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›› LETTERS Meme police, they’re coming to arrest me—oh no...

may I say irregardless) of its likely inclusion in your dictionary. Even if conceding that disinterested, though properly meaning unbiased, might also mean uninterested, I ask you, Mr. Writing Pro: why choose a word whose meaning is ambiguous over one whose meaning is precise? Bottom line: use disinterested when you mean “unbiased” but uninterested when you mean “indifferent to.” Please. The Grammar Police, San Anselmo substation

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About two months ago, I wrote a letter to you [“The Vocabulary Constabulary,” June 4] taking issue with your use of disinterested when you meant uninterested, noting that the true meaning of disinterested was unbiased. You then defended your slipshod syntax [“Editor’s Note,” June 4], arguing that your dictionary gave uninterested as a “secondary albeit obsolete” meaning for disinterested. I’ve been out of town since that exchange, hunting down infinitives that had split, but now home and back on the beat I’m here to remind you that a dictionary is no more than a compendium of current word usage, be it right or wrong. That is, it doesn’t tell you if employing a word in a particular way is correct, let alone desirable, but merely reports that this is what some people presently do. Accordingly, a comprehensive dictionary will include such words as ain’t. It will also dutifully list nigger as a synonym (albeit secondary or obsolete) for negro, a word the Sun would nonetheless be well advised to avoid, irrespective (or

Note from Mr. Writing Pro: At the risk of “disinteresting” our readers with another volley in the rarely exciting grammar wars, we refuse to surrender to you, Grammar Police. Your definition of a dictionary doesn’t jibe with, well...the actual dictionary. Our dictionary states that a “dictionary” is “a book of alphabetically listed words in a language, with definitions, etymologies, pronunciations and other information.” To us, this indicates that if a dictionary lists more than one definition of a word, it is at the subjectivity of the user as to which definition is best suited to the particular context in question. Language is an ever-evolving form of communication and throughout history has changed due to common usage communicated by the speakers and writers of that language. Which is why Shakespeare was correct to use ’tis instead of it’s, Twain was correct in using ain’t instead of isn’t, and we plead innocent to using disinterested in describing Meg Whitman’s previous lack of interest in politics—which, by definition, would also have been unbiased.

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Letter of the Day: Why the Tam High Indian is offensive I am stunned that people are so vigorously defending their right to be offensive with the Tam High reunion posters showing cartoon “Indians” [the old high school mascot] on a ... Letter of the Week: Another view of Edward Schaefer I am the “ex-spouse” that all you journalists keep writing about. I am very angry that I keep getting mentioned and my relationship with him keeps getting brought into this...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› Rolling Stones and Altamont very much. I was at the 1969 concert and remember how harrowing it was. But I’m puzzled: why was a photo from the Stones’ 1972 tour used on the cover of the issue? Michael Wright, Daly City

Editor’s note: Very observant, Michael. We wanted to put one of Russell’s Altamont images on the cover but, like Altamont itself, those images were a bit muddy, somewhat out of focus and possibly confusing to readers who’d see the issue in stores or street racks. Essentially, we resigned ourselves to the fact that more people would read the piece if their entry point was Russell’s shot of the band rocking ferociously behind Exile on Main St. We consoled ourselves in the knowledge that Russell apparently felt the same way—the cover of the abridged version of his photo-essay book about Altamont, Let It Bleed, uses the same shot.

Maybe prison officials are afraid of what he’ll do if they ‘unfriend’ him... I wanted to point out an error in your article [“White Supremacist Held in Schaefer Murder,” July 30] about the San Quentin prison murder of Edward Schaefer at the hands of convicted murderer and white supremacist Frank Souza. The story states that Souza has a MySpace page. I believe that is a typo or joke, as the last time I checked the state of California was about $20 billion in debt and I’m sure the state would not allocate the funds from honest, hardworking taxpayers to provide such an upstanding citizen as Souza with the ability to entertain himself through the Internet. I would hope that the taxpayers’ money would first be allocated to school classrooms so all of the state’s children can take advantage of educational programs available on the Internet. Paul Angelos, San Anselmo

Say it don’t spray it Kudos to the county of Marin for acknowledging Bauman Landscape’s violation of the county’s new Integrated Pest Management Ordinance when the San Francisco company applied Ronstar G on the Alameda del Prado bike path. Ronstar G is banned because it contains

chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. Although more stringent project specifications will be included in future county contracts, it is clear that Bauman Landscape does not embrace the necessity to eliminate or severely restrict the use of such chemicals [owner Mike Bauman has called the county “crazy” for banning it]. Fortunately for those who prefer to err on the side of precaution, H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, has recently been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, so toxics reform is now moving through both houses of Congress. In the meantime, we are thankful that Marin County is leading the way in its IPM practices. We encourage the city of Novato to adopt an IPM ordinance of its own. A carcinogen is a carcinogen no matter where it’s buried or applied. Sustainable Novato The MOMAS (Mothers of Marin Against the Spray) steering committee

‘Go, and never darken my towels again!’ ‘A man’s only as old as the woman he feels,’ the comedian once observed.

In regards to last week’s letter [“You Bet Your Life,” Aug. 6] which referenced Groucho Marx’s famous quiz show question, “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” Groucho always said Ulysses S. Grant was buried in Grant’s Tomb, and Mr. Marx’s witticisms are infinitely deeper and more entertaining than the mundane and banal (that would be ba n·l for the provincials) bulls--t that frequently appears at the end of the Letters page. So, instead, why not drop by your local library, pick up a book on funny things Groucho or Yogi Berra or Richard Pryor said, and print one of these each week? Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at ›› AUGUST 13 - AUGUST 19, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 7


Positive charges for MCE Marin Clean Energy making quantum leap in customers, say officials by Peter Seidman


ue to overwhelming demand, the Marin Energy Authority had to institute a waiting list for people who wanted to sign up for the Marin Clean Energy 100 percent renewable energy product. “We had a higher than expected demand for our deep green product,” says Dawn Weisz, the county sustainability planner serving as interim director of Marin Clean Energy. “We temporarily had to have a waiting list for people who wanted deep green, so we could allocate resources to serve everybody.” Weisz says MCE has lifted the waiting list, and anyone who wants to sign up for the power agency’s deep-green product can get on board. “This is a positive story,” says Weisz. “It shows there is a large demand.” MCE is phasing in its startup, allowing it to begin the most cost-effective power delivery to its largest customers. The first phase includes municipal customers and agencies, including the Marin Municipal Water District and part of the North Marin Water District customer base. It also includes the largest-use residential customers. MCE projects that the second phase will begin in the middle of next year. MCE offers two energy-supply portfolios. Unless they opt out, customers are automatically enrolled in the light-green plan, which guarantees that 25 percent of the electricity MCE purchases comes from renewable

and non-fossil sources. Residents who must wait until the second phase to join the clean crowd have one option to join MCE early: They can volunteer to sign up for the 100 percent green plan, which, as the name states, comprises energy generated only from renewable and non-fossil sources. This plan tacks on a surcharge of one cent per kilowatt-hour. Customers who sign up for early deep green also pay a $10 per month charge for costs associated with starting this plan for a relatively small number of customers. MCE will assess the charge only until the second phase begins, according to Weisz. As the MCE program rolled out during planning phases, MEA set a goal to provide the light-green product for a cost that meets or beats PG&E’s. When MCE threw the switch to begin its first phase of service May 7, energy planners began seeing a larger than expected number of first-phase customers signing up for deep green. A significant number of customers who would be in the second phase also wanted in on the deep green. “We are now serving about 8,500 customers,” says Weisz, “and over 5 percent of those customers have chosen deep green.” That is significant because planners estimated that about 20 percent of the customers automatically enrolled in MCE would opt out of the agency. And that is proving accurate, despite PG&E’s rate 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Study sheds light on puberty, breast cancer link A study of 1,239 girls, including 100 from Marin—ages 6 to 8 and continuing into their preteens—was conducted recently to determine whether early puberty in girls is due to genetic or environmental factors, and the results have many, including San Rafael’s Zero Breast Cancer organization, anxious to learn more. According to the research conducted by Zero Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center, nearly 25 percent of African-American girls marked the onset of puberty—determined by breast development—by age 7, compared to 15 percent of Hispanic girls and slightly more than 10 percent of Caucasian girls. Results of the study, published online in the Aug. 9, 2010, issue of Pediatrics, show the numbers to be on the rise. A 1997 study found that just 15 percent of African-American girls and 5 percent of white girls were entering puberty by age 7. The good news in the fight against breast cancer is that the rapid change in numbers may indicate that environmental factors play a bigger role than previously thought in determining the onset of puberty.There are several possibilities for what external factors may play a part, but one of the most likely is an increasing average level of body fat in children. Physicians believe that body fat increases the blood levels of estrogen, which supports breast development. Increased intakes of sugar and fat, lower levels of physical activity and, most notably to scientists, exposure to endocrine disrupters (chemicals that affect hormones, such as in plastic) are also potential influences. For more on the story, visit—Elizabeth Cermak Swimming with sharks—in Bolinas! On the afternoon of Aug. 7, the sky was overcast, temperatures in the mid-60s and surfer D. King had been out in the slightly choppy waters of the Bolinas Channel for about an hour-and-a-half. Here is the report she submitted to the Shark Research Committee: “I was sitting on my board in the Bolinas Channel close to the righthand peak on the Sea Drift sandbar...The surf conditions at the time were pretty marginal, crumbly mushy waves not breaking very fast about knee to thigh high. I was starting to think I wanted to go in so I was looking out to the horizon to see if I could catch a left hander into Bolinas...While I was watching for a left, that’s when I saw the shark leap. It came completely out of the water so I could see the entire creature from nose to tail.The shark was about 30 yards away from me and the only reason I saw it is because it leaped completely out of the water. It looked to be 5 - 6 feet in length and from my angle I saw the underbelly which was white. It was a cloudy day so I could be mistaken on the color and the silhouette didn’t seem to be that of a Great White.The sighting only lasted an instant and no one else that I know of saw it jump. Since it was fairly far away from me, I waited another 10 - 15 minutes before catching a wave into the beach.”For more on the story, visit—EC If a tree falls in San Geronimo... A hotly contested tree-cutting ordinance, intended to protect San Geronimo Valley watershed salmon, needs some serious pruning, according to the county Board of Supervisors.The proposal, developed by the county planning commission, would have prohibited the felling of trees and cutting of brush near creeks in the valley; salmon supporters say the creek-bank canopies of flora are necessary for cooling the water for fish populations, while nearby vegetation slows erosion. But the supes agreed—though no official vote was taken on the proposal—with frustrated homeowners who argued that the plan is too strict. The supervisors asked county staff to return with a revised plan in two months.—Jason Walsh EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››


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1. This mountain, the highest point in Napa County, was named in 1841 by the commanding officer of Fort Ross in honor of his wife; it marked the southeasternmost point reached by the Russians in their 19th-century advance along the coast of California. What is its name? 2. True or false: Celine Dion is the youngest of 14 children. 3. What award-winning film from 1943 was named after a city in Africa? 4. Can you name some of the oldest musical instruments mentioned in the Bible that still exist today? 5. What four letters have the highest point values in English-language Scrabble? 6. He said,“If not for the earthquake I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this.” He’s a hip-hop artist and superstar in his country who recently announced his candidacy for president of Haiti. Who is he? 7. Pictured, below: Can you name the three current female justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, and the presidents who appointed them?




8. In what satirical film comedy from 2005 does Aaron Eckhart played the (unenviable) role as the chief spokesman for Big Tobacco? 9. Identify each of these writers, whose last names begin with the letter C: 9a. In the 14th century this Englishman wrote The Canterbury Tales 9b. In the 20th century this British woman wrote Murder on the Orient Express 9c. Almost 100 years ago this Russian wrote Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard 10. Complete this saying from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with two missing words:“In politics, if you want anything said, ask a ____. If you want anything done, ask a ____” BONUS QUESTION: What is the minimum number of times a tennis ball must be hit in order for one player to win a set of tennis? 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!

± While Karen Robertson watched a movie at the Rafael, her purse opened and she heard something fall. After the lights went up, she found her sunglasses on the floor. Karen and her friend then went out to dinner. When the check arrived, Karen realized her wallet was missing. Her friend quickly paid and they raced back to the Rafael, which by now had closed. Spotting a man cleaning inside, Karen knocked on the door. Yes, someone had found her wallet and turned it in completely intact—including $200 cash and ID. We don’t know how many people touched her wallet that night, but we know each of them performed a very good deed indeed. Karen says they support her belief that the world is friendly place full of well-intentioned people.

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²Ê When her dog was discharged after emergency surgery, Diana stopped at the Mill Valley pet store she’s patronized for years to buy the supplies necessary for his home care. While she stood at the register, a couple of feet away the store’s owner chatted with another customer. After waiting a few minutes, Diana interrupted, explained that her sick dog was in the car and politely asked to be rung up. Without a word, he walked slowly to the register, took her money and walked away. On her next visit, Diana approached the owner about the incident. He said, “It pisses me off when people interrupt and think their problems are more important than everyone else’s.” Sorry to interrupt your day, Mr. Pet Shop Owner, but do you realize that acting like a Zero just might “piss off” customers?—Nikki Silverstein

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that contribute to global warming,” says board member Dennis Rodoni, who lives in West Marin. “We believe it also reflects the desire of many of our West Marin customers to promote the expanded use of renewable energy.” Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that MEA is among the top clean-power providers in the country, ranking MCE 13 on the EPA’s top-20 list of green-power purchasers. With news like that, combined with a meet-the-target number of opt-outs and an enthusiastic number of customers choosing deep green, it seems nothing is left for critics to attack. Not so. A core group of Marin residents opposed to the concept of a joint powers agency and to MCE continues its effort to poke holes in MCE’s business model. Recently, the critics have pointed to the restructuring of PG&E rate tiers as an example of the precarious nature of the MCE enterprise. Marinwood resident Juliette Anthony is among those critics. She says the tier restructuring means the largest-use customers in MCE actually will be paying more for energy than if they had stayed with PG&E. “I think the rate restructuring was a bad decision, but it’s what they did.” PG&E had a five-tier system in which the more energy a customer used, the more that customer had to pay per kilowatt-hour. The California PUC allowed PG&E, starting June 1, to reduce the rate for its biggest customers in Tiers 4 and 5. To recoup the lost revenue, the PUC allowed the investor-owned utility to

< 8 Positive charges for MCE restructuring in June that reduces the cost of energy to largest-use customers. The number of customers signing up for deep green comes with no “advertising around the program,” notes Weisz. MCE plans to roll out a marketing initiative with its second phase of implementation. Weisz says the current deep-green sign-up rate “is pretty dramatic, especially when you consider that when direct access was in place back in 2000 there were multiple suppliers in Marin offering greener power and cheaper power than PG&E, and less than 1 percent of customers actually chose something [other than PG&E]. What we have seen in only three months is 5 percent of a customer base choosing something that actually costs more and [a plan in which] they actually have to take an action to become a deep-green customer.” One of those voluntary customers is the North Marin Water District, which serves Novato and parts of West Marin. (Novato chose to stay out of the MEA, meaning residents within city boundaries don’t have the option of either MCE clean-energy alternative.) The water district’s board of directors, however, voted to supply 22 energy accounts in unincorporated areas of West Marin with the deep-green plan, which will power pumping stations and other facilities. “This decision represents a small but valuable investment in reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions


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raise its rates for customers in Tiers 1, 2 and 3. The adjustment came after customers in the Central Valley complained about exorbitant summer energy costs. It takes a lot of juice to run those air conditioners. In essence, the PUC allowed PG&E to promote higher summer energy use in the Central Valley at the expense of communities along the coast—not something conservation advocates look at with a kind eye. The reality of the tier restructuring is complex, as is almost everything in the world of power generation and transmission. While some MCE high-use customers may see bills that will be higher than they would have been with PG&E, that increase may be temporary. A consultant advising MEA cautioned against matching every raterestructuring plan from PG&E, a dance that could allow the investor-owned utility to manipulate the Marin market. PG&E’s rate restructuring will not, as critics claim, hammer MCE, says Marin Supervisor Charles McGlashan, chair of the MEA board. “It affects Marin customers in a positive way for the most part because over 90 percent of our customers will actually end up paying less because our rates through Tier 3 are lower. What PG&E did is really bad for most Marin customers because it raised rates on smaller users. We did not follow that rate increase that they put on 90 percent of the people.” MEA could adjust rates to match PG&E, but McGlashan says, “There’s no need to do



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â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş UPFRONT a request for clean-energy project proposals, examining possible local energy-efďŹ ciency programs and assessing the possibility of what could essentially be a regional clean-energy program. One goal of MCE is to promote energy programs that provide local beneďŹ tâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; local deďŹ ned as within about 200 miles. Also on the agenda is a potential program that would buy power generated from solar on customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; property in a plan called net metering. Customers would receive a higher reimbursement for excess generated power than they would with a similar PG&E program, according to Weisz. And for customers who just cannot put a solar system on their property, MCE is looking at sites to embark on a solar-share program. MCE customers can buy shares of the project, which then makes them co-owners of a net-metering facility, enabling them to reap a ďŹ nancial reward commensurate with their investment. Weisz and McGlashan say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re receiving inquiries from other communities interested in the possibility of afďŹ liating with Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s venture or perhaps purchasing power through MEA or using the MEA experience in crafting their own programs. The trick would be to create an afďŹ liation that expands the possibility of regional clean energy without diluting the local control that MEA represents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By about March, we will be able to remove about half of that escrow account [set up to

guarantee MCE] because we will have paid off about half of our bank loan,â&#x20AC;? says McGlashan. MCE should be debt-free by next summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will have paid off the old county loan, we will have taken away any risk on that co-sign for the loan. We will pay off the bank. And, oh, by the way, we will have doubled the use of renewable power from real generators putting real [clean] electrons in the grid.â&#x20AC;? That last reference is a response to critics who say everyone gets the same electricity over the same wires no matter where or from what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generated. But clean-energy proponents say what matters is the electrons that get put into the system. If MCE pays to produce energy generated from clean sources, it goes into an energy pond displacing energy generated through, say, burning coal and other dirty sources. It makes a big difference, say proponents. So does the EPA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be happier with the progress of Marin Clean Energy so far,â&#x20AC;? says McGlashan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have exceeded every target we have set for ourselves, and now we are moving to localize our energy supply. We will live up to the vision of better energy efďŹ ciency in this county, an energy supply that can create jobsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and we will be utterly self-sufďŹ cient.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact the writer at

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oel Janis-Norton ● ● ● ● knows about backOur kids have stayed to-school days— up late and slept till she’s been guiding kids noon every day this through them since finsummer—but school is ishing teacher training at starting soon. Is there New York University in a way, besides caffeine, the early 1970s. to get them up and to Throughout her career school on time? in education, and in raising Part of what parents two children of her own, need to do is preparation Noel became a close study before school starts. So for of some of New York’s more the last two weeks of the successful school teachers, The calm, happy Noel Janis-Norton. summer vacation, before and came to the conclusion school begins, the school bedtimes need to that there wasn’t so much an “intrinsic quality” be re-established. And parents recognize this in a teacher that made kids behave—rather, is a problem—and they usually think about there were certain techniques that any adult it a couple of days before school starts. But could use that lead to calmer, happier children. really it takes kids sometimes two weeks And parents. to get into the right pattern, so two weeks She went on to become a learning and bebefore school starts, get the bedtimes back to havior specialist and the author of several school-time bedtimes. parenting books, and in 1983 she founded the What about transitioning back into New Learning Centre in London where she homework? offers Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting and That’s exactly the next thing I was going to Teaching programs to beleaguered Brits. Now mention. It’s so important because otherwise, a grandmother of six, Noel divides her time when children start school again, they’ve lost between the West End and the West Coast, the habit of concentrating. Of course, they holding seminars and private consultations can concentrate on video games, but that’s for teachers, moms and dads who may need not the kind of concentrating we need. some help corralling little Braden and Skylee. They need Grand Theft Periodic Table. Her semi-regular visits to Marin—her daughThey need sitting down with a piece of ter Jessica lives in Novato—have earned her paper in front of them, or a book. So I recomsomething of a following; Novato’s esteemed mend that, depending on the age of the child, St. Francis Preschool openly encourages parthey should have a half an hour or an hour ents to check out her writing and lectures for of some kind of homework six days a week guidance in making that leap from Playskool during the summer vacation. to preschool. Assuming a school hasn’t assigned Noel is planning a November trip to anything, what’s a good approach for Marin, where she’ll coordinate parenting parents regarding summer homework? seminars in Novato. The parents actually do know what their In the meantime, we asked her for some kids’ strengths and weaknesses are, if they take advice on how to get our lazy broods ready a moment to think about it. So a parent might for another year of pencils and books—while think—oh yeah, my kid wasn’t that great on avoiding any of the teacher’s dirty looks. times tables. Maybe they’re still adding or


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subtracting on their fingers. Or maybe when they read out loud they miss out little words, so whatever it is that you’ve noticed that you wish were not a problem, that’s what you’d have your children practice over the summer. So for most kids there’s some math, some reading and some writing over the summer. Is there a particularly good time of day for summer work? The best time is after breakfast and before fun. If you leave it to the end of the day, the likelihood is that either it won’t happen, or your child will be tired and, understandably, not keen. You recommend the use of “descriptive praise.”What do you mean by that? When we want kids to do more of something, or when we want to encourage, we know that we are supposed to praise them. So parents do praise their kids. But, unfortunately, the way that we praise them often doesn’t really do what were hoping it will do. We’re hoping that the praise will motivate, but the kind of praise that is really easy to give, which is the superlatives, often doesn’t really motivate our kids. Give an example. Well, think of the times when you say, “That’s great!” Or, “fantastic!” Or, “good job,” or “that’s amazing!” Or, in California especially, “awesome!” And the thing is, our kids are smart, and they know that they’re not amazing, fantastic, terrific and awesome. So they soon learn to discount and ignore all of that superlative praise. It becomes like verbal wallpaper. What does work is the descriptive praise, because it’s completely different. In that it’s not a complete falsehood? Instead of the superlatives, you just leave those out, since kids don’t believe them, and

we notice and mention what the kids are doing right, or good or even just OK. That’s fabulous advice. Or, rather, it’s OK... And we also notice and mention when kids aren’t doing something wrong. For instance, if you are trying to encourage your child to write more, instead of saying, “Oh that’s fantastic,” when they’ve written one sentence, you say, “You’ve already written one sentence.” Or you could say, “You remembered to start with a capital and end with a period.” Or, if they’re older, you can say, “You’ve got quite a few adjectives in that sentence.” The thing about descriptive praise is that it’s completely believable because you’re mentioning exactly what they did. Talk about mealtimes. If they’re adjusting to a new schedule and don’t eat breakfast, they could be in for a bad start to the first week of school. It’s usually because they have eaten too late the night before. We need to make sure that kids have an early dinner, let’s say at 5pm. And that they don’t eat or even have milk after dinner. Between dinner and breakfast there’s nothing. And this will help them to sleep, by the way. Food is fuel for action and when we fuel their bodies, their bodies want to move around. Whereas, if they’ve had an early dinner then they’ve been able to digest for a few hours before they go to bed. And they will go to sleep more easily and sleep more soundly and wake up more refreshed and in a better mood and more keen to have breakfast. How large a pile of Choco-Smack-ADoodles should we load into their bowls? Give small amounts at mealtimes. Because if we give too much it just looks like a mountain to climb and they don’t want to even

Ask Noel For advice on calmer, easier homework time, check out Noel Janis-Nortonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DVD Transforming Homework Hassles. She also offers several CDs that target descriptive praise, reďŹ&#x201A;ective listening, improving mealtime habits, curbing sibling rivalry, happier music practice and more.To request a telephone consultation with Noel, email; for other info, visit

movie? Of course, you can make exceptions on occasion, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also OK to watch a movie for half an hour, then the next bit the next day and the next bit the next day. Wish youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d said that before our familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-six-Harry-Potter-ďŹ lms-in-onesitting disaster. So what types of shows should they be exposed to? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly true that there are things that you can learn well through screens. For example, many classic books that kids wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think would be interesting, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often more willing to read after theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a screen adaptation of it. Plus, there are many things in science and history that can be portrayed very vividly through screens. So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m deďŹ nitely not saying you should have no screens. Have you seen a difference between English parenting styles and American styles? For a long time English parents were calmer and ďŹ rmer than American parents. But unfortunately, this is one of the American exports, like Coca-Cola, that goes around the world and doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do so much good. What do you think of Englandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent parenting export, the Supernanny? On the one hand, I think the Supernanny is terriďŹ c. Her advice is excellent and she has a very lovely way with the children and is very caring. On the other hand, I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really educational, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just pure entertainment. And I think for many parents the value of it is so they can thinkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thank goodness my kids arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that bad. More than 100 years ago, Oscar Wilde quipped,â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing that impresses me most about America is the way the parents obey their children.â&#x20AC;? Unfortunately, that has spread and now English parents obey their children, too. Any theories about parentingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renewed subservience? I think I have. With the breakdown of homogenous communities, people are left pretty much to raise their kids in a vacuum, without the support and advice of the older people in the community. And now that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have large families, as people are growing up theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing and practicing how to raise kids. And I think Freud and everybody who came after him has a lot to answer for. That weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in love with our mother and want to kill our father? That weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given parents the impression that children are these delicate ďŹ&#x201A;owers and if you say no you will damage their little psyches. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not true. Kids need parents to be in charge. When did the kiddie coup begin? I think in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s there was a backlash to what had happened before. And a lot of parents nowadays were children in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;60s and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s. There was the feeling that we mustnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stiďŹ&#x201A;e children, we mustnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect too much from them. But I actually think that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about stiďŹ&#x201A;ing. When we use skills that help children be more cooperative, they also become more conďŹ dent, more motivated, more self-reliant and more considerate. â&#x153;š Send back-to-school tips to Jason at jwalsh@paciďŹ

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start eating. And we need not urge. Urging at mealtimes makes kids lose their appetite. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two more bites...â&#x20AC;? or, â&#x20AC;&#x153;câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be late...â&#x20AC;? none of that. The more we hurry children, the more stressed they become. And when children become stressed, they slow down and become distracted. One of the things I say to parents is that there are four things we mustnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say to our children anymore: â&#x20AC;&#x153;câ&#x20AC;&#x2122;mon,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;hurry up,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be late.â&#x20AC;? They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help anybody. It is our job as parents to organize it so that there is enough time for our kids to do what they have to do at their pace. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a common mistake parents make that hinders the transition back to school? I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much screen time and not having a regular sit-down-and-do-somework time. Parents often say to me they want their kids to have a break, they want their kids to have a rest. And obviously, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to school, so that is a break. But it almost sounds as if the parents think sitting down and learning is onerous. And actually it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Kids like to learn. As long as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staying positive and as long as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not too hard for them, they like to learn. And thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that teachers call the summer slide, which is the amount of forgetting that kids do over the summer holidays. And we can completely reverse the summer slide by making sure our kids do a little bit of work six days a week. Do you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really the parents who want the break? Well, I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good pointâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that if parents have had a hassle getting their kids to do homework during the school year, then theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be that much worse trying to get them to do homework during the vacation. So theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the ones who want the break. You mentioned â&#x20AC;&#x153;too much screen time.â&#x20AC;? How much is too much? I have guidelines about the amount of time a kid should spend in front of the screen at each age and also guidelines about what sort of thing they should be exposed to. The guidelines that I use are, from birth to age 3, no exposure to screens, which is obviously much easier to do with the ďŹ rst child than with the second one. From the ages of 3 to 8, a maximum of a half an hour a day of screensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a half an hour combined, not a half an hour of Game Boy and a half an hour of TV. And then from age 8 onwards, an hour a day of leisure screen time. Parents say to me, what about if they want to watch a

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igh school students in movies and TV are often portrayed as feral bundles of id and instincts, either a menace to teachers or completely tuned out. But by college, society expects these adolescents to comport themselves with respect and dignity, and to have shed the behaviors that characterized those earlier years of school and childhood. Unfortunately, many behaviors persist well into college and adulthood, according to Dr. Gerald Amada, a Ph.D. psychologist and the author of eight books. Amada carries the distinction of being one of a few experts on the “disruptive” college student, and he has built a more than 30-year career publishing, speaking and teaching on the subject. His expertise came about, inadvertently, when he worked as the director of the mental health program at City College in San Francisco in the 1970s. “I began to observe a larger number of instructors and administrators reporting incidents of disruptive students. They sought advice from administrators, but many of the recommendations were impractical, and in some cases, even illegal. By default, they came to me,” he says. Amada consulted the literature and came up empty. So he turned to that ageold bastion of wisdom: common sense. “For the most part [my advice] resulted in the resolution of these crises, and larger and larger numbers of faculty began consulting me.” Amada, who considers himself an activist in searching for solutions to “resolving social problems,” decided to fill the literature void. He wrote an article titled “Coping with the Disruptive College Student,” which was published in the Journal of American College Health. “I received recognition for it, and not long after was invited to be the keynote speaker at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, for a bi-national conference on student violence,” he says. The conference was such a success that he came home revved up, and with the encouragement of his wife, wrote his first book, published in 1994: Coping with the Disruptive College Student: A Practical Model. It was “extremely well received,” he says. “Since then I have heard from hundreds of people who told me that my books/lectures have changed the way colleges and universities around the country formulate and


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implement their policies—shifting toward a system that is humane, just and effective.” The subject that catapulted him into the role of expert—student violence—however, is the rarest of disruptions. His work centers on much more “garden variety” problems. The No. 1 disruption is lateness. “Lateness is as common as breathing,” he says. “Students enter the classroom, oftentimes passing in front of the lecturer as he’s speaking and yell at their friends. It can be as many as one-third of a class coming in late,” he says. Rather than getting angry with students, Amada’s advice is to use it as a lesson in civility and consequences. “You tell your class at the outset of the semester that if you come late, to please say ‘excuse me’ and be as quiet as possible. Then you say, ‘If you say excuse me, I will thank you in return.’ The other thing to do is keep track of lateness, report it, write it down and let them know that a certain number of lateness results in absence, and a certain number of absences result in a lower grade.” The second largest problem of disruptive students is “chattering and having private conversations.” In Amada’s experience, teachers often ignore the problem, and it escalates. “There’s a certain amount of copycat behavior in a class.” In this instance, Amada instructs teachers to nip it in the bud, politely, as soon as it starts. When faculty ignore this problem, he says, it tends to escalate. And it’s not limited to the 18 to 22-year-

olds, who, while more apt to be late and immature in their behavior, are not the only disrupters. “There are quite a large number of people in their late 20s up through the 40s who engaged in a different form of misconduct. They might get a young instructor and then display a contempt or disrespect, as though that person is too young to know what they know from life.” Just as egregious and common in “older” college students, though again, not exclusive to them, are gender and racial issues. “You also get reports from women instructors who are mistreated, disrespected by some number of men based on their gender. I had an incident where a black woman was treated with total contempt by a couple of rednecks. There are sometimes mentally ill students who exhibit inappropriate behavior.” In these more serious offenses, the first rule, says Amada, is always to report it, get it in writing and then attach a consequence to the student if the behavior does not abate. In instances where threats of harm are made, Amada says it becomes necessary to report it to campus or city police. “Less frequently are reports of increasing numbers of students who pose physical and emotional damage or threats to others, and not always in class. Sometimes by phone, by stalking or physical violence. Fortunately, that is rare.” Amada has exhaustively researched the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007, where student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people. He believes that it might have been avoided if they’d taken some of his advice. “Schools are overly fearful of lawsuits,

and they misinterpret the law and think if they go easy on a student [who engages in threatening behavior], the student wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sue. But actually theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re raising the stakes and endangering all students.â&#x20AC;? This fear of litigation, he says, often causes faculty and administrators to overlook behaviors in students, even threats and smaller acts of violence, until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late. Teachers are also afraid of being disliked. They might think that discipline is â&#x20AC;&#x153;punitive and cruelâ&#x20AC;? or are afraid that the student will retaliate. In the late â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, Amada published a second book on the subject just for teachers, Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom: A Practical Model. Generally, his work aims to help teachers with the ordinary, annoying problems, which also include students who interrupt lectures, who grandstand in class by speaking out of turn or for long periods of time, whose cell phones and beepers ring often and who plagiarize. More and more now Amada is receiving requests for help with the way technology is affecting classroom misconduct. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instructors all across the country are having problems with the way students are using computers in the classroom. Some are trying to curtail the use of cell phones and laptops, but sometimes you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t because students need to take notes. Technology is becoming more of an issue.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Contact Jordan at

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recent Marin County Civil Grand Jury ments and the Sheriff’s Department each report called for creative leadership to have one school resource officer. For a time, find money to keep specially trained Novato had three school resource officers. police officers on school campuses. About 10 years ago, Novato cut back the The report details the history of so-called number of SROs to two. And at the end school resource officers throughout the United of the last school year, the department cut States and in Marin County, back again to one school and it urges local public entiresource officer. ties to make funding school “I can’t begin to tell you cops a budget priority. But how swamped we are,” said the 12-page report issued at Melissa Hinkle, Novato’s the end of June, while school remaining SRO. After five districts and municipalities years on the job, students, struggled to balance shrinkparents and school adminising budgets, fails to mentrators confide in her. They tion that Drake High School tell her who is dealing drugs, turned away a three-year who is carrying drugs, who federal grant for a school is hosting the next unsuresource officer at the San pervised party, who is being Anselmo high school. sexually or physically abused. Despite the urging of Prin- Despite what his ‘friends and neighbors’ “Kids do come to us for cipal Don Drake, in 2005, the said, Bob Walter was NOT attempting to advice,” Hinkle said. “We are San Anselmo and Fairfax po- spy on their kids through his request for a looked at as a resource for lice departments were forced school resource officer. the kids. We do get drugs off to decline the grant after at campus. It’s a relationship least a vocal minority in the school commu- you build with these kids. When they trust nity refused to support it. you, they’ll tell you information.” “The grant came through, and the comSchool resource officers are specially munity went ballistic,” said Bob Walter, presi- trained in child-abuse investigations. They dent of the board of trustees for the Tamalpais attend school sporting events and dances, and Union High School District. “My dear friends they become as integral a part of the school and neighbors accused me of being a fascist community as teachers and counselors. who was trying to spy on their kids. Rather than bust kids, their goal is to prevent “It was crazy.” the cycle of juvenile delinquency and violence. The Tam district includes Drake, RedA school resource officer may, for example, wood, Tamalpais, San Andreas and Tamiscal be able to convince a 12- or 13-year-old not high schools. In the district, only Redwood to join a gang, said San Rafael Police Detective and San Andreas high schools, both in Lark- Roy Leon, who became an SRO last spring. spur, have a school resource officer. A 2009 “We get kids who are reporting that they’ve bond measure guarantees been sexually abused or physically abused,” funding for the Twin Cities Leon said. “I really believe that by having school resource officer, or a school resource officer it does open SRO, for 30 years. that relationship. What I’ve tried Patty Monge to do is just be approachable, serves as Twin in case someone Cities’ SRO. A does need to report a 1984 graduate of crime.” Redwood High Regular patrol herself, she deals with officers generally rethe gamut of crimes— spond to crimes, take drugs and alcohol, fights, thefts, reports and move child abuse, truancy, among others—at on to the next incident. School Redwood and San Andreas high schools and resource officers build relationships with Hall Middle School. Though she may arrest teachers, parents and students, offer thema student, her primary goal is to avoid havselves as mentors and role models and work ing to impose the ultimate punishment. to build the kind of trusting relationship that “We’re not just there to bust them,” could lead to information to prevent crime she said. “We’re there to help. It’s prevenand tragedy, Leon said. tive. School’s supposed to be a place where “As a school resource officer, you’re a little you don’t have to worry about someone more connected to these kids because you harassing you. We want to provide that safe see them on a daily basis at school,” he said. environment.” “One of the priorities for our department is The Novato and San Rafael police departto build a relationship with not only the kids

Melissa Hinkle is Novato’s lone-remaining SRO.

but with the school administrators and the parents. ‘Hey,’ one of them might say, ‘just so you know, I hear there’s going to be a party, and there might be alcohol there.’ Information like that helps us go out and prevent underage drinking. “If there wasn’t a school resource officer, we never would have gotten that information.” School resource officers also gather intelligence information to try to prevent catastrophes like the 1999 massacre of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado. After the mass shooting by two senior students, schools throughout the country began increasing campus security, and many brought on school resource officers with an eye toward preventing mass shootings and being able to respond to them faster. But not Drake High School. “Some people say that the resource officer will be an agent of the federal government who might spy on students or their families,” Principal Drake wrote in a 2005 school newsletter. “That is not the case.” His letter goes on to explain that some parents worried that a school resource officer might search students without due process and that some objected to having an armed police officer on campus. Some also griped about a $16,000-a-year contribution the school would have to make to get the grant. Drake could not be reached for comment during the summer break. But Walter of the Tam district board of trustees said he believes a small but vocal group of parents who complained about the proposal to station a cop on the Drake campus was misguided. “The benefit I see at Redwood and even more at San Andreas is the relationship between the officer and the students,” he said. “I just feel the other schools are missing the opportunity for a resource. It creates a situation of growing trust between students and police, and that’s a benefit to the community.” ✹ Email Ronnie at

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Summer schools take a vacation Classes mark selves absent, as districts face budget woes by Ronnie Co he n


choolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out for summer. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no cause for celebration. Gaping budget deďŹ cits have forced Marin County schools to cut or reconďŹ gure summer programs. San Rafael schools axed summer school this year. Novato schools largely did away with summer school but instituted new programs intended to replace it. About 800 students in the Tamalpais Union High School District schools enrolled in school this summer. To close a $2.7 million budget deďŹ cit for the coming school year, however, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which includes Redwood, Drake, Tamalpais, San Andreas and Tamiscal high schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;plans to eliminate summer school next year. By cutting summer school, the Tam district projects an annual savings of $265,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge cost,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Walter, president of the Tam district board of trustees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With property taxes in the negative and no money coming from Sacramento, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to look hard to protect the core academics,

the basic high school education.â&#x20AC;? Compounding the problem is a continuing escalation of health-insurance premiums for district employees. For the coming school year, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cost for health insurance rose $571,000, according to Lori Parrish, assistant superintendent for ďŹ nance and facilities. Just the increase in health-insurance premiums would have been enough to fund more than two rounds of summer school. San Rafael saved $120,000 this year by eliminating its high school summer school and another $110,000 by eliminating its kindergarten-through-eighth-grade summer school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was an unfortunate casualty of the budget cut,â&#x20AC;? said Becky Rosales, deputy superintendent of San Rafael city schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were sad to not offer summer school. It would be high on our list to bring back.â&#x20AC;? What would allow them to bring back summer school? More money from the state or federal government, perhaps a Race to

the Top grant, Rosales said. She said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked in the district for 13 years, and this was the ďŹ rst year without summer school. In the past, San Rafael students attended summer school to make up classes they failed in middle or high school, Rosales said. Last summer, about 400 kindergarten through ďŹ fth-graders, about 150 sixththrough eighth-graders and about 400 high school students attended summer school in San Rafael, she said. She said students who would have gone to school this summer will have to make up classes during the regular school year instead of taking electives required for entrance to college. Novato schools offered scaled-back summer-school programs, said Kathy Marshall, executive director for curriculum instruction of the Novato UniďŹ ed School District. She said budget woes pushed the district to explore preferred alternatives to the often dreaded but seemingly necessary summer school. Instead of waiting until the end of the school year to help struggling students, the Novato district now hopes to offer help in the form of tutoring earlier in the school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the budget issues prompted us to look at how we could deliver programs differently but also in a better way,â&#x20AC;? Marshall said. She said she is eagerly awaiting standardized test scores to see if early intervention worked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to target students

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with them b. They’ve earned AMA approval as replacement tissue in skin-grafts c. Even Jack Sprat’ll lick the platter clean (good thing he’s not on the Boca line staff) The answer, quite obviously, is none of the above. But they’re still pretty thin— quite possibly the thinnest thin-crusters we’ve seen in Marin. Boca Pizzeria opened in June and instantly became Novato’s lone Neapolitan-style pizza joint. While many Italian restaurants offer Northern Italian pizzas, and even the Ignacio Pacheco would’ve approved... more casual chains have thin-crust as part lot’s new pizzas would be encrusted with of their menus, at Boca thin crust pizza is salami and garlic. the menu—with a handful of pastas and Figuring that Boca Pizzeria’s claim to salads thrown in for good measure. fame was in its “certified” Neapolitan pizBoca rolls its dough in the space at zas, we went with a trio of those, though Pacheco Plaza shopping center where Red the restaurant also offers a small selection Boy Pizza dished the deep dish for many of pasta plates ($14 to $17) and roasted years. But Boca’s a different slice altogether. meat entrees ($16 to $19.50). A sister restaurant to the excellent Boca The lamb sausage Steakhouse a few doors pizza ($14.25) was the down on Ignacio Bouleconsensus highlight of BOCA PIZZERIA vard, the pizzeria appears the meal, with the lamb 454 Ignacio Blvd., Novato; to be positioning itself as meat teaming up with red 415/883-2302. Open every the North Marin suburb’s onion and sheep’s feta for day for lunch 11:30am“uptown” pizza restauone serious mutton-dom2:30pm; dinner 5-10pm. rant—a sort of Manhatinated taste. The fourtan-meets-Novato hybrid, cheese pizza ($14.50) but with better parking. ran a close second with As your server will no doubt inform sheep feta, roasted garlic, cured olives and you within a few seconds of being seated, goat’s cheese; if that’s authentic Neapolitan Boca pizzas are “authentic Neapolitan” pizza, we now understand why the folks of style (certified by Verace Pizza Napolitana, ol’ Pompeii stuck around as long as they which we guess is like an American Bar As- did (probably hoped Mt. Vesuvius would sociation for crispy pizza makers), blasted cook their pizzas in two minutes). The in a 900 degree Italian wood burning oven smoked chicken pizza ($14) wasn’t quite as for a mere 120 seconds. So, our pizzas were bemusing as the others, but featured a few ready in practically the same amount of good bites of sun-dried tomatoes, Spanish time it takes my wife to correct my pro- onions and red peppers. The basil-chicken nunciation of bruschetta. And, on that note, topping needed more of something— Boca’s bruschetta is a new favorite, at least probably basil. And chicken. for those of us who find the super-tomatoThe service was appreciatively speedy— ey versions a tad on the soggy-bread side. that’s one of the advantages to the twoBoca’s is toasted to a crisp and topped with minute pizza, we imagine. And our server a chickpea puree-eggplant-mint mix— was available, but not hovering. highly recommended. With Novato’s current slate of pizza Boca’s interior of deep colors and sharp joints—it’s all Chicago-style chains like shapes—brick-red upholstery, dark-wood Round Table, Red Boy, Extreme and Papa furnishings, rectangled windows, tables Murphy’s—Boca has a good chance to and chairs—is the essence of business cacarve out its own piece of the pie in the sual; its outdoor seating is more laid back area. After all, we don’t know of any other with flower beds and the usual wicker. pizzeria in Marin whose wares come certiWe sat outside, enjoying the view of plaza fied by Verace Pizza Napolitana. ✹ named for 19th century Marin land baron Tell Jason where he can stuff his crust at Ignacio Pacheco, who is said to have “rode Give us a taste of your thoughts at in a saddle encrusted with silver and gold.” ›› But all we cared about was whether his


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n the Stone River Boys record, from Joan Baez to Aretha Franklin, Janis I was aiming for that authentic, Joplin to Willie Nelson. vintage ’60s sound, right when “He’s a great guy,” Gonzalez says. “I’ve been hi-fi was becoming stereo—that’s the era I very fortunate to work with him a lot in the really dig,” says roots-rock studio. He had really put a guitarist and songwriter beautiful touch on the HaDave Gonzalez during cienda Brothers. I learned COMING SOON a phone interview from a lot of what I know from The Stone River Boys a central Oregon diner. those sessions and used it perform Sunday, Aug. 15, at “That’s the tone I try to on the Stone River Boys 4pm, with Tommy Castro, put into this record.” recording with this combiat Rancho Nicasio. $20. For that recent CD nation of country and soul 415/662-2219. debut, Love on the Dial, that we have going.” Gonzalez—formerly with For Gonzalez, the new the Paladins and the HaciStone River Boys album is enda Brothers—couldn’t have picked a better a personal triumph. partner than vocalist, guitarist and songwriter As the guitarist in the Paladins, between Mike Barfield, aka the Tyrant of Texas Funk. 1986 and 2003, he was a key figure in the To help blend their twangy countryrockabilly revival scene. soul hybrid, the duo enlisted producer and In 2005, he hooked up with Chris Gaffsongwriter Dan Penn, whose songwriting ney, an Arizona singer and songwriter who credits include “Do Right Woman, Do had served as a member of Dave Alvin & Right Man,” “Cry Like a Baby” and “Dark the Guilty Men. End of the Street.” Gonzalez had met Gaffney during the His songs have been covered by everyone 1980s at the Palomino Club, the legendary

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honky-tonk in Los Angeles. A short time later, he brought Gaffney into the studio to play accordion on a session Gonzalez produced for stripper-turned-blues belter Candye Kane. Gaffney later contributed to a Paladin track. Meanwhile, Kane’s manager kept encouraging Gaffney and Gonzalez to put a band together.

“It took 10 years, but we finally did it and it took off. We made four records in five years and were doing good,” Gonzalez says. “I sure loved being with him: working with him, writing with him, learning from him.” Critics took notice. “Traditional honkytonk may be dead,” the All Music Guide opined, “but don’t tell the Hacienda Brothers that—they not only think it’s still alive and kicking, they play the stuff as if their lives depended on it.” The band even made inroads into Nashville’s cloistered music scene, appearing at the Grand Ole Opry. Then, in 2007, Gaffney was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. “He was a tough cat,” Gonzalez says. “When we went back into the studio with Dan to make our final record, I could see that Chris was not feeling good.” To help defray Gaffney’s medical costs and family expenses, Gonzalez and Barfield performed a series of benefit concerts. “After Chris passed away, we just kept going,” Gonzalez says. “I felt like I needed to keep movin’, you know—just keep on truckin’. AMG has praised the Stone River Boys for proving “itself consistently capable of turning out tunes that summon the spirit of vintage country and soul without resorting to slavish imitation.” “It was a pleasure making this record,” Gonzalez says. “It was tough, given what had just happened with the Hacienda Brothers, but good things keep happening. We’re playing [a music showcase] in Nashville in September and hooking up with Dan Penn again. “So I’m pleased—we’re turning people on to a new sound, a new old sound.” ✹ Jam with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at




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Sylvie Testud seeks a healing hand in ‘Lourdes,’ opening Friday at the Rafael. ● Agora (1:26) Rachel Weisz stars as a scientist and teacher in 4th century Egypt, and has some trouble with religious fundamentalists and amorous slaves. ● Aliens in the Attic (1:26) The ol’ family vacation goes awry when the kids have to protect their clueless parents from pint-sized Martians. ● Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (1:22) Pooches and pussies unite to stop a fiendish feline with plans for world domination. ● Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1:21) Cartoon about a scientist whose well-meaning attempts to end world hunger result in food dropping from the heavens in (over)abundance. ● 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. ● Eat Pray Love (2:13) Julia Roberts as a woman on the brink who circles the globe in search of meaning, romance and good gelato. ●The Expendables(1:43) Sylvester Stallone directs himself and a cast of aging muscles, including Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and the California governor (as “Trench”) in an action/thriller set in South America. ●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. ● Inception Christopher Nolan sci-fi thriller stars Leo DiCaprio as an outlaw adept at the art of stealing thoughts and secrets. ● 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. ● Lourdes (1:39) A woman with multiple sclerosis travels to France’s famous shrine

and encounters devotion, faith and impiety in equal measure. ● Madagascar (1:26) Four pampered Central Park Zoo denizens find themselves shipwrecked in weird and wild foreign surroundings. ●Middle Men(1:45) Luke Wilson plays a pioneer in Internet porn, way back in 1995, who gets rich but encounters other difficulties. ●The Other Guys(1:47) Mismatched detective partners Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg attempt to amuse audiences and solve crimes in New York City. ● Planet 51 (1:31) Cartoon about an astronaut who finds himself on a planet identical to an American small town…except for all those little green inhabitants. ●Ramona and Beezus (1:44) Beverly Cleary’s mismatched sisters scramble onto the big screen. ● RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness (2:00) Mystery Science Theater’s intergalactic movie critics take on the 1936 cult classic. ● 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. ● San Francisco Opera: Madama Butterfly (2:40) Encore presentation of Puccini’s heartbreaker set in 19th century Japan. ● Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (1:53) Righteous dude Michael Cera discovers his new girlfriend comes with a posse of wacky exes who want him out of the picture. ● The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1:51) Aging Manhattan warlock Nicolas Cage joins forces with a young protégé to protect the city from an evil genius. ●Step Up 3(D)(1:37) Third installment of the series features high-stakes hip-hop contest in 3D—or just regular 2D. ● 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.

›› MOViE TiMES Agora (Not Rated) ★1/2 Rafael Film Center: 8:20 Sat-Sun 1:30, 8:20 Aliens in the Attic (PG) Century Northgate 15: Tue 10am Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:40, 1:55, 4:25, 6:55, 9:05 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) CinéArts at Marin: Tue 10am Despicable Me (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:05, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:25, 2, 3:30, 4:35, 7:35, 9:20, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4:20, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 1, 4:20, 7:30 Mon, Wed-Thu 1:25, 4:30, 7:30 Tue 10:20, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30 Lark Theater: FriSat, Wed-Thu 6:30, 9 Sun 4, 6:30 Mon-Tue 6:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 ❋ Eat Pray Love (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 11:35, 1:10, 2:45, 4:20, 5:55, 7:30, 9:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:50, 7, 10:05 Sun 12:45, 3:50, 7 Mon-Thu 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:30 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 4:10, 7:10 Sun 1, 4:10, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7:10 The Expendables (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10 Sat-Sun 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue

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12, 12:45, 2:30, 3:15, 5, 5:45, 7:30, 8:15, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:05 Sun-Thu 2, 4:50, 7:40 Farewell (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:05 Sat-Sun 1:15, 4, 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 Inception (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: 12:15, 3:40, 7:10, 10:30 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat, Mon 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Sun, Tue-Wed 12:20, 3:40, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 The Kids Are All Right (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat, Mon 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 Sun, TueWed 11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7 ❋ Lourdes (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:10, 6:15 Madagascar (PG) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri 10am Middle Men (R) ★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat, Mon 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 Sun, Tue-Wed 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20 The Other Guys (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:05 Sat-Sun 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:45, 1:10, 2:35, 3:45, 5:05, 6:25, 7:40, 8:55, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:30,

4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7 Planet 51 (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am Ramona and Beezus (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:50, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 ❋ RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness (R) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Salt (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:40, 10:05 Sat-Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:40, 10:05 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Regency 6: FriSat, Mon 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 Sun, Tue-Wed 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 San Francisco Opera: Madama Butterfly (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am ❋ Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:05, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:15, 4:05, 7:15 Mon, Wed-Thu 1:40, 4:45, 7:40 Tue 10:10, 1:40, 4:45, 7:40 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:55, 2:25, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Step Up 3 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:30; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:40, 7:10 Toy Story 3 (G) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 The Twlight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Tue 12:40, 6:35

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

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

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F R I D AY AU G U S T 1 3 — F R I D AY AU G U S T 2 0 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar The godfather of political comedy, Mort Sahl, takes the stage Saturday at 142 Throck.

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Live music 08/13: Adam Traum Americana acoustic solo guitar/vocals. 8pm. Max's, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297. 08/13: Carolyn Wonderland Original Texas blues. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/13: Connie Ducey and Judy Hall Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 08/13: Cup O' Joe 9:30pm Fourth St. Tavern, 711 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4044. 08/13: Ducey, Hall and MacKenzie Jazz. Connie Ducey, vocal; Judy Hall, piano; Mike MacKenzie, drums. 7-10pm. No cover. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 08/13: Jeff Labes Jazz, classical. 6:30-10:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 08/13: Representative Quintet Jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop blend. Ethan Varian Group opens. 8-10pm. $5-12. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/13: LuvPlanet Pop/alt-rock. 9pm Presidio Yacht Club, Sausalito. 332-2319. 08/13:Miracle Mule Americana, Cajun. 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. 08/14: Alex Markels, Tina Marzell Latin jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

08/14: Doc Kraft Band Dance band. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858. 08/14: The Gators 6pm. Free. No Name Bar, 757 Bridgeway Sausalito. 332-1392

08/14: Honeydust and Miles Schon Band 8:30pm. $12. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www. 08/14: The Machiavelvets The Giants of ‘garage jazz’ return to the deuce. 7-10pm. No cover. 2AM Club, 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

08/14: Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums With Miss Carmen Getit. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/14: Wanda Stafford Trio Jazz. 6-9pm. No cover. Jasons Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 08/15: Doc Kraft Band 1pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 08/15: Jam Pact Rock/country dance band. Town Center Corte Madera’s Summer Music Series. 2-4pm. Free. Corte Madera Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera. 08/15: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 08/15: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 08/15: Tommy Castro Band Barbecue on the Lawn. Also, The Stone River Boys. 4pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/16: Austin DeLone Open Mic 7pm. Mill Valley Masonic Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637.

BEST BET A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and the Falkirk Cultural Center... Summer may be winding down, but appetites are definitely revving up thanks to the SAN RAFAEL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL, taking place this Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Falkirk Cultural Center. From noon to 6pm, the historic mansion will sway to the sounds of smooth jazz and classical music combos, while foodies and self-proclaimed sommeliers will seek out the perfect pairing. Admission is gratis, food- and wine-tasting Nothing says ‘Bacchanalia’ like Victorian options are $15 and $25. 1408 Mission Ave., architecture. San Rafael. 800/310-6563.—Jason Walsh 28 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 13 - AUGUST 19, 2010

08/17: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould. Songs of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/18: Deborah Winters With Cedricke Dennis. 7-10pm. No Cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 08/19: Prima Vera Band Latin jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 08/19: Singer Songwriter Series Hosted by Lauralee Brown. In the bar. 7pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/20: Andoni Jazz standards. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 08/20: Em-K Acoustic guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 08/20: Ken Husbands, Suzanna Smith Latin jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 08/20: Linda Imperial Band Original vocalist. 8:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 08/20:Midnight Rodeo Americana, Country. 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. 08/20: Première Swinging jazz duet coming home from a performance at Carnegie Hall. 7-10pm. No cover. Wildfox Restaurant, 225 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. 246-5540. 08/20: The 85’s Marinwood Music in the Park Series featuring live music, food, beer/wine and a bounce house kids area. 6-8pm. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 479-0775.

Concerts 08/15: Consort Chorale “17th Summer Concert.” Allan Robert Petker, directs works by Vivaldi,

Brunner, others. 7-8:30pm. $15. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo. 568-0550. 08/15: Harvard Din and Tonics All-male a cappella group. 5pm. $5-20. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas, Ross. 456-1102.

Dance 08/20: Sha Sha Higby “In Folds of Gold.” Exotic sculptural costume, puppetry and dance. 8-10pm. $12-22. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600.

Theater/Auditions 08/06-22:‘Humble Boy’ 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. 08/19-22: RAW Summer Festival Includes “Ladies in Waiting.” Sun matinee at 2pm with playwright feedback after. 8pm. $10. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. 08/20-09/25:‘Antony and Cleopatra’ Now an aging soldier and world leader, Antony is enthralled by the legendary Egyptian queen’s charms in this passionate love story about a powerful man derailed by the enchantment of a woman. 8-10:30pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 459-4488. Through 08/15:‘The Middle Ages’ Set in the trophy room of a men’s club from World War II through the late 1970s, Gurney illustrates the conflict between longstanding traditions and the need for change. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Players’ Barn Theatre, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. 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 08/14: Mort Sahl Political satire and incisive views of human condition by a legendary comedian. 8pm. $30-40. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 .

Art 08/13: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up and down Fourth St for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration every 2nd Friday of the month 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Downtown Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.

08/15-09/04: 83rd Annual Member Show Marin Society of Artists group show. 11am-4pm. Reception 2-4pm Aug.15. Free. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. 08/17-09/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing in the Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Nancy Cicchetti, paintings and monotypes. Opening reception 6-8pm Aug. 17. Free. Belvedere-Tiburon Library, 1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon. 453-6880. 08/19-09/13:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Art of Peaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 8th annual Sausalito Art Festival exhibit at the Bay Model. Encourages artists to depict the visual impact of peace found in art. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 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 08/28: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Unveiling: Twelve Artists to Watch in 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council presents a group exhibition of paintings, photography and sculpture. Reception 6 pm Aug. 13. 11-6am. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael. 459-4440 .

Through 08/31: Igor Sazevich and Marna Clarke Paintings and photography. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feed Barn Gallery, 11250 Highway One, Pt. Reyes

Station. 663-1223. art-gallery Through 09/08: Bruce David Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Beginnings - Journey of the Soul.â&#x20AC;? Features original, hand-pulled serigraphs and limited edition lithographs depicting biblical and Judaic imagery filled with hidden symbolism. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael,. 444-8000. Through 09/12: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Box Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fundraiser/ art exhibition. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. 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 09/18: 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, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 09/18: 18th Annual Benefit Auction Preview Exhibition preview. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

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. www.

Talks/Lectures 08/14: History of Marinship History of the Marinship Shipyard built by the Bechtel Corporation at the request of President Roosevelt in 1942. Learn about the 93 ships built here during WWII. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn. 08/14: History of the Model Look back

BEST BET Get your wings! There wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be any rude passengers or venting air stewards on the flights out of Gnoss Field this weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;only spectacular aeronautics thanks to the WINGS OVER MARIN celebration taking place Saturday, Aug. 14, in Novato. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marin County Airport at Gnoss Field, the 10am to 4pm event will feature antique and military aircraft displays, an appearance by real-life astronaut Millie Hughes-Fulford, fly-bys, an aviation expo, food, fun and more. $5, 12 and under free. Take the Atherton/San Marin exit and follow the signs.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jason Walsh

at the history and purpose of the Bay Model. 10-11am. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 08/18: Rethinking Plastics Discuss where we going locally with bag bans, ocean cleanup and product stewardship. With speakers from Marin Recycling, Clean Water Action, and San Rafael City Council. 7-8:45pm. Free. San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro Ave., San Rafael. 459-0176.

08/18: The A List Series: A Conversation with Mark Morford Renegade columnist/author converses with writer Jane Ganahl. 7:30-9:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Readings 08/13: Phil Cousineau The award-winning writer and filmmaker, discusses his latest release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wordcatcher.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/13: Travel Bug National Geographic Traveler, Wired, and Popular Mechanics contributing editor Carl Hoffman shares stories about travel, adventure and technology. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/14: Tyler Florence, Robert Holmes and Andrea Johnson at Book Passage, Corte Madera Trio of chef/authors will present their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Passion for Food & Wine.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/15: Pop-Star Rehab Thriller With author Carl Hiaasen discussing his new thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Star Island.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 08/16: Howard Norman The author talks about his novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Is Left the Daughter.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.


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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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;slice of lifeâ&#x20AC;? in outer space as you live, work and play â&#x20AC;&#x153;aboardâ&#x20AC;? the International Space Station. Free with museum admission. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900.



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08/13: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Found: Stories of Transformationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Formerly incarcerated women share stories of transformation and recovery. 7-9pm. $10. San Rafael First United Methodist Church, 9 Ross Valley Dr., San Rafael. 453-8716. 08/13: Picnic on the Plaza Western swing by Lone Star Retrobates. Face painting for the kids. Farm stand. Bring a picnic or buy dinner out and about. 5-8pm. Free. Town Hall in San Anselmo, 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. 4542510.

08/14: 4th Annual San Rafael Food and Wine Festival Fun setting for a lovely wine, food, art and crafts festival. Noon-6pm. $15-25, all day food- and wine-tasting options. Falkirk Cultural Center Grounds, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. (800) 310-6563. www.sresproductions. com/san_rafael_food_and_wine_festival.html

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An Easy Way to Volunteer Flex volunteer program, a program of CVNL Flex provides the perfect way for busy people of all ages to volunteer in a fun, meaningful setting. Flex opportunities often take place outside of traditional work/school hours, on weekends and require no ongoing commitment. This makes volunteering easy to do anytime!

For more information contact Casey Falvey at 415/479-5710 or cfavley@ The Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership 555 Northgate Drive San Rafael, CA 94903 415/479-5710 FAX 415/479-9722 Connect to more volunteer opportunities by visiting Hundreds of nonproďŹ t organizations work hard to make our community a healthier, happier place. But they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it without you. They need willing volunteers and donations of money or usable goods to fuel their efforts. The PaciďŹ c Sun publicizes volunteer opportunities and the â&#x20AC;&#x153;wish listsâ&#x20AC;? of worthy North Bay organizations on an ongoing basis, working with the Center for Volunteer and NonproďŹ t Leadership of Marin. We hope our readers will scan the list regularly and ďŹ nd a match between their personal interests and the very real need thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out there. AUGUST 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AUGUST 19, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 33


by Ly nd a R ay

Week of August 12-August 18, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Disruptive Uranus backs out of your sign Friday night, easing a little of the stress you’ve been feeling. This could be helpful in making amends with your sweetie in the event you’ve been particularly hard to handle. Monday points out the challenge of experiencing freedom without damaging your one-on-one relationships. Can you be close to someone and still be true to your sense of individuality? This is the $64,000 question. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Your ruler, cooperative Venus, has to handle a mixed bag of influences as the mushy Moon, feisty Mars and ambitious Saturn all put in their two cents’ worth. It might take time to decide what you should be doing. Meanwhile, shocking Uranus has reentered your house of group activities. Before joining any new clubs, make sure you understand their purpose. A “naturalist group” may be more about not wearing clothes than learning botany. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Although filled with creative ideas, you are not making the type of progress that translates into financial security. The reality of the current economic climate can be a blessing in disguise as it forces you to focus on what makes you happy. Of course, if you have both an amazing social circle and a fascinating career, you do indeed have lucky stars. Count yourself as one of the fortunate few... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) While the Moon in Libra should be quite peaceful, being targeted by too many stressful aspects on Thursday and Friday spoils the effect. So, if you were planning to reconnect with an estranged family member, hold off for a couple days. In better news, unsettling Uranus has backed out of your career house. While this doesn’t mean you’re about to get promoted or find the perfect new job, it makes it less likely that you’re going to suddenly get a pink slip. LEO (July 22 - August 22) One is never too old or too young to learn something new. The planets are suggesting that you are meant to be expanding your mind while disciplining your thoughts. As mentioned last week, this birthday is not your usual one with lots of presents and self-indulgent celebrations. However, it could be the one that makes you realize there is more to life than catnaps, fine wines and a trendy wardrobe. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your ruler, clever Mercury, in your sign may help you cope with uncertainty in financial matters. As for your love life, independent Uranus just returned to your relationship house. If already involved, reassure your sweetie that your detachment shouldn’t be taken personally. If casually dating, seek out those who don’t need constant attention. If attached, but not happy about it, now’s your chance to make a clean break—without feeling guilty. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You are overwhelmed with contradicting sensations on Thursday and Friday. While your pals want to help, your family may be making things worse by trying to control the situation. The good news: Aloof Uranus has left your relationship house, just in case you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling during the last month. With unruly Mars in your sign, you probably won’t suddenly return to being all mushy and softhearted. At least you’re not feeling like an ice cube, right? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your ruler, powerful Pluto, continues to experience certain limitations due to being in a difficult angle to constricting Saturn. This may be especially true if you’re attempting to persuade someone that your ideas should be taken seriously. But you are in a better place than many of the other signs—if you can only believe this. Overcome your own skepticism and your power returns. Sort of like Harry Potter... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Some friends need your help; some want to order you around; some want to play with you; and some want to cry on your shoulder. It’s all happening simultaneously and it is exhausting. On the other hand, isn’t it great to have so many friends? The Moon in your upbeat sign on Tuesday makes it easy to deal with any problems (or tyrants) with a sense of humor. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) The opposition from jolly Jupiter to your ruler (serious Saturn) means that it is time to balance the duties in your life with an equal dose of delights. Look at the Dalai Lama. In spite of his rather serious role in the world, he is always smiling. It’s easy to find reasons to be unhappy, but it’s much more satisfying to ignore the depressing and laugh anyway. Try it. You’ll like it. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) As the sign most associated with humanitarian efforts, the current state of the planet presents an array of worthy causes. Your chart suggests looking abroad for ways to help. If you cannot travel right now, consider joining the local chapter of an international organization. This is a great week to start learning a foreign language. Or, for those of you who prefer domestic challenges, it’s time to perfect your skills with exotic or ethnic recipes. You’re having a globally influenced week. Enjoy. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Having go-for-it Mars, give-me-a-massage Venus and let-me-check-your-references Saturn in your intimacy house simultaneously is certainly a confusing experience. Your lover doesn’t know whether to book a hotel room or hire an attorney. To make matters even more interesting, outrageously changeable Uranus has returned to your sign for a seven-month stay. Hot. Cold. High. Low. Stay. Go. Your lover may need to hire a therapist along with that attorney... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 19, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124536 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BODYWISE MASSAGE, 1435 4TH ST. SUITE F, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AUDREY ROUMIGUIERE, 1280 DENLYN ST., NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124557 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RIGHT HAND MAID SERVICES, 44 MARINER GREEN DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: LUCENITA GOODEN, 44 MARINER GREEN DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 15, 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124621 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATTENTION TO DETAIL WINDOW WASHING, 18 SOUTH 40 DOCK, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: DANCER ROBERTSON STYLES, 18 SOUTH 40 DOCK, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 27, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124640 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMMUNITY SPICE COMPANY, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: JANICE LYNN CALLON, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124645 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APP WEAVERS, 46 HILLSIDE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: NIGEL B. HALL, 46 HILLSIDE AVE., 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 2, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124420 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MADERA VALLEY, 1495 CASA BUENA DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: MADERA VALLEY ASSOCIATES LTD., 1050 RALSTON AVENUE, BELMONT, CA 94002. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 15, 1994. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124669 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STEINERT PROPERTIES, 176 MCNEAR DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WILMA THOMAS, 176 MCNEAR DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124662 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ATHOS LIMOUSINE, 346 ROBIN ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ATHOS GUSTAVO OLIVEIRA, 346 ROBIN ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124673 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHE; SHE ARTISTS, 33 LOVELL AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SARAH ELIZABETH HYDE, 33 LOVELL AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County

Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124685 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MT. TAM MUSIC, 196 EDGEWOOD AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RICHARD T. KVISTAD, 196 EDGEWOOD AVENUE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 28, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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 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,


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 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. Registrant’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) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003771. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KRISTY LYNN TUDRYN aka KRISTY GEBOW TUDRYN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KRISTY LYNN TUDRYN aka KRISTY GEBOW TUDRYN TO HAZEL KRISTY GEBOW TUDRYN. 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 2, 2010, 8:30 AM, 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: August 2, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1003972. TO ALL

INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner EWA DARIA BONINI on behalf of ANASTASIA DARIA JANKOWSKA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ANASTASIA DARIA JANKOWSKA TO ANASTASIA DARIA BONINI. 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 23, 2010, 8:30 AM, 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 29, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304211 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): HAIR N JOY, 310 MILLER AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: September 1, 2005. Under File No: 107083. Registrant’s Name(s): MAI TRAN, 228 ARIAS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 26, 2010. (Pacific Sun: August 13, 20, 27; September 3, 2010)


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The girl of my dreams works at a restaurant I eat at almost every day. When she started six months ago, I began sitting in her section. I’ve never had feelings this strong. I can’t even look at her without freezing up. Two months ago I asked her out, and she turned me down, saying it was a bad idea because I’m a customer and she’s too busy to date. She couldn’t even look me in the eye. I was bummed, but I kept sitting in her section. My feelings got stronger every day, and last week, I couldn’t resist bringing her a couple of roses in a vase and a love letter expressing my feelings. She wouldn’t accept the flowers and reluctantly took the letter. The next day, she said I make her uncomfortable, and I should sit in someone else’s section. I was crushed. My world ended. I’ll give her space for a few months and eat elsewhere, but I don’t want to move on. I’m a businessman, and whatever I want, I always work hard to achieve. Life’s too short to not go after what you want.—Beside Myself


In business, not taking no for an answer can be an effective strategy. Of course, the widget account doesn’t have to wait tables to pay the rent, and it isn’t picturing you following it home and standing in the rose bushes trying to peer into its bedroom. In the wake of a rejection, a persistent man might ask a woman out a second time, but you went straight to persistently creepy: bringing roses (in a vase!) and a love letter—a level of romantic effort that’s appropriate when you’ve been dating for six months and have developed deep feelings for each other. Note the words “each other,” and the fact that the only interest this woman has shown is in having you sit in another waitress’s section (ideally, one in the northern Yukon). OK, your feelings for her are growing stronger every day—including the feeling that what she wants is beyond irrelevant. Think about how unhappy you’re making this waitress. You’re robbing her of her peace of mind. I get that you have the hots for her, but you don’t even know this woman. What could you possibly have said in that letter you wrote, “I love the way you look when you bring me extra salad dressing”? Now, maybe you’re afraid of the risks involved in having a real relationship; maybe you lack the experience and social intelligence to understand what one is. Instead of dealing with what’s missing in you, you avoid it by turning this poor waitress into an obsessive hobby. This isn’t love; it’s stalking with a bottomless cup of coffee. You are overdue for a relationship—with a cognitive behavioral therapist, the kind who helps you understand and correct deep irrationalities in thinking and behavior. You’re also way overdue for a breakup with your imaginary girlfriend. No need to say goodbye! Just give her the wordless gift of no more you. Permanently. Because, as you note, life’s too spend a chunk of it in jail, after you not only ignore her feelings but those of the judge that you need to stay 500 yards away from her at all times.


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No, the fact that she probably wants you in jail really matters. The gap that counts is the one between delusion and reality: You aren’t her one and only; you’re the pervy guy at Table 4. Sure, in romantic comedies, the “harass your way to happily ever after” model always works for Ben Affleck or Adam Sandler. But this is real life, in a diner, so they don’t need dramatic conflict to keep people in the seats, just reasonably edible eggs and bacon. As I’ve already e-mailed you repeatedly: STAY AWAY FROM THIS WOMAN. Act like you care about her by being kind enough to accept that she doesn’t want you, and by respecting that she (not you) gets to decide who’s in her life. Get the therapy you desperately need, and when your therapist deems you emotionally healthy enough to date, pursue women who talk to you because they like you and think you’re cute, not because it’s their job to tell you they’re out of meatloaf. ✹

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