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You know you’re in Ross when a turn-of-the-century scullery maid had a better home than you do now...

I wanted to thank you for using a picture of my house at 107 Bolinas Ave. in Ross in your summer “Hidden Marin” Neighborhoods magazine featuring the Seminary area. As was pointed out in Brooke Jackson’s article, the Seminary area is a wonderful area, but rarely mentioned. Our house was built 100 years ago as a servants’ house and through my blood, sweat and tears has evolved over the last 26 years to the quaint home that was pictured. Many thanks! Rich Petovello, Ross

A drought of facts This is in response to Loren Moore and Adam Scow’s letter from July 16 [“The DeSalt Treaty”], in which they argued against the Marin Municipal Water District ever considering a desal plant. Having been a manufacturer of smallscale desalinations systems for 13 years I know a little bit about the technology involved. I became slightly incensed when I came across blatant misinformation portrayed in Moore’s and Scow’s letter regarding the possibility of a Marin Municipal Water

District desalination plant. I am not interested in making a case for or against the project but I believe that the MMWD generally has Marin’s interest at heart in that they want to continue to provide good quality water to the ratepayer regardless of potential future droughts. Imagine the public outcry if we entered a sustained drought and there was no plan in place to provide adequate supplies of potable water. I can hear it now: “How come MMWD didn’t build that desalination plant when they were talking about it!” My issue is with the misinformation portrayed in Moore’s and Scow’s letter. They state, “A desalination plant would kill marine life that is sucked into the plant and the discharge of salty brine would threaten the bay’s delicate ecosystem.” First, the plant will have big screens to prevent fish from being sucked into the plant and, secondly, MMWD spent a ton of money studying the pretreatment process and chose an “ultra” filtration system as the best method. The ultra filters sit in big vats and filter out all the microorganisms, silt and the like. When they get dirty all this material rich in biological mass gets flushed back into the bay where it belongs. The second bit of nonsense is that the “salty brine” will threaten the bay’s delicate ecosystem.” This has been studied time and again, not just by MMWD, but in dozens of areas around the globe. The result is that with some attention to how the brine is distributed back into the ecosystem there is no deleterious effect. Finally they state, “Citizens are concerned that desalination may be unable to properly filter some toxins and pharmaceuticals in the bay.” Please! What do the experts who understand the process think? What are the facts? The fact is the reverse osmosis is the



Wham... bam... mammogram! Several cash-squeezed Marin nonprofits are doing a bit more celebrating thanks to the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation Stand up to SMART to coast ahead with bike path Board says it will pedal ahead with cycling path--despite grand jury recommendation to curb the deal. Read the full story here ?... Dog walkers in our neighborhoods...I had an encounter this morning with a lady who walks her dog down...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› benchmark system for water treatment, which is why all U.S. military systems utilize the process. The water quality coming out of a reverse osmosis plant is generally more pure that what is coming out of our taps today. Both sides of the debate are entitled to their opinions, but should be honest in how they portray them. Slanting opinions with misinformation doesn’t serve the public interests at all. Bill Edinger, president Spectra Watermakers Inc, San Rafael

And those in favor of the vehicle tax say, ‘Oink’... [About the Transportation Authority of Marin board’s vote to place a measure on the ballot raising vehicle registration by $10] When pigs fly I’ll vote “yes” on taxing myself for another $10 so the Marin Transit officials can boost the Pink Floyd says you owe Marin Transit 10 bucks. vehicle-license tax and have more money for their retirement benefits/ healthcare and other perks. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Sutter—we’re the illness, and the cure... Sutter Health’s corporate honchos were probably aggravated they couldn’t deplete Marin General Hospital (MGH) funds even more [“Take the Money and Run,” June 4] to pay for Sutter’s latest blitz of self-serving full-page ads in the Pacific Sun and elsewhere. Let’s get real. An accurate translation of Sutter’s carefully crafted advertising message is: (1) OK, big deal, so we legally weakened our now-competitor MGH by transferring huge amounts of its cash into our own corporate coffers—let’s put all that in the past, and forgive and forget; (2) Marinites should henceforth “partner” with us in a “forward-looking, collaborative vision,” utilizing Novato Community Hospital and other Sutter Health services to further weaken Marin

General while removing even more healthcare dollars from Marin. Sutter has proven itself a very predatory corporate citizen, but Marin residents (acting as healthcare consumers) can have the last laugh, by learning from our painful experience so we can create a healthier future. By our choosing MGH-affiliated facilities for future treatment—rather than Sutter’s Terra Linda urgent-care clinic, Novato Community, and its to-be-built San Rafael outpatient services—we can financially strengthen our own excellent locally controlled Marin General Hospital while teaching Sutter and similar corporate vultures a much-needed lesson. Alexander Binik, Fairfax

Put that in your cigar and smoke it! Thanks to Matt Stafford for his story in your recent Eating Green issue [“Great Moments in Green Food,” June 11]. Matt, please think about doing a story about the country Cuba and its forced transition to organoponics. The chemical industry always claims that food production would decrease without chemicals. In Cuba, 1989 to the present, food production has increased with organic chem-free food farming for the entire country. Louis Joseph Rapacilo, Marin

Only ‘secret society’ we have is our letters-page contributors... Most of the public is aware of so-called “secret societies” which live by their own rules and don’t obey the law—motorcycle gangs, drug cartels, organized crime, etc. But there are some more the public should be aware of: cops, doctors, lawyers, nursing homes, movie studios, courts, tanzanite jewelry marketers and newspapers. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

DMV must really be thinking outside the box these days... Saw a Marin license plate the other day, “PINK BOX.” Wonder how they got away with that? Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Water district’s measured response Competing district initiative like salt on a wound for desal opponents by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


he veil of polite pretense dropped Monday at a meeting called to determine the fate of two ballot initiatives aimed at taking desalination to Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) voters in November. A coalition opposed to a district proposal to consider building a desalination plant as an insurance policy against short water supply during future droughts collected enough signatures to qualify an initiative on the ballot. MMWD officials say the initiative would hamstring efforts to even consider a desalination plant. Backers of the Marin Responsible Water Policy Ballot Initiative, including Dr. Bill Rothman, Dr. Larry Rose, Loren Moore of the Surfrider Foundation Marin, Katherine da Silva Jain of the Marin Water Coalition and Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch, submitted their initiative to the Marin registrar of voters, and on June 18, the registrar took a random sample of the signatures and determined that enough people had signed to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Food and Water Watch provided legal advice and chipped in to pay for some signature gathering. The coalition submitted about 18,000 signatures; the registrar determined that

about 15,000 were valid, 130 percent more than needed. Several times during Monday night’s meeting at San Rafael City Hall, desalination opponents called up that 18,000-signature petition as proof that district ratepayers want to send the district an unequivocal message. The problem, as district officials see it, is the exact nature of that message. Soon after the initiative qualified for the ballot, district officials raised concerns that ambiguous wording would require more than a vote before funding and construction of a desalination plant; they contend that it would prevent the district from even evaluating the efficacy of a desalination plant. The initiative “represents a gag order for the district,” according to David Behar, president of the district board. “It shuts down evaluation of environmental issues, it would stop us from figuring out how to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions of a plant, it would eliminate our ability to put out contracts to evaluate fisheries issues, it would stop us from finding out how much a plant would even cost.” District officials say they would also be prevented from evaluating energy use of a desalination plant and forbidden funding to study ways that could reduce or mitigate energy consumption. During the signature-gathering 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS A half-penny for your thoughts, Novato... “If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you,” will mean more to Novato residents than lyrics from a Christmas song this autumn—as the City Council voted 5-0 this week to put a half-cent sales-tax increase on the November ballot. Novato’s $1.4 million budget shortfall is to blame for the move, said councilmembers. The projected $3 million revenue from the jump in tax—from 9 to 9.5 percent—would cover that, as well as restore some of the cuts the city has incurred since it decided to cut $4 million from the budget and lay off 17 percent of its workforce over the next two years. Opponents of the tax hike say it would hurt the city’s poorest residents, while others lukewarm to the idea said they’d support the tax only if the city first lowered employee salaries and benefits. Two desal measures better than one? Before it filters salt from the sea, the Marin Municipal Water District will filter off a few votes—when it places its own desalination measure on the November ballot to compete with a stricter desal measure that’s already qualified for the ballot [see Upfront, left]. The water district’s measure, approved by the board at a meeting Monday at the San Rafael City Council chambers, asks voters if the public should have the ability to approve a desal plant once the project is ready. The Marin Responsible Water Policy Ballot Initiative, meanwhile, would oblige the district to seek voter approval before it spends any public money at all on desal—a requirement the district believes is so strict it would ultimately prevent it from even studying desalination, let alone approve a project. Specifically, say district officials, the MRWP measure’s wording implies that voter approval would be required before the district entered into any “contracts to plan for” desal—which some say prevents the district’s own staff from ever working on anything to do with desal, at least without an election first. Critics of the board suggest its move to place a competing measure on the ballot is a thinly veiled attempt to split the votes and kill both initiatives. For either measure to be approved, it would need more than 50 percent of the votes; if both measures receive over 50 percent, the one with the most votes would become law. Breast cancer foundation issues grants Several cash-squeezed Marin nonprofits are doing a bit more celebrating thanks to the To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, which has doled out $275,000 in grants among 21 Bay Area nonprofits. The grants’ focus is for “individuals from underserved communities,” according to the foundation, and will be used mostly for mammograms and diagnostic testing. Among the grant recipients are such Marin-based nonprofits as the Marin Center for Independent Living, Marin Cancer Institute, Meals of Marin, Marin General Hospital, the Institute for Health and Healing and the Coastal Health Alliance. Mammograms and other breast-cancer testing have in the past largely been funded by the California Cancer Detection program, but state budget woes have resulted in a funding freeze for the first half of 2010, and cutbacks are expected to continue. The Marin-based foundation has raised more than $3.1 million for breast cancer causes since 1996. For more info on To Celebrate Life, visit or call 415/455-5882.—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››


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1. Pictured at right: On October 1, 1938, he made history by swimming across the San Francisco Bay from Marin County to San Francisco’s Crissy Field. He is even more famous for standing in the same spot every day for 28 years in a pasture on Tiburon Boulevard. Name this horse. #1 2. What common word (which most people strive to receive), originates from the fact that Roman soldiers were often paid with salt (a most valuable commodity)? 3. In 1971, Mariner 9 became first man-made object to orbit a foreign planet. Which one? 4. What river separates the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota? 5. Pictured at right: He is best known as the Los Angeles Dodger #5 whose spectacular home run broke the hearts of Oakland Athletics fans in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Today he is manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Who is he? 6. The Berlin Wall, a symbol of the Cold War between East and West Berlin, stood for how many years? 7. Helen Mirren was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the 2006 film The Queen, in which she played the role of what queen? 8. Animals characterized by a segmented spinal column are called vertebrates. In biology, there are five classes of vertebrates, one of which is mammal. What are the other four? 9. Deposed in 1893, Queen Liliuokalani was the last royal ruler of what land? 10. What child’s teeth are named for a beverage? BONUS QUESTION: What is the most important city of Catalonia, and what language is primarily spoken there?

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!

± David Kurland knew his modest son wouldn’t tell us he helped save a bicyclist’s life, so the proud papa shared the story. Driving on 101 near the Marin/Sonoma border, Justin Kurland witnessed a car hit a cyclist. Though he had to exit the freeway and turn around, he was still the first person to arrive at the scene. The driver was hysterical, leaving Justin to take control and tend to the unconscious victim—who suffered broken limbs and had difficulty breathing. Because Justin properly cleared the cyclist’s airway, paramedics said his aid saved the man’s life. Thank you to Justin for keeping your head in an emergency and to his father for letting us know that his son is a Hero.

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rest of the episode. ABC. 8pm. Scream Queen Another cast of young women compete to star in a Hollywood horror movie. In the first film, the acting coach teaches them how to emote the perfect scream by showing them pictures of the noses they were born with. VH1. 10pm. The Tonight Show Sylvester Stallone is promoting his new all-star action film, The Expendables. How long before he’s shopping for a walker with a machine gun mount? NBC. 11:35pm. TUESDAY, AUG. 3 The Ruins Tourists at a Mayan temple are attacked by man-eating carnivorous vines. But that’s not the scariest thing.The scariest thing is that the movie is based on a novel. (2008) FX. 8pm. Shaq vs. ... Shaq takes on NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hopefully he can steer with his knees because about as much of him as is going to fit in the cockpit. ABC. 9pm. 18 to Life When a teenager asks a girl to marry him as part of a truth-or-dare game on TV, it turns into a sitcom. In real life, there’s a little dot on the test strip that turns blue. CW. 9pm. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 4 Keeping the Faith A priest and a rabbi are lifelong friends and both fall in love with the same woman. But that’s not the hard part. The hard part is that every time they walk into a bar, the bartender won’t serve them until he hears the punch line. (2000) Lifetime. 9pm. Chris Angel: Mind Freak When he’s ready to jump off the rim of the Grand Canyon, isn’t it time to change the title to Chris Now THIS is what we call ‘Shark Week’! Sunday, 7pm. Angel: Dumbass? A&E Network. 10pm. THURSDAY, AUG. 5 Sixteen Candles SUNDAY, AUG. 1 Something’s Gotta Give Molly Ringwald turned 42 earlier this year, Jack Nicholson plays a middle-aged lothario in case you needed a reason to feel older. who finds himself attracted to the mother of (1984) ABC Family. 7pm. one of his age-inappropriate girlfriends.You The Real Housewives can start cringing now. (2003) Lifetime. of D.C. It’s like The Real 6pm. Housewives of Orange Jaws of the Pacific We were bored County and the The of “Shark Week” 20 years ago. Real Housewives of They need to invent a new New York City, except shark, maybe something with when these women wheels, or have them comget Botox it ends up pete with other predators covered in the new in an “American Idol” format. healthcare bill. Bravo. Discovery Channel. 7pm. 9pm. Fact or Faked: Paranormal Public Sex A writer Film Examining the veracity follows his cousin into of films purporting to have the swinger scene. captured images of ghosts, We don’t have any UFOs, sea monsters and moral qualms about a British Petroleum the swinging lifeexecutive with a style, as long as conscience. SyFy. the people are 11:05pm. attractive. (2009) MONDAY, AUG. 2 Bad movies seemed so much more innocent in the ‘80s... Sundance ChanThe Bachelorette Thursday at 7. nel. 10pm. Ali awards the final rose and chooses the man she wants to Turn on more TV Guy at spend the rest of her life with, or at least the ››

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 Bones Tonight’s body is “partially skeletonized.”Whenever we’ve experienced that condition, it has involved mixed drinks. Fox. 9pm. The Late Show with David Letterman Madonna is moving into that “time to sell an exercise video” phase of her career. CBS. 11:35pm. SATURDAY, JUNE 31 Flightplan Jodie Foster plays a mother who grows frantic when her 6-year-old disappears while aboard a cross-country flight.Travel is so much easier when they’re still young enough to fit in the overhead compartment. (2005) ABC. 8pm. Law & Order: Criminal Intent When the owner of a food truck is murdered, investigators have to examine the case for clues, motive, and a number 4 combo with a side of chili fries. CBS. 10pm. Grease 2 The sequel is highlighted by a young Michelle Pfeiffer as another pretty blonde who falls for a guy in a leather jacket. If this sounds like the same plot from the first film that’s because it is. (1982) ABC Family. 10:30pm.




²ÊA gift store recently had a man giving out balloons at one of Marin’s large shopping centers. Unfortunately, he was also giving out personal information about customers. When a family wearing San Francisco Giants caps approached him, he said, “Do you know Barry Zito lives nearby? “He then proceeded to give away Zito’s street address, claiming he delivered balloons there. Reader Lynn M. observed the incident and thinks it’s a Zero when business folks don’t respect customer privacy. We sure felt deflated to learn that even the balloon delivery guy is full of hot air. —Nikki Silverstein

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whether a desalination plant is even a feasible alternative. The district had three options after the registrar accepted the initiative: The board could pass the initiative as an ordinance; it could initiate a report focusing on the consequences of the initiative; or it could essentially do nothing, which would send the initiative to the November ballot. The board chose to initiate the report option. According to the staff report, which relies in part on conclusions of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legal counsel, the initiative would, indeed, hamstring efforts to evaluate effects and possible mitigation measures of a potential desalination plant: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Given the broad language of the initiative and its potential for halting all desalination related activities, including planning permitting and studying (whether undertaken by staff or outside consultants) without a vote of the electorate, staff believes the impact to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water supply planning activities would be acute, immediate and all encompassing.â&#x20AC;? The staff report recommended that the board submit the initiative to the registrar to be placed on the ballot as Ordinance 419, which the board voted for unanimously. The district has crafted its own ballot initiative, which, like the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, calls for a vote of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approximately 190,000 customers in southern and central Marin before it could fund or construct a desalination facility. But the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative would allow forward progress of studies associated, for instance, with environmental impacts and permitting issues related to a

< 8 Water districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s measured response process, backers circulated leaďŹ&#x201A;ets that read, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please Sign the Ballot Initiative. Assure the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to prevent a $400 million boost in our water bills.â&#x20AC;? Last summer, the district board accepted an environmental impact report that assessed issues related to a 5-million-gallon-per-day plant that could be expanded to 15 million gallons per day. The 5-million-gallon startup would cost about $105 million, according to district estimates. Opponents added costs associated with funding to construction costs, and then they added costs associated with operating a plant over 30 years, says Behar, bringing the total to $400 million. Although the leaďŹ&#x201A;ets and the campaign focused on the money issues, desalination initiative proponents hammered the â&#x20AC;&#x153;right to voteâ&#x20AC;? message. The initiative, they said, was not a referendum on desalination. But at Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting, which lasted four hours and ended at 11:30pm, desalination opponents made it clear their true intention is to kill desalination. The coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative states, â&#x20AC;&#x153;This ordinance is intended to require that only if there is an afďŹ rmative 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.â&#x20AC;? District ofďŹ cials say that wording would prevent any study and reports to determine


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tion initiative] will tie your hands,â&#x20AC;? said Rothman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know what? He was right.â&#x20AC;? The comment elicited loud applause and cheers from an audience comprising mostly desalination opponents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That part he got right,â&#x20AC;? Rothman continued, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize why we want to tie your hands: because they are in our pockets.â&#x20AC;? He then said they want to do more than that; they want to put district desalination consideration in â&#x20AC;&#x153;a straitjacket.â&#x20AC;? The debate has split a substantial contingent of the sustainable community from some environmental organizations, as evidenced by the Conservation Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position that although conservation should be the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top priority, the responsible course of action is to allow it to continue evaluating desalination. The issue became more complex earlier this year, when, according to a staff report, the district noted that in the last 18 months water use has declined 15 percent; this means that at current consumption levels, the district could manage a drought similar to the one in 1975-1976 with 25 percent rationing in the second year. But, say district ofďŹ cials, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical to determine whether the reduction in water demand will continue after, say, the economy rebounds. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s critical for the district to be able to continue putting its desalination ducks in a row to expedite the construction of a plant if another serious drought occurs. It takes up to two years to complete studies and permitting, according to a staff report; getting a plant operational could take up to ďŹ ve years. The district has just a two-year supply 11 >








desalination plant. Just days before the Monday night meeting, MMWD Director Jack Gibson said he thought there may have been an opportunity to reach a compromise initiative with the coalition. (Gibson signed the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative but later removed his name when he realized its implications.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually reached out to those folks and had a very friendly meeting with Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch. It was very cordial, but they said the problem is they had gone to a lot of work to (craft and present their own initiative( and they have a lot of people relying on them.â&#x20AC;? Enough, says Gibson for them to say they could not just drop their initiative and work with the district on a new one. That the coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative, which proponents call the citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiative, is aimed at scuttling desalination rather than simply calling for a vote became clear at the meeting. Rothman said if the board had thought an alternative initiative would be more advantageous for the district, it could have taken action before waiting until the last minute to create and unveil its own version. The intimation, expressed by others in harsher terms, is that the district is trying to snooker voters by placing a competing measure on one ballot. Roger Roberts of the Marin Conservation League expressed support for the district measure because it would allow exploration of a desalination component in the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water-supply portfolio. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fellow from the [Marin] Conservation League said [the coali-



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life for murdering a homeless man in San Jose. Souza’s MySpace page ( troublesome1488) shows the suspect posing in various states of aggression. The title of the page, Troublesome 1488, is a reference to writings of white supremacists, according to Schaefer—who had nine drunkendriving convictions but still possessed a driver’s license in 2009 when he got on his Harley, raced 60 miles an hour through a stop sign and killed Melody Osheroff—arrived at San Quentin only 10 days before his death. A Marin County jury convicted him of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the May 2009 accident that killed the San Ramon Elementary School fourth-grader. Trial testimony showed that Schaefer, with a blood-alcohol level possibly twice the legal limit, drove his motorcycle between two cars

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count when earlier this year it tabled desalination. The increased conservation levels allow the district more time to evaluate desalination as an option. That, however, failed to blunt the attack opponents mounted in the form of their initiative. They say the drop in consumption proves their contention that the district can boost conservation levels even more. These numbers, they say, lend credence to a report compiled by a former district conservation manager that states the district can benefit from increased conservation and other methods to maximize water supply. They also say the district is downplaying the possible health, safety and environmental issues that could be associated with a desalination plant. That comes despite a pilot plant that received a clean bill of health. An environmental report notes no significant impacts on bay water or drinking water or other parts of the desalination process. Board members agree that significant

of water when its reservoirs are full. Dan Carney, the district’s conservation manager, says water demand is down across the state. Water officials attribute the decline to the prolonged statewide drought as well as increased conservation education and technology. Will the reductions continue? It takes about five years to call it a sustainable trend, says Carney. And even then, when a water district relies on conservation to fulfill its demand, it also relies on human behavior, which can be mercurial. Nevertheless, Carney says, water officials in the state are talking about the possibility of a sea change in water consumption. “It’s an exciting time,” he notes, adding that even a few years ago, the conservation effort focused on reaching attainable goals. Now, moving past hope-for goals, the focus is on maintaining conservation levels. The district board took all that into ac-

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waiting for Melody and her father, Aaron Osheroff, to cross the street. Aaron Osheroff lost one of his legs and has had multiple surgeries on the other. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge Terrence Boren sentenced Schaefer to 24 years to life in prison. Novato police delivered the news of Schaefer’s killing in person to the Osheroff family Monday night. Reached in his College of Marin office on Tuesday, Aaron Osheroff said the death brought him no relief. “It’s more violence following his violence,” he said. “I wanted him to serve his 24 years to life in prison. I think living in prison probably would have been harder.” Though upset, Schaefer’s mother said she welcomed her son’s death. “My son is in peace,” Sheri Dunne said. “Even though he had his ups and downs with the alcohol, my son is with Jesus. We’re really happy that this has happened, and he doesn’t have to spend any time in that place.” questions remain to be answered concerning the proposed desalination plant and its possible effects. That’s why they object to the citizens’ initiative that would block further study of a specific plant proposal. Several times Monday night the tone of the meeting degenerated into a one-sided booing, yelling and hissing situation. Only a few speakers expressed support for the board’s position that the district must be allowed to pursue investigating the possibilities of desalination, especially in light of uncertain changes associated with climate change. That climate change, say opponents, will mean more rainfall in Marin. Proponents of further study, however, say the only responsible course of action is to allow the district to cover its drought bases. The level of frustration among desalination opponents, who say the district ignores the wishes of ratepayers, increased when the board voted unanimously to place its initiative on the ballot as Ordi-

The last time a prisoner was killed at San Quentin was in 1997, when an inmate stabbed to death condemned murderer Jimmy Palma. Palma’s killing also took place on an exercise yard. His Southern California victims included a 5-year-old girl and an infant boy. Prison spokesman Lt. Samuel Robinson said Schaefer was stabbed with what inmates call a “bone crusher”—a metal object sharpened on both ends and possibly cut out of an inmate’s bunk bed—on the exercise yard of the prison’s reception center. When inmates first enter San Quentin, they go to the reception center to be assessed for placement. Schaefer and prison officials together decided he did not need protective housing, Robinson said. “He believed he was OK to live in our general population here,” he said. Robinson said it remained unclear Wednesday what prompted the killing. “We’re trying to figure out whether it was a personal issue or whether it’s something else,” he said. Dunne expressed anger that police contacted the Osheroffs about her son’s stabbing while she learned about it from a news report. She said she believes Schaefer had been set up to be killed. Just before Boren announced his sentence on July 13, Schaefer offered an eleventh-hour apology. “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.” Schaefer leaves a daughter who is 11 years old—the same age Melody would have been had she lived. ✹ Email Ronnie at READ FULL STORY For a longer version of this story--with more details about Souza, and additional comments from the families involved--visit

For more go to ›› nance 418. That puts it before the citizens’ initiative. Several speakers said the citizens’ initiative was submitted first, deserved the top spot and the board was engaging in underhanded politics because the placement of the initiatives on the ballot would confuse voters. (Whichever measure receives the most votes will win and negate the other, providing the winning initiative receives more than 50 percent of the vote.) In a display of the impolite tone that permeated the meeting, boos, hisses and catcalls greeted former Mill Valley City Councilman Clifford Waldeck when he said some signature gatherers for the coalition had inaccurately stated that the environmental report for the desalination plant was invalid as an argument for calling a vote. Opponents tried to shout Waldeck down before he said, “ I won’t be bullied.” ✹ It’s your county, speak up at ›› JULY 30 - AUGUST 5, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11




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he state medical board has placed a San oxycodone—she had been abusing. Rafael psychiatrist on probation and orSimilar to morphine, oxycodone is one of dered her to study ethics and prescribthe drugs that killed 28-year-old actor Heath ing practices after she allegedly prescribed Ledger. A time-release version of oxycodone, more than 100 tablets a day of addictive pain- OxyContin, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” killers to a woman later found disoriented in has become a popular and deadly recreational the middle of the street. drug among teenagers and young adults. Dr. Patricia Stamm faced losing her license After treating C.J. with a variety of painkillto practice medicine in connection with her ers and other drugs from January through treatment of the 54-year-old woman who August 2006, the accusation says that on Sept. wound up overmedicated, agitated and bewil- 1, 2006, Stamm hand delivered a letter to C.J. dered in Marin General Hospital’s emergency saying she could no longer work with her. In the letter, Stamm recommended that C.J. enroom in 2006. On July 15, after the medical ter a detoxification program. Instead of going board and Stamm agreed to settle the matter into rehab, C.J. took more than three-quarters without a hearing, the board disciplined the 61-year-old psychiatrist by putting her on five of the pills intended to last a month in four days and wound up in the emergency room, years probation. Stamm, who has a private psychiatry prac- according to the accusation. “What I didn’t know because I’m not tice in San Rafael and also serves as an interfaith minister, defended herself in a telephone a pain specialist,” Stamm said during the interview last week. She described herself as a telephone interview, “was that in addiction medicine you should bighearted, service-orientonly give the patient ed doctor and the former patient as a sociopath who “It turned out that unbeknownst no more than a week’s supply.” conned her. “I was empa- to me she was a sociopath in adAlthough C.J. inthetic and naive enough to think I could help her,” dition to a borderline personality formed Stamm during her initial January Stamm said. “If I’m guilty disorder. So she lied to me and 2006 appointment of anything, I should have that she was adsent her to a pain specialist didn’t tell me she was getting opiates from other sources.” dicted to opiates and from the beginning.” entertained suicidal Lawmakers in the state thoughts, the accusaof Washington are considering mandating that physicians refer patients tion says Stamm overprescribed oxycodone to pain specialists when their painkiller as well as other painkillers, antidepressants, doses increase to specified levels. Last week, stimulants and anti-anxiety drugs without a federal panel rejected a proposal to curb taking a proper history or performing an apnarcotic drug misuse, saying it failed to go propriate physical examination. Had she physically examined the patient, far enough because it did not require doctors to be trained in appropriate prescrip- Stamm said she could have been sued for boundary violations. Stamm also denied pretion practices for opiate painkillers. scribing close to 8,000 oxycodone pills in 77 During the summer of 2006, Stamm prescribed 7,912 doses of the narcotic oxycodone days. The discrepancy appears to stem from a series of apparent ruses the patient used to over 77 days to the patient who had admitted get more medication. She reported spilling months before that she was addicted to opiates, according to a medical board accusation. one-fourth of a bottle of oxycodone, which Stamm replaced with another prescription. The accusation says that in September 2006, Then the patient reported that her dog got the patient, identified only as C.J., was found into her medication bag. wandering in the street dazed. Though Stamm knew that C.J. had an onWhen C.J. arrived in the emergency room, going relationship with another psychiatrist, hospital staff found a bottle with the remains who continued to see and prescribe medicaof a prescription Stamm wrote for 960 tions to C.J., Stamm failed to coordinate care. oxycodone pills, the accusation says. It says In the telephone interview, Stamm said she C.J., who suffered chronic ankle pain, admittried unsuccessfully to communicate three ted taking 700 of the 5 milligram pills in the times with Kaiser, where C.J. was a patient, preceding four days. about her other care. The board accused Stamm of gross negliStamm, who earned her medical degree gence and incompetence in her treatment of from Columbia University in 1977 and was C.J. The accusation alleges Stamm inapproboard certified in psychiatry in 1982, also priately terminated her care of C.J. by writing her a letter saying she believed the patient had failed to obtain a report from a state database to see what other controlled substances had an escalating drug-abuse problem and then been prescribed to C.J., the accusation says. In prescribing a month’s supply of the drug—

Stamm, a psychiatrist and interfaith minister, says her willingness to help was taken advantage of by a ‘sociopath.’

the interview, Stamm said she did not know about the database, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES. By law, since 2004, healthcare providers who dispense controlled substances like oxycodone must report dispensing information to the Department of Justice monthly. In the telephone interview, Stamm said C.J., a heavyset woman who explained that only large doses of narcotics muffled her pain, told her she had been a prominent Marin County lawyer but chronic pain following a car accident, a fractured ankle and subsequent surgeries had left her unable to function in her job and homeless. C.J. told Stamm that her Kaiser physician had refused to give her the pain medication she felt she needed to get back on her feet. “I felt sorry for her,” Stamm said. “I felt I wanted to help her. So I put her back on the opiate, and she got back to work. “It turned out that unbeknownst to me she was a sociopath in addition to a borderline personality disorder. So she lied to me and didn’t tell me she was getting opiates from other sources. I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, and it has really been a mistake, and I realize that now.” Stamm said C.J. paid her for the first few sessions but then said she had no money, and the psychiatrist agreed to wait for payment until C.J. returned to work. Stamm said C.J. owes her thousands of dollars. “This whole thing has been so painful to me because I meant so well,” Stamm said. Physicians began treating chronic pain with opiates in the 1990s. As a result of the movement toward more aggressive pain management, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least a 10-fold increase in the medical use of opiate painkillers during the past 15 years. At the same time, U.S. drug overdose rates have risen steadily, with most of the increase due to prescription drugs, according to the CDC. Stamm said her father suffered a painful death three years ago because he was undermedicated. “I hope we don’t go back to the old days where people were left to die and where children had surgery with no painkiller,” she said. ✹ Email Ronnie at



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befuddled guinea pig from the Humane Society and we’ll call it a day. “We were washing roughly 40 birds a day. Once birds are rescued they’re given an examination to see if they have any other injuries and we do blood work,” said Davis. “Then they’re fed and pampered for a few days so that they’re strong enough to survive the wash and rinse, which are both very stressful. Then they go into a drying room and another pen to build up hen I first saw photographs on the news of the struggling brown pelicans their strength. After that they’re sent to the pools. They spend a few days there preening so they at a the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I immediately thought of my favorite can make themselves waterproof again. Only they can do that. They preen by knitting their childhood book, Are You My Mother?. In this story, a widec feathers together in such a way that water will just roll off.” The whole process can take a week. eyed, scrawny baby bird falls from its nest and walks e Once rescued birds are in good health, a federal band is placed on each for fo miles in search of his mother, surviving a wilderone and they’re packed in crates to travel and be released in a safer ness ne adventure full of mishaps with a dog, cow, kitlocation in the wild. “I was asked once to get up at 2:30 in the mornby Annie Spie ge lman ten, ten boat and a “snort.” As the wretched scenes played ing to package 72 pelicans into a carrier so that the trucks could be out ou on my television screen I was determined to go loaded at 4:30am so they could meet a 6am Coast Guard plane that save sav the oil-soaked baby birds in the Gulf. So I gave took the birds to Alabama.” Other batches of birds were sent to Florida WildCare, the wildlife rehabilitation center in San Rafael, a call to let them Wil and Texas. Releasing them in the morning helps them acclimate in the new know kno help was on the way! area. “We’re concerned that adult birds will try to fly home back to the Deepwater Horizon area. “I “ love animals. I have two cats!” I chirped to the woman on the phone. The juvenile birds have a better chance of staying in their new home. That’s why we put the I’m pretty certain I could hear her pr federal band on them so we can tell if they are eyes roll rolling... birds that we had saved already.” In the three Then she told me that I needed to weeks that Davis was there, roughly 650 birds come to an orientation, complete a 16passed through the rescue station. hour training and volunteer regularly for a year Large homes that can sleep 19 people in five before I could help rescue wildlife trapped in bedrooms and trailers that are often rented hazardous materials after an oil spill. Discourout to fishermen have been set up to house the aged and a bit paranoid, I hung up the phone, rescue workers and a large network of volunraised an eyebrow and deliberated. Had the teers organized by the Oiled Wildlife Care NetMarin Humane Society circulated my name work and International Bird Rescue Research and mug shot on its “do not hire” list after I had Center. BP is paying for the WildCare workers’ returned our adolescent, jittery guinea pig last plane fare, lodging and food; a grant from year, complaining he was just too much work PG&E is helping to defray some WildCare and wouldn’t do anything special? rescuer expenses. Karen Wilson, executive Yearning to feed a baby squirrel with a director of WildCare, hopes to have two staff syringe or train a fledging robin to forage members at the Gulf for the next few months. for worms or tube-feed an injured pelican, I “As a participating member of California’s decided to cut through the bureaucratic red Rescuers commit to three week stints of 12-hour days in 100 degree heat. Oiled Wildlife Care Network, WildCare is tape. I contacted Arlene Davis, an animal lover who has been volunteering at WildCare for committed to supporting the cleanup efforts as long as assistance is needed. The dedicaover 20 years. An engineer at Motorola in real life, Davis volunteered her time locally in tion of WildCare volunteers who have dropped everything in their ‘regular’ lives to help 2007 during the Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay. She recently returned from a save oiled wildlife in the gulf is inspiring,” says Wilson. “They work in grueling conditions three-week shift rescuing birds from the BP oil spill at Deepwater Horizon. She told me that washing and feeding birds in 100-degree-plus temperatures. I am so proud of their tireless volunteers commit to at least a three-week shift, working 12-hour days, often in Hazmat and outstanding work.” suits in 100 degree weather, seven days a week. A wash line, wooden pens and a makeshift bird triage unit have been set up in a warehouse south of New Orleans where BP personnel and Occupational Safety and Health Administration super● ● ● ● visors are on-site. Volunteers work closely with rehab vet techs and veterinarians who are careHAZMAT SUIT, INTOLERABLE TEMPERATURES and humidity, mopping bird poop, fully chosen after completing emergency response training by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. shvitzing? OK, forget it. I’m not that big a fan of birds. To be honest, I’m more of a lover of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Louisiana State Animal Rescue Team have also been instrumental in flora than fauna. Besides, a Hazmat suit would make me look fat. I’ll just retrieve my toothless, organizing rescue personnel across the country. Davis warns that volunteers should be 14 > PHOTOS COURTSY OF ARLENE DAVIS

A mother bird sat on her egg. The egg jumped. “Oh oh!” said the mother bird. “My baby will be here! He will want to eat. I must get something for my baby bird to eat. I will be back!” So away she went.—Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman



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prepared to do other nonexotic duties such as cleaning dead ďŹ sh or mopping ďŹ&#x201A;oors and not just working with rescued animals; and to beware of the petrol and bird manure smells. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The best smelling place there was actually the Porta-Potties!â&#x20AC;? When asked how she survived the long hours and grueling conditions, Davis replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cosco Busan oil spill in San Francisco was very different. That was a very ďŹ nite event. There was one big blob of oil that spilled and then was stopped. The spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been going on and on so the aftereffects will continue going on and on as well. I felt privileged to be involved here. I wanted to be a part of the effort, especially since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m from New Orleans. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to see the birds after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been washed. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re jumping in the water, ďŹ&#x201A;apping their wings. It takes over your whole life and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to leave.â&#x20AC;? â&#x2014;?




TWENTY-YEAR-OLD HUMBOLDT STATE University student Stephany Helbig of Fairfax left to volunteer at Deepwater Horizon over two weeks ago. Helbig has been volunteering at WildCare since she was 13 years old, but this is her ďŹ rst time helping out at an oil spill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was 17 during the Cosco Busan oil spill so I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t old enough to work with oiled birds. This is my ďŹ rst opportunity to go to a bird rescue. I would love to say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a once-in-a-lifetime chance but unfortunately, it probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be.â&#x20AC;? Helbig hopes to become a veterinarian and travel around the world doing research on preserving wildlife habitat. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presently studying wildlife science and conservation biology while working part-time as an intern at a veterinary clinic in Petaluma. Before she left for the trip she was told sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be picked up in Louisiana but could be trained and stationed there or moved to Alabama, Florida or Mississippi. The unknown location didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worry her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I

WildCare volunteer Arlene Davis is a mild-mannered Motorola engineer by dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and bird-rescue superhero by night...

knew is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be put in a large house or trailer with lots of other people. I had no idea where, but to me itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like going to a dorm in college. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m used to that!â&#x20AC;? Before she left she shared that her fear wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about working with the birds. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extremely familiar with handling and restraining all types of wildlife and knowing how to stay safe. Her biggest concern was the long 12-hour days in the heat and humidity wearing a Hazmat suit. When I heard from her last week in Louisiana, she was busy washing birds she had rarely seen such as spoonbills, laughing gulls, terns and tri-colored herons; and not only was it extremely hot, but there were thunderstorms outside and a local tornado warning. Yet still, she sounded grateful to be part of the rescue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting a lot of valuable rehab and triage experience from being here. I much prefer the small size of the laughing gulls to the giant western gulls at home. Less painful when ďŹ ngers are near the beak region.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never a good time for an oil spill but the absolute worst time is in the spring and summer when wildlife creatures are breeding. From April to August the food sources are rich: fruit, berries, insects that animals can feed to their brood. This spill is especially hitting hard the breeding colonies of baby pelicans. Melanie Piazza, WildCareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of animal care, would like to help in the Gulf of Mexico in a few months. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here holding down the fort along with our staff and volunteers and sending who we can. We treat close to 4,000 animals a year here,â&#x20AC;? says Piazza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once our baby season winds down Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m planning on going. In the fall, when we can spare more staff, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be sending more people.â&#x20AC;? Here in Marin County, many people are overwhelmed by the disaster and frustrated that they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help. Piazza recommends that Bay Area citizens prepare for disaster now.


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Brown pelicans, above, plus spoonbills, laughing gulls, tern and herons are common oil-ravaged birds in the Gulf; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cleaned and released days later, after they regain their water repellency.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make sure your family and pets are taken care of. Then come in to do the training with us to volunteer, instead of panicking when it hits and wishing you could help but being denied, because youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not trained.â&#x20AC;? WildCare has an orientation for volunteers every January. After the orientation, if you decide you can commit to the 16-hour training that occurs from January through March, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also need to commit to a four-hour shift just about each week throughout the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people stay for a year. Some stay for 20 years,â&#x20AC;? says Piazza. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students 12 to 17 can volunteer as well. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little different training. We have kids, college students, adults and retirees. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s everybody. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re open seven days a week so we can ďŹ nd a shift to ďŹ t just about anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule! You can work after work or on a weekend. We always welcome new volunteers.â&#x20AC;? In an era where many feel more and more removed from nature and wildlife, Piazza hopes Marin residents will take the time to educate themselves about common backyard animals, instead of hating the opossums or raccoons that come around, uninvited, to eat out of the cat bowls in the garage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the most amazing things about living in the Bay Area is the abundance of open space and wildlife just outside our doors. I recommend to anyone who calls us who is scared or â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a particular animal or species to look them up online. Learn a little bit about the species and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be amazed at how incredible they are and maybe even start to appreciate them and enjoy catching glimpses of them.â&#x20AC;? She reminds us that our backyard wildlife is here for a reason. They serve a purpose in nature; opossums, raccoons, skunks for example are terriďŹ c rodent, snail and slug control. They eat critters that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want in your garden. Bats and swallows eat millions of mosquitoes every day. Coyotes and foxes eat hundreds of mice and rats. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without our backyard wildlife weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in big trouble.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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how to encourage people whose tastes and appetites are altered by treatment. HEAD HERE, NOT FOR THE HILLS John Weaver has been active in the coffee business since 1980, inspired by his mentor, pioneer Alfred Peet. Today one of Peetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antique roasters from 1905 is on display in Weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new roastery and retail shop in San Rafael where his wares are, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;served by the cup and sold by the pound.â&#x20AC;? In a serene cafe space customers can enjoy fair-trade organic and other unique blends while they watch the roasting process. Upscale decor using the signature colors of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s packaging and simple dark wood furnishings makes the spot a sophisticated addition to the neighborhood. Weaverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee & Tea is at 40 Louise St. (off Francisco Blvd. East); hours are 6am-6pm, Mon.-Sat. Check the websiteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;www.weaverscoffee.comâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for special events or to arrange a tour. TALK ABOUT NAME DROPPING...The Bay Area is famous for big-deal food events and one of those is coming up Aug. 13-15 when SF Chefs 2010 arrives in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Union Square and at nearby Westin St. Francis Hotel. The biggest deal will be the enormous tent set up for tastings, demonstrations, interactive classes and seminars with regional farmers, ranchers, star chefs, winemakers, distillers, authors, mixologists and luminaries from the culinary media. Some of the highlights will be the opening night dinner (Hog in the Fog), Saturday and Sunday afternoonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Grand Tasting, Top Chef Happy Hour and Project Open Handâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dessert First! party on Sunday. The event supports the Golden Gate Restaurant Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scholarship foundation. For details and tickets: Contact Pat at

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sk Bill Kreutzmann how he feels ter on it, and thinking, wouldn’t it be great to about his new band and the ex- be able to play that music someday. Grateful Dead drummer is emphatic. “And now I’m playing New Orleans music “It’s a dream come true,” he says, during a with George Porter. phone interview from Boulder, Colo., where “How great is that?” he’s playing with Grateful That new band is 7 Dead percussionist MickWalkers. It formed last ey Hart and the Rhythm year around Kreutzmann COMING SOON Devils. “I mean, I’ve aland guitarist Malcolm 7 Walkers performs Aug. 6 ways wanted to play New “Papa Mali” Welbourne, and 7, at 8pm, at the Great Orleans music.” of Shreveport, Louisiana. American Music Hall in San Kreutzmann, a Bay In 2008, Kreutzmann Francisco. $25. 415 233-0449. Area native and formermet the gifted guitarist longtime Marin resident, at the Oregon Country is most identified with Fair. “We just got along the premier band of the 1960s San Fran- so well,” Kreutzmann recalls, “but he gets cisco scene. But his roots are in the Crescent along with everyone—he’s a really sweet City: Kreutzmann’s mother, a former dance guy with a big, big heart. instructor at Stanford University, was a New “That last night at the country fair, we Orleans native. “I guess I have New Orleans played until 4 in the morning—we just in the blood,” he says. “I’ve always wanted to couldn’t stop.” play New Orleans music. I especially loved The pair performed a series of gigs that the Meters [the seminal New Orleans funk culminated last year at a recording session band]. I remember hearing their first album in Austin, Texas. Grateful Dead lyricist [in 1969], the one with [bassist] George Por- Robert Hunter sent a batch of songs for

Papa Mali and Kreutzmann, center left and right, kept Oregon Country Fairgoers boogieing until 4am with their bighearted jams.

the recording project. The band found its name in one of Hunter’s songs. “This band has a New Orleans flavor— it has a gumbo feeling,” Kreutzmann muses. “It isn’t the Meters and it isn’t the Neville Brothers—it’s our version of that.” The band returns to the Bay Area next week for a pair of shows. The first—with Moonalice—is a masquerade party in celebration of the late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. The second—with

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Mardi Gras Indians—benefits relief efforts on the Gulf Coast. “You can’t do enough for those folks who have been devastated by the oil spill,” Kreutzmann says. “I’m really saddened by all of this—I have so many friends in New Orleans...this just hurts.” After Garcia’s death in 1995, Kreutzmann took a few years off from the music scene. He returned to the stage in 1998 “The Other Ones with Backbone, and the Dead were a trio that also really fine bands, featured guitarist Barnett and but without Jerry, Rick bassist Edd Cook. it’s not the same.” In 2000, he joined former bandmates Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart in the Other Ones. He continued that association after the band changed its name to the Dead. Kreutzmann makes no bones about the post-Garcia bands he’s formed with his former Dead bandmates. “The Grateful Dead was at its best when Jerry was alive, of course—that was the real Grateful Dead. The Other Ones and the Dead were really fine bands, but without Jerry, it’s not the same.” Still, in 7 Walkers, Kreutzmann has found an unexpected connection to Garcia. “Papa Mali has a lot in common with Jerry—he’s really charismatic and he holds a lot of love for people,” Kreutzmann says. “He has a giant heart—he never has a bad word for anybody, well, unless it’s a flight attendant who won’t let him put his guitar in the plane’s overhead luggage compartment,” he adds with a laugh. “But Papa has such a great voice and his slide miraculous.” ✹ Bang the drum slowly for Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at



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Guillaume Canet and Emir Kusturica bring down the Soviet Union in ‘Farewell,’ opening Friday at the Rafael. ● Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (1:28) Alvin, Simon and Theodore area back, competing with an all-girl chipmunk band and living la vida rodent in general. ● Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (1:35) A dissolute gambler and his widowed mistress come under the professional scrutiny of a cynical zoologist. ● Astro Boy (1:34) A super-powered prepubescent robot embarks on a series of adventures that are life-affirming as well as totally awesome. ● Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (1:22) Pooches and pussies unite to stop a fiendish feline with plans for world domination. ● Charlie St. Cloud (1:49) Zac Efron as a sailorscholar grappling with past promises and a future he can call his own. ● Countdown to Zero (1:30) Gripping documentary looks at the ever-growing post-Cold War threat of nuclear proliferation and annihilation. ● Despicable Me A wicked suburban supervillain is waylaid in his plans to steal the moon by three little girls in search of a papa. ● Dinner for Schmucks (1:50) Comedy in which well-meaning buffoon Steve Carell systematically destroys the well-ordered life of yuppie Paul Rudd. ● Don Giovanni (3:05) Mozart’s sexy tragicomic look at the life of Don Juan, presented by the San Francisco Opera on the glorious big screen. ● Emma’s Time Machine: Adventures in Time and Space (1:30) The latest chapter in Ben and Emma Burtt’s loving look at Marin County history explores the legacies of Fairfax and San Anselmo. ● Farewell (1:52) True tale of a rogue KGB agent who funneled top-secret intelligence to the West

through a French engineer working in Moscow. ● 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. ● 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. ● I Am Love (2:00) A Milanese family dynasty is shaken to its core when Mama has an affair with her son’s best friend. ● 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, foulmouthed 76-year-old comedienne and her struggle to keep up with the demands of her career. ● The Kids Are All Right (1:44) The happy household of gay couple Julianne Moore and Annette Bening is upended when the sperm-donor daddy of their two kids drops by for a visit. ● 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 Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (2:50) Bizet’s smoldering senorita is back and looking especially saucy in big-screen high definition. ● Monsters vs. Aliens (1:34) A 50-foot woman, a Ph.D. with the head of an insect, a missing link and other affable aberrations are enlisted to take down an invading force of nasty extraterrestrials. ● Ramona and Beezus (1:44) Beverly Cleary’s mismatched sisters scramble onto the big screen. ● La Rondine (2:05) SFO’s sumptuous art deco production of the racy Puccini opera stars Angela Gheorghiu as a kept woman intrigued by a younger man. ● 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. ● Shrek the Third (1:33) The Scottish ogre and chronic slacker goes to any lengths to avoid being crowned king of Far Far Away. ● The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1:51) Aging Manhattan warlock Nicolas Cage joins forces with a young protege to protect the city from an evil genius. ● 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. ✹


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›› MOViE TiMES Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (G) Century Northgate 15: Tue 10am Anton Chekhov’s The Duel (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: FriSun 4, 8:15 Mon-Wed 8:15 Astro Boy (PG) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 10am ❋ Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 1, 1:45, 3:15, 4, 5:30, 6:15, 7:45, 8:30, 10; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7, 9:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:30, 4, 6:45, 9:15 ❋ Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:30, 10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:55, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:50, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 4:15, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 12:45, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 1:35, 4, 7:20 ❋ Countdown to Zero (PG) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 3:20, 5:30, 7:50, 10 Sun 3:20, 5:30, 7:50 Mon-Thu 5:30, 7:50 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: 11:40, 12:50, 1:55, 3:10, 4:25, 5:25, 6:45, 7:40, 9, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 2, 4:40, 7, 9:15 Sun-Thu 2, 4:40, 7 ❋ Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:10, 10 Sat-Sun 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 12:55, 2, 3:35,

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4:40, 6:25, 7:30, 9:05, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4, 6:50 Don Giovanni (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 ❋ Emma’s Time Machine: Adventures in Time and Space (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 6:30 (filmmakers Ben and Emma Burtt in person) ❋ Farewell (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:05 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:15, 6:45, 9:05 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:05 The Girl Who Played with Fire (R) ★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 3:45, 6:30, 9:20 Sat-Sun 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:20 Grown Ups (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 I Am Love (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7:15, 9:55 Sun 1, 4, 7:15 Mon-Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:30 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: 12:15, 3:40, 7:10, 10:30 Century Regency 6: 10:40, 12:10, 1:55, 3:45, 5:20, 7:10, 8:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7 Mon-Thu 1:15, 4:30, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 4:05, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 1, 4:10, 7:30 Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri, Mon-Wed 6:15 Sat 2, 6:15 Sun 2 The Kids Are All Right (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri 11:30, 12:50, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Sat 11:30, 12:50, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10,

7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Sun 11:30, 12:50, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Mon 11:30, 12:50, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Tue 11:30, 12:5 CinéArts at Sequoia: FriSat 1:50, 4:20, 7, 9:25 Sun 1:50, 4:20, 7 Mon-Thu 4:20, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:20, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Knight and Day (Not Rated) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:10 La Rondine (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 10am Monsters vs Aliens (PG) ★★1/2 Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am Ramona and Beezus (G) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 10:15 Lark Theater: Fri,TueThu 5:15, 7:30 Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30 Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15 Mon 5:15 Salt (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:15 Century Regency 6: 11:15, 12:25, 1:50, 3:10, 4:25, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 12:40, 1:50, 3, 4:10, 5:20, 6:30, 7:40, 8:50, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:40 Shrek the Third (PG) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 10am The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 1:05, 2:20, 3:40, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:10, 10:30 Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55 The Twlight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4:30, 7:20, 10:25

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›› 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

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Live music 07/30: Chrome Johnson Original rock. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 07/30: Deborah Crooks Acoustic Americana. Part of the Live Music Fridays series. 5:30-8:30pm. Free. Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. 07/30: Em-K Extreme acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 07/30: Jack Van Paris and Company Rock, R&B and originals. 8:30pm-midnight $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina/ Fort Baker, Sausalito. 302-6180. 07/30: Joel Streeter Original pop/rock. 8-10:30pm. Free. Max’s Cafe, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 07/30: Macy Blackman Rock/blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 07/30: Macy Blackman Rock and blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

07/31: A Thousand Years at Sea Trio With Midsummer Fiddle Band. Americana and Cape Breton folk music. 8-10:30pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 07/31: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio American and Brazilian jazz, rock and pop. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477. 07/31: Bautista Latin fusion dance band. 8:30pm.

$12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 07/31: Chris Goddard Acoustic favorites. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 07/31: Los Pinguos Doors open at 6:15pm. Pre-show salsa dance lesson with Melanie Morris at 6:40pm. Music, wine, dancing, picnics under the stars. 7-9pm. $5-25, under 5 free. Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8081. www. 07/31: Moonlight Rodeo Original Americana roots rock. 9pm-midnight. Old Western Saloon, Pt. Reyes Station. 637-2496. 07/31: Ronnie Montrose Trio With Bo Carper. 8 p.m. $15-19. Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. 07/31: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 07/31:The Tickets Rock, blues and country. 8-11:30pm. $8. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 332-2319.

08/01: Community Jam BeeKee Scholarship Concert With Kimrea and a community of talented musicians will perform. 5-8pm. $10-20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/01: Michael the Pretender Part of the Town Center Summer Music Series in the center court area. Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison Tribute. 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera.

BEST BET Rock the nation—or Marin, anyway... For those headbangers who cruised their El Caminos to the riffs of “Bad Motor Scooter” and “Rock the Nation” in the early 1970s, the name Ronnie Montrose needs no introduction. As leader of the band Montrose—which featured Mill Valley’s Sammy Hagar on lead vocals— Ronnie paved the way for such later acts as Van Halen and other ‘80s hair bands. This Saturday at the Mill Valley Masonic, the RONNIE MONTROSE ACOUSTIC TRIO will unveil the softer, gentler side to Montrose’s power-chord infused repertoire. Also on the bill is Bo Carper, co-founder of San Francisco band New Monsoon. Doors at 7:30; music at 8:30. $15 Montrose, unplugged. advance. The Masonic is at 19 Corte Madera Ave. Check out—Jason Walsh 26 PACIFIC SUN JULY 30 - AUGUST 5, 2010

08/03: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould. Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/04: Compared to What Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/04: Summer Karaoke Night With Mark Powers. 9:30pm-midnight. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 08/05: J. Kevin Durkin Trio Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

08/05: Kinky Friedman with the Texas Jewboys Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers opens. 7:30pm. $40. Studio E, Schaeffer Lane, Sebastopol. 707-542-7143. 08/05: Sympátrio Mimi Fox, Ian Dogole and Bill Douglass. 8-10pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/05:Wanda Stafford Quartet Jazz. 6-9pm. Free. Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 925-0808. 08/06: Antar Blues Band Blues. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 08/06: Beautiful Losers CD release party with Victoria George. 8 p.m. $15-19. Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www. 08/06: Global Sol 100% solar powered multisensory festival and dance party on the Bay with an eclectic world mix of live music, DJs, dance, vendors, extensive tea and chill-out tent, lighting, projection and art installations. Live music features Hamsa Lila, Arrested Development, Ernest Ranglin, Eoto, others. Phish concert ticket holders get a big discount for

the after-hours party. Benefits the Women’s Earth Alliance. 7pm-4am. $35-130. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond. 507-9797. www. 08/06: Kevin Russell Guitar blues. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/06: Jimmy Two Times Marinwood Music in the Park Series featuring live music, food, beer/wine and a bounce house kids area. Aug. 20, The 85’s. 6-8pm. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 479-0775.

08/06: Savannah Blu and The Courtney Janes Part of the Live Music Friday Series. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Larkspur Landing, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 606-7435. www.localmusicvibe. com/marincountrymart Mondays: Kimrea and Friends Jazz. 9-11pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito.

Sun. and Wed: Family Night with Giovanni Italian and international accordion music. 6-9pm. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria, 45 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-7472. Sundays: Caroline Dahl Boogie-woogie piano. 11am-1:30pm. Free. Mama’s Royal Cafe, 387 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-2361. Sundays: Mal Sharpe’s Dixieland Band Jazz. 3-6pm. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1392. Thurs.-Fri: Local Bands Rotating lineup of Marin artist and entertainers. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure Is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., MIll Valley. Thursdays: Live Music Rotating local music. 8:3011pm. No cover. Balboa Cafe, 38 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 381-7321. Tuesdays: Swing Fever Jazz. 7pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 08/07: Mark Growden Americana Noir. Featuring performances by Enzo Garcia & Brindl. 8pm.

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Concerts 08/01: Kronos Quartet Barbecue on the lawn. 4pm. $27-30. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

Theater/Auditions 08/06-22:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Humble Boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; After the sudden death of his father, Cambridge astrophysicist Felix Humble returns to his charming English countryside where circumstances are unveiled that are less than ideal. 8-10pm. $20-22. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 883-4498. www. Through 08/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Middle Agesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Set in the trophy room of a menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www. 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.

Through 09/26:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Taming of the Shrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cast off with Marin Shakespeare for a swashbuckling romp for all ages with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirates of the Caribbeanâ&#x20AC;? setting. Visit website for more showtime information. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488 .

Comedy 08/06-07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; One man show by playwright/comedian Josh Kornbluth, Based on the Contemporary Jewish Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jews: Ten Portraits Reconsidered.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. $18-28. 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. 8 p.m. $15-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 07/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Artists in the Falkirk Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Reception/discussion with artists Susan Bercu, Cynthia Jensen and Christine Walker 10am-1pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. 08/01: First Sunday Open Studios Over 40 working artists, in 3 buildings, will open their doors to public. 11-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 883-1066. www.

1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. 08/06-09/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Box Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fundraiser/art exhibition. Opening reception Aug. 8. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. Through 07/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Realm of Dreamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Collaborative exhibit by Phyllis Thelen and Barbara AndinoStevenson, 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.

Through 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 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 08/28:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Altered Book Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sixty artists give new life to old books. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Visual Word,â&#x20AC;? member show. Free. MarinMOCA, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 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 09/23: Marin MOCA Group Show With featured artist Alberta Buller and Bernard Healey. Closed weekends and holidays. 11am-4pm. Free. Tamalpais Community Services District Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. 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.

Talks/Lectures 07/31: How to Write Book Reviews Chronicle Book Editor and McSweeneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s publisher Oscar Villalon shows how to write a smart, entertaining book review. 10am-2pm. $60. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

07/31:Nonfiction Book Proposals and Queries Workshop Andy Ross presents a class focused on how to write a book proposal and find a literary agent through query letters. Students can submit their drafts of book proposals and query letters in advance. 10:30am-1pm. $55. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.


08/03-31: Igor Sazevich and Marna Clarke

07/30: Bruce Henderson The author discusses

Paintings and photography. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn Gallery, 11250 Highway One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1223.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 07/30: Literary Luncheon Dine with two great authors; Adrienne McDonnell will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Doctor and the Diva,â&#x20AC;? Robin Oliveira reads from â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Name is Mary Sutter.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $55, includes lunch and signed book Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.,

08/05-09/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;American Peasantry: Life and Labor in the Fields of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A modern visual history of farm labor in California since 1975. Black-and-white and color photography by historian Richard Steven Street. Reception 5-8pm Aug. 13. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown,

Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/02:Vanderbilt It T. J. Stiles discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/03: Healing Holotropia Stanislav Grof talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/03:Traveling Poetry Show Marin Poetry Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Traveling Show presents poets Cynthia Sims, Doreen Stock, Daphne Muse, Judith Yamamoto, Adam David Miller and John Hart in a reading hosted by Gabrielle Rilleau. 7-9pm. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St., Sausalito. 332-6158. www. 08/05: Gray Area John Gray discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice.â&#x20AC;? Dr. Gray says that the differences between the sexes and how they relate to one another are biochemically based and can be managed. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/06: For Fish Award-winning journalist Paul Greenberg presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food,â&#x20AC;? which explores the history of the fish that dominate our menus and where each stands at this critical time. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 08/06: Gary Shteyngart The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Super Sad True Love Story.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

08/06: Hands On! Create Your Own Blog Blogger Sophie Epstein (www.mrsmagooreads. com) teams up with her mother Liz Epstein (Jane Austen Literary Salon) for a blogging workshop. Bring your laptop. 1-4pm. $45. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. NBCC Reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conversation on Books about Conjugal Loveâ&#x20AC;? with NBCC president Jane Ciabattari, Balakian winner Molly Giles, Meredith Maran and Greg Sarris. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

JULY & AUGUST &ORTICKETSANDMOREINFO 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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Film Events 07/30-31: San Francisco Opera Broadcast â&#x20AC;&#x153;La Rondine.â&#x20AC;? (The Swallow) is a rarely performed Puccini opera. $5.50-10.25. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454.1222. 07/30: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Fantastic Mr. Fox.â&#x20AC;? Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Leave pets at home. 8-10pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. 07/31: Film Night in the Park Presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jaws.â&#x20AC;? Popcorn, candy and sodas will be sold. Bring blankets, pillows, backrest and low chairs. Leave pets at home. 8-10pm. Donations appreciated. Creek Park, 400 block of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Anselmo. 272-2756. 08/01:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Emmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time Machine: Adventures in Time and Spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ben Burtt and Emma Burtt premiere the latest chapter of their enchanting series of homemade documentaries on the history of Marin over the last 100 years. Benefit for the Marin History Museum. Reception follows screening. 6:30pm. $20-40. Smith Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222.

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07/30:Whistestop Tea Dance Party Social for Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s older adults. Bring friends and your dancing shoes. 5-7pm. Free. Whistestop, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.




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‘Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?’ Depends if he was responsible for that shirt, Josh. Aug. 6 and 7 at 142 Throck.

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shop incorporates games which will encourage us to improvise scenes, songs, dances and more. Beginners welcome. Noon-2pm. $30. Elan Fitness Center, Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo. 256-2470. 07/31: New Fitness Techniques Help overcome aches, prevent future injury, improve your fitness practice and increase flexibility and strength with Anat Baniel. Brings socks. No scented products. 6-8pm. Free. Anat Baniel Method Center, 4330 Redwood Hwy, #350, San Rafael. 847-8887. www.

Grab your bike and get a sneak peak of the new Cal Park Tunnel path connecting San Rafael and Larkspur. Be one of the first to ride your bike in the soon to be opened tunnel. RSVP for further information. 11am-1pm. Free. San Rafael. www.walkbikemarin. org/waytogo/events.php 07/31: Lake Lagunitas Loop Hike Join the California Native Plant Society for a beginners walk to look at trees, shrubs, and succulents. If there is an interest, we will also go to the top of Pilots Knob. Meet at the Lake Lagunitas parking lot. 10am-2pm. $7, parking fee Lagunitas. Thursdays:Walk for Fun Put on your walking shoes and have a 2-3 mile amble around Tam Valley. Hang with old friends and make new friends. Every Thursday through the end of the year. 5pm. $10 donation per month Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393.

08/03:‘SMART: A Walk Through the Past and Future of Trains in San Rafael’ A fun, informative walk to visit the future SMART line where it will pass through Downtown. Learn about this historic rail corridor and ask questions about the future train. 6-8pm. Free. San Rafael City Plaza, 4th St between A St and Lootens Place, San Rafael. 08/04: Compassionate Communication Simple thinking and speaking skills that can bring greater connection, ease and cooperation to the relationships in your life. 7:30-9:30pm. $15-25. Bellevue, Address given upon registration., Tiburon. 924-7824. www.

Mon. and Wed.: Sliding Scale Community Acupuncture Affordable acupuncture. 11am-1pm. Sliding Scale $20-40. Healing Arts of Marin, 7075 Redwood Blvd. Suite L, Novato. 250-4009.

Kid Stuff 07/30: Family Film Fridays Celebrate hot summer days with “Astro Boy.” 10am-noon. $1-5. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 08/01:‘Take My Word for It.’ Creative Writing for 8-12 year-olds with Sondra Hall. 10am-12:30pm. $35. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 08/15: Living in Space Special Exhibit Take an out-of-this-world journey to the International Space Station in this brand-new, handson 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.

Food and Drink Fridays: Sausalito Downtown Farmers Market Local & regional farmers and artisinal food producers showcase an organic and seasonal bounty of fresh produce, flowers, breads, pastries and more. 4-8 p.m. Free. Sausalito Farmers Market, Bridgeway @ Bay St., sausalito. 382-7846.

Thursdays: Downtown San Rafael Evening Market Thursday nights through September. Farmers market, food, live music and bouncies. 6-9pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, 4th St. between Lincoln and B St., San Rafael. 492-8007. Thursdays: Ross Valley Farmers Market Meet and shop local, organic & regional farmers and artisan producers. 3-7pm. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross. 382-7846.


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by Ly nd a R ay

Week of July 29-August 4, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The moody Moon is in your sign, while argumentative Mars (your ruler) and grumpy Saturn occupy your relationship house. This does not bode well for a peaceful weekend. In fact, any chance of romantically cuddling with your sweetie might be a long shot. It does not get much better after the weekend when a power struggle between Mars and Pluto forces you to deal with professional and/or personal dramas. At least you’re not bored. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Whatever excuse you have been using for not exercising is no longer valid. Both responsible Saturn and active Mars are now in charge of your fitness and diet house. This requires loading the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies, then dusting off the bicycle, buying decent athletic shoes and maybe even using a hoop—hula or basketball. There is no need to throw away your chocolate. Just pack it up and send it to me. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) While the weekend is a bit wild for everyone, the planets are not so punishing to your chart. Your house of creativity gets a boost from energetic Mars, meaning any projects that have hit a plateau can begin making progress again. And, in general, your social life is quite lively. Meantime, your ruler (mischievous Mercury) has taken a sudden interest in giving advice. Try to restrain yourself when in the presence of your supervisor—or your in-laws. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) On Friday the planets use your ruler (the Moon) as the bouncing ball in a game of planetary Ping Pong. The battle continues to rage on Saturday, though the Moon gets a breather. But upsetting Uranus and rambunctious Mars refuse to be ignored for the entire week. For the next six weeks that peaceful easy feeling eludes you. Forget the Eagles and cue the Stones, because frankly, what you need is emotional rescue. LEO (July 22 - August 22) No matter what your age, you’re always happy to have your birthday acknowledged and treated like a major holiday. The fun continues with upbeat Jupiter and kinky Uranus in the adventurous sign of Aries. Go with the flow: You may end up in unique places with a varied group of people. You still have a co-worker who is suffering from control issues, but you can let that person eat cake. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) While everyone else looks a bit wilted from the heat, you appear to be a vision of elegant composure. Thank the refined planet of Venus in Virgo for that. Add the wit of your ruler clever Mercury and your charm is impossible to ignore. However, remember that your money situation is rather volatile right now. Popular? Absolutely. Financially solid? Not so much. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) If you’re single, enjoy your state of independence. If attached (likely the majority, since an innate factor in being a Libra is relating to another), you have a big conflict happening this week. It seems that your recent detachment has been making your sweetie feel a little insignificant as of late. So, this is the part where you wake up and smell the coffee. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your ruler (powerful Pluto) is getting hit from both sides this week. The chances of you gliding through this unscathed are slim to none. Consider at least PRETENDING to agree with whoever is challenging your authority. While this time of the year is rarely a piece of cake, August rolls in with a large chip on its shoulder. If tempted to knock it off, check to make sure it won’t land on your toes. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) If you can find a way to indulge in a full night of entertainment on Friday without maxing out your credit card, please do so. The planetary action offers everything from wild romance to serendipitous experiences of an otherworldly nature. After the weekend, your ruler (jovial Jupiter) tangles with obsessive Pluto and argumentative Mars, which leaves you wide open to encounters with bossy control freaks and humorless acquaintances. Some people just can’t take a joke. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Feel like you’re being torn in too many directions at once? Responsible Saturn in your career house vs. disruptive Uranus in your domestic house doesn’t make it easy to integrate all parts of your life into one seamless whole. Add to the existing stress a weekend of the moody Moon in irritating Aries and anyone would understand if you decided to play sick and stay under the covers until next week. Really. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Anyone researching the seasonal behavior of Aquarius has a lot to study right now. When the affectionate Sun lights up your relationship house, you gaze at your sweetie with something resembling adoration. Instead of using “we” to indicate something global, you mean “we” as in you and your mate. It’s pretty rare to see you brilliantly intellectual super-independent types fall victim to irrational longings for romance and togetherness. And it’s pretty cool. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Torn between spending your evenings with your amour sharing a candlelit dinner or with your relentless trainer at the gym? Lovable Venus occupies your relationship house while the vain Sun lights up your fitness house. You’re going to have to manage to fit both things in—or drive yourself crazy with guilt. My suggestion? Plan your exercise time for the morning hours, because candlelit breakfasts make it difficult to get to work on time. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN JULY 30 – AUGUST 5, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BABY ANGELS DAYCARE, 41 WINDWORD DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: NOUSHIN REZAI, 41 WINDWORD 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 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124501 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PIZZERIA ROSSETTI, 45 CALEDONIA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: IL ROMANO, LLC., 133 MEADOCROFT DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124365 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HAIR N JOY, 310 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LAM VU, 2035 FLINTFIELD DR., SAN JOSE, CA 95148. 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 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHIPSHAPE YACHT MAINTENANCE, 1300 MAR WEST #11, TIBURON, CA 94920: STEPHEN F. SPOJA, 1300 MAR WEST #11, TIBURON, CA 94920 . 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 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124549 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA BLUESTONE, 170 GARY PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BLUEROCK ENTERPRISES INC., 170 GARY PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 17, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124541 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPTIMUM NUTRITION THERAPY, 1300 MAR WEST ST. #11, TIBURON, CA 94920: STEPHEN SPOJA, 1300 MAR WEST ST. #11, TIBURON, CA 94920; SHARON MEYER, 1300 MAR WEST ST. #11, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124555 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EVO CONSUITANCY, 3020 BRIDEWAY SUITE 414, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: EVO ASSOCIATES INC., 3020 BRIDEWAY SUITE 414, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 July 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 30; August 6, 13, 20, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124553 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BANDITS HOT DOGS, 46 LABREA WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROBERT WAYNE GILLIAM, 46 LABREA WAY, 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 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: July 30; August 6, 13, 20, 2010)

997 All Other Legals 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) AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: STEVEN JAMES ROBIN. Case No. PR-1003054. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of STEVEN JAMES ROBIN. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: KENNETH E. ROBIN in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that KENNETH E. ROBIN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: August 16, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: RICHARD V. DAY, 563


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 JEFFERSON ST., NAPA, CA 94559, (707) 253-8500. (Publication Dates: July 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 1003728. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SELVIN OSVERTO REYES & HERMELINDA MICAELA PUAC on behalf of WESLEY AARON REYES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WESLEY AARON REYES TO WESLEY AARON REYES PUAC. 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: September 16, 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: July 19, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 30; August 6, 13, 20, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003838. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner BRIAN KEITH GOODWIN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: BRIAN KEITH GOODWIN TO BRIAN KEITH GOODWIN LONGCOR. 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

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1. Blackie, after whom Blackie’s Pasture is named 2. Salary 3. Mars 4. Mississippi River 5. Kirk Gibson 6. About 28 years, from 1961 to 1989 7. Queen Elizabeth II; the movie focuses on events after the sudden death of Diana. 8. Amphibians, birds, fish and reptiles 9. Hawaii 10. Milk teeth, also known as baby teeth BONUS ANSWER: Barcelona, Catalan language

objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: September 9, 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 23, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 30; August 6, 13, 20, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ROSALEE VON BIMA. Case No. PR-1003784. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROSE VON BIMA; ROSALEE VON BIMA; ROSIE VON BIMA. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: JAMES F. VON BIMA in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JAMES F. VON BIMA be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: August 30, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The

time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: JAMES F. VON BIMA, 837 RINCON WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903, (415) 472-3445. (Publication Dates: July 30; August 6, 13, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304206 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): SAUSALITO PET HOTEL, 303 HARBOR DR., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. Filed in Marin County on: April 19, 2006. Under File No: 109531. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): PATRICK LEARY, 34 BUCKELEW ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 19, 2010. (Pacific Sun: July 30; August 6, 13, 20, 2010)



›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


My wife’s a hairstylist, and I recently learned that she continues to cut the hair of a guy she had a fling with seven years ago. We’re newlyweds but dated for three years. She’s always been truthful and forthright, so I was dumbfounded that she kept this from me. She claims they’re “just friends,” insists the past is the past and won’t discuss anything. I had trust issues with my ex-wife and have abandonment issues (thanks, Mom), but had ZERO insecurities about my wife until this. She honored my request and told the guy he needs to get haircuts elsewhere, but I know her other male clients occasionally discuss their sexual escapades. Inappropriate! I think marriage comes with boundaries. I’ve been working hard to rid my mind of visions of her with others before me, but find myself prying into her past for details, which only increases my anxiety.—Love Stinks


Yes, your wife had sex with other men before you—because she was probably raised in some suburb in America, not locked away by her sultan father until you could buy her from him for a Lamborghini and a really nice herd of goats. Instead of spending your evenings giving your wife something to smile about the next morning at work, you’re giving this seven-year-old fling of hers more late-night reruns than Godfather II. Sure, she still sees the guy, but consider the environment. Yes, it’s what I always advise a man who wants to stage a seduction: Put on a big pastel smock, sit between two little old ladies getting smelly perms and give the woman a bird’s eye-view of his bald spot. Before you know it, he’ll be telling her how he likes it, and she’ll be begging, “Lemme take off my top!”— in that secret language all the hussy hairdressers use: “Want me to take a little more off the top?” You’re right that marriage comes with boundaries—and it’s time you started respecting your wife’s. You’re her husband, not her owner, so you don’t get to give her a list of acceptable topics of conversation. Since you’re also not her boss, she doesn’t have to ask you if she’s allowed to do her job: “My 2:30 appointment fooled around with me once seven years ago, but he really needs a trim.” What stinks isn’t love, but being a guy who’s never bothered to put his mommy issues and ex-wife trust issues on a leash and walk them to a therapist’s office. Instead, you take them out on a woman you describe as “always...truthful and forthright.” Nice! And easier on the ego than admitting you’re insecure, seeking reassurance and fixing what’s broken. As for those dirty movies of her you’ve been playing in your head, all the better to feel sorry for yourself. You break a habit the way you picked it up, through repetition, so next time your mental projector starts whirring, swap in footage of Bob Vila replacing a toilet flush valve. Mmmm, sexy! A woman is most likely to be faithful to, well, to a man who’s so insecure that he keeps her in a hole in his basement and lowers her food in a bucket. Unfortunately, this is not exactly a prescription for marital joy. To have a woman make you her one and only by choice, do your best to make her happy and strive to live in the moment—instead of that moment in 1990 when she failed to pop up from her prom date’s back seat and say, “I can’t. Twenty years from now, I might have a really jealous husband.”


What does a man mean when, after sex, he says, “You complete me”? I’m a woman just dating again after being married for quite some time, and want to make sure I’m not jumping to conclusions.—Wondering

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There are things a man can do to make himself more articulate, and having sex isn’t one of them. Chances are, the guy felt a rush of emotion, reached into the cupboard in his head and found it bare—save for a seriously tired line from Jerry Maguire. Either that, or he was trying to tell you “Having sex with you reminds me of this 1996 Tom Cruise movie.” As for whether it’s more than just talk, time will tell. For now, perhaps you can find what he said endearing, as many women would. Personally, I find borrowed expressions of appreciation kind of a mood-killer. Then again, at least he didn’t roll over and yell, “Show me the money!” ✹ © 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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The July 30, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun

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The July 30, 2010 edition of the Pacific Sun