 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUGAR MAGNOLIA, 546 MAGNOLIA AVENUE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: LESLIE LA RHETTE, 72 LOVELL AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant will begin transacting business under the fictitious busniess name listed herin on May 10, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123907 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as M.V. PROPERTIES, 158-164 EAST BLITHEDALE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JILL S. SIROIS, 1158 EASTMAN LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952; HEATHER S. HILBERT, 195 HARVARD DRIVE, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. 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 April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123976 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RICHMOND PATIENT’S GROUP, 733 BOLERO CT., NOVATO, CA 94945: DARRIN PARLE, 733 BOLERO CT., NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123971 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAYAREA QUICKBOOKS, 295 BLACKSTONE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MONICA FEELY, 295 BLACKSTONE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. 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 May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123970 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OLIVE MARKET, 1904 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SILK ROAD ODYSSEY INC., 1005 S. ELISEO DRIVE #16, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. 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 May 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123901 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EQUINOX PARTNERS, 50 HILLSIDE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTIAN DE RYSS, 50 HILLSIDE AVE., 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 April 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 123864 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BECCACCIO AND ASSOCIATES, 27 VISTA WAY STE.B, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: TONY BECCACCIO, 27 VISTA WAY STE.B, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124003 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPOTLESS CLEANERS, 732 B FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SEDIGHEH SAMI, 21 EDGE WATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; SHAYAN SAMI, 21 EDGE WATER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903 . This business is being conducted by an 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 May 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010)

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 1001654. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner WANDA MARIE COOK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WANDA MARIE COOK to ZWANDA MARIE BAMAY. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: June 3, 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: April 26, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: April 30; May 7, 14, 21, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1002181. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MEGHAN MARIE GRUDZIEU filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MEGHAN MARIE GRUDZIEU to MEGHAN MARIE MILIC. 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: July 1, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room E, 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: April 27, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 2010)

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This divorced dad I’ve been seeing for a month is really sweet, but he’s pushing to go way too fast. Lately, he’s been very intense. He came over after I specifically told him I wanted a night alone. He said he thought I needed him but was “too independent” to say so. He says he loves me (I can’t say it back), and wants to change jobs and move in with me (he lives 30 miles away). I said I wasn’t ready. He keeps trying to convince me that I’m just scared and once I “let go” and let him move in, I’ll see that everything is as it should be. I’m 30, divorced, with two children; he’s 32, recently divorced (four months ago, after his wife cheated). He hasn’t met my parents, and I won’t let him meet my kids until I’m sure about him. He says what others think shouldn’t matter because “we’re in love and happy, so it’ll all come together.”—Unsettled


Well, here’s a romance for the ages. “How’d you two lovebirds get together?” people will ask. “It’s so completely sweet,” you’ll say. “He was standing on my porch waving a bunch of red flags.” This guy takes the “Dear Occupant” approach to love: Instead of “It had to be you,” it had to be somebody, and you’re standing right there and have yet to call the cops on him. He claims to love you, but you really have to know somebody to love them. Of course, “We’re in love!” plays better with the ladies than “I’m lovable, right? After what that last woman did to me?” or “I’m terrified to be any spare drawers?” As for his push to live with you one month in, you don’t even meet somebody’s parents at that point—unless you’re 14 and need somebody with a license to drive you to the movies. Plus, an emotionally together dad doesn’t expect a mother to announce, “Kids, I brought a strange man home from the bar who’s going to live with us. I forget his name, so you can just call him Daddy II.” Oh, the way he makes you feel...smothered, pressured and in need of lingerie with a seatbelt attachment. It’s completely creepy how he’s trying to sensitive-guy his way into your life, sounding protective of you when he’s anything but. You emailed me that you’ve seen the guy maybe six times, yet he’s named himself the world’s foremost expert on your “real” feelings—which align so perfectly with his needs: You really love him. You really want him to come over. In fact, you wish he’d arrived in a moving van on the first date. (Any guy can bring flowers—it takes a really special guy to bring you his bedroom set and 36 boxes of his stuff.) Love (when you actually have it) supposedly makes the world go round, but relationships run on the boring day-to-day stuff, and how you argue, and how annoyingly one of you chews. This isn’t data that’s readily available on the third date. What’s more, a guy who immediately decides he loves you will find it near impossible to see if he actually does—until it’s too late. Tempting as it is to buy into a whirlwind romance, keep in mind that the focus is always on the romance, not the whirlwind—the part that leaves your living room in little pieces in the next county under a herd of cows.


A friend read that in 70 percent of relationships, men will cheat, but I’ve seen all sorts of different stats. Do you have reliable numbers on the level of cheating that goes on?——Tabulating


You can get pretty reliable stats on cheating, providing you restrict your inquiry to two-timers with wings and a beak. Researchers who test baby bird DNA find that up to 60 percent of the chickies weren’t fathered by the mommy birdie’s partner. (And, P.S.: Don’t believe the clever public relations campaign of those sluts, the swans.) In humans, data is “self-reported,” as in, “Here’s a Number 2 pencil: Tell the truth about your sex life.” The results are highly accurate—if you don’t count everybody fudging to seem more studly or less hussyish and cases where everything but “and” and “the” is a lie. The bottom line? Men cheat, women cheat, and if you’ve ever been involved with a man or woman, there’s a good chance you’ve been cheated on. Delve into your partner’s character and views on monogamy before you commit and you might avoid hiring a private detective or DNA lab to do it afterward—when you can’t help but notice that your wife’s a vulture who just gave birth to the most beautiful baby duck. ✹

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