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›› LETTERS Why did Mill Valley Lumber get the ax? As a 58-year resident of Marin and Mill Valley, I enjoyed your salute to long-standing businesses issue very much [“Cornerstones,” Sept. 17]. There was an important pioneer Marin business that was left out, however. The Mill Valley Lumber Company has operated since 1892 and the lumber storage shed (originally a delivery horse stable) is the oldest standing structure here in town. More people should know about the history of this important local business that is still going strong. As a local historian, I’d very much appreciate you giving it the attention it has earned and so thoroughly deserves. Duane Van Dieman, Mill Valley

Target—I smell a bargain, and stale popcorn... I’m writing in response to Bill Daniels’ letter to the editor questioning whether Target should come to San Rafael [“Does Target Fit Into San Rafael’s Business Model?” Sept. 22]. As a parent in Southern Marin, I hope that Target finds a home in San Rafael. Modestly priced children’s clothes, such as the ones offered at Target, are a necessity in our family. Southern Marin needs the kind of shopping choices that Target offers, without the carbon footprint of the commute to Novato. Eva Selig, Mill Valley

Target in the crosshairs No doubt, we in Marin are amongst the most educated, liberal, open-minded and well-read, in-touch communities. Our daily

newspaper needs all the revenue it can muster, so it has to accept pre-printed inserts from Target Stores. The one argument against Target Stores of Minnesota not coming to San Rafael has not been published locally—either in stories by our fine press, or in their Letters to the Editor. Target is very politically active in their financial support of far-to-the-rightwing organizations—spending shareholder money to promote Tea Party and other farright candidates. Target been very active financially in supporting anti-gay activities and organizations, too. (Do a Google search for “Target” and “gay.”) While it is certainly legal, now that the Supreme Court has ensured it for them to have a loud political voice, we might raise ours by telling our elected officials we do not want these small-minded bigots in our community unless they are open to learning how to be true Americans. I for one now pass the Novato store, too.


Mill Valley skirts panhandlers The Mill Valley City Council met Monday to discuss the panhandling that’s been panning out semi-regularly at the corners of Camino Alto and East Blithedale, and Camino Alto... Single in the Suburbs: Barking mad We all know I’m an idiot magnet when it comes to men, so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that lately I’m attracting borderline crazy women into my life. It’s getting out of...

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In your story about death-row inmate Albert G. Brown [“Judge Halts Thursday Execution,” Sept. 29] whose execution was postponed because of expiration of the lethal The only crimes Brown has committed are ones drugs, you conflated of fashion. your “Browns”—Attorney General Jerry Brown is mentioned in the story, as is the convict Brown. How hard would it have been to make this clearer? Confused, Marin

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We need to work together, using the media to promote positive change. While we do not yet know the full extent of the impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill, it is clear that the damage is catastrophic, with risks to the health of marine wildlife, fisheries and coastal economies. It is also clear that our continued dependence on oil is unacceptable. There will also be long-term impacts from a changing climate if we continue to rely on polluting fossil fuels. Climate change is one of today’s greatest threats to ecosystem integrity, fish and wildlife, human coastal settlements, and economic development. As our senators head back to Washington, D.C., after their break they should know their constituents expect them to get right to work and pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation that significantly reduces global warming pollutants by putting a price on carbon; protects our wildlife and natural resources from the impacts of climate change; and prevents future disasters like the Gulf spill by prohibiting any new drilling off our coasts. Manda Pasquariello, Stinson Beach

Anybody got a used ‘Evils of Ignorance’ textbook to sell? Shame on Marcia Blackman for attributing one individual’s behavior to an entire race or culture, such as those who live in the Canal, as she so pointedly mentioned in her letter to the editor [“Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor, Your ‘Festering Garbage,’” Oct. 1]. I’ve lived here for 56 years and, for me, getting “Marin County back to normal” would include the deportation of Ms. Blackman back to the Valley of the Righteous and the Blind, with mandatory studies in Critical

I have paid into the Social Security system since 1963. Now that I am nearing the age that allows me to claim the benefits I have long been promised, I would like to do so. I have been self-employed for the last 30 years and have seen my IRA and other retirement accounts dwindle over the last few years. It would be a shame to be indigent and looking for other government assistance in my old age, when I have planned to be able to live on SS benefits and my small retirement fund. Cutting the benefits will equate to putting me on the dole; something I strongly oppose. It would demean the productive life I have lived. Reducing benefits is a renege on the promise the American government made to the working class Americans almost 100 years ago. Cutting benefits will not help balance the deficit! So, I am one in the 68 percent who oppose SS benefit cuts and support the effort to increase SS contributions based on income, so the rich can pay a bit more and collect a bit more, later on and the rest of us can sleep soundly knowing our hard-earned benefits will be there when we need them. Ken Smith, San Rafael

Eighty percent of electoral success is showing up Thank you to all of you who will not vote next election. You make my vote more powerful. I do hope you like the government we voters will give you. Oh: Those who do want to participate must first show up. Gary Steiger, Ross

›› OOPS! In our recent story on PG&E’s “listening session” about SmartMeters in Fairfax [PG&E on the Hot Seat, Sept. 24] we mischaracterized Fairfax resident Sarah Reilly’s electrical hypersensitivity. There was a time when the condition made it difficult for Reilly to watch TV and listen to radio—but, happily, that is not the case now.

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Unlikely hospital bedfellows Former Marin General rivals find common ground on board priorities by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


n irony that can’t be ignored lies at the heart of this November’s Marin Healthcare District election. Three incumbents on the healthcare district board are running against two challengers. Dr. Larry Bedard and Dr. James Clever were first elected in 2006 with support from the Alliance to Save Our Hospital, a group that believed Sutter Health, which held the lease to Marin General Hospital, was the best alternative for the long-term stability of the facility, from both financial and seismic standpoints. (The hospital must undergo a major seismic upgrade to meet state standards. The upgrade is estimated to cost about $500 million.) Also elected in 2006 was Jennifer Rienks, who received support from Friends of the Marin Healthcare District, whose members believed that the district should sever its lease with Sutter. Lori Wood, a former district secretary critical of the arrangement with Sutter, ran independently of the two organizations that year. She was not elected. After that election, a new consensus was built on the district board, leading to the successful extrication this summer from the lease with Sutter. To reach that point, Bedard and Clever moved closer to the position of those who believed the district would be best served by severing the relationship with Sutter. And Rienks, who received support from

the anti-Sutter contingent that viewed Bedard and Clever as too supportive of the Sutter relationship, proved to be a more moderate director who aimed for consensus. This year’s election finds former rivals Bedard, Clever and Rienks working together to move toward securing bond revenue to pay for the seismic work at Marin General. Challenging them are Wood and Joseph Salama, running in large part against the incumbents’ support of a bipartite governance structure. The irony in this year’s district election goes back to 1985. At that time, many experts expressed concern about the fate of district hospitals and whether they could withstand an increasingly competitive healthcare marketplace. The healthcare district board at the time decided to lease Marin General to a new entity, the Marin Healthcare Corporation, which Hank Buhrmann, the newly appointed CEO, created to give Marin General a competitive edge. Under the healthcare corporation’s governance structure, the publicly elected healthcare district board handled policy matters and an appointed healthcare corporation board handled the details of actually running the hospital. And it met behind closed doors. That structure, Buhrmann believed, would allow the hospital corporation board to act without making public critical issues 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Mill Valley throws in its 2 cents on panhandlers The Mill Valley City Council met Monday to discuss the panhandling panning out semi-regularly at the corners of Camino Alto and East Blithedale, and Camino Alto and Miller Avenue. No action was taken, but city staff has been tasked with studying the issue further to determine the legitimacy of safety concerns. An actual ordinance has yet to be drafted. The discussion was taken up due to several complaints from residents. In 2004, similar grievances prompted the council to erect a sign at the Miller Avenue and Camino Alto intersection asking people to give money to charities rather than directly to“street solicitors.”While it seemed to have an effect on the presence of panhandlers at first, it was not long before they returned. The discussion about why the council should consider an ordinance emerged when James McCann, the city manager, reported that“the interest in regulating the solicitation of motorists on the public right-of-way is not intended to limit any person from exercising their constitutional right to solicit funds, protest or engage in any other constitutional protected activity.” Councilman Ken Wachtel said he had concerns that the claim of “safety risks” is a smoke screen for community members to rid the town of poor people because they don’t want to look at or recognize their presence. Supporters of a panhandling ordinance, however, say it’s a quality of life issue. Residents who wants to present an opinion to the council may do so at its next meeting, scheduled for Oct. 18.—Elizabeth Cermak Novato schools lower the playground boom Following a string of injuries, Novato school officials have decided to lower play structures that were recently installed as part of the district’s $1.6 million worth of new playground equipment. Since the school year began, a halfdozen kids have ended up with broken limbs after playing on the new structures at Hamilton Meadow Park and Lynwood Elementary. Superintendent Jan La Torre-Derby last week shut down playgrounds at all eight elementary schools, where new equipment had been installed over the summer break. Missouri-based Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. conducted an inspection last week and concluded that installations were done properly—though most of the equipment had been framed at their highest settings.—Jason Walsh The waiting is over at George’s When George’s patrons heard Tom Petty cover band Petty Theft wail out that“the waiting is the hardest part”at last weekend’s club opening the irony wasn’t lost on anyone in the sold-out crowd. George’s cleared its final round of permits Sept. 30—giving birth to a whole new life for the storied Marin music venue. Shuttered for seven years—while hopes that the Kimball’s East group would reopen the club fell flat—George’s vacancy was a painful reminder of recessionary times for the once-bustling downtown San Rafael music scene. But earlier this year, 40-year-old Marinite Todd Ghanizadeh purchased a lease on the place and launched a million-dollar reconstructive road to recovery for the stage that, in its‘80s heyday, was tread upon by the likes of Sammy Hagar, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Carlos Santana. Not only is Ghanizadeh turning up the amps on the live music, but he’s rescuing George’s from its dive-bar days of the 1990s—the 5,000-plus-square-foot space features two full bars and a full kitchen specializing in California cuisine. Upcoming shows include About Face, Oct. 8; El Radio Fantastique, Oct. 14;Vinyl, Oct. 22; Eric Martin and Endoxi, Oct. 30. Check out for a schedule.—JW EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››

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1. Three of America’s 10 most populous cities are in California. After Los Angeles, the country’s second largest, what are the other two? 2. What breed of dog is the fastest runner (up to 45 miles per hour)? 3. What city of Kansas calls itself the “Little Apple”? 4. Ludwig Van Beethoven’s only opera, written in 1816, has what “faithful” title? 5. On January 15, 2009, captain Chesley Sullenberger became an instant hero after his U.S. Airways flight struck a flock of geese, and he successfully landed the plane in what unusual location? 6a. How many times have the San Francisco Giants won the World Series? 6b. In 2004, Barry Bonds set a major league single season record when, 232 times, he did what? 7. What were the first two radioactive elements discovered?





8. Pictured above: Name these automobiles by their logos. 9a. What German priest and professor of theology, in 1517, posted 95 theses denouncing church abuses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany? 9b. This act helped bring on the religious revolution known as what? 10. Lying to the east and west of Greece are what two seas whose names begin with vowels? BONUS QUESTION: It’s possibly the world’s healthiest food: It contains eight different vitamins, a number of minerals, high fiber, no fat, no cholesterol. What is this super-food, well loved by a fictional character? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

▲ On their San Rafael route, Marin Sanitary employees Pat Johnston and Bill Briare saw two men stealing recyclables. As Pat went to speak with them, they backed up to hit him. Pat jumped into the pickup’s bed; Bill threw himself onto the hood. They sped forward and Bill fell off. Pat called 911 from his cell phone. The suspects stopped and tried to beat Pat with sticks; he fended them off with a piece of wood. Meanwhile, Bill drove to the police department and helped search for his missing partner. The suspects were stopped near Smart & Final and arrested. Our Heroes are doing fine after their ordeal. Dave Garbarino, Marin Sanitary vice president, doesn’t encourage employees to detain poachers— although this is the type of heroics that will make recyclables thieves think twice. “But,” he says, “we don’t want people to fear the garbagemen.”

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▼ The crowded parking lot and long lines at Costco in Novato are daunting, but expected. So, when you accost another shopper before you’ve even turned off your ignition, you’re a Zero. I saw two cars waiting as a third pulled out of a rock-star parking place. One of the vehicles zipped into the space and a man got out. The other driver, a woman, pulled up right beside him, complaining loudly. He apologized, explaining he hadn’t seen her. Zero continued haranguing the poor guy until he politely offered her the space. She responded with a vulgarity. “You’re out of line,” he said calmly. More foul language. When I left, she was still ranting. Zero, if you break down over a parking place, what will you do when folks inside the store block the aisle for a free taste of Go-GURT? —Nikki Silverstein


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meeting laws [Brown Act].â&#x20AC;? The incumbents, obviously, disagree and say the new governance rules include acceptable conďŹ&#x201A;ict of interest rules and the two-part structure can withstand Brown Act scrutiny. That basic argument has raged for more than 20 years. Many people thought the return of the hospital from Sutter would put an end to it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to be done with all this now,â&#x20AC;? says Rienks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sutter is being sued by the [new hospital] board. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to unite around the hospital to bury the hatchet and move forward. We can tweak [governance] things over time.â&#x20AC;? UniďŹ cation is the reason, Rienks adds, that she, Bedard and Clever are running a cooperative campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to move together. Sutter is the big [competitive] threat. Even though we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always agree, we have established an ability to work well together.â&#x20AC;? That cooperative governing will play a crucial part in the effort to seek bond money from the public, say the incumbents. Accusations and recriminations are counterproductive to the effort to attract and retain superior medical staff for the hospital, a crucial element as Marin General begins head-to-head competition with Sutter. Rienks, who fought alongside other Sutter critics to break the lease for Marin General, acknowledges â&#x20AC;&#x153;there was collateral damage.â&#x20AC;? During the battle over the Sutter lease, the Marin Healthcare District became the talk of the town at healthcare meetings in California, and not in a good way. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Rienks and the incumbents want to be done with as the district moves into an independent future.





Bedard and the incumbents say the new governance structure for the operating board they approved calls for much stricter standards, including regular reports to the district board and a closer and more public relationship between the board and the hospital CEO. The ďŹ rst board of the new Marin General Hospital Corporation includes 10 appointed members and the hospital CEO, Lee Domanico. As board membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; terms expire the corporation board will nominate replacements. Among those ďŹ rst board members are a former chief executive of San Francisco General Hospital, an architect who has designed hospital facilities, a professor of healthcare and a staff cardiologist at Marin General. In other words, say the incumbents, the new board, chosen for expertise needed for the transition from Sutter, will act in the best interests of the district and its residents, not in the best interests of a corporate structure that includes other healthcare facilities. The challengers, Wood and Salama, say thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a distinction with little difference. Wood chose not to conduct an in-person interview for this story, but she submitted written answers to questions. In a response, she writes that the incumbents â&#x20AC;&#x153;replicated Sutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate/private model making plans for a new Marin General Hospital Corporation board to operate according to new bylaws outside the inďŹ&#x201A;uence of the elected board. They appointed people to the corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governing board who have conďŹ&#x201A;icts of interest and/ or ďŹ nancial interests in the hospital and gave them approval to meet behind closed doors in violation of Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s open-

ďŹ ve of us [current board members] participated in developing a strategic planâ&#x20AC;? prepared by consultants Kurt Salmon Associates. A key part of that plan calls for the district to set up a ďŹ rewall between the elected board and the hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governing board. That provision resulted from the rancorous debate, accusations and recriminations critics of the two-part governance structure had engaged in for more than two decades, according to KSA. Eliminating bitter debate over details such as physician contracts and agreements with vendors also would be crucial to running the hospital successfully, said KSA. Day-to-day operations should be shielded from politics. The inescapable irony: Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly why Buhrmann set up the two-part governance structure. While it previously beneďŹ ted Sutter, now it will beneďŹ t the district. The incumbents acknowledge that the governance structure in the new bylaws looks similar to the Sutter structure, but they say critical distinctions exist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is similar in that you have a separate board,â&#x20AC;? says Bedard, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the previous board was appointed by Sutter. They put employees on it, and that board chose to, I believe, ignore their ďŹ duciary responsibilities and sat there while Sutter looted the hospital for $120 million.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the contention in a lawsuit against Sutter that charges the healthcare company with transferring â&#x20AC;&#x153;excessâ&#x20AC;? cash from Marin General into the corporate kitty. Sutter says the action was reasonable and taking money from one hospital in a system to put into a kind of general fund is not unusual. The case is pending.






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But Wood and Salama insist that continuing the two-part governance structure is a mistake too great to dismiss. Salama, an attorney and mediator, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a private board under Sutter; now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a secret board.â&#x20AC;? Salama and Wood both think the closed-door structure invites problems, especially with conďŹ&#x201A;ict of interest. Salama says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s troubled that the bylaws allow 49 percent of hospital corporation board members to have some level of conďŹ&#x201A;ict. Critics also say the ability of the corporate board to nominate replacements without a public debate could lead to trouble. But the district and the incumbents say the district board has the right to reject any nomination coming from the corporate board. In addition, the district board could remove a corporate board member for gross wrongdoing, say in the event of a felony conviction. And Rienks notes that the 49 percent allowable conďŹ&#x201A;ict of interest is a level set by the Internal Revenue Service, not a number the district picked out of a hat. The incumbents reiterate that under the new bylaws, the district board will be able to peruse the actions of the operating board to a much greater extent than under Sutterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s control (while at the same time protecting sensitive material from political bomb-throwers). Wood and Salama donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t buy it. Rienks notes that transferring the governance structure makes sense because the current lease of the hospital runs to

2015. (The district simply took back the lease from Sutter.) Licenses and other attachments are attached to the leased hospital under the hospital corporation. The logistics of breaking that arrangement prior to 2015 and restructuring all associated leases and agreements would be costly. But, she adds, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conceivable that in 2015, the district could set up a new arrangement, perhaps an appointed operating board but no lease for the hospital. If the district decides to go for a new lease with the hospital corporation, the action would require a vote of district residents. One of the staunchest Sutter opponents, Greenbrae lawyer Nancy McCarthy, in the early 1990s wrote a bill that requires healthcare districts to get approval from a simple majority of voters before privatizing. She went to Sacramento, lobbied for her bill and it passed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is the [two-part] governance structure in Marin different than most district hospitals? Yes,â&#x20AC;? says Rienks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many district hospitals in California gave up on running their hospitals because they felt they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough expertise on their boards. They couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the strategic planning. It was too hard to compete. We actually think we are offering a new model for district hospitals.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just what Hank Buhrmann said more than 20 years ago when he created the bipartite governance structure. But now, note the incumbents, his creation will serve the district rather than an outside master. â&#x153;š



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hen Bill Devereaux, senior director of PG&E’s SmartMeter program, arrived for a meeting in Fairfax last week, Mayor Lew Tremaine advised him to take off his sports jacket. The temperature had shot into the 90s, and the fog had not rolled in yet. Fairfax residents listened politely at first while Devereaux explained the history of the so-called SmartMeter program and its energy-conservation benefits. But about half an hour into his presentation, audience members began to lose patience and started wondering aloud when the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representative would wrap up what appeared to them to be a public relations pitch and begin to address their worries about the wireless meters. About 40 people came to the Fairfax Town Council meeting to hear the utility’s response to accuracy, privacy and safety concerns about the SmartMeters, which PG&E is installing throughout California. The doors were wide open to the Fairfax Women’s Club because it—like most homes in this town of 7,500—lacks air conditioning. Insects were flying around, and residents soon grew tired of what they perceived as the utility’s brushing aside of their serious fears and its effort to deploy SmartMeters under the guise of conserving energy. “PG&E’s conservation claims are plain old green-washing,” said Fairfax resident Alexander Binik. The way Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been selling its rationale for installing SmartMeters in California homes, you would think progressive towns like Fairfax would be clamoring for them. The devices would allow residents and businesses to check their energy usage at any time. Devereaux lauded SmartMeters as the most effective way to train customers to curtail energy consumption during peak energy-use periods. Devereaux also credited the meters with allowing the utility to utilize more wind and

solar power and to avoid rationing or having to build new power plants. Fairfax residents were far from electrified by PG&E’s presentation. “SmartMeters are being deployed across the United States and the world,” he said. “It’s we’re probably not going to be placated by cause problems for ourselves and animals? I the cornerstone, the base building block, of what the Federal Communications Comdon’t want to be an oops statistics in 20 years. the smart grid.” Instead of embracing Devereaux’s message, mission [FCC] and the World Health Orga- I don’t want to have a child sleeping next to nization [WHO] has to say on the subject,” meters. I choose not to have a cellphone. I however, residents in environmentally condon’t have any freedom in this, and it makes scious cities like Fairfax are demanding PG&E the mayor said. “I’m hoping we’re going to go deeper than that because the informame really, really angry.” keep SmartMeters out of their towns. Fairfax tion we get from those groups looks at a A pharmacist, Barbara Wientjes, said she residents resent the utility’s ability to go onto very small portion of the RF problem.” had to sell her home in San Anselmo and their property and install electrical devices Critics say the FCC and WHO guidelines move to Woodacre because she, like a growing that could be a constant source of radio freon radio frequency emissions are obsolete and number of people, is hypersensitive to electroquency (RF) emissions. They worry that the magnetic radiation. “The only way I can sleep emissions could sicken them or their children. fail to consider the cumulative effects of what they describe as an increasingly heavy blanket at night is to turn the whole breaker off,” she They fear that PG&E could sell information of electro-smog. said. “If they put a SmartMeter on our house, the meters gather about them. Leeka Kheifets, an epidemiologist and where are we going to go?” And they question whether installing the UCLA School of Public Health professor, has David Glick of Fairfax said he could not wireless devices at a ratepayer-funded cost of worked for the WHO. When she stood to trust PG&E after the utility spent an estimated $2.2 billion would prove economical from an talk to the Fairfax crowd about health issues $47 million pushing Proposition 16—a June energy or financial perspective. initiative that would have required a twoResidents in towns like Fairfax—where few related to SmartMeters, an audience member thirds vote before communities could create people own air conditioners and many already asked who was paying her to speak. PG&E, local power agencies. The proposition, seen practice energy conservation—are unlikely to she freely admitted. Kheifets generally pooh-poohed concerns as an attempt to stifle competition, failed, and save significant money or energy from a smart grid. SmartMeters biggest benefits are expected about electromagnetic radiation emitted from Marin Clean Energy plans to begin powering much of Marin County, including Fairfax, in to come on the nine to 15 hottest days a year, the wireless meter readers. “It’s all around us, and you’re using it all the the near future. when PG&E worries it could time,” she said. “You’re usBut PG&E will continue to meter and bill run out of juice. It is during TOWN MEETING ing it to open your car. Marin Clean Energy customers. those scorchers that the utilThe Fairfax Town Council “We shouldn’t forget “PG&E’s alleged environmental concern ity plans to impose a rate has tentatively scheduled the benefits of all these would have a lot more credibility if you hadn’t structure that could benefit another meeting for Oct. technologies. We should bankrolled Proposition 16,” Glick told the customers who curtail their 28 at 7pm to hear PG&E’s do high-quality research. PG&E representatives. “We ought to employ energy use at peak times, answers to residents’ quesSmartMeters are sort of the precautionary principle at the very least.” when every air conditioner tions about SmartMeters. To like somebody else talking State Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San in California is running. confirm the date and time, on the phone next to you.” Rafael, has asked the California Council on check the Town Manager’s The Fairfax Town CounSpeaking quickly to the Science and Technology to prepare a report blog at www.townmancil has imposed a one-year hostile crowd, Kheifets said addressing health concerns and SmartMeters. moratorium on the digistudies on radio frequency Marzia Zafar, a state Public Utilities Commistal meters, and PG&E has from television and base sion supervisor, asked the Fairfax residents if agreed to temporarily delay they would accept the conclusions of the retheir installation while engaging in a commu- stations have been inconsistent. But, she nity dialogue. Devereaux seemed to want to added, evidence of associated health problems port from the independent panel of scientists and business people. smooth over differences. But he was playing to “is very, very poor.” Nevertheless, even she called for additional “No!” members of the audience yelled. the wrong crowd. More heat than light came studies examining possible health effects “You don’t even know the conclusion, and out of last week’s discussion. from wireless devices. In passing, to show her you won’t be satisfied with it?” Zafar asked, When Tremaine said, “We’re not here to credentials, Kheifets mentioned an article she her eyes widening. “I like that.” argue,” someone from the audience shouted published last week in the British Journal of “What we don’t know is what scares us,” back: “Yes we are.” Cancer. The article concludes: “recent studies Tremaine said. “What we do know is there PG&E brought an epidemiologist and an on magnetic fields and childhood leukaemia are people who exhibit definite symptoms electromagnetic-field (EMF) consultant to from RF. If I’m afraid of having one of these attest to the relative safety of the SmartMeters. do not alter the previous assessment that magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic.” things on my house, then you ought not put A California Public Utilities Commission Sierra Salin of Fairfax said he did not need it there. It is not for the PUC or PG&E to (CPUC) supervisor also came to explain that studies to convince him to avoid electromagmandate these things on our homes because the San Francisco regulatory agency ordered netic radiation. “I don’t need science to tell we don’t know. The precautionary principle is PG&E to install the wireless meters as part of me that nature is in decline. Personally, I have paramount here, and I don’t know how in the a statewide plan for meeting energy demand. a big problem with a lot more EMFs floating world you could claim otherwise.” ✹ Tremaine opened the meeting by disparthrough the earth because we don’t know Contact Ronnie Cohen at aging organizations to which the epidewhat we’re doing,” he said. miologist and the EMF consultant had Plug into the SmartMeter debate at “Can you tell me with certainty that what connections. “I would say on the front end ›› we’re doing has no effect, and it’s not going to

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Jerry Brown will square off against Republican candidate Meg Whitman for a NBC-broadcasted debate Oct. 12 at Dominican University in San Rafael.

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ure, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke may be cynical about the state of modern politics, but that’s how political songwriters pay the bills. We here at the Sun, though, are more optimistic. Heck, after a decade of illegal wiretapping, voter suppressing, town-hall-debate squelching and Diebold vote flipping, we’re impressed that we even still hold elections at all in the good ol’ U.S. of A. The system works! But it’s a big election next month—and people are angry. They’re angry that children with pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied insurance coverage and that the obscenely wealthy aren’t getting the tax cuts they dearly and truly deserve. (Yeah, we’re being cute—on the serious side, folks are also very concerned about jobs, the economy, staunch partisanship and global warming. And rightly so.) Closer to home, Californians must choose a new governor who can get the state back on track—or, more realistically, one who at least won’t make the mess in Sacto any worse. And there are exciting propositions about whether to end marijuana prohibition and who should draw up the state’s voter boundaries (we’ve got not one, but two propositions with an always-fun “redistricting” theme). And in Marin, we’ve got elections that come down as referendums on the Marin Healthcare District and the Marin Municipal Water District, as well as the usual consor-

Handing the reins to the muscley star of Kindergarten Cop is a recent example of how well that tends to work out. While we don’t align with every stance Jerry Brown takes—his opposition to Proposition 19, the legalization of marijuana, is a particularly annoying cop-out—there’s no denying his know-how. He’s been the mayor of a major city, served as the state attorney general and, of course, was the governor of California. Brown’s also been way ahead on the environment since his first term as governor, and green technology is likely to be a driving force for the California economy within the decade. He’s got a reputation for frugality— some say downright stinginess—and that carries over into his politics as well. He’s ★★★★★ also a loose cannon at times. But, as the Sun’s former publisher Sam Chapman—who chaired a commission for Brown and was appointed by him to the state Air Resources Board back in the day—has said, “[Brown] enjoys thinking about things in new ways and questioning dominant thinking.” A little of that can’t hurt in California. We endorse Jerry Brown for Governor.



tium of parcel taxes and other fees needed to feed the voracious governmental beast. All the election fun takes place Nov. 2 at a polling place near you—be there, or be squarely undemocratic. And remember, not every politician should “trust that [he or she] can rely on our vote,” as the Radiohead song suggests. But, we hope Marin County can safely rely upon our endorsements.

GOVERNOR Let’s be clear: The ditch that California and its governance in Sacramento are in is too deep and too lengthy for the next governor to completely steer us out of. The high unemployment rate, a lousy economy and the state’s yearly fiscal crises assuredly won’t be a distant memory when this four-year term is up, so the question isn’t—Who can cure the state’s ills? It’s more like—Who can stop the bleeding? Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has set her sights on cutting taxes (like capital gains) and freezing regulation (she supports Prop. 23, which would suspend AB 32, the global warming initiative)—the kind of moves that even Republicans got suspiciously silent about after eight years of similar policies finally brought the economy to its knees in 2008. Perhaps more significant than Whitman’s political stances are her absence of political stances of practically any kind up until about five years ago—when she started voting. Bringing a political novice to Sacramento to run the state is dubious under the best of circumstances (Frank Capra movies notwithstanding), but with California in the mess it’s in, it just seems like a recipe for disaster.

order to create them. Boxer’s reputation as a strong progressive is well established— she’s pro-choice, has sponsored successful legislation on the environment, recently called for a moratorium on the California death penalty, she voted against the Iraq war resolution, and cosponsored the Violence Against Women Act (she was also a pre-9/11 critic of the Taliban). She’s been consistently strong on gay-rights issues, though we take her to task for supporting the view that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. Fiorina, on the other hand, seems out of step with mainstream voters in the state. She supports Prop. 23, the Big Oil initiative to kill the state’s tightened greenhouse gas ★★★★★ regulations; she’d vote to repeal the landmark healthcare reform bill, parts of which just went into effect— including the popular “pre-existing conditions” condition. And she remains an unblinking supporter of more offshore oil drilling—even in light of the tragic BP wake-up call. She also opposes Roe v. Wade and assault-weapons bans. The Chronicle partook in a particularly cowardly bit of fence-sitting in September when it refused to endorse either Boxer or Fiorina, while stating uncategorically that it agrees with pretty much all of Boxer’s platform, and practically none of Fiorina’s. You don’t have to worry about that kind of milquetoast benchwarming from the Sun. We endorse Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate.

Lynn Woolsey Barbara Boxer

U.S. SENATE This is the toughest campaign Barbara Boxer has faced in a long time, and that’s thanks to Republican challenger Carly Fiorina, the seemingly capable and intelligent former CEO of Hewlett Packard. Boxer’s been in the Senate since 1993 and chairs the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Senate Select Ethics Committee. (Other career highlights include “political reporter” for the Pacific Sun back in the early ’70s.) As with pretty much every Senate race in the country, jobs are at the top of the platform for both candidates. Boxer says she’d fight to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and give tax breaks to middle-class families and small businesses that create jobs at home. She’d also like California to become “the hub of the new clean energy industry.” Fiorina, too, cites “job creation” as her top priority and would cut taxes and deregulate industry in

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 6TH DISTRICT Fiorina and Boxer are like a couple of middle-of-the-road moderates next to the schism in philosophy between Lynn Woolsey and her Republican challenger for the 6th District congressional seat, Jim Judd. The Sun has taken Woolsey to task in the past for not being a legislative heavyweight in her going-on 18 years in Congress. But her voting has well reflected the left-leaning electorate in Marin and southern Sonoma. Her record on pro-choice, the environment, 14 > civil rights, consumer protection and OCTOBER 8 - OCTOBER 14, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

< 13 Sun endorsements! gun control is pretty airtight from a progressive standpoint. Judd is the owner of a manufacturing business in Cotati. In 2009, he supposedly helped launch the North Bay Patriots, a group inspired by Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project. Among the Patriots’ philosophies (check ’em out at are beliefs that the federal government wants to “take over auto dealers’ computers and their files,” “have all 18- to 24-year-olds go to training and orientation camps,” “tell you what you can earn,” “tell you what you can drive,” “tell you how to parent your kids.” First, let us say that we sincerely hope the North Bay Patriots are wrong about all those things. Second, we find Judd’s association with a group that holds such delirious viewpoints as troubling; he has said he’s not a member of the Tea Party. On immigration, he says he is against amnesty for illegal immigrants and calls this year’s controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants in Arizona “admirable.” He also says America’s strength was built “on a foundation of immigrants” and we need an improved pathway for folks to become legal residents. Judd is against Congress’s recently passed healthcare reform bill, believing that “soon to come [will be] healthcare rationing.” We endorse Lynn Woolsey for U.S. Representative, 6th District.

who’s been willing to vote against his party and “reach across the aisle,” as they say. There’s no questioning his environmental cred—he’s chair of the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, and the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee; his voting record has received perfect or near-perfect scores from various environmental groups. Huffman actually shares common ground on several positions, such as pension reform, with Stephens, who himself is a moderate Republican (he’d been a “decline to state” voter until announcing his run for Assembly on the Republican ticket). And while we think Stephens would represent Marin honorably in Sacramento, he hasn’t convinced us that a political novice should replace the energetic Huffman in the Assembly. We endorse Jared Huffman for state Assembly, 6th District

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STATE ASSEMBLY, 6TH DISTRICT Challenging Democrat incumbent Jared Huffman for state Assembly is San Rafael businessman Bob Stephens, who believes the efforts of Huffman, along with the rest of the state Legislature, have done little but “paralyze Sacramento.” Stephens, who has never before run for elected office, says he was spurred to candidacy out of frustration with the broken processes of California government. The three tiers of his platform include reducing taxes on businesses, reforming the state pension system and “empowering teachers” by increasing funding to schools. He says he’s a big supporter of the environment, though green issues are mostly absent from his campaign literature. Stephens comes across as a true gentleman, and there’s no denying he has some legitimate gripes about the state Legislature. But Huffman is a moderate Democrat 14 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 8 - OCTOBER 14, 2010

Two candidates with more than 45 years’ combined experience in Marin’s assessorclerk-recorder circles are vying in a runoff from the June primary to replace retiring County Assessor Joan Thayer. As we made clear during the June election, we feel both Shelly Scott and Richard Benson would serve the county well heading up the assessor, clerk and recorder offices; we ultimately endorsed Scott last spring, we like the energy she may bring to the job. Here we are, less than six months later, and the economy continues to stall and county home values continue to languish. Both candidates suggest it’s a trend that isn’t going to end anytime soon. Scott has worked in all three offices at various times over the last two decades. She’s currently one of several Appraiser IIs in the assessor’s office and is generally well thought of by her coworkers and superiors. Benson’s the current Assistant Assessor—the No. 2 under Thayer—and before had been the office’s principal appraiser, among other positions since coming to the county in 1985. We’ve spoken with multiple people who work, or have worked, with both Scott and Benson; it was rare to hear a negative word about either. The advantage Scott seems to have is in her more outgoing personality. Benson, however, was the candidate lauded for his experience—he’s had multiple senior positions in the assessor’s office over the past 20 years and has even authored regulatory changes adopted by the Board of Equalization.

He probably knows more about Marin County assessing than anyone, even his longtime boss Joan Thayer, who has endorsed him. If there were a candidate who combined Scott’s energy and Benson’s know-how, it’d be no contest. But with the housing market the way it is—and looks to continue to be—we think experience is key. We recommend Richard Benson for County Assessor.

MARIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT BOARD As Peter Seidman wrote in last week’s Pacific Sun, “you could call it a referendum.” Four of the five seats on the Marin Municipal Water District Board are at stake this election, and all four incumbents are facing heated challenges from folks who have a different idea of how Marin can meet its water needs within its budgetary constraints. Within their respective water-district divisions, incumbent environmental attorney Cynthia Koehler is being challenged by public health physician Larry Rose and small-business owner Sashi McEntee; SFPUC water manager David Behar is being challenged by environmentalist Frank Egger; longtime district board member Jack Gibson is running against attorney Peter Lacques; and board member Armando Quintero is up against challengers John O’Connor, a business lawyer, and Glenn Dombeck, a water treatment engineer. While there is plenty of nuance to all candidates’ positions, this election largely comes down to which of two directions the district should head down—a path toward the possible construction of a desalination facility or a path as far away from a desalination facility as humanly possible. Desalination, in short, is the process by which salt is removed from sea water and made potable for people—until recently, the MMWD had been considering whether to build a desal plant off the shores of San Rafael as a safety net, they say, in case of drought. A plant such as the one they were looking at would cost between $100 million and $400 million, depending upon whom you ask. All of the challengers in this election are opponents of desal who worry that such a facility would have unforeseen environmental effects on the bay and marine life. The incumbents have all been open to looking at desal—especially during the dry years from 2006 to 2009 when the state faced a real possibility of going into drought. The incumbents point to a desal EIR that suggests the environmental effects of a plant would be small, and they say such a plant is the only way to ensure adequate water supply in the event of a prolonged drought. The challengers say desal is too risky and that better upkeep of our watershed and more aggressive conservation methods can easily whet our collective whistles in the unlikely event of a lengthy dry spell. Putting desal aside, MMWD consumers have some legitimate concerns about the district. A recent series of rate hikes were incurred to offset revenue lost from successful conservation efforts (and a reeling economy)

and some folks feel it’s a case of no good deed going unpunished. Then last month, the district announced it was $2.5 million in the red this year—some layoffs, furloughs and salary reductions are likely. Here’s the good news: Desal is sort of off the table for a while, no matter what happens. Last year turned out to be pretty rainy, and the overall cool summer had Marinites turning off their beloved sprinklers in droves. Never a sexy issue to begin with, the lack of immediate necessity killed any momentum the desal idea had in the first place. And if either Measures S or T pass, the building of a plant would be up to voters anyway. That being said, we haven’t been convinced on the two crucial points of the antidesal candidates’ platform: that Marin can withstand a prolonged drought through conservation alone; and that a desalination plant would have deleterious effects on the environment. Don’t get us wrong—we’d love for the desal opponents to be prescient that a serious drought is unlikely and that we’ll conserve our way out of the need for desal. But we can also reasonably see a scenario where that’s not the case, which is pretty much the rationale of the district board members. And, like them, we don’t feel having the option of desal should be eliminated at this point. We endorse Cynthia Koehler, David Behar, Jack Gibson and Armando Quintero.

MARIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT For the first time in what seems like eons, the Marin Healthcare District board isn’t at loggerheads over the direction of the district—freed from Sutter, the board members seem relatively united over such issues as securing a bond for mandated seismic upgrades, as well as legal issues surrounding the district’s suit against Sutter to recover $120 million in allegedly misappropriated funds. Incumbent board members James Clever, Jennifer Reinks and Larry Bedard are facing challenges to their seats from Lori Wood, an executive administrator, and Joseph Salama, an attorney. Wood and Salama both take the current board to task for its adoption of a non-public “corporate” board that will handle day-to-day operations of the hospital, and the provision that 49 percent of that board is allowed some level of conflict of interest in hospital matters. As a prime example, Wood and Salama point to the private corporate board of Sutter, whose Sutter-appointed members allegedly looked the other way while Sutter allegedly bled the hospital of millions of dollars. The current board members say with proper oversight of the corporate board, such a governance structure can and should work. [For a more detailed report on this campaign for the Marin Healthcare District Board, see Peter Seidman’s in-depth story on page 8.] We have no doubt as to Wood’s and Salama’s commitment to an efficiently run and transparently operated Marin General Hospital. This year, though, the challengers are running against a board that has put a lot of the past contentiousness behind them—a board that, for once, doesn’t seem as if it needs a major shakeup. If the 16 >

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Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Sausalito City Council—incumbent candidates Jonathan Leone, president of a startup company, and Herb Weiner, a retired businessman, are facing a challenge from attorney and Sausalito Planning Commission member Joan Cox. In his four years since first running, Leone has tried to assume a leadership role on the council—he’s Sausalito’s representative on the Marin Energy Authority board, and has been a vocal proponent of green issues and protecting Sausalito’s working waterfront; it was also Leone who initially persuaded the council to publicly disclose information regarding the council’s failed bid for pricey waterfront property in 2009. (It’s unfortunate he was unable to persuade the council to purchase Marin Clean Energy for the city, despite the council’s vote to join the Marin Energy Authority. Leone says it sends the wrong message; we agree.) Herb Weiner reminds us of a local politician from the olden days—he’s friendly, folksy and a good ambassador for the city. If we put a baby in front of him, we’re pretty sure he’d kiss it. He’s also pleasantly surprised us with several of his forwardthinking votes—notably, he was one of only two councilmembers (Leone was the other) to vote to purchase energy from MCE. Joan Cox finds common ground with some of the council’s recent positions— she thinks enforcing the ban on franchise businesses on the waterfront that kept the popular Peet’s Coffee off Bridgeway was the right thing to do, and she supports the council’s decision not to purchase energy for the city from the MEA. She feels transparency is lacking on the current council and says, “Sausalito needs leadership that prioritizes the needs of residents.” Sausalito is a town that is doing relatively well financially and recently celebrated a very smooth, and under-budget, construction of new public safety facilities. The current council seems well balanced with a variety of personalities and opinions; we think it would be a mistake to upset that balance at this time. We endorse Jonathan Leone and Herb Weiner.

MEASURE A There are a lot of kids in the Ross Valley, that we know. The school district has seen an increase of 200 students over the past four years alone—and more are likely on the way. But is the pitter-patter of all those extra little feet worth $41 million? That’s the size of the bond measure the Ross Valley School District is hoping will win approval from 55 percent of the voters through Measure A. What that equates to in dollars to Ross Valley property owners is about $29.50 per $100,000 of

property value—which means the median annual tax comes out at $120.29. The district would put your $120.29 toward making room for all the Ross Valley rugrats—replacing old portables with permanent classrooms, repairing equipment, purchasing new computers, freeing up rooms for art, music, aftercare, etc. None of the money goes toward administrators’ salaries, Measure A proponents say. The district suffered something of a public-relations fiasco earlier this year when it considered reopening the old Deer Park School, which is situated in a picturesque neighborhood that would be lousy for school-time parking and traffic, and if reopened would result in the ousting of the well-liked Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center. Backlash from angry neighbors was loud and the district backed off of the plan. There’s a chance that if Measure A fails, the Deer Park School could be back on the table—at least that’s the insinuation one gets by the district not deciding upon the renewal of the Children’s Center’s lease until after the election. Lingering hard feelings over the Deer Park proposal aside, Ross Valley voters and school district officials should all be able to agree on one thing—all those darn kids need decent classrooms, computers and art and music programs. We recommend a YES vote on Measure A.

MEASURE B The Transportation Authority of Marin is asking voters to give the thumbs-up to a $10 vehicle-registration fee to go toward road repairs, crossing guards and other auto-related necessities. The fee would result in about $2 million a year—40 percent of which would go to maintaining streets and roads; 35 percent on improving transit for seniors and people with disabilities; and 25 percent to programs that reduce pollution (i.e., get folks to drive less). This is the kind of fee we like—funds from the drivers who use the roads that go back into the roads for use by the drivers. Plus, it’s only 10 bucks a year. We recommend YES on Measure B.

MEASURE F There are plenty of reasons to vote “no” on the city of Novato’s plea for a half-cent sales-tax hike from the current 9 cents on the dollar to 9.5. To begin with, sales taxes are regressive taxes—meaning they’re harder on lower income folks whose weekly spending on necessities is a larger percentage of their income than the higher earners in the community. Novato’s got a sizable share of Marin’s financially strapped families, and they would be most pinched by this. But an even larger issue at hand is the city of Novato itself. The city spent like a drunken sailor on shore leave when times were good during the Naughty Nineties—overstaffing in certain departments, overpaying for nonessential services, spending millions on the Grant Avenue improvement project that has thus far underwhelmed in its goal of revitalizing the downtown. Chains such as Starbucks, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s have moved into town, while locally owned businesses like Massimo’s Coffee and Apple Market couldn’t

compete. The supermarket space in the Novato Square Shopping Center sits empty since DeLano’s left town earlier this year and a trio of shops for young kids recently announced closure, meaning young families are tightening their belts in ways unseen in years. The city blames its lousy financial situation on the recession and “money grabs” by Sacramento, and there’s some truth in that. But it simply doesn’t seem that there’s been a lot of foresight by former councils and planning commissions—or real estate appraisers, for that matter—over the past two decades that could have prepared Novato to better weather an inevitable downturn in the economy. Yet, there’s one big reason to vote “yes” on Measure F—and that’s that things could actually get worse. The city’s already laid off 17 percent of its staff to make ends meet, and cut valuable programs—like a popular and inexpensive toddler play center out at Hamilton. Next on the chopping block would likely be senior and youth services and parks upkeep. The sales-tax increase is expected to bring in an additional $3 million in yearly revenue to keep the ax from plunging deeper. To its credit, the city has taken sweeping measures this year to cut costs—employee unpaid furloughs, a raise freeze and a reduction in pension benefits. Local businesses, which can’t be pleased at the prospects of a sales-tax increase, seem to be gritting their teeth and bearing it—no formal opposition has come out against Measure F. The Novato Chamber of Commerce has endorsed it, as well.

We’ll grit our teeth, too, and recommend a YES vote on Measure F.

MEASURES C, D, E, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, Q, R If you live in the Twin Cities, Ross Valley, San Rafael or one of the unincorporated areas near these regions, as well as much of West Marin, you’re going to find one of these letters on your ballot—seeking an increase in parcel taxes to fund paramedic services. The Ross Valley and Larkspur measures (D, E, G, H, L, O and R) call for a continuation of the current $42.50 paramedic tax, with a possible $3 a year increase over the next four years to a possible $12 total; Corte Madera’s Measure C asks to continue its $60 per parcel tax with possible yearly increases of $5 to a possible $20 total at the end of the four years. The slightly more costly paramedic tax hikes are West Marin’s Measure M, which could jump the current $40 fee by as much as $24 over four years, and in the San Rafael areas where today’s $85 tax could be bumped over the next four years by as much as $23. The Ross Valley measures are on the level of cost-of-living increases and we doubt anyone will feel the pinch of those. The Corte Madera, West Marin and San Rafael hikes are nearly twice as much. That being said, it’s more expensive to serve the further-out West Marin, and San Rafael handles far more medical-emergency calls than elsewhere in the county (average of 14 a day, according to the Measure I campaign), so there’s rationale behind the tax discrepancies from area to area. Does it equate to a possible $108 a year

paramedic tax in San Rafael in four years (if the increases reach their ceiling, which they may not)? Depends on your likelihood of needing paramedics anytime soon, we guess. Last year, San Rafael voters rejected a measure to fund renovations of its fire, police and emergency dispatch stations—turned out improving emergency services headquarters wasn’t a priority for voters during a tough economy. This year the city is holding its hat out more wisely—specifically for paramedic services, which will invariably be used by our more vulnerable senior population. Save for a smattering of protest to measures J and Q, from Lucas Valley and Marinwood community members who feel used and abused by San Rafael, there is no official opposition to any of these measures. We recommend a YES vote on measures C, D, E, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, Q, R.

MEASURE N This proposal for the Service Area 31—San Geronimo Valley, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Inverness, Marshall, Tomales, Nicasio, Hicks Valley and Chileno Valley—calls for a property tax increase of $38 annually to maintain fire services. Residents of this area are already forking over $76 a year, and if two-thirds of voters give it a yea, the tax would be $114 total. A $38 jump may seem like a lot, but there hasn’t been a tax increase since Service Area 31 was established in 1994, so it’s not like the CSA 31 taxman comes a-knockin’ all too often. We recommend a YES vote on Measure N.

MEASURES S AND T As those of you who’ve followed the Pac Sun’s coverage of the dueling-desal measures know, measures S and T are proposals to put consideration of any Marin Municipal Water District plans to build a desalination facility off county shores to a vote by district residents. Desalination, in short, is the process by which salt is removed from sea water and made potable for people—until recently, the MMWD had been considering whether to build one off the shores of San Rafael as a safety net, they say, in case of drought. A plant such as the one they were looking at would cost between $100 million and $400 million, depending upon whom you ask. Opponents of desal worry that such a facility would have unforeseen environmental effects on the bay and marine life. In any event, desal skeptics and those less skeptical of desal seem to agree on one thing— let the voters decide. What separates the measures is the question of when such a vote would take place—prior to any formal planning of a desal plant as Measure T calls for, or after the district has developed a detailed proposal for a plant—but prior to its financing or construction. Measure T was the first of the two to qualify for the ballot and immediately set off a controversy over its wording. The final line of the proposal requires a vote before the district “takes any steps towards approving any contract relating to the planning or construction of any such facility.” The MMWD board 18 >

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< 17 Sun endorsements! believes the words “any contract relating to planning” is a veiled attempt to prevent any district staff members from spending any paid hours studying desal without approval from voters—essentially nixing desal permanently. Measure T supporters insist it does no such thing; the word “contract,” they say, refers to construction contracts. The district disagreed and placed Measure S on the ballot—which would put financing and construction of desal to voter approval, but forgoes the “any contract relating to planning” phrase. As perturbed Measure T proponents rightly claim, the existence of two similar measures could split the vote or confuse voters enough so that neither passes. That being said, we agree that the Measure T wording is ambiguous—a skilled attorney could easily argue that committing paid staff hours toward research into desal is akin to the district approving a contract relating to planning of a plant. Perhaps Measure T writers didn’t intend that meaning at all but, at the very least, it seems open to interpretation. And while we’re not sure we’d vote for the construction and financing of a desal plant, we’d want detailed research into its costs, causes and effects before making an informed vote on the matter. Measure S would still put the decision in the hands of district voters, and it is a more clearly defined measure. We recommend a YES vote on Measure S. We recommend a NO vote on Measure T.

STATE PROPOSITIONS PROPOSITION 19 Legalizes marijuana under California, but not federal law. Proposition 19—or Prop. “420,” as they’re calling it on the streets—would legalize the possession and transport of an ounce of marijuana, as well as the cultivation of cannabis on up to 25 square feet per private residence. Local governments would have the option whether to regulate its commercial activities and, like any business, those activities would be subject to federal, state and local taxes and fees. The ballot arguments opposing Prop. 19 don’t come out so much against legalization of pot, as what they consider a poorly written initiative—suggesting it allows for

61,000 Californians were arrested for possesbus and truck drivers to “arrive for work sion of less than an ounce of pot. Combine with marijuana in his or her system” and that employers would “no longer effective- the law-enforcement time-and-money savings with the Board of Equalization’s ly enforce the drug-free workplace.” High estimated $1.4 billion in tax revenue for the up on the list of the No on 19 campaign’s state, and it’s clear from a crime and money list is the fear that employers who permit standpoint that Prop. 19 makes sense, ecostaff to sell school candy bars at the office nomically and morally. “may now also be required to allow any The history of cannabis is long and employee with a ‘license’ to sell marijuana varied, but the outlawing of it is a relain the office.” tively recent trend—it was fiercely (and While we agree that Girl-Scout-cookiehawking coworkers can be a nuisance, and outrageously) demonized by the Federal that marijuana-brownie-hawking cowork- Bureau of Narcotics in the 1930s only after the prohibition of alcohol was lifted and, ers would be even more of a nuisance, we some say, the FBN needed to find a new really don’t see that happening. Nor scapegoat for society’s ills in order to do we envision the rise of a network justify the department’s of bus-driving stonpost-Prohibition existence. ers bringing our public The alcohol-prohibition transportation system comparisons are relatively to its knees. Truth is, a apt in considering Prop. more reasonable argument 19. They’re both low-level against the legalization SUN ENDORSEMENTS intoxicants that would be of marijuana would be ★★★★★★★★★★ regulated and taxed in that—let’s face it—some similar ways by the state. slightly larger percentNeither has been demage of the populace will be onstrated to be a gateway drug to harder intoxicated at any given time than it was narcotics. Their prohibitions have largely before. And a certain amount of problems—some small, some larger—will crop failed from a criminal, financial and social aspect. Yet, their legalizations come with up from that. certain similar societal difficulties. Still, it’s hard to see that the benefits of Of course, we don’t see many voters or legalization don’t overwhelm the inevitable politicians suggesting that alcohol prohibidrawbacks. According to the Federal Bureau tion was ever a resoundingly good idea. of Investigation, 60 percent of drug cartel And that speaks volumes. revenue comes from illegal marijuana sales in the United States. And in 2008, over We recommend YES on Prop. 19.


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PROPOSITION 20 Removes elected representatives from establishment of congressional districts and gives that authority to a bipartisan 14-member redistricting commission.

PROPOSITION 27 Eliminates 14-member state redistricting commission and returns redistricting authority to elected representatives. Propositions 20 and 27 are about how state Legislature and U.S. House of Representative voter districts in California should be drawn upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by a bipartisan independent panel, or by the incumbent politicians running for reelection. Voting districts are redrawn after every 10-year census and, as everyone who was enumerated this year knows, the lines on the district map are due for another re-jiggering. Up until now, Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lines have been drawn, in a word, â&#x20AC;&#x153;imaginatively,â&#x20AC;? as district maps have been sliced in all sorts of cookie-cutter waysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;via bills passed by the state Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to create Democrat and Republican strongholds throughout the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;strongholds that make it pretty tough for opposing party members to unseat incumbents, no matter how lousy theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve served their district. In 2008, California voters passed Prop. 11, which took the redistricting of the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization out of the hands of the Legislature and gave the authority to a 14member Citizens Redistricting Commission to be established once every 10 years with ďŹ ve Democrats, ďŹ ve Republicans and four others to redraw the districts based on the latest census while keeping the integrity of geographic boundaries not to mention city, county and neighborhood limits. Prop. 11, though, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect the lines of the congressional representativesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; districtsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Prop. 20 seeks to bring those under the purview of the Citizens Redistricting Commission, as well. Prop. 27, meanwhile, is a proposal to throw out the Citizens Redistricting Commission altogether and stick with the old ways for both the state Legislature and U.S. Congressional districting. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no act of brilliant political philosophy to suggest that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s probably not the best idea to have the Legislature inďŹ&#x201A;uencing its own district boundariesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or those of fellow party members. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be like having an owner of a Major League Baseball franchise acting as commissioner over the other ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we all know how thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked out. To further the analogy, think of the current voter boundaries as districts on steroidsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re unnatural, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tough to beat and they create a very unfair advantage for those already on the team. The No on 20 (which is also the Yes on 27) campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most frequently heard argument is that the Citizens Redistricting Commission will cost the state millions of dollars we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford. The nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst, however, says Prop. 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;will result in no signiďŹ cant change in redistricting costs.â&#x20AC;?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slam-dunk: YES on Proposition 20; NO on Proposition 27.

PROPOSITION 21 Establishes $18 annual vehicle license fee to help fund state parks and wildlife programs. Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s state parks are the frequent target of funding cutsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and last year parkgoers felt it in a big way, as 150 of our 246 state-operated parks suffered deep reductions in services and hours of operation. This $18 a pop vehicle registration â&#x20AC;&#x153;surchargeâ&#x20AC;? would create about $500 million in revenue for the parksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;85 percent of that going to park operations and most of the rest toward wildlife protection programs. In return for driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cold, hard cash, registered vehicles would receive free daytime parking at all state parksâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meaning a visit to Olompali, Mt. Tamalpais and Samuel P. Taylor parks once each year and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be six bucks ahead. The opposition is calling it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;cynical ploy to bring back the Car Tax.â&#x20AC;? Well, it is a car tax. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like a reasonable plan to lower driversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; carbon footprints by getting all us leadfoots to keep Angel Island, Olompali, China Camp, Mt. Tam and the fantastic Tomales Bay beaches up and running. We recommend YES on Proposition 21.


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PROPOSITION 22 Prohibits the state from diverting funds intended for transportation, redevelopment or local government projects. In its farcical triage of annual budgetbalancing decisions, the state often shifts funds away from their intended local targets to help pay for things the state deems more pressing. For instance, citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transportation and redevelopment-project war chests are sometimes raided during ďŹ scal crises to help pay for schools or emergency services. Prop. 22, among other things, would eliminate the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to use fuel-tax revenue for non-transportation purposes, and prohibit the state from borrowing local property tax funds to pay for schools. In a more perfect worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or perhaps more perfect system of California state governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such restrictions sound disciplined and logical. But in the Golden State these types of restrictions are part of the problem. Budget guaranteesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;initiated with 1988â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Prop. 98, which required 40 percent of the state budget go toward educationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;merely force the looting elsewhere, which, in turn, results in more propositions from other groups calling for guarantees in their arenas. (A worst-case scenario could one day ďŹ nd a few unlucky services bleeding all their funds to the state coffers simply because they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t passed a proposition to protect it.) As frustrating as it is for cities to have Sacramento redirect their funds, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an option we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take out of the hands of the state Legislature. We recommend a NO vote 27 > on Proposition 22.

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ast Saturday San Rafael was truly rockin’ as five great local bands rocked Andy’s Summerfest at Loch Lomond Marina and George’s Nightclub opened its doors for the first time since 2003. Sonoma County’s Frobeck, recently outfitted with a horn section, opened the Summerfest, an annual benefit for San Rafael’s school system. Their soulful sound set the stage nicely for Big Brother and the Holding Co., featuring Fairfax guitar wizard Tom Finch and West Marin vocalist Stephanie Keys. Miles Schon Band followed, featuring By George, we’ve got it! the amazing Chris Perry on vocals and special guest Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin) on guitar; they tore up the stage, as did the penultimate band, Vinyl, with guest trumpeter Ryan Scott. Lastly, host Tommy Castro and his smokin’ band pulled out all the stops as numerous special

guests joined him onstage for a marathon set to end the night. Those in attendance truly got their money’s worth. Meanwhile, North Bay music fans were celebrating the opening of George’s Nightclub at 842 Fourth Street with a sold-out show by local rockers Petty Theft. It was a long awaited “deja vu all over again” for many in the room. The 5,200-squarefoot venue shone as revelers kept the bartenders busy till closing. By all accounts, the remodeled dance floor, stage, sound system and additional back bar are first class, functional and fanfriendly, not to mention the exquisite menu created by chef Damian Salza, formerly of the Panama Hotel. Their calendar has some great shows coming up, including El Radio Fantastique (a special benefit for the Donna Seager Gallery) on Oct. 14, Vinyl with special guests

Oct. 22, Eric Martin with opener Endoxi money for breast cancer charities Oct. 16 at 19 on Oct. 30 and Wonderbread 5 on HalBroadway, Peri’s Bar and The Sleeping Lady. loween night! Make sure to check out and This multi-venue event will feature the vocal support this amazing new venue and visit and musical talents of Jesse Brewster, Susan for info and Z, Mari Mack, April Grisman, Dave Vincent, discounted adLoralee Chrisvance ticket tensen, Amber sales. ConMorris, Allygratulations son Paige, KC and thanks Turner, Shelto Todd and ley Doty and Teo Ghanibands such zadeh and as Flanelhed, their team for Pine and Batfinally bringtery, Ruckus ing George’s and many othand the music ers performing back to censongs written tral Marin! by musicians THE BEAT affected by would like to breast cancer. welcome back They call keyboardist it Thrill ValFight breast cancer with great music and lousy puns at the Rack ‘n’ Roll John Varn ley because... Breastival, Oct. 16 in Fairfax. (Miles Schon The legendary Band), who B-52s will play recently completed a national tour with Mill Valley’s 142 Throckmorton Theatre on Thriving Ivory, and local rockers HoneyOct. 14, in association with the Mill Valley Dust, who return from a Northwest tour Film Festival; there is one catch, though— this week. For those of you who weren’t tickets are $85. The next night, Oct. 15, you one of the 600 people who packed S.F.’s can see one of my all-time favorite bands, Independent for the Monophonics CD Fishbone, down the street at The Woods at release party Sept. 25, you can see them in Masonic Hall. Speaking of The Woods, we Fairfax this Friday night at 19 Broadway. understand they received all the necessary Get your funk on and pick up a copy of permits from City Hall in a unanimous vote the new album featuring Karl Denson, and have already begun renovations. Mic Gillette, Marcus Scott and more. If I may, I want to draw your attention to The 12th annual Wine, Women and five other standout shows in the North Bay Song Rack’n’Roll “Breastival” will raise this month. First, for the punk-rock lovers out there, the one and only Suicidal Tendencies plays Petaluma’s Phoenix Theater on Oct. 19. Second, Grandpa Banana (The Youngbloods) and his bluegrass band featuring David Thom play a free show at Iron Springs Pub and Brewery on Oct. 20 as Iron Springs celebrates its sixth anniversary! Third, Monroe Grisman, Adam “bagel” Berkowitz, Eric Schramm, Tal Morris and Dave Vincent have formed a new super-group called AZ/DZ and will play a debut show at 19 Broadway Friday, Oct. 22, with opener Hustler. And lastly, Hawaiian/Bolinasian rockers Sage will join friends the Bolinas Dub Squad at the Bolinas Community Center Friday, Oct. 29, for a great night of music. Halloween weekend is a smorgasbord of music and I have condensed some choices for you music fans. On Saturday, Oct. 30, your options are slack key master Cyril Pahinui at Pt. Reyes Dance Palace (8pm show), Lumination at The Sleeping Lady, Lee Press-On and the Nails at Rancho Nicasio, Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers at 19 Broadway, The 85’s at The Woods, Doc Kraft Dance Band at Sausalito Seahorse, Bolinas Dub Squad at Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and HoneyDust at Peri’s Bar. On Sunday, Oct. 31, your musical choices are The Yard Dogs Road Show at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre, Jerry Hannan at Rancho Nicasio (5pm in the bar), Jesus Diaz at Sausalito Seahorse, Samuka and the Wild Tribe at 19 Broadway and Sabbath Lives at Peri’s Bar. Happy Halloween! ✹ Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at on!

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The ‘Bottom’ line AlterTheater and COM deliver ‘intimate’ works by Wilson, Nottage by Le e Brady


a Rainey’s Black Bottom is a a white world. The year is 1927, and the musical that has more talk than band’s practical leader, Cutler (Anthony music, but since the talk is musi- Hale), the professorial Toledo (Rik Penn), cal, it works. laid-back Slow Drag (Lewis Williamson Singer Ma Rainey (Carol Thomas), a Nelson) and the volatile Levee (Maui small package of concentrated meanness, Gowen) noodle around and wait and tell rules her world. Her tales. Wilson was a agent (Bill Hallgrims), consummate storyteller, her stuttering nephew and his plays are poetic NOW PLAYING (Jupiter Collins), her and rich. They are also Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom “gal” Drussie Mae (Sumi horrific, since most deal runs through Oct. 17 at the Fine Arts Theatre, Kentfield Campus, Narendran), her band with past acts of SouthCollege of Marin; 415/485-9385, and her white producer ern injustice. Injustice (Mark Shepard) dance is still alive and well in Intimate Apparel runs through to her whims. She has the recording studio, Oct. 24 at AlterTheater, performthe final say on arrangeas Sturdyvant rips off ing at Art Works Downtown, ments, and no one reyoung Levee’s songs, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael; hearses until she has her sending the story to its 415/454-2787, www.alterCoca-Cola and is inevitable, violent end. ready to sing. “Bessie W. Allen Taylor’s Smith imitates me,” direction of this College she says, “not the other of Marin production way ’round.” But don’t go to this show to is respectfully slow, which may not be the see Ma Rainey; she doesn’t turn up until best way to direct August Wilson, a playthe end of the first act, and is sidelined wright who takes his time. The characters, for most of the second. She has the power however, are rich enough to keep our because her records sell, especially in the interest, and the actors do them justice. rural South, and she knows how to use it. ● ● ● ● “They gonna treat me the way I want to be treated,” she says. Thomas is convincing as frican-American playwrights are Ma, although Bessie Smith probably sang getting their due in Marin this fall, better; Thomas’s voice is good enough, but with Tarell McCraney at Marin it doesn’t grab you and hold you breathless Theatre Company, August Wilson at COM on the high notes. and Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel But August Wilson is talking about men at AlterTheater. All are cast with excepand how they deal with being colored in


Jeanette Harrison, left, and Dawn Scott are hot off the girdle in ‘Intimate Apparel’; Carol Thomas, right, gives it the ol’ college try for COM.

tional actors, many of them new faces to Bay Area audiences. Intimate Apparel has Dawn Scott, compelling as Esther, a seamstress in 1905 Manhattan who marries and falls in love, but not with the same person. She is ably supported by Erica Smith as her gossipy landlady, Matt Jones as the man she marries and Nick Sholley as the man she loves. Rebecca S’manga Frank, as Mayme, and Jeanette Harrison, as Mrs. Van Buren, are both friends, even though one is a prostitute and the other a rich society woman. Jones and Sholley create dynamic male characters. Jones is forceful as the young man working on the Panama Canal who writes beautiful letters to Esther, but proves to be different in person. Sholley is sympathetic as an Orthodox Jew who shows his love through the fabrics he offers Esther.

Ann Brebner directs all with a smooth hand, but her sympathy for the women is palpable. All four are unhappy: Mrs. Dickson, a widow, lives through the young women in her rooming house; Mrs. Van Buren flits about the social scene, finding romance in Esther’s letters; and Mayme just takes men as they come. Esther moves through all their worlds, sewing beautiful and sexy underwear. Intimate Apparel is long, with multiple scene changes, but the cast is persuasive and the playwright gives us a glimpse of history when women had fewer choices. What makes the situation gripping is how little has changed. ✹ Tell Lee your tangled tales at

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h, I’ve always been a huge fan of big a fan of European cinema, especially when vampires and zombies,” admits it comes to my monster movies. As I said, I’m Ray Lawrason, playfully eccentric an old-school monster movie fan, and in the Sonoma County artist, filmmaker, and “zom- ’60s and ’70s, most of the great old monster bie-monkey” aficionado. “It actually probably movies were made in the U.S.” started as a young kid,” he says of his monster“What I found so moving about the film,” movie affections, “watching Creature Features, I confess, “is the loneliness of the characthe great old television horror movie show. In ters. This is probably the most authentically the ’70s, you could find a horror movie on TV emotional vampire movie I’ve ever seen. It pretty much all the time. I miss that.” plays like an art film about the sadness of Lawrason, children—and whose avid then it just reading of happens to horror and include a lot of science fiction bloodletting.” novels is fed “I agree,” by his job as Lawrason says. events coordi“The whole nator for the vampire-child Copperfield’s thing has been bookstore done before, chain, is curmost notably rently editin Interview ing a movie With a Vamtitled Zombie pire, but the Tag: A Love ‘Like an art film about the sadness of children [that] just happens to include way it’s done Story (“It’s still a lot of bloodletting.’ in this movie is pretty much so interesting. a rough cut,” he says). Currently, Lawrason is The vampire, even though she’s a little girl, helping put together Copperfield’s annual really is a monster. She’s unapologetic about Zombie Walk events (www.copperfields- it. She needs blood to live, and she accepts in which hoards that, and she kills because she has to. The way of undead volunteers will stalk the streets she’s portrayed, though, she still has a strong of Petaluma and Sebastopol (high human element noon, Oct. 24 and 25). LET ME IN Today, we are talking about the Now showing at Century film Let Me In, an American remake Northgate and Century Rowland Plaza. See page 28 of the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right for information and showOne In, itself based on the 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The new times. version retains much of the melancholy mood and lingering tension of the original, which is good, because Let Me In is all about sadness. It’s the story of a sensitive 12-year-old boy, Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee, of The Road), whose fearful, bullied existence changes when 12-year-old Abby (Chloe Grace Moretz, of Kick-Ass) moves in next door with her “guardian” (Richard Jenkins). That she turns out to be a 200-year-old vampire, with a constant need for human blood, only complicates the burgeoning friendship. Not about love denied, points out Lawrason. Lawrason, it comes has no surprise, has read the book, seen the original film and now has seen the latest resurrection of Let Me In. to her, and you just don’t expect that from a “Having read the book and seen the vampire-themed horror movie.” original film,” he says, “I have to say that this And this is a horror movie. For all its one holds up pretty well. I think the Eurobeauty, the film is deeply disturbing, and there pean movie was probably more successful in are scenes of extreme gore, and several— maintaining that eerie atmosphere. Which is including one in which a freshly minted saying something because I’m not usually that vampire catches fire in the sunlight—which 26 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 8 - OCTOBER 14, 2010

are truly horrifying. love with a mortal, or vice versa.” “It’s not the old Bela Lugosi kind of vam“That’s not usually the case with zompire film, that’s for sure,” says Lawrason. “In bie movies,” I say. a lot of the old movies, vampires were either “True. Zombie movies aren’t about love distinguished gentlemen, like Bela Lugosi’s denied. They are about survival, throwDracula, or they were just total monsters. It’s ing into very sharp relief, that old fear of one thing or the death I was other, but with talking about. stories like this, the I think the apvampires walk a peal of zomline between those bie movies is extremes. There more about is so much depth titillation. It’s to these characlike riding a ters, it plays like a roller coaster. well-written novel, It scares the rather than just crap out of some genre horror you, and yet novel.” you get right “So, as a vamback on.” pire-and-zombie “Which fan,” I ask Lawrais the more son, “what would tragic characyou say is the ter,” I ask. “A lingering appeal vampire or a of these kinds zombie?” of stories, tales “I guess I of living dead? I find zombies to be the most mean, vampires tragic,” Lawand zombies have rason says, never been more after a pause. popular than they “They’ve are right now.” lost so much “In my opinmore. The ion it’s a number zombies have of things,” he Lawrason and his Zombie Walk will lumber through Sebastopol and no memory says. “I think the Petaluma this month. of who they main appeal has were. They are to do with the merely animated corpses, the mortal coil appeal of eternal youth, a reflection on and nothing more. They’re mere shells the meaning of mortality. It’s really very basic, very archetypal. Vampires don’t have of humans. When done properly, zombie movies give you a sense of that tragedy, to fear death, and they don’t fear aging— things that the rest of us do fear. But there’s when the zombie has a slight ghost of whoever they were, not just a shambling a price they husk, but a person who’s lost everything— pay for with only a trace of their lost humanity. giving up Zombies are actually incredibly poignant.” those fears. Thinking about the upcoming ZomThey give bie Walks in Petaluma and Sebastopol, up part of I ask Lawrason what the attraction is to what makes dressing up as a zombie—or a vampire them human. I think for that matter. “Why is it fun to be a zombie? It’s like watching whistling as you walk past a graveyard,” these stories he laughs. “You’re cheating death, preallows us tending to be dead without being dead. to contemYou get to walk around being a dead plate what guy. You’ve seen all these movies where is good and everyone is running from zombies, and bad about now you get to be that zombie, and mortality, people are running from you. It’s like an about life old medieval mummers dance and death. “Only I suppose this one is a mum“Something else that’s interesting,” he bler’s dance,” he adds, “’cause, you continues. “In vampire stories, they are know, you’re dead.” ✹ almost always love stories. Think about that. Vampire novels are usually romance Wake David from the dead at novels, one way or another. It’s very rare that you get vampire stories like 30 Days of It’s your movie, speak up at Night, which was just a monster movie. In ›› the best vampire stories, the vampire is in


< 19 Sun endorsements!

PROPOSITION 23 Suspends air-pollution-control law AB 32 until unemployment drops to 5.5 percent for a full year. What do the companies Valero Energy, Occidental Petroleum, Tesoro Corp., Tower Energy Group and World Oil Corporation all have in common? They’re all big oil companies based in Texas. And they’ve all donated more than $100,000 to put California’s Prop. 23 on the ballot. The oil companies are calling it the “California jobs initiative,” but Prop. 23 should more accurately be called the “kill AB 32 initiative,” as the suspension of that 2006 legislation until the state lowers its unemployment to a very low 5.5 percent would likely keep the global warming bill in limbo for years, if not decades. AB 32, or the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, was enacted four years ago and established the target of reducing the state’s greenhouse gases emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020 through stiffer rules and regulations for the energy industry. California is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, and AB 32 is estimated to reduce our GHG in the next decade by 30 percent. That Valero Energy, the initiative’s biggest funder, has one of the worst environmental records in the state should come as no surprise. Cleaning up its act by 2020 will not be easy on the bottom line. Proponents of Prop. 23 argue that such regulations as those called for by AB 32 would drive industry out of the state—resulting in no small amount of lost jobs. Opponents counter that the evidence suggests the opposite—and that not only is the job loss exaggerated, but the gain in green jobs would more than make up the difference. The legislative analysis of Prop. 23 says that in the short term the initiative would result in both positive and negative impacts upon the state economy, with its benefits “modestly” outweighing its negatives. To us, such a negligible short-term move could have disastrous long-term consequences to California’s environment and the health of its citizens—as well as its economic future in green technology. Voters perhaps need to ask themselves whether they believe climate change is a serious threat—as the vast majority of scientists do—or whether it’s an exaggerated concern—as the vast majority of oil-company-hired scientists do. We appreciate the fact that so many Texas oil companies are this passionate about saving California jobs, we really do. Hopefully, Californians aren’t quite as interested in protecting Texas oil company profits.

Repeals recent legislation that would allow businesses to lower their tax liability. The Tax Fairness Act, as it’s called by its supporters, is a response to a deal cut by state legislators during the 2008-09 budget impasse in order to win enough Republican votes to pass a budget. The deal in question did three things: It increased the flexibility with which companies can use net-operating losses to reduce taxes; it allowed for multistate businesses to determine their California taxes based solely on sales in the state (previously, sales, payroll and property value were all factors); and it allowed unitary groups to transfer tax credits among the separate businesses within the group. Essentially, all three provisions result in lower taxes for large companies operating in the state—all to the tune, according to the Legislative Analyst, of $1.3 billion a year when the new rules are fully implemented in 2012. Prop. 24 proponents argue that the deal should never have taken place to begin with and that by repealing the legislation, that $1.3 billion would go back into the state’s general fund (and under Prop. 98 guidelines, a significant part of that would go toward education). Opponents of a repeal of the tax breaks say there would be significant job losses if multistate businesses went back to being taxed according to payroll (i.e., there’d be an incentive not to have a lot of employees in California). A recent Public Policy Institute of California report suggests otherwise. This isn’t one of those easy “the corporations are the bad guys” choices (see Props. 23 and 26 for those); other states have similar tax codes for businesses. Prop. 24 will meaningfully affect, according to supporters, less than 2 percent of the wealthiest multi-state corporations operating in California. It doesn’t call for new or higher taxes on these companies; it calls for a repeal of so-called “loopholes” that haven’t even fully gone into effect. The Pacific Sun is recommending “yes” votes on several fees and parcel taxes this year that will affect middleand low-income families throughout Marin. To that end, we feel it’s not unreasonable to repeal a corporate tax break that will bring another $1.3 billion back to the state. We recommend YES on Proposition 24.

of the initiative suggest it will; but section 3 of the proposal clearly states: “This measure will not change the two-thirds requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes.”) A two-thirds vote is an arbitrary number to weigh so heavily on the workings of any state—why not 57 percent? Why not 61 percent?—and it tends to be high enough to make sure small minorities can keep practically anything from getting done. There’s an argument that a simple majority gives too much power to the political party in the majority—perhaps 55 percent is a better number that would require an inkling of bipartisan support. Maybe. What we do know is that anything lower than two-thirds would be an improvement at this point. We recommend YES on Proposition 25.

PROPOSITION 26 Requires certain state and local regulatory fees be approved by two-thirds vote. To see what we think of the arbitrary and obstructive idea that a required two-thirds vote on matters of community significance is a good thing, see our Proposition 25 write-up. Proposition 26 looks to further the twothirds-approval concept by requiring 66.6

percent of the Legislature or local voters to give a thumbs-up before certain regulatory fees can be exacted to make up for the social costs from businesses. Currently, these types of fees are not considered revenue-generating taxes (and therefore are not subject to twothirds voter approval) because they’re seen as an offset to the societal cost of business— think of hazardous materials fees being levied on a power company, with that money being used by the state to clean up toxic waste sites and promote pollution prevention. Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Phillip Morris are all big donors to Prop. 26; they and other heavy polluters would save a lot of money if it passes. The Legislative Analyst estimates that over years, it would result in the loss of billions of dollars to California taxpayers who would then be footing the bill to clean up the polluters’ messes—if images of BP’s recent catastrophe in the Gulf comes to mind, they should. We strongly recommend a NO on Proposition 26. ✹ Comment on our endorsements TownSquare, at ››

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U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer U.S. Representative, District 6 Lynn Woolsey Governor Jerry Brown

Prop. 19 .......... YES Prop. 20 .......... YES Prop. 21 .......... YES Prop. 22 ........... NO Prop. 23 ........... NO Prop. 24 .......... YES Prop. 25 .......... YES Prop. 26 ........... NO Prop. 27 ........... NO

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom Secretary of State Debra Bowen Controller John Chiang Treasurer Bill Lockyer Attorney General Kamala Harris Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Board of Equalization Betty Yee

PROPOSITION 25 Changes legislative vote requirement to pass budget and budget-related legislation from twothirds to a simple majority. Only Arkansas, Rhode Island and California ask for a two-thirds vote by state legislatures to pass budgets—all other 47 states require simple majorities. With California’s yearly budget impasses becoming as predictable as mullets at NASCAR, it’s clear the twothirds requirement isn’t working. Currently a two-thirds vote is needed to pass the state budget, and to raise taxes. Prop. 25 would change the budget requirement to 50 percent plus one; it would not change the two-thirds needed to raise taxes. (Opponents

State Assembly, District 6 Jared Huffman Marin County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Richard Benson Marin Municipal Water District Board Cynthia Koehler, David Behar, Jack Gibson and Armando Quintero Marin Healthcare District Board Larry Bedard, Jennifer Reinks and James Clever Sausalito City Council Jonathan Leone and Herb Weiner

If you vote for only one thing this November, make it a NO on Proposition 23.

Measure A ...... YES Measure B ...... YES Measure C ...... YES Measure D ...... YES Measure E ...... YES Measure F ...... YES Measure G ...... YES Measure H ...... YES Measure I ....... YES Measure J ....... YES Measure K ...... YES Measure L ...... YES Measure M ..... YES Measure N ...... YES Measure O ...... YES Measure Q ...... YES Measure R ...... YES Measure S ...... YES Measure T ....... NO



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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Bin-mate Zach Galifianakis makes himself at home in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story,’ opening Friday at the Marin and the Regency.

Alpha and Omega (1:28) Two wolves (one a bossy she-wolf, the other a fun-lovin’ guy-wolf) trek home over a thousand miles of American wilderness, sniping and flirting all the way. ● Case 39 (1:49) Suspense thriller about a social worker (Renee Zellweger) who hides a 10-year-old from her homicidal parents. ● The Concert (1:59) The long-retired conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra gathers his former musicians together to perform in Paris with a young violin virtuoso. ● Devil (1:20) It’s bad enough getting stuck in an elevator with four strangers, but what if one of them turns out to be the Prince of Darkness? ● Easy A (1:33) Sweet high schooler Emma Stone figures that her personal social register will improve exponentially if she takes a page from The Scarlet Letter and spreads the rumor that she’s not as virginal as she appears. ● 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. It’s Kind of a Funny Story A teenager on the edge checks himself into a Brooklyn psychiatric ward for a five-day stay and finds friendship and wisdom from his Kesey-esque fellow inmates. ● Last Train Home (1:27) Acclaimed documentary follows two Chinese migrant workers as they make their way to their rural village in time for New Year’s. ● Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (1:30) An itchy young owlet gets his shot at glory when he takes on a band of totally evil avians. ● Let Me In (1:55) American remake of the Swedish horror flick Let the Right One In about a lonely 12-year-old and his budding friendship with a mysterious fellow outcast. ● Life As We Know It (1:52) Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel have to put their mutual dislike on hold when they’re unexpectedly given joint custody of their beloved little goddaughter. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Das Rheingold (3:00) Catch the opening installment of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, live from New York in dazzling big-screen high definition. ●


Mill Valley Film Festival The 33rd annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and movies from around the world. Call (877) 874-6833 or visit for schedule, tickets and info. ● My Soul to Take (1:46) A serial killer returns to his hometown to off the seven teenagers who were born the night he was allegedly executed. ● National Theatre of London: A Disappearing Number Direct from the West End it’s Simon McBurney’s prize-winning look at a Cambridge professor, a poor Indian autodidact and their shared passion for the science of mathematics. ● Never Let Me Go (1:43) The Kazuo Ishiguro novel hits the big screen with Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield as reunited students from a spookily idyllic English boarding school. ● Secretariat (1:56) Disney biopic of the legendary racehorse and the suburban housewife who nurtured him to greatness; Diane Lane stars (as the housewife). ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● The Town (2:05) Ben Affleck directs and stars in the story of a ruthless bank robber who unwittingly falls in love with a former hostage; Rebecca Hall and Jon Hamm costar. ● Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2:07) Gordon Gecko is back and fresh out of the slammer, taking his future son-in-law under his wing and seeking redemption...or is he?; Oliver Stone directs Michael Douglas, natch. ● You Again (1:45) Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth and Betty White lead the ensemble in a comedy about high school rivalries that never, ever go away. ● You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (1:38) Woody Allen’s latest comedy stars Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Antonio Banderas and Josh Brolin as a group of Londoners beset by love, ambition, midlife crisis and fortune tellers. ✹ ●

›› MOViE TiMES Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:35, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50 Case 39 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:55, 7:30, 10:20 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 7:40 Sun 4:45 MonThu 4:45 Devil (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 4:45, 10:10 Easy A (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 3:10, 5:30, 8, 10:25 Eat Pray Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:25, 7:10 ❋ It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13) Century Regency 6: FriSun 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 Mon-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:55, 4:20, 7:30, 10:10 Sun 1:55, 4:20, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 Last Train Home (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 5:30 Sun, Thu 2:40 Mon-Tue 7:10 Wed 7:10 (live Skype conversation with director Lixan Fan precedes the show) Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 MonTue 6:45, 9:35 Wed-Thu 6:30, 9 Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 3:40, 6:15, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:35, 12:20, 2, 2:50, 4:30, 5:20, 7, 7:50, 9:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 1:45, 4:10, 6:50, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:30, 6:50, 9:20 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 6:50 Let Me In (R) Century Northgate

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15: 1:15, 4:10, 6:55, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:20, 5:15, 8, 10:35 ❋ Life As We Know It (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1:05, 2:30, 3:50, 5:10, 6:25, 7:55, 9, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:05 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:05 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Das Rheingold (Not Rated) CinéArts at Marin: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Sun 11am ❋ Mill Valley Film Festival Century Cinema: Mon-Tue Call (877) 874-6833 or visit for showtimes CinéArts at Sequoia: Call (877) 874-6833 or visit for showtimes Rafael Film Center: Call (877) 874-6833 or visit mvff. com for showtimes ❋ My Soul To Take (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:35, 4:20, 7:10, 9:50 ❋ National Theatre of London: A Disappearing Number (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30 Never Let Me Go (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Mon-Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50 Secretariat (PG) Century Cinema: Fri-Sun, Wed-Thu 1, 4, 7, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres:

Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:25 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:25 Mon-Tue 6:30, 9:25 Wed-Thu 6:45, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:35, 7:45, 9:20, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 2, 4:50, 7:40, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:05, 6:55 The Town (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:20 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 1:30, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 7:05 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) Century Regency 6: FriSun 1:10, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 1:10, 4:10, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:15 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:15 You Again (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:05, 9:35 You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:50 Mon-Thu 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10

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

Doo-wop pioneers the Delta Rhythm Boys are just one of the acts showcased at the Mill Valley Film Festival’s annual Hi De Ho Show, at the Sequoia Saturday night.

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

F R I D AY O C T O B E R 8 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 1 5 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Carlos Reyes steers his gypsy jazz caravan to Novato this Friday.

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

Live music 10/08: About Face With Mindy Canter. 9pm. Georges, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 10/08: Andoni Panici Quartet Jazz. 6:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 10/08: Carlos Reyes Gypsy jazz. 6pm. Free. City Hall Green, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. 10/08: Fred Eaglesmith Americana, rock. 8:30pm. $20. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/08: John Lennon at 70: Concert Celebrating ‘Nowhere Man’ Hosted by Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin. With the Rubber Souldiers and special guests, including James Nash, Father Guido Sarducci (Don Novello) and Village Music’s John Goddard. Part of the Mill Valley Film Festival. 8pm. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600. 10/08: Jose Neto Rock, world guitar. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Whipper Snapper Restaurant, 1613 Fourth St., San Rafael. 256-1818. 10/09: Audrey Moira Shimkas Trio Jazz/pop. With Anne Sadjvera and Fred Randolph. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 847-8331.

10/09: Benefit for Brett: 3 Hours of Peace and Music Benefit concert with Marin musicians and author Anne Lamott. 2-5pm. $20-25. Unity in Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. www.

10/09: Caren Armstrong Part of the original Celebrating Songwriters music series. 8pm. $12-18, under 12 free. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Pt. Reyes Station. 10/09: Joan Getz Quartet Jazz. 6:30-10pm. No cover. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 453-6734. 10/09: Mari Mack & Livin’ Like Kings Blues rock with a great horn section and the inimitable Miss Mari Mack at the helm. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/09: The Tickets Rock, dance music. 8 pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 332-2319 . 10/10: 13 Strings James Moseley/Alex Markels, jazz guitar duo. 10pm. No Cover. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada, Novato. 497-2462. 10/10: Audrey Auld,Tracy Blackman, Megan Slankard, Gail Muldrow, Jess Chambers "Into the Woods for Bread and Roses: Celebrating Strong Women of Song" benefit concert. 9pm. $20-25. 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 868-2332. 10/10: David Olney with Sergio Webb Acoustic music in the bar. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/10: Jazz Nite III Ann Brewer; Jorge Castellanos; Larry Dunlap, piano. 5:30pm. No cover. Sher-EPunjab, 1025 C St., San Rafael. 459-4593. 10/10: Pete Madsen Guitar rags and blues. 5pm. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. One, Pt. Reyes Station. 663-1515. 10/10: Sunday Open Mic With the New Moon

BEST BET A Trip worth taking Anyone new to cycling usually first notices the high cost of quality bikes and the often ridiculously expensive spandex, clippy shoes and assorted all-weather gear that comes along with living life on two wheels. Luckily for those in the North Bay, TRIPS FOR KIDS RE-CYCLERY thrift shop in downtown San Rafael offers all of the essentials—used and new—at low prices to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to safely cruise the streets and hillsides, in all their spandex-clad glory. What is even more awesome is that for over 20 years the proceeds from the Re-Cyclery have benefited programs for at-risk youth to saddle up on mountain bikes and explore the wilds of Marin County’s bounty of bike trails. Now with more than 60 chapters, Trips for Kids has gone international, reaching as far as Israel to get kids on bikes. Wait, wait! It gets even better. This Saturday, Trips for Kids opens the doors to its bike warehouse and the Re-Cyclery, offering 20-50 percent off of selected items. Head out and stock up on bike parts, clothes, helmets and good karma at 125 Larkspur St., #119, San Rafael, and 610 Fourth St., San Rafael, Saturday, Oct. 9, 10am-4pm. —Dani Burlison

Players. 8pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. 10/11: Hanna Rifkin Jazz vocalist. With Nick Boots, Conrad Seto, guitars. Free. Nickel Rose, 848 B St., San Rafael. 454-5551. 10/12: Lorin Rowan Solo acoustic guitar and vocals. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 10/13: Tony Rizzi With the Ray Simpson big band. 8-10pm. Free. Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 776-8481. 10/14: Al Glasco Dinner jazz. 6:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 10/14: B-52s Might not have much luck getting tickets for this one, folks. 8pm. $85. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

10/14: Neighbor to Neighbor Benefit with El Radio Fantastique Proceeds from this show

popular tunes as well as classic brass repetoire. Great show for kids. 8pm. $20-45. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. 10/10: Takács Quartet Kick-off performance for the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society season. 5pm. $25. Mt Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4453. 10/10: The Sewer Band Local favorites! 2-4pm. Free. Town Center, West side of Highway 101 at the Tamalpais Drive exit, Corte Madera. www. 10/14: AlmaNova Flute/guitar duo. 8-10pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853.

Dance 10/08-09: Smuin Ballet 8pm. $20-62. Palace of

will benefit the Donna Seager Gallery. 8-10pm. $40. Georges, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 10/14: Wanda Stafford Trio Jazz. With Si Perkoff and Hal Solin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 10/15: Da!Mozhem Music for dancing from the Balkans and elsewhere. Proceeds go to Scout Hall renovation. 8-11pm. $10. Scout Hall, 177 E. Blithedale, Mill Valley. 497-4890. 10/15: Jef Labes Dinner jazz. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 10/15: Salon con Clase Traditional Cuban. 8pm DiVino Osteria, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 3319355. 10/15: Revolver Rock. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 978-2787. 10/10: Danse Lumiere “Pensive Spring: A Portrait of Emily Dickinson.” Kathryn Rozsak, choreography/dance. With Kristin Clayton, soprano; Hally Bellah-Guther, dance; Kristin Pankonin, piano. Reception follows. 3pm. $20. Santa Sabina Center, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 457-7727 10/09: Pilobolus Dance Company 8pm. $20-75. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.


Through 10/10:‘In the Red and Brown Water’ Part One of “The Brother/Sister Plays Tril-

10/08: Drumline Live! Lively choreography and

ogy.” West Coast Premiere by Tarell Alvin McCraney. Directed by Ryan Rilette. See website for showtimes.

an energetic 40 member marching band performs

Theater/Auditions 10/14-11/07:‘9 Circles’ The latest by “Equivocation” playwright Bill Cain. Directed by Kent Nicholson. See website for show times and info. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.


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BEST BET Give Peace, Love and Music a chance When Novato musician Brett Stranne, known on the Bay Area rock scene as BRETT DOUGLASS, was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July, his family and friends were primarily concerned with getting him the treatment he needed to battle the sometimes-deadly disease. Eventually, through chemotherapy treatments and several other visits to the hospital, the battle against the cancer wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only fight they were up against. With two children Brett Stranne off to college and his wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work hours cut in half to accommodate the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unexpected treatment schedule, the Strannes were faced with a mountain of medical bills. Still, the hope and compassion that Dawn Stranne expresses in her blog updates at are humbling even in the most distraught and challenging of times. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tears flow easily these days, especially when we are overwhelmed by such great compassion and caring,â&#x20AC;? she writes in her Sept. 21 update before listing several other families that need prayers and assistance. In response to the accumulating medical bills and in an attempt to return the great deeds that the Strannes have bestowed on so many in Marin County, family friends Ray Thompson and Laura Turner stepped up and planned a benefit concert, PEACE, LOVE AND MUSIC, to help with expenses. The event will feature live music from several Marin County musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including such bands as Rumors, Blind Date and the Lighthouse Singers. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be tasty food and food for thought from Fairfax author Anne Lamott. It all happens this Saturday, Oct. 9, at Unity of Marin, 600 Palm Drive, Novato, 2-5pm, $25. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. Through 10/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;November â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Ross Valley Players presents David Mametâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political comedy. James Dunn directs. See website for showtimes and info. 8pm. $15-25. Ross Valley Playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 10/24:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Intimate Apparelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; AlterTheater Ensemble presents Pulitzer-Prize winner Lynn Nottageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play about an African-American seamstress in 1905. 8pm Thurs.-Sun. 8-10:15pm. $25. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-2787.


Stone,â&#x20AC;? informal slide presentation/lecture about painting with John McNamara. 6:30-7:30pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 9459454.

10/09-11/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Legends of the Bay Area: William T.Wiley, Cornelia Schulz, and Richard Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Annual exhibition featuring artists whose contributions have helped to define Bay Area artistic style. Reception 5-7pm Oct. 9. $5. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137 . 10/09: Photography Open House Informational gathering to discuss creation of a photo forum. Bring a small selection of your images. 3pm. Donation. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331.

10/10-11/13: Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Open Fine Arts Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Juried, mixed media exhibition

10/08: Firesign Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Think Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re All Bozos on the Bus.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. $40-50. Showcase Theater, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. or 10/14: 'Reno 911s' Carlos Alazraqui 8pm. $25. Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael.

11am-4pm. Free. Marin Arts and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454 9561. www. 10/12: Art in the Afternoon Interactive gathering to share photos, take field trips and discuss things photography. 2pm. $5. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hanlon Center, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 388-4331. www.


Through 10/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flotsam and Jetsamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art Exhibit An astonishing assortment of found

10/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Art of Beautyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Art salon hosted by Avalon owner Jennifer Lebsack features the work of painter Patti Oji, stone sculptor Arin Wiscomb and jewelry designer Leslie Lawton. 5-9pm. Free. Avalon Salon, 1016 B. St., San Rafael. 454-9616.

10/08: 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. 5-8pm. Free. Various locations, Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown. org/2ndFridays.html 10/08: Gallery Talk â&#x20AC;&#x153;Painting: The Rosetta

objects from the shorelines of S.F. Bay have been recreated into art by artists Peter Tonningsen and Mark Olivier. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.

Talks/Lectures 10/13: Forgotten Railroads of Marin Slideshow featuring historic photos of early railroads in Marin County and current photos taken to show, as much as possible, the same locations. 7:30-8:30pm. Free. Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet Dr.,

Readings 10/01: Emma Donoghue The author presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 10/08: Healing Hearts Carolyn CJ Jones will discuss/sign â&#x20AC;&#x153;Opening the Gates of the Heart: A Journey of Healing.â&#x20AC;? 6:30-9pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 686-0888. www. 10/08: Steve Roby and Brad Schreiber Litquake event with a raffle for a guitar. Roby and Schreiber discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, the Untold Story of a Musical Genius.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

10/09: An Evening with Left Coast Writers Writers to present varied new works. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/09: Mark Susnow â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing on the River.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/09: Phyllis Theroux â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Journal Keeper.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/09: Urban Agriculture Author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer,â&#x20AC;? Novella Carpenter, talks about farming and sustainable urban food production. 7-8:30pm. Free. Point Reyes Books, 11315 State Route 1, Point Reyes. 663-1542. www. 10/09: War Torn Ghita Schwarz discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Displaced Persons.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/10: Deborah Grabien â&#x20AC;&#x153;London Calling.â&#x20AC;? 3pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/12: Flavor Landscapes Rowan Jacobsen presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Terroir: Savoring the Flavors of Our Woods, Waters and Fields.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

10/12: Joelle Charbonneau and Brenda Novak Charbonneau presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skating Around the Law.â&#x20AC;? Novak discusses her murder mystery â&#x20AC;&#x153;Killer Heat.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Clarence Clemons Bruce Springsteenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s E Street Band saxophonist presents his memoir a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Man: Real Life & Tall Tales.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 10/13: Michael Cunningham â&#x20AC;&#x153;By Nightfall.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/14: Joyce Maynard Luncheon â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Good Daughters.â&#x20AC;? Noon. $55, includes lunch and autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 10/14: Peter Nichols â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oil and Ice: A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Whaling Dynasty.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/14: Poetry Tales Fundraiser for the C.A.R.E. Team mobile outreach program for homeless/ mentally ill people in Marin County. 6:30-9pm. $15. Enterprise Resource Center, 3270 Kerner Blvd. Bldg. A, Suite C, San Rafael. 454-2339. www.

10/14: Why There Are Words literary reading Elizabeth Bernstein, Ianthe Brautigan, Andrew Sean Greer, Scott Landers, Janet Thornburg, Olga Zilberbourgh will read from their works on the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flight.â&#x20AC;? 7-9pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. www. 10/14: Wrongly Accused Meredith Maran discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Lie: A True Story of False Memory.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/15: Harry Hamlin The actor talks about his comedic memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/15: Poetry and Music Award-winning poet from Maryland Linda Pastan reads at 7pm on Oct. 15 and at 5pm on Oct. 16. Joyce Kouffman, Lisbeth Scott, Mary Watkins and Tami Pennington perform poem inspired music. 7-8:30pm. $20. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Feedbarn, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 663-9176.

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Community Events (Misc.) 10/08: Whistlestop Tea Dance Party Dance social for Marin’s older adults. 5-7pm. $2 Jackson Cafe, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. www. 10/09: Corte Madera Oktoberfest Bier, brats, live music, games for kids, silent auction. Ach du lieber! Noon-5pm. $3, $17 for beer tasting. Under 12, free. Menke Park in Old Corte Madera Square, Tamalpais & Redwood, Corte Madera. 924-3488.

10/09: Organic Farm Tour: Woolly Egg Ranch Two one hour tours at 11am and 2pm. Join Ken Kirkland on a tour of his historic ranch. Learn about solar power, sustainable farming, bio-diesel fuel made from used vegetable oil,raising sheep, chickens and more. 11am. $5 donation. Woolly Egg Ranch, 503 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. 3886393. 10/09:Library Friends Book Sale Prices reduced on everything: CDs, DVDs, art books, fiction, children’s books and more. Proceeds benefit the library. 10am-4pm. Free. Friends Books, 1016 C St., San Rafael. 453-1443.

10/10: Watch the Blue Angels fly aboard the schooner “Gas Light” No friends with a boat? Here’s an opportunity to see the show from the bay and help a good scholarship cause through the Golden Gate Tall Ships Society. 1:30-5pm. $85, scholarship fundraiser. Schoonmaker Pt. Marina, Dock E, 85 Libertyship Way, Sausalito. 251-8779 .

10/11: Growing Your Child’s Identity in a Jewish-Interfaith Family 7-8:30pm. Free. Brandeis Hillel Day School, 180 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 510-845-6420 x11. 10/12: Marin Green Drinks 5:30pm. Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing, Greenbrae. 307-1866.

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10/10: Meet Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl Part of the new forest management exhibition "Home Sweet Home" which runs from Oct. 9-Jan. 23. 11am. $8-10. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. www.badm. org 10/10: Susan Katz Special for babies and moms. Susan Katz presents “ABC, Baby Me!” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: David Shannon Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator presents “It’s Christmas, David!” 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Home and Garden 10/14: Create a Habitat Garden Master gardener Dave Phelps will give a lecture focused on the practical and philosophical aspects of connecting your garden to the greater environment. 7:30pm. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-7234.

10/11: Winged Visitors in Your Garden Sanctary Take a slide show tour of beautiful habitat gardens with CNPS and learn which plants make “habitat heros.” Learn about unique features of the birds and insects most likely to be seen in your garden. 8-9:30pm. Free. The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley.

Nonprofits/Volunteers 10/09: Trails Crew on Mt.Tam Help to maintain Pumpkin Ridge Trail. Event suitable for ages 13 and up. Snacks provided. 9am-2pm. Free. Marin Municipal Water District, Meet at Lake Lagunitas Picnic Area, past 49 Sky Oaks Rd., Fairfax. 250-5656. 10/10: Climate Challenge Work Party Walk door-to-door to engage businesses and citizens in 10 actions to reduce carbon emissions by 10% every year for 10 years. Followed by a celebration at 3pm. 1-3pm. Free. San Rafael City Plaza, Fourth and Court Streets, San Rafael. 457-7656 . 10/14: Woman Entrpreneur of the Year Awards Women’s Initiative for Self Employment will honor eleven North Bay Businesswomen. Women’s Initiative provides training, funding and support to low-income women starting their own businesses. 5:30-8pm. $65. Stone Tree Golf Club, 9 Stone Tree Lane, Novato. 461-3460.

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Week of October 7-October 13, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Thursday’s New Moon in your relationship house is an opportunity for a fresh start. This can help established unions reboot or help you discover a potential mate. Friday’s emphasis is on intimacy and sharing, which should be a natural progression from Thursday’s experience. The way you connect with others is a priority for the remainder of the week. This could mean listening more and talking less. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) It is another week when you must divide your time between your personal pleasures and your professional responsibilities. The weekend allows you to indulge in romance as your ruler (lovable Venus) connects with the mushy Moon. Meanwhile, Venus moves retrograde in insightful Scorpio giving you an extra few weeks of enhanced perception. When you get a hunch, follow it. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Changeable Mercury (your ruler) shows off your flexibility this week as he operates within the very different influences of the inspirational Sun and businesslike Saturn. This handy blend of creative and marketing skills can be used to expand and promote your artistic talents. Meanwhile, making the right decisions can be a challenge for the next couple of weeks. Avoid signing any contracts or making legal commitments. For those of you about to propose marriage, you might want to wait. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Thursday’s New Moon in the fair-minded sign of Libra can be helpful when involved in negotiations. As for your love life, your ruler joins up with sensual Venus and sexy Mars in your house of romance over the weekend. If you aren’t feeling the love, you aren’t paying attention. On Wednesday, the quest for success may feel more important than your relationship. It’s not. LEO (July 22 - August 22) As you continue to be deluged with extreme opinions from people and pundits, you become more determined to stay in neutral territory—kind of like Switzerland. But can you resist taking a side? After all, as a fire sign, you are meant to be influential and (of course) always right. Just wait a couple of weeks. Your ruler (the Sun) will occupy the intense sign of Scorpio, turning you both immovable and irresistible. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) You may come up with a brilliantly creative plan for making money on Thursday—and it may eventually lead to a structurally secure financial circumstance. As your ruler (intellectual Mercury) begins to move out of range of limiting Saturn’s influence after Tuesday, you should notice an expansion in positive thinking. Tension does lessen, but the need to sit calmly in relaxation mode is still recommended. That’s one of the best lessons from Mercury in peaceful Libra. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your zodiac celebration has an emotional component as the New Moon in your sign on Thursday provides both insight and inspiration. Then, the intuitive Moon joins with your ruler (charming Venus) to bring a weekend when you’re in the right place at the right time. In your upcoming year, you can expect your values to change in a positive way. Whether money is flowing in or not, you are happy with what you have. What could be better than that? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your chart continues to benefit from advantageous planetary placements. You can count on certain things working out in your favor. The difficulty is that you are innately cynical. So, even when you experience good luck, you wait around for the other shoe to drop. Of course, life is cyclical and if you wait around long enough, a shoe will drop—maybe even a boot. But, this week, the sky is not raining footwear. Enjoy. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Mars is never very comfortable in the sector of the chart ruling the unconscious. He makes his displeasure obvious by giving you bad dreams and making furtive suggestions that a secret enemy is out to get you. In better news, one of your friends makes you feel loved on Monday. Please. Try not to ruin this with a conspiracy theory that this is some sort of trap. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) An emphasis on friendship makes this a lovely weekend for making plans with your pals. Meantime, during the last year, you often felt overwhelmed by a compulsion to succeed and fearful of failure. As time goes on, you are less obsessed with your reputation and more confident about your abilities. It’s the new, improved Capricorn. Take a bow. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) As both expansive Jupiter and spontaneous Uranus are revisiting your money house, opportunities to fatten your wallet do pop up on occasion. With motivating Mars in your career house, be on the lookout this week for either a better paying job or a way to convince your boss that you deserve a raise. Self-employed? Business should be picking up. Looking for work? Check out the job listings Sunday. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) A weekend with five celestial bodies in water signs is certainly one you can appreciate. The insensitivity of the fire element is easily drenched when Pisces and Scorpio rule the chart. A desire to travel hits you on Saturday. Evidently, you are supposed to avoid Europe. Hmm. With rebellious Uranus in your sign, that is probably exactly where you plan to go, right? ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 8 – OCTOBER 14, 2010

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124859 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAX, 629 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JENNIFER D. HANSEN, 205 G STREET, PETALUMA, CA 94952. 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 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010124944 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CL GODDARD FINANCIAL SERVICES, 101 LOMITA DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: CYNTHIA GODDARD, 101 LOMITA DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124873 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JAHAIRA’S BOUTIQUE, 50 A BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JUANA I. CANO, 9 COLEEN CT., SAN PABLO, CA 94806. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This

statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 1, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125001 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FLAGSHIP MOVERS, 2A BRIDGE STREET, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GREGORY ALEXANDER KURTZ, 540 DONALD STREET, SONOMA, CA 95476. 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 September 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124963 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIA’S BOUTIQUE, 608 3RD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GABRIELA CANUS, 15 LA BREA WAY #15, 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 September 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125033 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAT’S CONST. SERVICE, 16 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PATRICK CLARK BOWEN, 16 MORNING SUN 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 September 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125048 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN SOLAR SOLUTION, 224 OLYMPIC WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROBERT C. ROMEYN, 224 OLYMPIC 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 September 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125062 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as B&B SEAFOOD, 295 SUMMIT AVENUE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRUCE FAIREY, 295 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ROBERT PINKSTON, 633 HIDDEN LAKE DR., MARTINEZ, CA 94553. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125046 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIOTOOLS, 39 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBLEY H. PRYOR, 39 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010)


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125072 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRO AUTO SERVICE CENTER, 1012 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PHILLIP SONG, 454 FIRST LANE, SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94080. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025061 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLINS & HAINES REPORTING, 11 BRASSIE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949: MARGARET COLLINS, 11 BRASSIE COURT, NOVATO, CA 94949; VICKI A. HAINES, 3464A SCOTT ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. This business is being conducted by an unincorporated association other than a partnership. 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 September 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125060 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOIE DE VIVRE VIRTUAL ASSISTANT, 499 VIA CASITAS #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JANET SILLS, 499 VIA CASITAS #4, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125016 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VANESSA URBANSKI ENTERPRISES; KUMON MATH AND READING CENTER OF SAN RAFAEL CA, 818 5TH AVE. SUITE 101, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VANESSA URBANSKI, 100 PRIVATEER 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 November 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124953 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN BENEFITS INSURANCE SERVICES, 16 NORTHVIEW COURT, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ROSEANNE ANGEL, 16 NORTHVIEW COURT, 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 September 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124997 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANTICA; ART UNIQUE, 970 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GEORGE NAYENOV, 30 LOCUST AVE. #2, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ALBENA NAYDENOV, 30 LOCUST AVE. #2, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304223 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): SWEET PETITES, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. Filed in Marin County on: May 18, 2009. Under File No: 2009120864. Registrant’s Name(s): SUSAN PRIDMORE, 268 PRINCETON AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 2, 2010. (Pacific Sun: September 17, 24; October 1, 8, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF

CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1004767. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner YIJUN ZHANG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: WASHINGTON LU to DANIEL LU. 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: October 22, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: September 22, 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: September 24; October 1, 8, 15, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND GENDER SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. Case No. CIV 1005093. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LUCAS DAVID LEVY-LIOTARD has filed a petition with this court for a decree changing petitioner’s name to: LUCAS KAPLAN LEVYLIOTAR. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. NOTICE OF HEARING: November 5, 2010, 8:30 a.m., Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA, 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: Pacific Sun. Date: September 24, 2010. /s/JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2010) AMENDED SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 1004273. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): KALID AHMED: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER’S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): JEMILA SULEMAN. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you can not pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online SelfHelp Center (, at the California Legal Services web site (www., or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 dð©as corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacion y Peticion para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 O FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefonica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar Ordenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutencion, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacion, pida al secretario un formulario de exencion de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pOngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacion para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (, en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California ( o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las Ordenes de restriccion que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos conyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticion, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras Ordenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas

Ordenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutenciOn, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a peticiOn de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direcciOn de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 949034164. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, direccion y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): JEMILA SULEMAN, 26 CRISSY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949, (415) 246-9859. Date (Fecha): September 30, 2010. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, S. Hendryx, Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA: Esta entrega se realiza)as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005093. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner LUCAS DAVID LEVY-LIOTARD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LUCAS DAVID LEVY-LIOTARD to LUCAS KAPLAN LEVYLIOTAR. 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: November 5, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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: September 24 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1004810. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MELISSA CANAS on behalf of MIKAYLA CANAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MIKAYLA CANAS to MIKAYLA ALESSANDRA ESCOBAR. 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: October 28, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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: September 13, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010) STATEMENT OF DISSOLUTION “I Charles “Chris” Berger hereby declare that I have resigned as an officer and director of VISION BUILDERS, INC., California State contractors license #888016, and have returned all shares of stock to the corporation, effective MAY 26, 2010. I further declare I am not responsible for any debts, liabilities or obligations of VISION BUILDERS, INC., from and after MAY 26, 2010.” (Pacific Sun: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010)

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Five years ago, My Love and I shared our first kiss. Since then, we’ve been seeing each other three times a week for an hour. We spend this hour in his truck being intimate. We love each other. We talk about getting married, how we’ll spend our retirement years, where we’ll live, what our lives will be like. Unbidden, he promised that last year’s Christmas would be the last we’d spend apart, that our life together would begin this year. I’ve been ready for this step for three years. But, as the months fly by, he speaks less of this, and I’m increasingly despondent that we’ve wasted another year. We’re both married to other people. Neither of us has children. I know our lives are complicated, but doesn’t it come down to knowing what you want? Should I wait to see if he will be true to his promise?—Waiting For My Love


Men sometimes make extravagant gestures for love. Heathcliff wandered the moors calling Cathy’s name until he froze to death. King Edward VIII ditched the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal as an “elegy in marble” to his late wife. And then there’s your guy, who has yet to spring for sheets, pillowcases and a headboard. Sorry, but you don’t have a relationship; you have sex in a guy’s truck. You can call the guy “My Love,” but he’s given you no reason to believe he’ll make good on his promise to take your relationship to the next level (the sidewalk?) by Christmas 2010—or Groundhog Day 2020. You know very well that this is one of the oldest stories in the world. Yeah, sure, he’ll leave his wife for you. Eventually. When the time is right. When the moon is in the seventh house, and dogs fly and pigs read aloud from the encyclopedia. Your guy has the wheels. What’s stopping him from speeding to a divorce lawyer is probably the same thing that always has: any need to do it. Five years in, you have yet to demand (or even ask) that he leave his wife—let alone hop out of the truck and take you to Denny’s. And sorry to say it, but other women walk away with $50 for the service you’re providing. What do you go home with, more pretty talk about how you’ll spend your retirement years? Not surprisingly, you spin this in the way that protects your ego: This is your great love, not pretty good sex in a Walmart parking lot. The truth is, you don’t even know the guy outside the confines of the truck cab. Clinging to your fantasy future with him allows you to duck the looming questions in your present: What do you have with your husband, and should you try to repair your marriage or get out? Be honest about your situation and what you need to do. That’s how you might someday have a Love who makes good on his promises—and not just the easy ones, like moving a little to the side so you won’t go back to the office with “Built Ford Tough” pressed into your left calf.


I’m a man who was deeply disturbed by your advice for “Not A Player” to “get some drinks in a girl” as a way to make moves on her. For my job, I took a class on preventing sexual assault, and learned that most sexual assaults include alcohol use by the assailant or victim. Your advice normalized the calculated use of alcohol in dating. I’m hoping you’ll rethink this and run a correction.—Frustrated Reader


I wrote, “Get some drinks in a girl, then casually touch her arm a few times,” not “casually rape her in the alley.” The guy signed himself “Not A Player” because he has all the mojo of a lost kitten. My worry wasn’t that he’d date-rape the girl, but that he’d end the evening by giving her a little wave and running away. Yes, alcohol is often involved in sexual assaults. A knife can be used to cut an apple or mug your granny. People don’t do bad things because they have access to a particular substance or implement, but because they’re people who do bad things. I didn’t invent the use of alcohol in dating, and I don’t write as if people reading me are stupid. Countless people drink on dates every day without any need for prosecutor involvement. They do exactly what this guy needs to do: have a couple beers with a girl so he’ll have the guts to kiss her, and so she’ll be relaxed enough to be kissed (and by “relaxed” I mean so she’s giggly, not so she’s unconscious). ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? E-mail or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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