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utter Health has been honored to serve the people of Marin County at Marin General Hospital since 1996. We leave Marin General with mixed emotions.

During our fourteen year tenure, Sutter Health has significantly increased the quality of care, enhanced the breadth of clinical offerings, and invested more than $235 million to improve the hospital and overall patient care experience. • There is no question that we have transferred the hospital back to the District in much better shape than it was when we received it. Our strong desire was to continue to operate the hospital. • We offered to build a new seismically-safe hospital at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars and at no cost to the taxpayers. The Marin Healthcare District Board declined that offer. The District Board requested that we terminate our lease five years early and negotiated a settlement agreement. • This court-sanctioned detailed agreement has governed the roles, responsibilities and financial obligations of Sutter Health and the District for the past four years. Now, four years later, the District objects to the very agreement they negotiated and approved. Sutter Health’s practice of pooling financial resources and reinvesting them back into communities throughout its notfor-profit system of hospitals is not only typical of similar organizations but it is consistent with charitable trust laws, as acknowledged by the state and federal authorities that govern not-for-profit organizations. • The facts are plain and simple: This financial policy was accepted and adopted by the Marin Healthcare District Board when it formalized Marin General’s affiliation with Sutter Health in 1996 and was actually adopted and approved by the Marin Healthcare District Board again in 2006. The future of health care is likely to be even more complex than the recent past. To be successful, this community needs more collaboration and less rear-view mirror revisionism. We welcome the opportunity to partner with health care and community leaders who share a forward-looking, collaborative vision. We have a proud track record at Marin General Hospital and look forward to continuing to provide access to high-quality, affordable health care services at Novato Community Hospital, our urgent care clinic at Terra Linda, and in the future in San Rafael. We are dedicated to making healthcare more accessible and convenient for Marin residents and remain committed to our role in improving the overall health of this community now and into the future.

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›› LETTERS Don’t worry; we’ve been stupefied by lesser men than Brand... I want to thank Harvey Wasserman for his op-ed response [“A Nuclear Error,” July 9] to the Pac Sun’s June 25 Stuart Brand interview. I was stupefied by Mr. Brand’s opinions [in the interview with Sun reporter Ronnie Cohen, Brand voiced support for nuclear power and genetically modified organisms, among other things]. Thanks to the power of the press and the perceptive and encompassing rebuttal of Harvey Wasserman. Carole Landes, San Rafael

‘Mean’ to whom...Jabba? Your publishing of the letter comparing someone to Jabba the Hutt [June 18] shows a serious lack of class and integrity on your part. Why be mean, Editor? [And regarding Craig The controversial Whatley’s letter soothsayer. from June 18]: I just thought of a great name for a cold dairy product: “Ice Cream.” Con Respeto, R. Huber, Novato

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Mr. Huber. The letter in question was a dig at Sylvia Browne, a nationally known psychic who makes her money going on TV talk shows and telling desperate parents of missing children whether their kids are dead or still alive. Like anyone

making a similar guess as to the fate of an abducted child, she guesses right every so often; and the talk shows keep having her back. When she’s wrong, of course, we can only imagine the added level of grief the parents must endure. While Greenbrae letter writer Kimberly Clarke’s Jabba the Hutt remark may have been an aesthetic cheap shot, we thought the comparison, from an ethical standpoint, was quite apt.

Getting Opie off opioids The vulnerability of teens toward addiction, overdose, and death from prescription opiates was well chronicled in Ronnie Cohen’s recent cover story [“Marin’s Vial Epidemic,” June 18]. We feel another critical issue is why teens look to these prescription medications for more than just an occasional “party high,” and how to help them once they are in trouble. In our medical practice, most teens addicted to prescription medications are self-medicating some type of underlying disorder, like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or attention deficit or post-traumatic stress disorder. A June 16 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Medication Helps Make Therapy Work for Teens Addicted to Prescription Opioids,” also describes the success of treating teens with the medication buprenorphine, and discusses its use for six months or more for effective results in many cases. At Recovery Without Walls we have found that buprenorphine, which prevents cravings and opiate withdrawal symptoms, makes it possible to then treat these underlying disorders. We also take these young addicts to 12-Step recovery meetings to develop a clean and sober lifestyle for long-term recovery. The good news is that leading edge treatment us-



Pacific Sun to be banned by Dept of Homeland Security You may think that’s a pile of bull but upon closer inspection, it may turn out to be true... Upfront: The little engine that could...But if SMART chooses a phased approach, who gets the first trains? The question brings into play a complicated picture that mixes... The Green Apartheid Van Jones talked a great deal about “the green apartheid”.Who out there in Marin believes it is real? Do you even think...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› ing buprenorphine, recovery psychotherapy, drug screen monitoring, and the 12 Steps, combine for strong, effective treatment. Howard Kornfeld, M.D., Recovery Without Walls, Mill Valley

War is like a snowflake, no two are exactly the same...

Pacifist and pastor Deitrich Bonhoeffer was arrested in the failed plot to assassinate Hitler; he was hanged in April of ‘43.

This is in regard to your July 9 story, “War—What Is It Good For?” about the new documentary, Every War Has Two Losers, and the idea that war is never justifiable. The word “war” is used to describe all sorts of conflicts. It is naive to talk about “every war” as if they were all the same. World War II was clearly a struggle against a monstrous evil and yes, Mr. Reiss, we won. The great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the moral and spiritual giants of the 20th century. He knew that it was necessary to confront and fight the scourge of Nazism directly; he joined the plot to kill Hitler, which unfortunately failed. He willingly gave up his life, a soldier in the war against evil. Too bad Alice Walker [who presented the film at the Rafael Film Center and, when asked about confronting Nazism during World War II, said “there are other ways” than military conflict] wasn’t around to give him—and the millions of people being slaughtered in concentration camps— one of her uplifting lectures on “other ways you can raise consciousness.” Judith Lopez, Larkspur

The de-salt treaty [In response to Peter Seidman’s June 25 story, “Taking the ‘Plan’ Out of Plant”]: The Marin public has often had the right to vote on major water-supply projects and desalination should be no different. Because of the potential harm to Marin’s environment, quality of life, and the

enormous financial burden on ratepayers, over 18,000 people signed a local initiative to let the public vote on whether a desalination plant should be built. This initiative requires that “only if there is an affirmative vote for such actions, by the voters of MMWD, may MMWD issue any bonds to construct a desalination facility or spend any other funds or make contracts to plan for, engineer or construct a desalination facility.” For years the Marin Municipal Water District has pushed a controversial desalination plant to convert San Francisco Bay water into drinking water. Desalination poses serious challenges to Marin’s environment and public health. A desalination plant would kill marine life that is sucked into the plant and discharge salty brine that would threaten the bay’s delicate ecosystem. MMWD’s present use of energy already ranks it as Marin’s largest energy guzzler and desalination would double that energy consumption. Finally, citizens are concerned that desalination may be unable to properly filter some toxins and pharmaceuticals found in the bay. We don’t need a desal facility. Over the last decade water use in Marin has actually decreased, a pattern that is consistent with many California communities. Marin has ample opportunities to make Marin’s water use more efficient, including replacement of leaky pipes, landscape efficiency, and improved reservoir management. Instead, this board cut basic conservation measures and raised rates by 8 percent. In addition to both the Marin Democratic and Republican parties, the following organizations have endorsed the public’s right to make this major decision: Sustainable Marin, Surfrider FoundationMarin County chapter, Marin Coalition, Marin Water Coalition, Marin Citizens for Responsibility and Accountability Now, and Food & Water Watch. On July 26, MMWD board members, who will face re-election this November, will decide whether to follow the will of the people and enact the initiative or place it on the November ballot for voter approval. For meeting location and more information, please visit Loren Moore, Surfrider Foundation, Marin chapter Adam Scow, Food and Water Watch

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spirit of a community paper. It runs photos of dogs and cats and parades, stories about a proposed park, an expansion of a bulkhead in Seadrift—stories deep within the heart of the community. They might not be as sexy as in-depth investigative pieces about climate change and financial reform, but folks like to know what’s happening with that stop sign down the road. Recently the Citizen has also run blistering editorials aimed at another group of West Marin residents: those who formed the Marin Media Institute, which on May 21 concluded the purchase of the Point Reyes Light from Plotkin. He had purchased the paper from longtime publisher Dave Mitchell for a reported $500,000. He sold it for considerably less, although the exact figure is unavailable due to a confidentiality agreement between the two parties. Plotkin’s departure was anything but graceful. He made it clear he thought West Marin just wasn’t ready for his brand of excellence. But his failure in West Marin may have been more one of style than substance. In many ways, the Media Institute’s vision of the new Point Reyes Light isn’t so far from Plotkin’s. According to the Institute’s mission statement, the “Marin Media Institute promotes excellent local journalism 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Mustangs need a-whippin’? A few bad Mustangs have given the whole San Marin High corral a bad name again after Novato police reported that the school’s student center was broken into and graffiti tagged with obscenities and offensive symbols twice over the weekend. Police described the graffiti as racist; the vandals also stole wire cutters, flashlights and equipment used in the weekend’s student production of Chicago. Police are keeping the specific details of the graffiti under wraps, but a press release said the tagging included“hate crime symbols and wording.” San Marin High students have periodically found themselves on the defensive against charges of racism over the years, including a 1998 incident at a varsity basketball game in which San Marin fans were heard yelling racial epithets at the opposing players from the Tam High team; and in 2008, a garbage-bag-lined swastika was erected on the hillside overlooking the school.The Novato Police Department and the Novato Unified School District are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the vandalism; anyone with information can call the Novato police at 415/897-4361.—Elizabeth Cermak ART BY BRINDL MARKLE

hen Robert Plotkin bought the Point Reyes Light in 2005, it took him a few minutes to start alienating residents who valued community journalism. Plotkin said he wanted to take a backwoods publication and fashion it into the New York Times or the New Yorker of West Marin. He vowed to go after the investigative and the in-depth, the kind of stories that get a publisher noticed. But a sizable number of Light readers and West Marin residents said what they wanted most was news about that last school board meeting, who got arrested last week, who was in the parade. Plotkin was unwilling to bend his vision for the Light. In 2007, he said, “My desire for journalistic greatness, to produce something that is exceptional in its quality, my desire to bring out the best and the brightest from journalism schools to do exceptional and deeply reported pieces somehow offends some people’s sense of egalitarianism.” A group of residents gathered at the Dance Palace to discuss the role of a community newspaper in “revolutionary times,” and reaffirmed a desire for a community paper. That desire in part led Joel Hack to create what later became the West Marin Citizen, a publication that epitomizes the

If a tree falls in San Geronimo... With coho salmon numbers in free-fall in the San Geronimo Valley watershed, the county Planning Commission has toughened up a controversial proposal to ban the cutting of trees along creeksides. The commission decided, by straw vote earlier this week, to go ahead with plans to prohibit cutting native trees and vegetation within 35 feet of creeks; additionally, the removal of trees within 100 feet would require permit approval.While the proposal awaits Board of Supervisors approval, the county’s hand-saws could be tied no matter what, thanks to creekside tree and vegetation rules agreed upon with the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, after SPAWN threatened to sue the county because its county plan failed to protect salmon; the once thriving area for coho salmon has seen heavily depleted populations in recent years. Opponents of the strict tree-felling ban say county officials are reacting to lawsuit threats by SPAWN, not what’s logical for Valley homeowners. The commission will further consider the proposal on July 19.—Jason Walsh Cinema by the sea The impressive views in Sausalito will expand to the big screen this summer, as the Sausalito Film Festival opens the curtain on its sophomore year Aug. 13. The three-day festival describes itself as an“experiential”event—which basically means they’re screening topical films about contemporary social issues and combining them with musical performances and analytical panel discussions. This year’s baker’s dozen lineup of films includes Climate Refugees, about what becomes of displaced peoples following environmental disasters; The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi, a documentary on the jazz musician famous for the critically acclaimed soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas; Waste Land, which follows artist Vik Muniz’s return to his native Brazil to photograph the world’s largest garbage dump on the outskirts of Rio; and How I Am, a doc focusing on the life of an autistic teenage boy, told in his own words. There’s also a“secret screening”of a new film by an“acclaimed director”and starring an“Oscarwinning actor,”according to the festival. Events are held at Cavallo Point Lodge in Fort Baker. Tickets, available July 16, are $10 advance; $12 door. Call 415/887-9506 or check out—JW

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sexual context.” Pausing, while another writer asked her what she’d thought of Dudley Moore in Wholly Moses!, Kael regained her anticritic train of thought to champion the much-maligned Cruising. “[Critics] treat it as if it were preposterous or simply exploitation, and they deny their own emotions. It would be fine if critics said, ‘This gets into areas I can’t deal with—I was upset looking at the movie.’ But you don’t do that,” she scolded. “Very often you take the surface attitudes of the movie and don’t go beneath that.” Despite Kael’s not-so-veiled contempt for her fellow movie reviewers, Benson noted that the writers in the room continued to “bring up the names of favorite films like babies for a politician to kiss, anxious to check their reaction against hers—wanting a private Pauline Kael review to take home with them.” After breaking the news to her fellow celluloid aesthetes that she hadn’t yet seen Oh Heavenly Dog, Roller Boogie or the Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, the woman hailed as “the Elvis of film criticism” laid it out to the Meatballs-loving collective: “I simply do not trust the observations of people who write sloppily or in illiterate hyperbole. I can only believe in people whose level of observation in prose does justice to the art of motion picture.” To her own astonishment, Kael’s scathing indictment of those in attendance was taken quite well by the roomful of flick flockers. One woman, noted Benson, then stood up and spoke on behalf of the group: “I keep your books by my bed, you are my hero! “And in addition to your intelligence, humor and humanity,” gushed the woman, “you are a very sexy writer.” The woman sat down and the critics erupted in applause. “And for the first time that evening,” concluded Benson, “Kael is without a word.” ✹ Email Jason at

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1a. The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 (as the Warlocks) in what city? 1b. Their biggest fans “headed” for concerts rather than buying records; the group’s only hit single, in 1987, had what colorful title? 1c. In 2002, after Jerry Garcia’s death, the surviving members re-formed the band, performing under what name(s)? 1d. What ice cream flavor did Ben and Jerry name in honor of the Grateful Dead? 2. Are worker bees generally male or female? 3. The 39th and 40th U.S. states have what very similar names? 4. True or false: In addition to the novel Little Women, author Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Men. 5. How many of these cities are the capital of their country: Zurich, Bombay, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney? 6a. Pictured at right: Which character was host of The Muppet Show? 6b. Who created the Muppets and Sesame Street characters? 6c. Which rather unhappy Muppet lived in the garbage can? 7. At the time the American colonies went to war with England, what American city had the largest population? 8. Are icebergs made of salt water #6 or fresh water? 9. With what minor league baseball team did Michael Jordan play in 1993 after retiring from the NBA? 10. If a square’s side length increases by 10 percent, then the area of the square increases by what percent? BONUS QUESTION Pictured at right: What musician was the most famous person—who claimed to have been—born on July 4, 1900, in New Orleans? 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!

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² The bandits defacing San Marin High School in Novato seem to be taking a page from the Mel Gibson playbook. Two break-ins occurred at the school during the past week, with spray-painted obscenities found both times. “Vulgar language was used, some directed at the school administration,” said Administrative Lt. John McCarthy of the Novato Police Department. Part of the investigation is focusing on the hate crime aspect of the graffiti and symbols painted on the cafeteria and student center walls. Lt. McCarthy sounds confident that the Novato police will apprehend the profane suspects. We hope they throw the book at those Zeros and then wash out their mouths with soap.—Nikki Silverstein


Pauline Kael hadn’t seen any good movies lately, 30 years ago this week. The Petaluma native who years ago became a legendary film critic had just returned from an ill-fated stint in Tinseltown as an “executive consultant” at Paramount, working for studio heads who wanted to pick her brain about their upcoming releases before the critics could circle the waters. After five months, Kael had had enough of a Hollywood career in which she was expected to “provide reassurance to [her] superiors at every step of the way, making them feel completely safe and unthreatened.” “There are practically no heads of studios who have any interest in movies at all, and they are open about admitting this,” Kael told Sun film critic Sheila Benson at a critics’ forum at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Their qualification for getting the job, sneered the 61-year-old seamstress-turned-movie-maven, “is that they got the job.” “I understand better now how [movies] get to be as bad as they can be.” The cantankerous critic was in rare form in July of 1980, when she hosted a gathering with Bay Area critics, while en route from L.A. to Manhattan, where she was set to begin her second stint as The New Yorker’s ballyhooed film aficionado. “Up close you see that the hand that reaches for a water glass trembles slightly,” described Benson in her story, “The Critic’s Critic,” “like the ripple in a racehorse nerved up for the gate.” But when the starter pistol fired, it wasn’t the studio heads or Smokey and the Bandit II in the path of Kael’s stampede— it was her fellow film critics. “I’ve been rather depressed to notice the strong class biases in the way the press has reacted to certain movies,” castigated the critic queen. “[You] have middle-class taste, write in very proper middle-class terms and tend to dismiss as exploitation, or as somehow gross or offensive, movies that express the attitudes of the youth or under-class.” The audience of critics and writers listened with “intent,” noted Benson, while a woman raised her hand to ask what Kael thought of My Brilliant Career. But Kael’s “two thumbs down” on the state of modern film criticism was only getting started. “If you look at the reviews of Saturday Night Fever you can see the derision behind them,” continued Kael. “Certainly you can see it in [reviews of] a picture like The Warriors. I’m interested in how the press condescends to any movie that has a




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Editorial Advisory Committee. Last fall, Goodman says, he began thinking about the ďŹ nancial situation of the Light and the Citizen. He knew that Plotkin was losing money in a big way at the Light. A group of residents had tried to buy the paper from Plotkin in 2009, but later in the year, says Goodman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started to hear from several people that Robert (Plotkin) was trying to sell the Light. What concerned me was that he was going to get another carpetbagger like himself. Somebody else was going to come from the outside who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in the community.â&#x20AC;? Goodman, who has started â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bunch of biotech companies,â&#x20AC;? says he knew he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seek investors in the strictest sense of the word. An investment in a paper in West Marin is unlikely to see a proďŹ t. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started talking to Mark (Dowie,) and I started to think about nonproďŹ t models. I would have to be smoking something to go to people and ask them to invest, but what I could do is go to someone and ask whether they would contribute, especially if we could make it tax deductible.â&#x20AC;? The idea was to reinvigorate the Light and also create an internship program, maybe other media ventures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could we do something interesting for our community?â&#x20AC;? Dowie approached Plotkin and began a tortuous negotiating process. The Media Institute and the creation of a low-proďŹ t limited liability company (L3C) formed the basis of the venture that ultimately led to the purchase in May. Dowie says 88 donors contributed a total of $350,000. Just a portion



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n 11th-hour apology failed to soften the sentence a judge imposed on motorcyclist Edward Schaefer, who killed 9-year-old Melody Osheroff and maimed her father in a Novato crosswalk last year. Judge Terrence Boren sentenced Schaefer on Tuesday to the maximum allowable prison term—24 years to life—for second-degree murder and mayhem in the drunken-driving accident that cut short the life of Melody and left her father, Aaron, without a leg. Schaefer, who had been convicted of nine drunken-driving offenses—starting at age 17—before riding his Harley through a stop sign at about 60 miles per hour and striking down Melody and Aaron Osheroff in May 2009, never took the witness stand during his trial. The 44-year-old biker also refused a usually routine chance to plead his case with a probation officer who prepared a pre-sentencing report. With Mothers Against Drunk Drivers ribbons pinned to their chests and photos of Melody and Aaron Osheroff tied around their necks, about 35 friends and relatives attended the Marin County Superior Court sentencing hearing. Melody’s parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, two 11-year-old friends and the mother of a third told the judge about their loss of a beloved child, a daughter her father called an angel, a friend who loved Harry Potter books, had a sweet tooth, wanted to become a veterinarian and should have turned 11 the day before. Some talked about how Schaefer never even tried to apologize. Though Schaefer’s sister and a couple of friends attended Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, no one but his attorney spoke for the seemingly unrepentant biker. Michael Schroettner said Schaefer had privately expressed remorse. But it was not until the judge began to sentence Schaefer that he indicated a desire to speak.

“I just want to say to the Osheroffs and to you,” he told the judge, “even though I’ve been demonized so much, I am sorry, very sorry. I’m very ashamed.” With his hands restrained and wearing his hair short, a Vandyke beard and a red-andwhite striped prisoner’s shirt, Schaefer told the judge he spent four days following the accident so heavily medicated that he was unaware of what happened. When he awoke chained to a hospital bed and learned he had killed a girl the same age as his own daughter, Schaefer said, “I was very devastated. I’m sorry. I hope the Osheroffs will find healing and peace in their lives. I’ll continue to pray for that.” Schaefer’s apology came late for Aaron Osheroff. “He murdered my daughter,” he said outside the courtroom. “It was too late.” Kimberly Osheroff broke down crying after the sentencing. “His actions speak louder than his words,” she said. “I still wish the laws were tougher.” Last month, Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, tried unsuccessfully to enact a law dubbed “Melody’s Law,” which would permanently revoke the licenses of drunken drivers after three offenses. Despite his nine prior drunken-driving offenses, Schaefer was licensed to drive the motorcycle that killed Melody. Judging from Schaefer’s prior record, however, losing his license might have done little to stop him from getting on his motorcycle with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit on May 27, 2009, charging through five stoplights before running down the Osheroffs in the crosswalk at San Marin Drive and San Carlos Way. Between 1984 and 1999, Schaefer had been arrested nine times for driving without a proper license, according to a probation report. “This is a case that involves unintended

consequences,” Judge Boren said before sentencing Schaefer. “But it’s not capable of being described truly as an accident because the defendant made choices.” He chose to drink and to drive 60 miles an hour up a hill. He chose to drive between two cars that were stopped at a stop sign, waiting for the Osheroffs to cross the street on their way home from their nightly walk. Kimberly Osheroff told the judge that she no longer knows how to identify herself. Is she Melody’s mother? Was she Melody’s mother? As a physical therapist, she said she believes in rehabilitation, but she believes that some people, like Schaefer, lack rehabilitation potential. After speaking extemporaneously, Osheroff handed her formal statement to Deputy Public Defender Geoff Iida. “I lost my beautiful little girl,” he read. “My hopes and dreams for her have permanently been taken away. She was a book-loving, intelligent child with a bright future.” Kimberly Osheroff sat staring stoically while Iida read about her having to sleep and grieve alone for the first three months following her daughter’s death because her husband remained hospitalized. At first, as a result of his condition, she could not even tell him that their daughter had died. “It is my hope that we never have to fear Mr. Schaefer again,” she said. Carrying a memory box, Aaron Osheroff, a College of Marin database administrator and a drummer, limped to the front of the court. On a projector, he showed a photograph of Melody as an infant, blowing bubbles, making a gingerbread house, starting San Ramon Elementary School, posing with her younger sister, feeding a giraffe, playing the cello and vacationing in Hawaii. He showed the court the Father’s Day coupons—for a back scratch, a hug and a massage—he can never use and the paperback, The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander,

Friends and family strung this photo of Aaron and Melody around their necks at the courthouse.

he was reading to Melody when she died. “I implore you to sentence him to the maximum allowed by law, which could never be enough,” he told the judge. Those who followed the tragic story may have seen a photograph of Schaefer flipping off a cameraman in court shortly after his arrest last year. Documents released last week as a result of a public-records request reveal a fuller picture of a drug-addicted alcoholic and a justice system incapable of controlling him. Schaefer served two years in prison, from 2005 until 2007, for punching his wife in the face and beating her with a broomstick while she held their infant daughter in 1999. “The defendant represents a danger to the public,” says the decade-old report prepared before his sentencing on the wife-beating charge. Initially sentenced to probation on the charge, Schaefer’s probation was revoked, and he went to San Quentin and Soledad prisons after getting into an argument over parking in a handicapped spot. In front of his 4-yearold daughter, another probation report says, he threw a disabled 64-year-old man to the ground and kicked him. “It is astonishing to this officer, given the extensive treatment and resources the defendant has been provided, and the continued support from his family, that he has chosen to continue to use alcohol and illegal substances,” a probation officer wrote in 2004. “His irresponsibility and lack of commitment to sobriety has placed the community at risk, not to mention himself.” ✹ Contact Ronnie at

< 10 Light vs. Citizen: Round 2 The Institute declined, saying, “The only way the Institute will again consider buying the paper is if Joel wants it to.” Dowie says that if they had known the consequences of the Ferguson letter, “We wouldn’t have authorized him to approach the court. This is not what we anticipated when Ferguson said it was our obligation to inform the court [that we had been negotiating with Hack]. I was naive about how bankruptcy works. I know much more about it now. If I knew what I know now, I am sure we wouldn’t have done it that way.” The trustee recommended that the court reclassify the Chapter 13 to a Chapter 7 or 11, adding to legal costs for Hack could have led

to the dissolution of the Citizen. But Hack says the bankruptcy is resolved. “The dismissal is going to be filed in the next few days,” Hack said on July 9. “That topic is off the table, but it caused an awful lot of trouble, and I had to go through some personal loans from family and cash out some IRAs to take care of that.... Negotiations had ended on March 26, and on April 14 they had no business trying to screw around with my bankruptcy.” A group of West Marin residents is trying to get Institute and the Citizen to come to the table in the spirit of reconciliation. The hope is that the two parties can fashion a coexistence agreement of some sort, but they are still far apart. Goodman and Dowie say the Light will fol-

low its wider investigative goal as long as the Citizen is around to cover community events. If the Citizen disappears, as they put it, then the Light would revamp its vision to include as much community coverage as possible. Kravets and Hack say they have one goal: to maintain the interests of their readers, who have supported the Citizen’s commitment to promote community journalism in West Marin. The only way they see anything close to a merger is if Citizen readers can have a substantive say in how a merged publication views the importance of community reporting. Kravets says the Institute should embrace the Citizen’s efforts rather than rebuff them. “They need us. If the Citizen vanished tomorrow, [the Light] would have to take its pre-

cious reporters and send them to the school board meeting. These guys should have a vested interest in seeing us survive. We permit them to do their more higher-end reporting.” Goodman says the Institute has enough money to run the Light for about two years. Hack notes that the Citizen has just published issue number 158. It seems that at least for now, contrary to accepted wisdom in the publishing industry, there’s room for two papers in West Marin. A merger, though, would bolster the finances and reduce cost redundancies for a final journalistic entity. But divergent visions of the community journalism embodied in the Citizen have precluded a peace process. ✹ Contact the writer at JULY 16 - JULY 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11





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it. But I would hav have to try to get their middle initials. The penalty penal for revealing PII is up to five years in prison an and/or a $250,000 fine. (Coincidentally, this is th the same penalty for making an unauthorized DVD DV copy of The Blind Side.) Safety was touched tou on only briefly, and included a lot of co common-sense stuff—our manual warned us to “Stay “Sta alert for objects that may pose tripping hazards” and “In rural areas, watch for deer, moose and o other animals.” The manual also told us “Wear comfortable com walking shoes. Those shoes may come in handy should there be a need to run.” And, more om ominously, “As you walk towards your vehicle, scan b beneath the vehicle for persons waiting to charge out o at your ankles.” On that note, fu fully trained, equipped with a plastic ID badge, a nylon briefcase emblazoned “U.S. Census Bure Bureau,” four No. 2 pencils with big erasers, a pencil sh sharpener and lots and lots of forms, we were let loose onto the mean streets of the North Bay. ●

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010 ast winter I heard a report on the radio about how the 2010 d census operation was performing ahead of schedule and under budget. This good news was attributed to the largee number of “well qualified” people who, because of high uns. employment, were able to sign on to help with the census. The report filled me with hope. I had just taken the census test, which demonstrated I could both count and w, read, and had been hired as an enumerator. The big draw, of course, was the $20 an hour wage. But now it was clearr that a census job would be a positive, fun, important experience—that it would be a smooth, efficient, congenial operation. I would be part of a crucial process toward ensuring that the United States of America remains a true representative democracy, a country of the people, by the people, for the people. Alas, the key word here is “people.” And people tend to be messy, inefficient, cranky. Sometimes very, very cranky. Training began in late April and was scheduled for four days. What could take four days? Counting heads seemed simple enough. Perhaps we chips were going to learn the procedure for surreptitiously implanting microchips omputer in people’s necks. Or sophisticated self-defense moves. Or a high-tech computer application. What did it matter? We were paid to be there. ng lots of It didn’t take long to realize what exactly would take four days: learning acronyms and how to fill out forms. The trainer stood in front and read to the trainees from a thick manual about NRFU (Non-Response Follow-Up). It was deadly dull. The —because of one of room was small and dark and cramped and at an undisclosed location—because the first rules we learned about the census: Don’t talk about the census. t’s one of the things It’s also the reason this story will be shy of specific examples and it’s om the start, how to most admire about the census—it was drummed into us, right from ght hands and read important it is to keep private information private. We raised our right onally identifiable an oath about taking stuff we learn about other people—“PII” (personally information) in government-speak—to our graves. All our gathered information was to be kept locked up if not in our immediate possession, and we were not to talk about it to anyone who wasn’t also sworn in or didn’t have a need to know. The trainer gave examples ity or agriculture, and of enumerators who had called police after spotting suspicious activity now those census workers were fired and in big trouble. He warned us that our area inem with anyone. (Later cluded several celebrities and we couldn’t talk about interviewing them nds—their secrets were I learned he was referring to aging musicians from semi-obscure bands—their .) certainly safe with those of us who wouldn’t recognize them anyway.) phasize how the When people seemed reluctant to talk to us we were supposed to emphasize ass statistical form, and information is not shared with other government agencies, except in mass vided information on remains confidential for 72 years. (Never mind that the U.S. Census provided amps. The law’s been Japanese living in the U.S. during WWII to help stock the internment camps. fixed. Or so we were told.) So the upshot was that if I happened upon Osama bin Laden, and he was living with Sandra Bullock in an apparent marijuana-grow operation, I couldn’t telll anyone about

were deployed across the ccountry this spring to gather information about househ households that didn’t mail back their census forms. Nationwide aabout 29 percent of forms were not returned, which is about abou the same response rate as the 2000 census. Sending workers work to knock on doors is costly— according to the Census Bu Bureau, mailed-in forms cost less than a dollar; NRFU visits cost c about $57 per form. There are many reasons forms are not mailed back, of course, general grouchiness being a major factor. Census work is trick or ttreat for grownups. Knock on a door and you don’t know what you’ll get—a smiling lady who offers you lunch lunch, a slammed door, a big dog, a cranky person in front of the television who insists she “is way too busy.” Enumera Enumerators are trained to be polite but persistent and to stick to the script—we are supposed to read the questions question just as written, completely and not improvise. imp The Jack Webb routine was a godsend when interviewing p people who were thrilled to have a visitor and really wanted to talk, ta talk, talk, but a handicap when you just wanted to help somebody

out: husbands who couldn’t remember their wives’ or children’s’ birth dates, people who had already told you the answer to the current question (still had to read it, in total). The questions were easy and basic: name, age, birth date, gender—and then there were dreaded questions 5 and 6. Question 5 was about Hispanic origin and question 6 asked about race: “For this census, Hispanic origin is not a race.” The race questions were almost always met with confusion, hostility or, at times, bemusement. There is nothing straightforward about race. Many people asked for clarification—which I could not provide, short of referring back to the list of “races” I had handed them on an information sheet. Because we were just supposed to write down whatever people “self-identified,” census workers got people answering “human” or “What do I look like, huh?” (Buster, you don’t want to know what I think.) The answer we were supposed to give when asked why the census needed this information was vague and unsatisfactory—“Information on race is required for federal programs and is critical in making policy decisions for many programs, particularly for civil rights...” and it d a particular political leaning— was easy to tell when interviewees had d practically shout. “American!” “White American!” they’d ment operation would No surprise that any large government come under attack, but one problem censusandated in detractors have is that the census is mandated n taken Article 1 of the Constitution. It’s been every 10 years since 1790. The census is more American than little flag lapel pins. So detractors took aim at a big, fat, juicy target: inefficiency. And even then missed the mark.



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5th Century B.C. First recorded census ordered by Roman Emperor Servius Tullius. Penalty for not taking part (according to a stiff fine—and enslavement.

1 A.D. Not only were Mary and Joseph the parents of the savior of humankind, but they also were big census supporters. Bethlehem native Joseph and his uber-pregnant Mrs. trekked 100 miles from Nazareth to his hometown—by donkey!—to take part in the census called for by Caesar Augustus. Records remain sketchy as to whether Romans counted baby Jesus as one, or as the trinity.

1086 Due to the biblical account of David’s d’s ill-advised census, Western nations dropped d any thoughts of enumeration for centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire. But during his 11th century reign of England, William the Conqueror took another stab at it in order to collect more taxes— based on every man, woman, child, The Doomsday Book. slave and head of livestock. After an initial round of counting, William sent the census takers out again to investigate who on the list was not ponying up to the king. The list became known as the Doomsday Book. 1790 America’s first national census. More than 600 federal marshals ride on horseback from house to house counting heads. After 18 months, the census finishes with a count of 3.9 million people. Slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person; American Indians, not counted at all. 1840 The U.S. census form reaches a mind-numbing 80 questions. Congress requires new question in regard to “idiocy” of every American.—Jason Walsh


an interview with a census worker whose face and voice were obscured to protect her identity. The worker said she kept getting fired and then re-hired and retrained for different census operations—just an attempt, she claimed, to inflate “Obama’s” job statistics. While the interview was going on, however, the network broadcast a video of a census worker—presumably stock footage provided by the Census Bureau— going door to door and using a hand-held computer to record answers. It was just something “census-y” to show (because a darkened silhouette has only so much pizzazz) and no mention was made of the fact that 2010 census workers didn’t use such machines. The technology just couldn’t be up to speed in time, so two years ago it was decided to go back to pencils and paper. In 2010. It seemed wildly inefficient. And James O’Keefe, the guy who did the pimp-at-ACORN-offices video (and was later arrested for shenanigans at a U.S. senator’s office), produced a video showing census trainers, on hidden camera, approving a 60-minute lunch when his time sheet reflected only a 30-minute lunch. The long lunch “long lunch” scandal somehow failed to out outrage the nation, but what amused me was that the “journalist” “journali reproduced his pay sheet—“D-308s” to those in the t know—as proof. Those pay sheets were in themselves the real forehead-slappers—full-page forehead-slappers—fu forms with a pressure-sensitiv pressure-sensitive copy that had to be filled out by every census worker every single day. Million Millions and millions of pieces of paper floating around, having to be hand-sorted and filed and transcribed, just to get paid. It was massively ri ridiculous. T There were obvi obviously problems higher up; our crew leader ap appeared on the b edge of a breakdown a few times. T The rules about yo which box you’re supestu posed to check or which form q e r ,’ f g form sample o n supposed you’re to use in which o ‘l r m y, o rando a Surve ever day, rendering situation changed, almost every unity tion from 1940. m m a o n C i obsolete our training virtually obsolete. The computers m t r n o ent ou a th inf s meric used to process the paper forms had major breakThe A ore in dep , was first ing m opulation downs, many workers had to be re-fingerprinted, mistakes the p were made. We worked evenings, weekends, Memorial Day, in the rain and heat. We were told we were working too fast, then working too slowly. As Census Director Robert Groves understated on his May 27 blog: “We’ve not achieved a trouble-free status...” Still, most people were pleasant and helpful and it was a moderately interesting job. I was not one of the more than 500 census workers who were reportedly assaulted or threatened with guns or dogs or pecked by ducks, and I didn’t have to use my comfortable walking shoes for running. Hannibal Lecter may have eaten the liver of a census worker with fava beans and a nice Chianti, but he wasn’t in my AA (assignment area) binders. My biggest annoyance was with those who wanted to harangue about “wasting taxpayer money”—all the time they were talking my meter was running, wasting taxpayer money. But the biggest taxpayer waste came from the very rich and people wealthy enough to have more than one house. The census counts people where they were on one day—Census Day, April 1. To do this workers first find all possible dwellings and send questionnaires to those addresses. When there is no response they send out enumerators to find out what’s up. In our beautiful part of the world there are many fancy houses behind big gates, and this spring there were plenty of census workers stuck outside those gates, meters running, trying to get access. Owners of vacation homes, when finally contacted after no small amount of time and effort, would claim, “I was counted, I sent in my form for where I live!” (As if the government has X-ray vision and can see through the walls of vacant homes.) Then again, maybe in 2020 the government will have X-ray vision and microchips and working computers. Or maybe workers will be stuck with No. 2 pencils and paper yet again. In any event, the lesson is clear: Send in your forms. For all your houses. If a mistake is made and the census calls or sends someone to your house, please don’t yell at the census worker; it doesn’t do anyone any good in any way. And thank you very much for not charging at my ankles. ✹ For more census fun, visit JULY 16 – JULY 22X, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13


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or as long as I can remember, summer has begun for me with the creation of a reading list: serious books to be savored more slowly in hot weather, frivolous ones that are like forbidden fruit but forgiven because it’s vacation time. From the assignments handed out on the last school day to current titles praised by critics and editors, they have always been invitations to pleasurable pursuits. In that spirit I offer a feeding list—suggestions for pleasurable dining throughout the summer. Most of these foods are new to us, just now appearing on shelves in markets or introduced at events like the annual Fancy Food Show in San Francisco or the Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting held in June, or on restaurant menus. Those not made locally are from nearby areas; all of them are worth exploring. Salad Days There is no shortage of fine olive oil in the Bay Area in 2010. Only a decade ago you could count on the fingers of one hand the names of producers. Now California olive oil plays a major role in agribusiness with fine results, earning international respect. We used to be Cadente’s able to find one or two Stella lemon-olive oil—your flat varieties to use in our Romano beans will thank kitchens; today there you for it. are dozens, including seasoned and flavored choices—some of which are more successful than others. Among my current favorites is Stella Cadente’s Meyer Lemon Olive Oil made with the addition of those almost-sweet lemons to late harvest olives at the time of crushing. It’s sprightly, refreshing and a revelation in leafy salads. Other uses? Snappy cooked green beans need nothing more than a toss in the oil to serve hot as a side dish or at room temperature later. If you can find flat Romano beans (sometimes labeled Italian beans), try them for their very different texture with a velvety surface. The oil is also a pick-me-up marinade for chicken and fish. Vinegars play star roles in summer menus: in salads, as an ingredient in barbecue sauces, drizzles for cold vegetables and soups. The options are almost limitless, from light delicate Champagne bases to fruit-based ones and rich balsamics. B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company in Glen Ellen is famous for vinegars as well, and among them is addictive Fig Balsamic Vinegar. The



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blend balances the sweet flavor of the fruit with the dusky quality of the balsamic, a combination that shines in dressings and performs well as a sauce. It’s a sophisticated touch on a bowl of fresh fruit, or poured (just a little) over fruity ice cream or gelato.

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Condimentally Speaking Picnics, grilled dinners and alfresco meals at home improve with a bit of kick from spicy or savory accompaniments. There’s no shortage of these on the scene. Most modern olives are heat-canned or chemically cooked—even those listed as salt-brined are treated with caustic soda. Not those from Good Faith Farm: They’re raw, slow-cured the Old World way for six to 18 months. The organic olives are cold-pressed immediately after the harvest on family farms. Look for Sevillanos in rice vinegar with thyme or those finished with Moroccan spices. Keep them refrigerated to maintain freshness. A collaboration between popular Sonoma restaurant the girl & the fig and Nana Mae’s Organics of Sebastopol has resulted in a line of imaginative products. Newest is Nana Mae’s Gravenstein Apple, Raisin, & Fig Mostarda, a spread made from wine country fruit. Toasted mustard seeds heat it up, turning it into a fine foil for cheeses, cold meats and poultry. A Fancy Food Show winner, Cibo Natural Basil Pesto from Monterey Gourmet Foods is convenient for dressing pasta, of course, but it also dresses hot or cold potatoes and can be stirred in judicious amounts into ricotta for bruschetta. All natural, the pesto is made from the fresh herb and—a California touch—almonds in place of the usual pine nuts. It’s stocked in the refrigerated section of the market.

Milky Way With the stone fruits of summer ripening all around it’s time to pay homage by serving them in the simplest ways to accent natural flavors. Crème fraîche, or ‘Cultured’ cream—when cultured cream, is uncouth cream simply a bit tangier than won’t do. plain cream and lovely with fruits and berries. Bellwether Farms sends it to our markets just in time to dress up desserts. Also worth seeking out is Bellwether’s sheep milk yogurt in plain and fruit versions, a prizewinning product at the Fancy Food Show this year. The newest cheesemaker in Marin is Nicasio Valley Cheese Company at the Lafranchi Ranch, which began business in June. Its openers, all made from cow’s milk, range from a fresh hand-fashioned round (Foggy Morning) to Black Mountain, a Swiss-Italian mountain cheese that can age for up to two years. Formagella, a bloomy rind table cheese, and Nicasio Square, with its washed rind, round out the selection.

Little Surprises There’s something about treats on long summer days, a tempting bite or two between meals or with cocktails. When I’m excited by a dining-out discovery I take it home for future use or try to reproduce the tastes in my kitchen. I enjoyed every bite of a recent dinner at Scott Howard’s new Brick & Bottle and I was won over by his tender little chive-flecked biscuits with housemade pimiento cheese. The combination is a Southern dream come true, especially with a tall glass of iced tea (or bourbon and branch). At Citrus & Spice, the Thai fusion restaurant in San Rafael, I can’t resist the small curry empanadas and I fancy the vegetarian choice: soft potatoes and peas with a gentle heat inside warm flaky pastry. Among its organic goods, Rustic Bakery in Larkspur creates flatbreads, crostini and lavosh. My current favorite is Cheese Coins, plump one-bite crackers made with crème fraîche, three cheeses and a hint of chile. They have a buttery mouthfeel and are rich enough to prevent quick greedy gobbling, resulting in leisurely tasting with drinks or cold soups— or by themselves. Savory treats in the freezer are helpful to have on hand when peckishness strikes. I like Annie Chun’s new organic potstickers filled with pork and vegetables; they can be served browned and slightly crisp or in a softer form as steamed dumplings. Sukhi’s is a name to

A Sweet Ending “Sweet” and “alcohol” are not words I normally choose to associate, remembering wretched youthful drinks. There’s an exception when it comes to desserts. Right now we can find ideal examples of almost every American fruit in gardens and stores and farmers markets; it’s fun to fancy them up a little with wines made from the captured essences of other fruits. Since 1980, the Quady Winery in the Central Valley has created dessert wines of distinction using obscure grape varietals. Essensia came first, a golden elixir with apricot overtones of orange Muscat grapes, followed by Elysium, its rose/litchi flavor echoing black Muscats. These are liqueurs with 15 percent alcohol, good to sip (cold) as a dessert but even better when poured over perfectly ripened peaches or nectarines, melons or figs. This can be done ahead of time to macerate fruit for chilling or right before serving to experience a just-picked quality. The liqueurs improve other desserts, too: Use them for “soaking” pound cakes or drizzle them over vanilla ice cream. Quady has added lighter, lower-alcohol options to its line: peachy/flowery Electra and berry-like Red Electra, both only 5 percent alcohol, safer to drink in hot sun. They may be used like Essensia and Elysium for sweet finishes to summer meals. ✹ Contact Pat at

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t’s last call for Jimmy Sweetwater’s cool pioneer’s band for a year-and-a-half), Chris blues. After 22 years on the Bay Area Cacavas (of Green on Red), San Francisco music scene—playing local dive bars, punk goddess Penelope Houston (of the concert halls and nightclubs, including the seminal Avengers), Poor Man’s Whiskey, now-defunct Sweetwater in Mill Valley— Pushing the Norton and Sweetwater’s curthis Bay Area musician is packing up his rent band, the Mission Three, to name a few. washboards and harmon“My time in the Bay Area icas and moving back to has been a great chapter in COMING SOON his native New Orleans. my life,” Sweetwater notes. Farewell to Jimmy SweetSweetwater has never “The musicians and friends water: The Last Schmaltz become a household I have made here have been will be held Thursday, July name, but this colorful one of a kind—I am truly 22, at 8pm, at the Great bohemian (he also crafts blessed.” American Music Hall, 859 kitschy lamps from toys Next week, more than O’Farrell St., San Francisco. and cast-off kitchen aptwo dozen of those musi$14, $38.95 (with dinner). pliances) has often been cians will bid farewell to 415/885-8750. tapped by fellow musiSweetwater at what promises cians in need of adding a to be a once-in-a-lifetime splash of hard-bitten blues evening of thrash, twang or Crescent City authenticity to a recording and thunder (accent on the twang). The cast or stage performance. of players includes Adam Traum (son of Over the years, he has lent his talents— Dylan sideman and Greenwich Village folk both blues harp and percussive washmainstay Happy Traum), Penelope Houston board—to 39 recordings by Chuck Prophet and her longtime collaborator Pat Johnson, (Sweetwater played in that neo-psychedelic Toshio Hirano, JimBo Trout and the Fish-

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people, Bone Cootes, Bill Foss, and Misisipi Mike and Cree Rider of the Mission Three, among others. But despite the friends, the music and the memories, Sweetwater says, the siren song of the Gulf Coast is calling. “I’m heading back down South to bring my music to the people,” he adds. “I also want to help clean up the oil spill. People

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Boys don’t cry But men sure do, at least at the crushing finale to ‘Toy Story 3’... by Dav i d Te mpleton

David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a review; rather, it is a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture. isney-Pixar’s Toy Story 3, if you believe what the media have been saying, is the movie that finally makes it OK for men to cry at the movies. Again. It’s the first time, I guess, since the last time, which was apparently Transformers 2, though in that case men were crying because the film was so incredibly, mindnumbingly bad. Previously there was Gladiator, with Russell Crowe’s wronged Maximus rejoining his wife and son in the afterlife—as his blood-soaked body is carried with honor from the Colosseum. Not long before that, it was Saving Private Ryan, as a dying Tom Hanks, propped up on a bombed-out bridge, tells the aboutto-be-rescued Matt Damon to “earn this” by living an honorable life. And in Field of Dreams, it was Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) playing that final cathartic game of catch with his long dead father—as moviegoing men across the country cried like little babies. In TS3, men are crying (according to the experts in entertainment magazines) because we so strongly identify with the separation anxiety experienced by Woody (the pull-string cowboy doll), Buzz Lightyear (the battery-operated


spaceman toy) and all the other playthings. The formerly beloved gizmos must learn to let go of Andy, the young man who once, as a little boy, made their lives wonderful, and vice versa. In the film’s astonishingly sweet ending, the ultimate moment of farewell is so gently and lovingly and cleverly done that theater managers worldwide are surely complaining about all of the seats made wet from their audiences’ copious tears. And these are not just eyes-full-of-water tears, not one-or-two-drops-rollingdown-the-face tears. These are full-on, choking-and-sobbing, oh-my-god-I-don’t-

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think-I-can-stop, I-am-about-to-reallythat we are simply not allowed to. embarrass-myself-but-I-don’t-even-careMen crying during Toy Story 3 is a big anymore tears. There’s just something deal because, for all the men’s movement about that final moment when Andy plays machinations of Robert Bly, and for all with Woody and Buzz one last time that... the copies of Fire in the Belly sold by Sam Hold on. Excuse me for a second—I Keen, it is still not OK for men to show all have to go get a tissue. that much emotion in public. Sure, men One could argue that the purpose of are expected to raise their fists and cheer great theater—and great movies—is to whenever something blows up on screen, allow us to feel: to laugh, to smile, to jump, and should we shed a tear or two during to gasp, to cower, to cheer and, yes, to cry. the “life-of-a-marriage” sequence at the All are valid responses to well-made movbeginning of the aforementioned Up, well ies. So why is it such a big deal when men that’s OK, too. In fact, it will probably win shed two or three buckets of tears during us brownie points with our spouses. an animated cartoon about talking plastic But for the most part, whenever men thingamajigs? Haven’t humans evolved are caught crying in a public, it is seen as enough to allow the male of the species vaguely unsettling, and even frightening, to go all weepy once in a while without it a sign of mental or emotional instability, becoming national news? or—and this is even worse—proof that the Apparently not. man has become, gosh-darn-it, a “softy.” Toy Story 3 has evidently ushered in a new Years ago, in the service of this colera of masculine weeping, or so say every umn, I was privileged to see a film with major representative Ram Dass, the of print media from iconic author, and Entertainment Weekspiritual and social ly to the New York commentator. The Times. In EW, Owen movie was RoomGleiberman’s June mates, starring Peter Falk as a 21 column bore the lovable grandfaheadline “Message to ther befriending Men: Yes, it’s okay to his adult grandson cry at ‘Toy Story 3’”; through difficult and in the Times, the times. Toward the phenomenon was end of the film, explained by describduring the powering TS3 as “A melan- The game of catch in ‘Field of Dreams’ had male viewers ful bedside farewell choly meditation on blubbering—and not because Ray put so little zip on scene, as Falk loss, impermanence the ball. utters a few final and that noble, stubborn, foolish thing called love.” In a recent one-liners and passes away, I found myEW online poll, readers were asked to fess self weeping uncontrollably. Seated next up as to how often they cried during the to so legendary a figure as Ram Dass, I movie, with 29.7 percent admitting to hav- tried to cover my tears by employing the ing teared up just once, 31.7 percent claim- age-old trick of wiping them away while ing twice, and 25 percent revealing they pretending to scratch my nose. Apparcried “More times than I care to count.” ently, Ram Dass was also struggling with The poll doesn’t break down how many re- a bout of unexpected itchiness, because sponders were men or women, but the as- my wife, Susan, suddenly leaned over, sumption is that tear-for-tear, it is males, by sighed “For goodness’ sake,” and handed a wide margin, who are out-crying females. us each a Kleenex. Ram Dass, thus caught in the act, Even the website has been running an online conversation about grinned at me and whispered, “Well, I whether or not TS3 is tear-worthy, with guess I’m man enough to cry if you are.” men almost exclusively coming down on We finished out the film, side by side, the “yes it made me cry” side, and women, crying without reservation as proud but with few exceptions, saying “yes, I cried a slightly damp men. So, if you are a man and you see Toy little, but not so much as in Up.” Story 3, don’t hold back. It’s officially OK So. With everyone asking whether Toy to cry now. And if, for whatever reason, Story 3 is, in fact, making guys blubber, you don’t cry, that’s all right too. But, as and whether or not it’s OK for men to you sit in the theater watching the movie’s cry at movies, few have asked the most remarkable climax, if you happen to hear obvious follow-up question: Why is this someone choking back tears somewhere a big deal? in the dark, don’t worry about it. It’s no I think I can answer that. big deal. It’s probably just some guy saying Men like to cry. We like to cry the same goodbye to his own long-lost childhood way we like to take long camping trips alone in the woods, and drive 100 miles an loved ones, one last time. ✹ hour at midnight and stand up to bosses Shed a few tears with David at who are bullying us, telling them exactly where to stick their pathetic 3 percent It’s your movie, speak up at raises. We like to do all of those things, but ›› most of us feel, with the rare exception, JULY 16 – JULY 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 21

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Anny Ondra gets naughty in Hitchcock’s silent thriller ‘Blackmail,’ playing at the Rafael Monday night with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. ● Blackmail (1:30) Classic Hitchcock silent (later rejiggered into a talkie) about a young Londoner who kills a man in self defense and lives to pay the price. ● Cyrus (1:32) Sundance fave about a divorcee’s battle of wills with his new girlfriend’s overprotective twentysomething New Age son. ● Despicable Me A wicked suburban supervillain is waylaid in his plans to steal the moon by three little girls in search of a papa. ● Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (1:22) The classic children’s book hits the big screen with Mike Myers as the top-hatted, funloving feline. ● Don Giovanni (3:05) Mozart’s sexy tragicomic look at the life of Don Juan, presented by the San Francisco Opera in big-screen high definition. ● The Girl Who Played with Fire (2:09) Sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finds edgy computer hacker Lisbeth Salander accused of murder and on the run from the cops. ● The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:32) Stieg Larsson’s bestseller hits the big screen with Michael Nykvist as a down-and-out newspaperman out to crack a long-forgotten unsolved murder. ● Grown Ups SNL vets Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, David Spade and Rob Schneider star as middle-aged buddies who reunite for a wild holiday weekend.

● Inception Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller stars Leo DiCaprio as an outlaw adept at the art of stealing thoughts and secrets. ● Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (1:24) Acclaimed documentary about the iconic, foul-mouthed 76-year-old comedienne and her struggle to keep up with the demands of her career. ● The Karate Kid Fish-out-of-water Jaden Smith takes on all of Beijing’s bullies with a little help from kung fu master Jackie Chan. ● Knight and Day (2:10) Cameron Diaz’s mundane existence is turned upside down when she gets involved with international secret agent Tom Cruise. ● The Last Airbender M. Night Shyamalan fantasy about the balance of power between the four elements (and the sexy young stars who embody them). ● Let It Rain (1:36) French comedy about a successful politician who agrees to be the subject of a low-rent documentary just as her life starts to unravel. ● Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Four urbane beasts from the Central Park Zoo find themselves in the wilds of Africa with nary a neon sign in sight. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (2:05) Catch Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of the Puccini opera in big-screen high definition. ● Planet 51 (1:31) Cartoon about an astronaut who finds himself on a planet identical to an American small town…except for all those little green inhabitants. ● Predators A group of cold-blooded mercenaries become the prey of alien big game hunters! ● Salt (1:39) CIA agent Angelina Jolie uses all her superspy skills to outwit her fellow spooks when she’s fingered as an enemy counteragent. ● Samson and Delilah (2:35) Saint-Saëns’ version of the steamy biblical epic, grandiloquently presented by SFO and shown in big-screen high definition. ● Solitary Man (1:30) Chronic womanizer Michael Douglas faces financial ruin unless he agrees to behave himself on a business trip to an all-girl college. ● The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1:51) Aging Manhattan warlock Nicolas Cage joins forces with a young protégé to protect the city from an evil genius. ● Standing Ovation (1:48) Lower-class tweens compete against rich, snooty rivals in a music video contest with a top prize of one million smackolas. ● Toy Story 3 (1:32) What’ll happen to everybody’s favorite playthings now that their owner is all grown up and heading off to college? ● The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2:04) Teen angst at its bloodiest is back, as Bella is forced to choose between Edward the vampire or Jacob the werewolf. ● Winter’s Bone (1:40) A mountain girl from the Ozarks goes a-searching for her kinfolk when the law repossesses her house. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ Blackmail (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 7:15 (with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra) Cyrus (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:10 Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:30 Sat-Sun 11:35, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 12, 1:25, 2:25, 3:50, 4:50, 6:15, 7:15, 8:35, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Mon, Wed-Thu 10:10, 12:25, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Tue 12:25, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9 Don Giovanni (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (PG) ★★ Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Not Rated) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun, TueWed 8:30 Grown Ups (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 Inception (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12:15, 3:40, 7:10, 10:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 10:50, 12:20, 1:10, 2:20, 3:40, 4:40, 5:50, 7, 8:10, 9:20, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 9:50, 11:30, 1, 2:40, 4:10, 5:50, 7:20, 9, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7 Mon-

= New Movies This Week

Thu 1:15, 4:30, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 4:05, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 7:30 Sun-Thu 1, 4:10, 7:30 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:45, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon 8:45 Tue-Thu 6:45, 8:45 The Karate Kid (2010) (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3:55, 7:10, 10:15 Knight and Day (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:10, 5:20, 10:15 The Last Airbender (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Wed 2:45, 7:50 ❋ Let It Rain (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:15 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4, 6:15 MonWed 6:15 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG) ★★ CinéArts at Marin: Tue 10am ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 Thu 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Thu 1 Planet 51 (PG) Century Northgate 15: Tue 10am Predators (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1:15, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:30, 7:40, 9, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 ❋ Salt (PG-13) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm ❋ Samson and Delilah (SFO) (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Solitary Man (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:55, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Tue 6:50, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11, 11:50, 12:40, 1:40, 2:30, 3:20, 4:20, 5:10, 6, 7, 7:50, 8:45, 9:40, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:25, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4:15, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15 Mon, Wed-Thu 1:45, 4:20, 7:30 Tue 10:10, 1:45, 4:20, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4:15, 7, 9:45 ❋ Standing Ovation (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 9:55 Sat-Sun 11:20, 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:35, 5:05; 3D showtimes at 11:15, 1:50, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 6:50 The Twlight Saga: Eclipse (PG13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10 Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:50, 5:50, 7:35, 8:50, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: FriTue 10:40, 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Winter’s Bone (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 4, 7:30, 10 Sun 12:45, 4, 7:30 Mon, Wed-Thu 1:30, 4, 7:20 Tue 10:20, 1:30, 4, 7:20

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

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 800-326-3264 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

Michael Douglas is ‘Solitary Man,’ now playing at the Northgate. JULY 16 – JULY 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 23

SUNDiAL ] [ 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 07/14: Summer Karaoke Night With Mark Powers. 9:30pm-midnight. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. www. 07/16: Bautista Part of the Jazz and Blues By the Bay outdoor summer music series. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. Gabrielson Park, Anchor St. and Bridgeway, Sausalito. 289-4100. 07/16: Dave Ogden With Evolfo Doofeht. Part of the Live Music Friday Series. 5:30-8:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. 07/16: John Bjerke Acoustic music. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 07/16: Michael Joe Kirkbride Hawaiian slack key guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 07/16: The Artifacts Jazz/blues. Part of the outdoor Summer Music Series. 6:30pm. Free. Pacheco Plaza, 366 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. www. 07/16: Tim Cain with Tate Cross Section Pop/rock. Part of the outdoor Summer Music Series. 6:30pm. Free. Pacheco Plaza, 366 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 07/17: Blue Moon Cabaret Revue With Moana Diamond and Linda Imperial singing and


dancing tight swing and blues numbers from the 20s-40s. 7:30pm-midnight. $35, dinner included. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Gate 5 Road, Sausalito. 331-2899. 07/17: Em K Guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www. 07/17: Marin Musicians Honor 142 Benefit concert with Jackie Ryan, Gary Malkin, Si and Max Perkoff, Deborah Winters, Karen Drucker, Blake Richardson and Ian Dogole. 7-10pm. $40. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 07/17: Moonalice Rancho Debut! ut! Jam band. ncheria Road, 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Nicasio. 662-2219.

07/17: Sambaguru featuring Katia Moraes “Festival of Summer Nights.” Live music and dancing outdoors. Pre-event dancee lesson. 7pm. ro Road, San $5-25. Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro org Rafael. 444-8000 . 07/18: Herotozero With Audreyy Moira Shimkas. Jazz, rock. 8-11pm. Free. 19 fax. Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 847-8331.

Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

07/18: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028.

07/18: Lynn Asher and Cole Tate Unplugged Original tunes plus rock, blues and soul covers. 8pm. Free. Divino Sausalito, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 07/18: Sons Of Champlin Barbeque on the lawn. Outdoor stage with room to dance. 4pm. $32-35. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 07/18: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 07/20: Marin Bluegrass Jamvitational 7:309:30pm. 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 07/23: Barbara Higbie Grammy-nominated, award-winning singer/songwriter, piano/multiinstrumentalist/composer Barbara Higbie has something cool to share. 8-10pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre. org

07/18: Jesse Kincaid and Kurtt arHuget With percussionist Julia Harrell. Folk, Irish, original, country. Outdoor concert. 5-6pm. Free. Pic-colo Pavillion, Menke Park, Corte Madera. Tommy Castro’s the catch of the day July 23 at the Seafood Peddler.

‘Far’ away, so close... Be prepared for a collision of activism, music and art, because this Saturday, July 17, is Marin’s fifth annual FAR WEST FEST! It’s bigger than ever—but the commitment to going green hasn’t wavered. There will be 100 percent recycling and any plastic packaging on-site is a definite no-no. Foods will be local, organic and sustainable; make sure to check out the local art and craft vendors and their always unique creations. And don’t forget to take a stroll through the “Localization Zone,” an area sponsored by “Think First Local,” where area nonprofits will share their visions with visitors. Best of all, don’t worry about having El Radio Fantastique will drop anchor this to keep track of restless children because the weekend at the Far West Fest. Fest is even providing a supervised Kidz Zone with activities, healthful snacks, music and storytellers! Live music on two o stages includes the Monophonics, Sister Carol, El Radio Fantastique, Brindl, Dgiin, n, Bo Bo Tempo and more. 10:30am-7:30pm. $10-$25, under 10 free. Love Field, d, 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. 415/663-1171. www.farwestfest. estfest. com.—Elizabeth Cermak 24 PACIFIC SUN JULY 16 - JULY 22 , 2010

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07/23: Big B and his Snakeoil Saviors Boogiewoogie western swing. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www www.

07/23: D'bunchovus Part of the Live Music Fridays series. 5:308:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 6067435.

07/23: Loralee Christensen Trio Marinwood Music in the Park Series featuring live music, food, beer/wine and a bounce house kids area. Upcoming shows: Aug. 6, Jimmy Two

Times; Aug. 20, The 85’s. 6-8pm. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 479-0775. 07/23: Tommy Castro Band Rock and blues. 8:30pm. $15-25. Palm Ballroom, Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. www.

Theater/Auditions 07/16-08/15:‘The Middle Ages’ Set in the trophy room of a men’s club from World War II through the late 1970s, Gurney illustrates the conflict between longstanding traditions and the need for change. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.

07/16-09/26:‘The Taming of the Shrew’ Cast off with Marin Shakespeare for a swashbuckling romp for all ages with a “Pirates of the Caribbean” setting. Visit website for more showtime information. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 . 07/17-18: Auditions for ‘November’ For Ross Valley Players production of the David Mamet work. 1-4pm July 17 and 7-9pm July 18. Actors will cold read from the script. Call 461- 8927 for appointment. None. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 461-8927. 07/22-24:‘Children of Eden’ The Stapleton Theatre Company presents a musical directed by Bruce Vieira and accompanied by a live orchestra. 7:30-10pm. $12-20. Drake H.S. Little Theatre, 1327 S.F. Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 454-5759. www.

07/22-25:‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’ Presented by the Marin Summer Theater. 8pm July 22-24, 2pm July 25. $10-15. Marin Summer Theater, 15 San Marin Drive, Novato. 233-1552. Through 08/15: Travesties Tom Stoppard whips up a clever, tasty dish about art and society. Presented by the fabulous Marin Shakespeare players. Check website for performance dates. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Ampitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488.

Comedy 07/22: Scott Capurro Comedian, actor and writer brings his provocative comedy in for a night of fun! For 18 years and older. 8-10pm. $16-19. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . Tuesdays: Mark Pitta and Friends You never know who will show up at this weekly stand-up comedy night. 8pm. $15-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 07/17: Empowering Women Through Traditional Embroidery Meet the skilled embroiderers of Gujurat, India. See their vibrant work and learn about SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Assoc.). A portion of sales benefit the Textile Arts

07/18-08/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Land and Sea: Realistic and Abstract Landscapes and Seascapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Society of Artists member exhibition. 11am-4pm. No charge. Marin Art and Garden Center Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.

Through 07/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sudden Intended Exhilaration: Art to Recallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition featuring fifteen Bay Area artists. Noon-4:30pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3781.

Through 07/24:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Adding On: Repetition with Variationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council and Art at the Cheese Factory present an installation where a variety of objects are repeated for dramatic and artistic effect. Wed.-Sun. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 459-4440. Through 07/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Realm of Dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Collaborative exhibit by Phyllis Thelen and Barbara Andino-Stevenson, also features poet Ann Rinehart and photographer David Leslie. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 08/01: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Been Meaning To Tell Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Annual Members Exhibition features recent work by gallery artist members illuminating the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme. Free. Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station. www.

Through 08/13: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Entwined by Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christine Walker, Cynthia Jensen and Susan Bercu, sculpture, painting & printmaking. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. Through 09/17: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dynamic Imagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council sponsored group exhibition features diverse photographic images from Marin artists meant to draw the viewer inward. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr, Room 329, San Rafael. 459-4440. Through 09/30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Artistic Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Free exhibit featuring original works by artists from the 1940s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

Talks/Lectures 07/19: Impressionism Lecture Dsicussion regarding the current â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masterpieces from the Museedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Orsayâ&#x20AC;? de Young exhibition with FAMSF docent Peggy Gordon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sausalito Library. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall-Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121.

07/21: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting With Leslie Moyer from Atlantic Garbage Patch. 7:30-9pm. $3-5. The Flatiron, 724 B St., San Rafael. (707) 861-9077. www.

Readings 07/16: Ayelet Waldman The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Red Hook Road.â&#x20AC;? Set on the coast of Maine over the course of four summers, this work tells the story of two families. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/16:Rip Van Roddy Dalia Roddy discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Catch in Time.â&#x20AC;? In one moment a global blackout occurs, and six billion humans

become unconscious, reawakening to a drastically altered world. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/17: Pulitzer Winner Talks Paul Harding discusses his winning novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tinkers.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/18: Dog Park Club Author Cynthia Robinson discusses her mystery novel about eccentric Berkeley dog park regulars. 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/18: Heartbreak Helper Author Kristine Carlson discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heartbroken Open: A Memoir Through Loss to Self-Discovery.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/18: One Day at a Time Mediator Susan Pease Gadoua discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stronger Day by Day: Reflections for Healing and Rebuilding After Divorce.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/19: H.W. Brands The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Dreams: The United States Since 1945.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/20: Scott Sigler The author discusses his part Frankenstein-style cautionary thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancestor.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/21: David Mitchell The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/22: John Lescroart Book Passage Mystery Writers conference event. 5:30pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

JULY-AUGUST For tickets and more info: Doors open an hour before showtimes EVERY MON, 8 PM FREE OPEN MIC with host Austin de Lone Juniors OPEN MIC 6-7pm with host Caroline de Lone

STAY TUNED FOR SPECIAL MV FILM FESTIVAL SHOWS CUP Date is set for Sept. 13th. Come support live music in Mill Valley

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07/22: Michael Connelly and Robert Crais Book Passage Mystery Writers conference event. 7:30pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/23: Elizabeth George Book Passage Mystery Writers conference event. 8pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/23: Gregg Hurwitz Book Passage Mystery Writers conference event. 6pm. Free, some priority seating reserved for conference participants. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

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Splashy Pirate Adventure!” In the Town Council Chambers. 1-2pm. Free. San Anselmo Library, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. www.

Through 08/15: Living in Space Special Exhibit Take an out-of-this-world journey to the International Space Station in this brandnew, hands-on exhibit. Explore a “slice of life” in outer space as you live, work and play “aboard” the International Space Station. Free with museum admission. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www. Tuesdays: Little Music Circle Kids Live music, bubbles, small instruments and fun. Little ones learn rhythm and movement, cause and effect and patterning, helping brain development. 12:301:15pm. $10, drop in. Heller’s, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 233-7456.

Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 07/17: Marin History Museum’s Downtown San Rafael Walking Tour One hour walking history tour of downtown San Rafael. 10-11am. $5-10. Historic Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538 . 07/17: Mt Tam Astronomy Talk "Galileo, Telescopes and the Beginnings of Modern Science." Review of the history of science and an exploration of the subtle, complex relationship between Galileo, telescopes, Science and the Church with John Dillon from the Randall Museum. 8:30pm.

07/17: Habitat Restoration on Mt. Tam Remove broom that is encroaching upon redwood and oak woodland habitat. Removing invasive species is a crucial step towards preserving native ecosystems. Restoration site is a 20 minute hike. 9am-noon. Free. Marin Municipal Water District, Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area, 49 Sky Oaks Rd., Fairfax. 945-1418. www. 07/17: Sunset Hike & Dine A four-mile loop hike and mid-hike break with wine and cheese served overlooking the Pacific. 5:30-8:30pm. $15. Sunset Hike & Dine, Mt. Home Inn, Mill Valley. 331-0100. Thursdays: Walk for Fun Put on your walking shoes and have a 2-3 mile amble around Tam

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Home and Garden Through 10/31: Marin Open Garden Project Veggie Exchange Wow, you grew that? Amazing! Bring the excess from your garden to exchange with other gardeners at locations around the county every Saturday. Free. 9-10am. on the Novato Unified School District Lawn, 1015 7th St., Novato; 9-10:30am. at San Anselmo Town Hall Lawn, 525 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo; 9:30-11am. at Sun Valley Park, K & Solano St., San Rafael; 9-10am. at Boyle Park, 11 East Dr., Mill Valley; 3-4pm. at Sustainable Fairfax Backyard, 141 Bolinas Ave., Fairfax. 419-4941.

Nonprofits/Volunteers 07/16: Summer Service Days Volunteer for environmental community projects for all ages at Conservation Corps North Bay’s Summer Service Days at ocations throughout the North Bay. 9am-2pm. Free. Pickelweed Park, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 454-4554. 07/17: American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Novato 24-hour event to increase cancer awareness in Marin while raising muchneeded funds for the American Cancer Society’s programs and services. 10am-10am. Free, donation requested. San Jose Middle School, 1000 Sunset Parkway,, Novato. 225-3695. www.

07/18: Runway Confessions 2010 PreFall Benefit Fashion Show Fashion Show Benefiting BAY Area Student Designers. 6-9:30pm. $25-65. E&O Trading Co., 2231 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 717-1764. ✹

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124227 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRINITY NAILS, 247 SHORELINE HWY, STE 10, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: KIEUTRANG THI DANG, 247 SHORELINE HWY, STE 10, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124289 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE IDRA: A CENTER FOR JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEARNING AND PRACTICE, 95 ELIZABETH WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LAVEY DERBY, 95 ELIZABETH WAY, 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 June 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124270 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE BROCKMAN DESIGN STUDIO, 7 SPRING RD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: PETER BROCKMAN, 7 SPRING RD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124316 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIRACLE MILE CAFE, 2130 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JEFFERY ALAN BARNES, 2133 17TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94916. 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 June 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124310 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FOUNDATION RENTALS AND RELOCATION, INC., 925 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: FOUNDATION RENTALS AND RELOCATION, INC., 925 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124366 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as M&R VENDING, 10 CATALINA BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BLAKE MAYOCK, 10 CATALINA BLVD., 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 June 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124293 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KINSHIP INITIATIVE NETWORK OF SERVICES, 300 SUNNY HILLS DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SUNNY HILLS SERVICES, 300 SUNNY HILLS DRIVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 17, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124371 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE GRACE INSTITUTE FOR DEMOCRACY AND ELECTION INTEGRITY, 645 TAMALPAIS, CORTE MADERA,

CA 94925: SUNRISE CENTER INC., 645 TAMALPAIS, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. 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 June 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124273 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as K&K COMPANY, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939: VALERIA KUZNETSOVA, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939; VLADIMIR KUZNETSOV, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ANDREI KUZNETSOV, 64 CROSS CREEK PL., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a general 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 June 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124360 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUSINESS FOUNDATIONSANNELISA MACBEAN, M.A., 130 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: WHEALTHY PLANET, INC., 130 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124369 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BLACKOAK RESOURCE GROUP, 239 HILLSIDE AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: DAVID L PAULI, 239 HILLSIDE AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124387-1,2,3,4 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN MMA; MARIN BJJ; MARIN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS; MARIN BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU, 222 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MIKYO RIGGS, 1005 SOUTH ELISEO DR. #2, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124423 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINFIT, 60 TRELLIS, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: EVAN FITZGERALD, 60 TRELLIS, 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 July 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124345 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINA’S DESIGN, 7 GENEVA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARINA MCKENNA, 7 GENEVA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124458 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LING LI INTERNATIONAL TRADING CO, 10 GRANADA DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JUDY PA, 10 GRANADA DR., 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 July 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124456 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BELLASANTE, 89 CENTER BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MELANIE L TRAUB, 107 BROOKMEAD CT., SAN

ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124452 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUNSHINE BODYWORKS, 1514 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XIUMEI DONG, 3034 COLONIAL WAY #8, SAN JOSE, CA 95128. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 7, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 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 1003115. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BERTHA TULLY MCCARROLL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BERTHA TULLY MCCARROLL to TULLY MCCARROLL. 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: August 12, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: June 15, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304195 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): J & J SPA, 807-A FOURTH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 14, 2010. Under File No: 122931. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): BIYU SITU, 4 ANDREAS COURT, NOVATO, CA 94945. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on June 10, 2010. (Pacific Sun: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND GENDER SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. Case No. CIV 1003126. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CHRISTINA MAY BULMER has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing petitionerâ ™s name to: CHRIS M. BULMER. Petitioner has also filed a petition for a decree changing petitionerâ ™s gender from female to male and for the issuance of a new birth certificate reflecting the gender and name changes. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: July 29, 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: June 17, 2010. /s/JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Numero del Caso): 10-236793 NOTICE TO DEFENDENT (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): L.RYDMAN, AND ALL OTHER CLAIMING INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY COMMONLY KNOWN AS 1510 WEST MINERAL KING AVENUE, VISALIA, COUNTY OF TULARE, CALIFORNIA: YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF: (LO ESTA



by Ly nd a R ay

Week of July 15-July 21, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) It’s a good thing upbeat Jupiter is in your sign because on Friday the Moon and planets do not play nicely together. Tuesday is the luckiest and most enjoyable day in what could be called a challenging time. The pressure is intense to transform your career, be responsible about your personal relationships and expand your own life experiences. If you weren’t so capable, you’d be running for cover. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Friday is filled with obligations and a significant workload. Fortunately, with your ruler (Venus) in the efficient sign of Virgo, finding creative ways of getting it finished comes easily. The mushy Moon in your relationship house suggests spending Sunday relaxing with your sweetie. For the next couple months, the desire to accumulate esoteric knowledge is overwhelming. It is time to enhance your spirit instead of your wallet. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Being the chatty type, you rarely have a lack of pals. Now, no matter how large your circle, you want it to be larger. The planetary activity in your chart leaves you vulnerable to being manipulated by someone with great magnetism. So, if told that you seem to be falling under the spell of another, step back and take a long objective look at the object of your obsession. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Friday, the beginning of the final weekend of your zodiac cycle, is challenging. But the remainder of the week is kinder to the Moon (your ruler). As Pluto continues to oppose your sign, you are changing at a deep level. This transformation can at times be painful and at other times bring a sensation of blissful awareness. A little agony, a little ecstasy. LEO (July 22 - August 22) This is your last week to show off your cooking skills. Maybe you should enter a recipe contest. Whenever you decide to do something, it’s always with an eye out for fame. Tasteful Venus continues to tempt you with shopping excursions. While Saturn has been tightening the reins on your spending, he leaves that sector of your chart on Wednesday—handing over the checkbook to hedonistic Venus and impulsive Mars. Could be pricey... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) It’s the final week with limiting Saturn in your sign—and he won’t be back for another 29 years. You will no longer be inclined to look for the worst-case scenario. Take care of Saturn’s final demands—he can be quite helpful with getting that last five pounds off. Next week sensuous Venus and sexy Mars will have you all to themselves. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The emotive Moon in your sign Friday and Saturday can make you rather moody. You are still being bombarded by the planetary configuration that has many astrologers hiding under their desks. You cannot escape your emotions by rationalizing them. You have years to get this under your belt, so you needn’t panic. Next week, stern Saturn enters your sign, where he will attempt to make you more disciplined for a couple of years. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) For such a faraway planet, your ruler (Pluto) packs a big punch. You are particularly sensitive to Pluto’s transformational abilities right now as expansive Jupiter amplifies them. It only gets more interesting next week when Saturn begins to counter Jupiter’s looseness with Saturnine limitations. These two energies are nearly opposite in character. Will you gravitate toward upbeat Jupiter or gloomy Saturn? Time will tell. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The planetary crisis occurring now emphasizes the parts of your chart where you prefer things to remain stable—these planets are not actually in your sign, but the influence is still felt. You may have gone from happygo-lucky to practically obsessive over your finances, your creative projects may be moving in a new direction and your friends may object to the “new you.” Describing these celestial transits, Sagittarian Jim Morrison had it right: “No one here gets out alive.” CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) You continue to be front and center in the battle for planetary dominance. Saturn in a compatible earth sign (Virgo) ought to be a good thing, but this has prevented you from certain activities that could have broadened your world. Next week, when Saturn enters your career house, you will feel a strong need to prove yourself. You will encounter obstacles, but you will overcome them. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your sign is a contradiction in that its rules change, but it is a fixed sign. So you can instigate a complete revolution, but refuse to consider a new slogan for your protest movement. The dynamics of the current planetary placements may be shaking you loose from the stubborn positions you hold. Change now, or forever hold your peace. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) It’s the final week of having the playful Sun in your house of romance, creativity and entertainment. Accept all invitations to parties, concerts, etc. It’s also the final week of restrictive Saturn in your relationship house. Casual love affairs may now move on to become something more; those in a committed relationship should enjoy your significant other instead of looking for flaws. ✹ Astrologer Lynda Ray is offering personal consultations—at a discount to Sun readers— here in Marin through July 30. Please visit her website at or email her at for more information. Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at JULY 16 – JULY 22, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 29



by Amy Alkon


After my boyfriend and I returned from a teaching stint abroad, he broke up with me. I was devastated but eventually started seeing somebody else. He got really jealous and flew out a few times to see me until I said yes to getting back together. We’ve had a phone relationship since January, with visits whenever possible. Well, I’m starting grad school on the East Coast, and won’t be mobile for three years. But, as for moving to be with me, he’s now saying he doesn’t know if he can leave San Francisco. It’s not even a job keeping him there! He’s unemployed and still unwilling to leave one of the most expensive cities! He simply just wants to live there. I’m wondering if all the waiting’s worth it since he isn’t willing to work very hard for us to be together.—Dismayed Who says you can’t take the man out of San Francisco? Just force him into the trunk of your car at gunpoint and promise him a bathroom break and a Snickers when you hit Bakersfield. So, the guy chases you down, wins you back and now he’s not sure whether it’s you or that tramp with the cable cars? That’s not how love is supposed to work. According to Shakespeare, the Bronte sisters and every romantic comedy ever made, love is throwing aside everything to crawl across broken glass on four continents, only to die in your beloved’s arms. This, on the other hand, is like Romeo texting Juliet (on parchment delivered by servants): “OMG, not sure if i can give up pizza nite w family 2 b w/u.” For people with more to them than an obsessive connection to another human being, there are often practical considerations: whether they both want kids, who’s going to pay for them, whether they’ll join the Hare Krishnas or keep working as tax accountants. While some people can live anywhere as long as they’re with the person they love, for many, where they wake up and walk out the door every day is no small thing. It’s not just the place, but the way of life in a particular place (“The city that never sleeps” versus “the suburb that never wakes up”). The guy might love you, but he’s made his priority clear: He’s left his heart in San Francisco, and the rest of him is staying to keep it company. Chances are, he got so focused on winning you back, he forgot to ask himself “And then what?” Now that he’s won you, he’s all “Actually, I’m kind of attached to fog, earthquakes and stepping over a wino to get into my favorite patisserie.” It’s a lucky thing he figured that out before he moved to Collegetown. (Love in a place you hate quickly becomes seething resentment.) If you don’t resent him too much, maybe you and he will try to keep it going long distance while you’re in school. If so, you need to be practical, too: Ask yourself how you feel about spending the rest of your days in San Francisco, because you probably won’t get the guy out of there for any length of time—not until you can fit him into an urn.



I was on a first date, and the guy arrived at the pub before me. The waitress took my order and asked if I’d like to start a tab. I paused, and when he didn’t offer, I gave her my card. He ended up buying my next two drinks, and I had a pretty good time, but thinking about it now, I’m mad he let me pay at all. After all, he asked me out.—Rehashing On the bright side, when the final bill came, he didn’t get up and make tracks for the ladies’ room. Things are really confusing now about who pays. By the end of the date, he knew it was OK to pick up the tab. But, when the waitress first came, he had a millisecond to figure out are you a feminist, will you hate him for paying, accuse him of being personally responsible for lowering the glass ceiling 10 feet? Before he could work all that out, you’d handed over your Visa and ordered your appletini. Ask yourself if you’re quick to prosecute for something so minor because you go in expecting the worst. If so, you might change that, or instead of a boyfriend, you can have a grudge. And yes, the person who does the inviting should pay—to a point. On the second date, it’s nice to avoid being one of those women who, when the check comes, goes rooting around in her purse— and pulls out a mint. ✹


© Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): BRIAN A. DUNN. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you; your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site ( the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( or by contacting your local court or county bar association. Tienne 30 DIAS CALENDARIO despues de que le entreguen esta citacion y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefonica no lo protegen; su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y mas information en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California ( en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede mas cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario de la corte que le de un formulario de exencion de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento, y la corte le podra quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin mas advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado immediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remision de abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los resquisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede

›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 9 1a, San Francisco 1b. “Touch of Gray” 1c. The Other Ones, then later, The Dead 1d. Cherry Garcia 2. Female 3. North and South Dakota 4. True 5. None 6a. Kermit the Frog 6b. Jim Henson 6c. Oscar the Grouch 7. Philadelphia 8. Fresh water 9. Birmingham Barons (in the Class AA Southern League) 10 21 percent; for example, if the original square was 10 inches on a side, the new square is 11, and the area is 121 sq. inches BONUS ANSWER: Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong

encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www. en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.courtinfo. o poniendose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y direccion de las corte es): TULARE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, VISALIA DIVISION, 221 SOUTH MOONEY BLVD., VISALIA, CA 93291. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney is (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante es): BRIAN A. DUNN, 1510 WEST MINERAL KING AVE., VISALIA, CA 93291. Date (Fecha): March 22, 2010 /s/ LaRayne Cleek, Clerk by (Secretario): Yaneli Orddonez, Deputy (Adjunto) (Pacific Sun: June 25; July 2, 9, 16, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003385. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GEORGE TSUKAYAMA LAGUA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: GEORGE TSUKAYAMA LAGUA to GEORGE JOSEPH TSUKAYAMA. 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: August 11, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. J, 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: June 29, 2010 /s/ Verna A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304202 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): SUNSHINE BODYWORKS, 1514 5TH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 2,

2010. Under File No: 122975. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): RUI YUAN LI, 1767 27TH AVE., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94122. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2010. (Pacific Sun: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003552. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAREN MERYL PAREDES SANTOS on behalf of BELINDA RIHANNA PAREDES SANTOS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BELINDA RIHANNA PAREDES SANTOS to BELINDA RIHANNA CASTILLO PAREDES. 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: August 26, 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: July 8, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 16, 23, 30; August 6, 2010)



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Organic Yellow Nectarines Chill and Enjoy as a Great Afternoon "Pick-Me-Up."


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Turkey Caesar Specialty Sandwich

Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

Unitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roast Turkey Breast Piled High atop the Bread of your Choice with Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes and Cucumbers with a Creamy Caesar Dressing.

Rocky Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Free Rangeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Marinate with Olive Oil, Lime juice and Herbs then Grill on each Side and Serve with Your Favorite Side Dishes.



Organic Strawberries Slice Over Vanilla Ice cream or Over Pound Cake and add a Dolop of Whipped Cream. 16oz. clam shell


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Unitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Own Apple Strudel Made Fresh in Our Bakeryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;a Sweet, Delicious Apple Filling Wrapped in a Flakey Puff Pastry. Great with Coffee or for an Afternoon Treat.15 oz.



Corvina Sea Bass Wild Caughtâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Lightly Season Fillets on Each Side then Melt Butter on Top. A Great Dish with Rice Pilaf and Vegetables.

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The July 16, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun 07.16.2010 - Section 1  

The July 16, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun