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›› LETTERS Psst! Rich people...don’t let any trickle down to this guy This is certainly the season of the rich. All summer we heard about how the Bush tax cuts must be extended, even the obscene largesse the high end enjoys. And this election cycle we have Wipe that ‘astonishing display of contempt’ off witnessed vast wealth your face, rich guy. spent on “MEG 2010” and “CARLY FOR SENATE” TV campaigns, trying to curry our favor. Kill the capital gains tax! Kill the inheritance tax! The rich know best how to spend their hard-earned wealth. Yachts and jets and palatial homes sprawling over the Hamptons and Tiburon ridgelines, of course. Sure-fire stimulants for the economy, yes? Let them lead us further? Now, in an astonishing display of contempt toward that democratic process so revered by the usual strict constructionists, we are witnessing the rich of the U.S., along with a new global aristocracy, plow vast sums of anonymous funds into manipulating this nation’s November election. Wasn’t it just a brief time ago a serious discussion occurred over the troubling reality that TV had become the virtual form of political discourse in the U.S. of A.? So now, with this out-ofcontrol funding mechanism as a result of the Citizens United decision, the interest of the “people” has been totally abrogated. Orwellian video propaganda sways your

opinion, with a truth as malleable as money can buy. The rich have usurped the power of the people in this grand manipulation. The people of this nation deserve better than that. What a disgrace. Hobart Bartshire, Fairfax

Apathy for the devils Is anger the solution to voter apathy? Republicans and Democrats are managing their anger differently, which may dramatically impact the election. While the Republican establishment has encouraged and capitalized on the growing anger in voters, the Democrats are trying to “think” their way through this election. In the meantime the angry right is going to be marching to the polls, while many on the left will not. Reason is good, but not at the expense of emotion. Anger can help to get people’s attention, mobilize and inspire to act—it’s the antidote to apathy! Science shows that our brains are wired to mirror each other, so we can literally feel what others are feeling. Emotion contagion results in empathy. Mirroring can be also utilized to generate enthusiasm in voters. When New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Wiener railed at his Republican colleagues’ obstruction of 9/11 recovery workers’ health benefits this summer I felt my anger rise and a desire to do something about it. Democrats—particularly President Obama—need to follow his lead and get constructively angry. It will contagiously generate anger in their base, and drive them to the polls. We must all feel anger as if our lives depended on it because, in some ways, it does. Daniel Sonkin, Sausalito



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Weeding through the rhetoric I wish to comment upon the silly things people are claiming about Prop. 19, the measure to legalize pot for Californians over 21. First of all, it does not take away any of our unlimited medical cannabis rights, whatsoever. It adds law that allows someone over 21 to grow a 25-square-foot area and carry an ounce of pot for personal use. It allows employers to screen their employees, but does not allow jobs to be lost simply due to a positive drug test for pot, unless that person is involved in a driving job or handles heavy machinery. It is a lie that under Prop. 19 a school bus driver could be legally stoned when driving. Utter nonsense and fear mongering, we would never condone that! Just as the end of alcohol prohibition ended the career of Al Capone and his ilk, so will the regulation of cannabis end the grip of the cartels upon our society. Our parklands will no longer be a target for illegal pot growers when everyone can grow a closetful at home! It will drop the price of pot so that the black market disappears. Prop. 19 gives cities and counties the option to license marijuana-friendly businesses, or not. Prop. 19 will save hundreds of millions of dollars in legal costs paid by our tax dollars. It will free up our police to investigate serious crimes. Legal growing jobs will pay well, have benefits, be safe and stress-free with no helicopters to run from. We will be able to provide thousands of union jobs statewide, with benefits, for expert growers, budtenders, and trimmers who will not have to work illegally anymore. I will personally make sure that the 1,673 nonviolent pot POWS (prisoners of the drug war) in California jails tonight, will have their paperwork to freedom in their hands after we win. Families with pot POWs, email their location to mjpeacecoalition@ as soon as possible. Please vote YES on Prop 19 and give marijuana peace a chance! Lynnette Shaw, Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana

Another fine toxic mess they’re getting us into... Big Oil and Big Tobacco are back again with another “polluter protection” ballot

measure, Prop. 26, which threatens to let polluters off the hook for poisoning the state’s food, air and water. A decade ago, voters rejected their effort to reclassify Got a feeling we’ll all be mitigation fees as paying for this one way “taxes.” That would or another... have subjected fees to a two-thirds vote requirement for passage by the state Legislature or local electorates. Now the polluters are trying again with Prop. 26, which would make California’s fiscal shortfall even worse by sticking taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up messes these corporate goliaths create. When Big Oil soils our coasts, when energy producers spew smog into our air, when chemical firms taint our food or when industry fouls our drinking water, they should be made to pay for mitigating the damage they cause. Edward Mainland, Novato

It’s the greedy, thieving pumpkin patch, Charlie Brown! What right does a commercial enterprise, the pumpkin patch, have to delay me and you up to 30 minutes on a public road for miles all the way to Santa Rosa, and up to 7:30pm, so it can make a profit?! What right does it have to cause increased air pollution and additional accidents? Someone stop this greedy theft of our time immediately! Petaluma, which annually grants this permit, without any regard for the public interests, has chosen to delay hundreds of thousands of drivers for thousands of hours, to pollute the air and to have increased accidents because of the pumpkin patch. Let the pumpkin patch thrive—hooray!— but not at the public’s expense. I suggest that as you pass the pumpkin patch, you roll down your window, honk for as long as one feels appropriate and gesture to the owners your pleasure or displeasure in a manner appropriate to your feeling of having been robbed of 30 minutes of your time. Stuart Kiehl, Sonoma County

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n innovative transportation profor getting Safe Routes to Schools funding gram that started in Marin and in the federal transportation bill.” It was spread across the country celebrates the success of the Marin program—and its 10th birthday this year. the people all over the country calling to That milestone comes at the same time learn how they could start programs in as the opening of the Cal Park Tunnel and their communities—that led Hubsmith the completion of the Lincoln Hill bike to develop the Safe Routes to Schools pathway—significant advancements for lo- National Partnership, which has grown cal nonmotorized transportation. to a network of more than 500 nonprofit “It’s super-excitorganizations, governing,” says Deb Hub- This year, Loma Verde School in ment agencies and smith, founding diindividuals working to Novato won $2,000 for the top rector of Safe Routes promote Safe Routes to Schools National Green Ways to School award. across the country. Partnership, about Second place went to Manor The National Partnerthe birthday of the ship, like Marin Safe program, which Elementary School in Fairfax and Routes to Schools, taps promotes bicycling, Wade Thomas Elementary School a variety of strategies walking and carpool- in San Anselmo. to increase physical ing to schools. Grants activity among schoolfrom the National kids, reduce traffic Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the congestion, improve air quality through California Department of Public Health biking and walking to school, and proand the Marin Community Foundation mote safety for nonmotorized transportagot the program rolling. Safe Routes start- tion. These days, Hubsmith concentrates ed with programs in nine Marin schools. on the national program. She also serves Today, Safe Routes is active in almost all as advocacy director for the Marin County Marin public schools and some private Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), an important ones, about 50 schools total. Safe Routes partner. “We launched a pilot program,” says Hubsmith says that over the years the Hubsmith, “and the program was so sucfederal government, as part of its transcessful that it ignited a national campaign portation funding, has allocated 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Water District says‘No on S’ campaign all wet The Measures S and T campaigns are parsing words again this week, this time over a“No on S”flier going around that purports the Marin Municipal Water District’s initiative would allow the water district to spend“$30 million in ratepayer money on desalination without voter approval.” The controversial flier points to a“cost estimates”table in the district’s engineering report for a desal plant and highlights $7,156,000 the district says it would spend on“permitting, engineering and construction management,”and $22,600,000 it would spend on“distribution system improvements.” But Measure S supporters are crying foul, calling it a“desperate campaign to confuse and misinform Marin County voters”—saying 98 percent of that $30 million would never be spent on desal without voter approval. The two competing desal initiatives are squaring off over the issue of building a desalination plant—a facility that would remove salt from sea water and make it potable for people in times of drought. Specifically, the measures are asking at what stage to allow voting by MMWD users to 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, as Measure S would require. According to MMWD general manager Paul Helliker, engineering, construction management or“distribution system improvements”(i.e., pipes to and from a desal plant) would naturally come at the construction stage of building a plant—and therefore require voter approval before spending on those project components. Helliker says that $700,000 in permitting costs would be a more accurate assessment of the spending required before a plant would be put to a vote, under Measure S requirements. “It’s just disinformation and scare tactics,”Helliker says about Measure T supporters’use of the $30 million total. Adam Scow, spokesman for Measure T-backer Food & Water Watch, a D.C.-based organization with a mission to“ensure clean water and safe food in the United States and around the world,” says the $30 million is accurate. “Measure S only [prevents spending] on the actual construction of the desalination facility, but they can spend as much as they want on permits, design, engineering.” Scow says he doesn’t believe Measure S would prevent the district from spending millions on new pipes, pumps and water storage. “We suspect that Measure S is written to get the project so pregnant,”says Scow,“that it’s forced to give birth.”—Jason Walsh Cox splashing mud at bicycle coalition, says MCBC In other campaign-rhetoric rebuttals, the Marin County Bicycle Coalition is having a skid over statements in a flier being distributed for Sausalito City Council candidate Joan Cox. An MCBC press release says the flier is“highly inaccurate in its portrayal of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition and the work that we have been doing in the beautiful city of Sausalito.“ The MCBC offered several corrections to Cox’s flier including the fact that it is a certified nonprofit and“does not pay a lobbyist”to attend council meetings; it has never asked the Sausalito Police Department to“reduce the number of tickets that they write for bicyclists”; and cautioned that the suggestion that the city is losing money if it writes fewer citations for cyclists coasts dangerously close to the idea that citing bicyclists should be seen as a“revenue source”for the city. In addition, the MCBC noted that Cox repeatedly gets its name wrong.“We are the Marin COUNTY Bicycle Coalition,”states the press release.—JW

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1. The San Francisco Giants have been in three World Series, but lost them all—in what years, to what teams? 2. What heavenly body was first photographed at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, in February 1930? 3 Finish these quotations from Yogi Berra: a. “A nickel ain’t worth a _____ anymore.” b. “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise ...“ c. “Nobody goes to that restaurant anymore, ...“ 4. Recipients of a medical degree (M.D.) take an oath of ethics named after what fourth-century Greek physician, an important contributor to the science of medicine? 5. Pictured at right: Name the movies and the actors shown. 6. Name four very useful inventions small enough to hold in your hand, each beginning with the letter C. 7. This hereditary blood disease occurs more often among people (or their descendants) who have had malaria; therefore it’s common among people of African origin. What’s the three-word name? 8. The Suez Canal connects what sea with what gulf? 9. Brendan Fraser, Jason Robards, Henry Fonda and Hal Holbrook are some of the actors who have played—on TV and the silver screen—the role of what U.S. president? 10. What animal has been known to travel as far as 900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains of Idaho, climbing nearly 7,000 feet, once in its lifetime?




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moral imperative. “I’ve been threatened with recall if I vote for this plan,” declared Storer. “But if you want a man who’s going to bend under pressure, go ahead.” And one of the two supes who voted against the Marincello years ago plan did so because it wasn’t developmentfriendly enough. “The question is what type of development has the best chance of being Marin didn’t know what it had until it was achieved,” posed Supervisor Byron Leydecker, nearly gone 45 years ago this week. lamenting that the odds of “successfully” turnThe 1960s had reached its midpoint and ing one of the world’s great riparian flyovers Marin was quickly developing into the bedroom community for swingin’ ’60s suburban- into a “light-industry zoned retail center” just weren’t suitably encouraging. ites. The new Frank Lloyd Wright building Even San Francisco Examiner editorialist allowed county residents to complete various Dick Nolan weighed in. He dedicated his colcivic duties in an architectural wonder, and the umn that week, headlined “Unwelcome Mat,” just-opened Northgate shopping center was to the “I got mine” attitude of the “anti-people the latest and greatest in the novel concept of enclosed residential shopping arenas—known conservationist howlers,” while dismissing their “pious talk” about preserving the Headquaintly as “malls.” lands as “hard headed.” But this sleepy community of scenic vacaIt seemed Marincello had the support of tion houses, counterculture communes and Eichler single-family homes was sorely lacking almost every county bigwig—and practically “universal disapproval” from the rest of in one crucial area: Marin, according to Supervisor Peter Behr, Sprawling megalopolises erected upon the only board member who fully opposed pristine headlands of the plan. “I did not natural beauty. assume this office to But happily, for preside over the dedrooling land develstruction of our lovely opers everywhere, county,” said Behr, a the Marin County Republican and deterBoard of Supervisors mined champion of was all set to change the environment. that in November of Fortunately, 1965 when it gave an Marincello’s town enthusiastic thumbsmoniker, “where the up to the planned mountains meet the creation of Marinsea,” would prove precello—a suburban A miniature model of the 1965 Marincello proposal. scient over the years, Mecca of towering as the Headlands link high rises and winding cul de sacs smack-dab in the middle of the between Mt. Tam and the Pacific remained intact, while the Frouge plan bottomed out. Marin Headlands. Bulldozers made quick work of the Tennessee In a 3-to-2 vote at their monthly meeting, the Marin supes officially gave the green light to Valley “gateway” to the town, but developer infighting and successful court victories fought the brainchild of East Coast developer Thomas by conservationists made nearly as quick work Frouge whose proposal, backed by millions of Marincello. In 1969, Thomas Frouge died of dollars from Gulf Oil, was to construct a of a massive cerebral hemorrhage; in 1970, “planned city” of 30,000 people, featuring 50 Gulf Oil withdrew its backing for the project. apartment towers, a mall and a skyscraping By 1972, when President Nixon signed the bill hotel overlooking the Golden Gate. placing the Headlands within the new Golden Hundreds of “conservationists” swarmed Gate National Recreation Area, any dream of the board meeting to cry out against Marincello, but the county’s elected leaders held firm a “planned” city by the sea had, in the words of Marin historian Jane Futcher, “breathed its in their convictions that razing 2,138 acres of last gasp.” deer, bobcat and coyote habitat was the right The first great conservation battle in the thing to do. county had been waged. “If it costs me my office to do this, then I Marincello was dead. say so be it,” Supervisor Ernest Kettenhofen And the Marin environmental movement courageously asserted upon casting his vote was born. ✹ for a project that would see hundreds of townhomes lining boulevards from Tennessee Email Jason at Valley to Rodeo Beach. Supervisor Tom Storer positioned his support for bulldozing the Blast into Marin’s past with more historic Coast Miwok stomping grounds as a Behind the Sun at ›› ‘They paved paradise and put up a parking lot, with a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spot’—Joni Mitchell, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’




²ÊIn Marin, the Haves usually respect the Have Nots, but not always. Sometimes there’s a sense of entitlement that’s downright senseless. Elaine visited a friend in San Rafael who lives at the end of a narrow road. A fire hydrant prohibits parking in front of her friend’s home, so Elaine parked her old Hyundai in the closest legal space—smack-dab in front of a looming McMansion. Returning to her car an hour later, she found a handwritten note: Park in front of the house or driveway you are visiting so we can park our cars here. Rich person, settle down. You live on a publicly maintained street that doesn’t belong to you. Maybe you could contact the city of San Rafael to discuss buying it, but until then stop acting like a Zero.—Nikki Silverstein

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which at times has been a dangerous proposition. The route connects San Rafael with the Larkspur Ferry Terminal and with a future SMART train station, making the tunnel an important link in the bicycle and pedestrian route that rail and nonmotorized transportation proponents envision running parallel to the SMART rail tracks from Cloverdale to Larkspur. In addition to serving pedestrians and bicyclists, the tunnel, built in 1884, will accommodate SMART trains headed to and from the Larkspur station. The restoration project for the 1,100-foot tunnel cost $27.7 million and received the honor of being named an outstanding project by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

< 8 Safe Routes shifts into high gear about $800 million nationally to run Safe Routes programs. “I really think it’s one of the greatest accomplishments that we’ve had here in Marin County,” says Hubsmith, who expresses obvious pride that Marin “has helped to spawn this national program that focuses on environmental awareness, physical activity and safety for children on their routes to school.” These milestones make 2010 a significant year for proponents of bicycle and pedestrian transportation. The Cal Park tunnel connects San Rafael and Larkspur, providing a safe route for bicyclists and pedestrians who can make the trip without having to contend with surface traffic,



Sun Endorsements Nov. 2 Election U.S. Senate Barbara Boxer U.S. Representative, District 6 Lynn Woolsey Governor Jerry Brown 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 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

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in traffic congestion near schools. While the Safe Routes program was the near future. Check the MCBC website, marking its first years of success in Marin,, for details. finding money to maintain the program In December, the county will mark the became an issue in 2004, when the initial official opening of the Lincoln Hill bike funding expired. But Marin voters passed path, built as part of the Highway 101 Measure A, which raised the sales tax a HOV gap-closure project. The path offers a safe route parallel to the freeway between half-cent for 20 years to pay for projects that enhance mobility in the county, for the Terra Linda Valley and downtown San street and bike path improvements—and Rafael, a significant link in the norththe Safe Routes program. south bikeway project that one day will The Transportation Authority of Marin run straight through the county, providing (TAM) is the county’s designated congesbicyclists and pedestrians with a freeway tion management agency and serves as a of their own. sales tax authority. Eleven percent of the The idea of separating bike paths from Measure A sales tax money collected each surface streets, creating bicycle highways, year goes to the Safe Routes program, finds considerable support among many says Dianne Steinhauser, TAM’s executive proponents of nonmotorized transportation, who believe this a significant element director. That percentage is “close to $2 million a year,” she says. in promoting bike riding because it The sales tax revenue flows through TAM, increases the sense of rider safety. This year, Safe Routes started a new which contracts with Safe Routes. “We kept campaign called Green Ways to School. It the original team,” says Steinhauser. Kallins aims to extend awareness of the health and and the bicycle coalition “do the traditional environmental benefits of cycling, walk- program of education in the schools.” She ing, carpooling and riding the bus. The adds that the entire effort “is a classic examMarin Community Foundation’s Climate ple of a program that works because of the Change Initiative funded the program with volunteers. This is not a government-driven program. We fund it, a $175,000 grant. The but it’s the schools, Green Ways campaign the parents that make features a SchoolPool “I think you will find that the Safe this thing work. We online trip-sharing Routes program is unbelievably contribute money, cowebsite, contests and cash incentives for popular and crosses political lines,” ordinate and provide materials.” schools that show the says Steinhauser. The arrangegreatest increase in ment has allowed green trips. Although skeptics may say these behavior an expansion of the Safe Routes concept, changes have little effect on global climate with an emphasis on safe. “We do a huge change, Safe Routes and the Green Ways amount of capital improvements around program have produced tangible benefits. schools,” says Steinhauser, “sidewalks, About 25 percent of the traffic congestion stairs, pull-overs for people to drop off around schools in the morning and after- kids.” In September, TAM approved $2 noon comes from parents dropping off and million for a safe-pathway project, which picking up their kids, according to traffic city and county public works projects studies. Safe Routes can boast that it has will implement. “We’ve got the education made a significant contribution in reduc- piece,” says Steinhauser, “we’ve got the ing traffic congestion near schools. And the engineering piece...and we have all these benefits of encouraging kids to ride and other things we do around schools.” One of those other things is providing crosswalk are obvious. “We’ve come a long way in changing be- ing guards. Steinhauser says 78 crossing havior and raising awareness,” says Wendi guards are helping students navigate near Kallins, founder and current director of the Marin schools. “Schools are struggling Marin Safe Routes program. “All of our ac- for funds. We have a lot of schools that tivities now are related to Green Ways to can’t fund crossing guards now. When we School. If you live close, within one-quarter started the crossing guard program, we to a mile, you can walk or bike to school. If had 82 candidates [for guard spots]. We you live too far away, and your school offers funded 60. Now we have 125 candidates, bus service, then use the bus. If your school and we fund 78.” TAM also is working in partnership with does not offer bus service, then form a carpool, and we can assist you in all of these ac- MCBC to promote the SchoolPool program. tivities through, where The Metropolitan Transportation Comyou can find somebody else on your route to mission has recognized the efforts of both school and form a carpool or a walking or groups and their volunteers with a Change in Motion grand prize award. biking group.” Money, however, still is an issue in keeping Kallins says that if parents and carethese programs alive. Even with the money takers really must drive their students to generated from Measure A, TAM saw a school they can “find a place that’s within potential funding shortage. 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Joseph Bigelow. He harnessed the energy of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and purchased 72 acres along the Charles River. Visitors passed through an ornate gateway and were greeted by a bucolic setting of hills, woods, lakes and greenery at every turn. To everyone’s surprise, the cemetery attracted visitors from other American cities. While Bigelow’s motivation for a clean and tidy place to bury the dead stemmed from the physician’s justifiable fear of repeating the widespread yellow fever epidemic of 1822 in New York, which was aggravated by sloppy habits of burying the diseased, another deathly entrepreneur entered the scene in the early 1900s with far more Victorian ideals about handling the dead. Hubert Eaton, a Midwestern businessman, took over as manager of Los Angeles’ Forest Lawn cemetery in 1913 with plans to create a “gladsome” resting place for the deceased that would keep thoughts of death virtually away from the visitor’s mind. Who wouldn’t rest in peace with the kind of view you get at Fernwood Cemetery near Tennessee Valley? To achieve this manicured vision, he forbade upright tombstones and allowed only flat bronze markers, set into the ground. The greenery was kept as tidy as any neighborhood lawn, and burial sections were given sugary titles like “Eventide,” “Sweet Memories” and “Vesperland.” Forest Lawn soon became known as the “Disneyland of death” as other features were added: museums, patriotic exhibits, replicas of famous artwork and more. It even served as the site of several weddings. by Jo r d a n E . Ro s e n fe l d To Eaton’s credit, the cemetery attracted thousands of paying customers every year, ou’re strolling across a lawn so chaise even attracted paying customers—often and Eaton’s name went on to become synonypristine it seems unnatural— wealthy Parisians—once the cemetery took on mous with sterilized death. The taphophiles among you—yes, people dotted with stone benches and the remains of notable dead Frenchmen inwho love to tour cemeteries are a large pine trees that filter dappled afternoon light, cluding Moliere and La Fontaine. flanked by flowering bushes. Framed against Before this, the dead were often treated enough group to have earned their own a blue Marin sky, birds tweet a gentle song. as refuse, tossed into empty fields, plots title—may already know that Marin County Where are you? A park? A botanical garden? and ditches—piled together without care is home to more than 30 cemeteries, many Nope, you’re at the cemetery. or consideration for the lives they had lived among the earliest of the “modern” style of cemeteries, as the You could be at Pioneer Memorial Cemor the grieving famigrowing 18th-century etery in Novato, a forested “final resting place” lies who lost them population in Marin overlooking Marin’s signature hillsides, or (or the unpleaswas born right as the perhaps Valley Memorial, in Bahia—which ant odors that acold methods of graveis the only local cemetery to boast a Muslim companied them). keeping (or not, as memorial building, featuring Sufi architecThe only people the case tended to be) ture. In these peaceful pastures there’s very to receive special were dying out. little outside the slabs of granite underfoot to burial consideration Still, only a handful give away the fact that you’re walking upon were usually clergy, of Marin’s graveyards the bones of generations of the dead. While whose bodies were are the pastoral places we may take these Eden-like resting places for often entombed in one might be able to granted, cemeteries weren’t always this pictur- church catacombs sit and enjoy a picnic esque. The cemetery as we know it today— or grounds (even lunch, such as Mt. Tanearly indistinguishable from a pristinely these had a tendency The foresty pathways through Pioneer Memorial Cemetery malpais in San Rafael, landscaped park—is a remarkably modern to stink). are quite popular for Novato families visiting the big which opened in the invention that originated with the French, Early American children’s playground beneath. 1870s, and Mt. Olivet who were the first to tidy up the stench of settlers took the death. Literally. Travel writer Tom Weil writes more practical approach: They buried their Catholic Cemetery, in San Rafael, where you that in the 1700s the burial grounds of France dead wherever they happened to die. It was must “belong to the Church” to join the dead. (and much of Europe) “fairly seethed and even rare to mark graves, as pioneering life Some, in fact, are so old that, like Sunny Hill bubbled with putrefaction.” Bodies were often required people to move on in the search for Cemetery in the northern region of Sausalito, buried in trenches left open for months until food and shelter. By the early 1800s, however, they are no longer taking new “residents” and full—spreading disease and really annoying family graveyards—small patches just behind come with warnings about walking carefully the neighbors. a homestead with crude wooden markers— so as not to fall through a breach in the foliage into an aging cistern. And don’t be surprised It was in 1804 that a large stretch of hillside were more common. if you feel a little haunted walking around in an eastern suburb of Paris became the first In the United States, the first modern “garcemetery designed with dual purposes—not den cemetery” was opened in Boston’s Mount the Mission San Rafael near Fifth Avenue; the remains of hundreds of Native Americans still only as a resting place for the dead, but a pas- Auburn in 1831, just outside Cambridge, by exist beneath the streets and buildings in the toral retreat for city folk. Cimetiere du Pere La- Harvard professor, physician and botanist


old Mission San Rafael stomping grounds. The oldest Marin cemetery is Bolinas Cemetery, established at St. Mary Magdalen Church in 1853. The cemetery holds the bones of Druids and early Methodists, and Presbyterians. It’s one of many historic cemeteries that tell a tale of the county’s earliest residents; this includes Marshall Cemetery, with a large number of buried Miwok, and the nearly 150 immigrants who were buried at the Angel Island Post Cemetery until 1947, when those remains were moved to San Bruno. Besides being prettied-up receptacles for our bones, cemeteries are capsules of history, preserving our ancestry. And they’re a great place for a picnic lunch.Ð Send epitaphs to Jordan at

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DEATH issue ‘No matter how I struggle and strive— I’ll never get out of this world alive’ —Hank Williams We feel your pain, Hank. Which is why each year we dedicate our Halloween issue to the very subject this week’s trickor-treaty, candy-coated, rubber-masked ode-to-consumerism holiday was originally intended to commemorate—death. We’re leaving the pumpkin-patch roundups and stories about 2010’s most challenging corn mazes to the local dailies to present our fifth annual Death issue—five stories confronting the culmination of life, with all the reverence, dignity and curiosity the final stage of living deserves. So chin up, Hank Williams. The rest of us ain’t gettin’ out of it alive, neither. —Jason Walsh Comment on this story in TownSquare, at ››

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died (Turner and Hooch, I Am Legend, Old Yeller, The Neverending Story, Where the Red Fern Grows), which would they pick? Most of the 659 voters—67 percent—chose to endure rague gets crushed by the Soviets, the movies where people died, and the results lovers betray each other, people would have been even more lopsided if the die—no problem. But when the death-of-human movies had been any good mutt Karenin starts to expire from natural to begin with. Many noted that they “simply causes, a minor plot point, I start weeping can’t stand” to see animals die in films. and sniffling, trying to keep quiet. A friend What Just Happened, a recent movie about sitting next to me at a showing of The Un- making movies, addresses the issue directly. bearable Lightness of Being is alarmed. “Are Robert De Niro stars as “Ben,” a film producer you all right?” he whispers. I can’t talk, watching the end of a pre-release screening my throat is clenched. My mascara is ru- for his new film. Sean Penn is the star of Ben’s ined. But it can’t be new film and, at the helped. The worst dramatic climax, his has happened—a character is shot and dog has died. That’s rolls down a hill. As the unbearable part the bad guys step of the film. in to finish him off, Mention “dog Penn looks to the sky death scenes” and you and begs, “Forgive can pretty much tell them father, for they someone’s generation know not what...” Ben from the response. watches the audience. Old Yeller (1957) reThey look interested. mains the gold stanThen, before plugdard for baby boomging Penn’s character ers, a slightly younger full of lead, the bad group tags Where the guys turn and shoot to an informal survey, most ‘My Dog Skip’ viewers Red Fern Grows (1974) According Penn’s dog. The would rather see Frankie Muniz succumb to the heartbreakas the real weepy. For ing ravages of time than Eddie, the dog from ‘Frazier.’ audience is horrified. my mother it was alSome walk out. The ways The Biscuit Eater comment cards are (1940); for millennials My Dog Skip (2000) is terrible. The rest of What Just Happened deals the tear-jerker supreme. Strangely enough, with trying to convince the director to let the these are all stories set in the American South, dog live in the film (nobody cares if Penn’s but I can also recall blubbering away at Ron- character dies) in order to save Ben’s productu’s old-age death (“Come and bark at the ing career. seagulls, Rontu, you always love to bark at I Am Legend, a combination science fiction/ the seagulls...”) in Island of the Blue Dolphins horror movie—genres not known for senti(1964)—which is about California Indians. mental animal portrayals—is in some ways Of course, most of us saw these movies as an update to Old Yeller. Will Smith’s character children, when we’d cry at the announcement is forced to kill his faithful German shepherd, that it’s time to leave Disneyland, as well as at Samantha, after the dog becomes infected by a fictional animal’s death. And many adults I zombies. The euthanasia scene provoked outasked about the subject looked puzzled—they rage. Viewers’ comments run along the line of have no particular problem with animal death “I couldn’t stop crying” or “Don’t watch this scenes. (One man even said he didn’t underterrible movie”—although no one seems at stand the universal sorrow when E.T. lay at all upset that Will Smith’s wife and adorable death’s door. “I thought, good!” he said “Now daughter are killed right before his eyes in a they can dissect him and learn something.”) fiery helicopter crash. But a substantial number of us don’t reach And Marley and Me, about a Florida this level of rationality. This summer a highly newspaper man and his family and their informal Internet poll asked respondents: If yellow Lab, is a profoundly mediocre they were forced to sit through a movie mara- movie that nonetheless prompts buckets thon where people died (Stepmom, Beaches, of tears because the last 20 minutes are all Powder, My Girl, Steel Magnolias) or animals about the dog dying.


If you grow attached to Old Dan and Little Ann in ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ we suggest you stop reading when you get to the climactic ‘mountain lion scene.’

Books can provoke an even stronger reaction than films and most of the dog-death movies started as books—children’s books, usually. No More Dead Dogs, a novel for young adults by Gordon Korman, features eighth-grade football player Wallace Wallace who protests the whole notion and says, “The dog always dies. Go to the library and pick out a book with an award sticker and a dog on the cover. Trust me, that dog is going down.” But books for adults can be just as wrenching. Marley was, of course, a best-seller before it was a film. And writer Jon Katz, despite his last name, has made a career out of writing nonfiction books about his dogs. A Dog Year (made into a recent HBO film starring Jeff Bridges) features the deaths of yellow Labradors Julius and Stanley, but introduces the complicated, exasperating border collie Orson. The deaths of the retrievers were traumatic for the reader, and Katz prefaced some subsequent works with “No dog dies in this book.” There was no such assurance in A Good Dog, which had Orson’s picture on the cover. I hesitated to pick it up; I should have left it right where it was. But, no. It was a very difficult book to read—and I mean that in a physical sense. Discerning type through copious, never-ending tears is a challenge. It’s the hardest I’ve ever cried for anything, ever, including the deaths of people I actually know. That book is my personal Restasis—whenever I feel a little dry in the eyes I think of Orson and the problem is solved. If only there were a solution to the embarrassment of losing control in the first place. What is the root of this gross overreaction? My friend Sallie suggests it’s a numbers deal—from a young age we are so used to people being shot, stabbed, blown up, etc. on film and in books that we become inured. There may be something to that; we learn early to never get attached to anyone wearing a red shirt on Star Trek. But it no doubt goes deeper. Dr. Anne de Lovinfosse, of San Rafael, has held support groups for people who

mourn pets. She points out that “it’s the same pain as losing a family member, sometimes even more severe pain.” She says that with some people and animals “there is a deep bond and it’s more emotional [than a bond with other people].” As for people who don’t go overboard about animal death, she said others can “have a distant relationship with animals; some are more closely connected with other humans.” Which apparently means that the let’s-dissectE.T. types may be more emotionally healthy. Certified as a pet bereavement therapist, Lou Leet of Bittersweet Animal Hospice, which is listed on the Marin Humane Society website, has helped hundreds of people get through the loss of a pet, but says she doesn’t have the answer to why film dog deaths are so upsetting. However, she does say, “When an animal is dying there’s a lot of honesty. It’s just raw emotion.” Katlyn Stranger, a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Rafael, has worked on pet-loss bereavement for more than 20 years and is a consultant to Guide Dogs for the Blind. She says that pet deaths “take you to a different realm” and that one is reminded of childhood losses. “With people we have very complicated relationships,” says Stranger. “With people, it’s tricky. With animals it’s simple.” She suggested that to have a more moderated response to animal deaths in movies I should remind myself that they’re just actors, that they’re not really dying, that it’s only a movie. I felt better after talking with the therapists, and to test my newfound sense of rationality and proportion I rented My Dog Skip. It was high time for the triumph of reason and logic over stupid emotion! I was rested, healthy, had not been through any recent trauma. It was easy to remember these were only actors—the kid Frankie Muniz was the star of Malcolm in the Middle, his mom was Diane Lane, Secretariat’s mom, and the dad, Kevin Bacon, is connected to every movie ever made. Even the dog was instantly recognizable as Moose (and, as it turns out, Moose’s look-alike offspring)—who played Eddie on TV’s Frasier. I reminded myself that I’ve seen plenty of dogs dying in movies and when the inevitable death scene came, with a tearful Malcolm in the Middle pleading with prostrate Eddie Crane not to die in the vet’s office, I teared up a little bit—about the same amount as I do during Holocaust movies. And it was a great relief when the dog got up and was going to be fine after all. I had made it and was going to be fine too. Then I saw there were still 10 minutes left to go, which was puzzling because the story was all wrapped up. Turns out the last 10 minutes of My Dog Skip are devoted to killing off the dog. It had nothing to do with the general plot of the movie—he just gets old and dies. Reader, I lost it. Ð Explain to Julie why Yeller had it comin’ at OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13


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he thought of being buried after I the rise of ash, Thornton estimates 90 perdie has always been unappealing. cent of Marinites are now choosing creBeing preserved, dolled-up and mation over traditional burial. And many stuffed inside a pricey coffin only to be hid- folks aren’t leaving their loved ones’ ashes den underground and piled with dirt seems in a niche at his mortuary, he says—they’re unnecessarily extravagant, claustrophobic and ordering them “to go.” downright icky. The way I see it, once you’re Cremated remains, or cremains, are done with your body (or your pure calcium (ground body is done with you) it’s down bone fragments more organic to just become with the consistency part of the bigger organic of fine sand) and are whole, as environmentally completely harmless. friendly as possible. As the One adult is about 4 to 6 green movement touts: repounds of ash. (For the duce, reuse, recycle and keep record, they aren’t really those carbon footprints to a “ashes,” although they are minimum. Cremation is the often referred to as such.) way I want go. Because California law I’m not alone. Jack grants permission for Keith Richards definitely made the most of Thornton, director of Mt. his dad Bert’s cremations. cremated remains to be Tamalpais Mortuary and scattered on private propCemetery in San Rafael, tells me he’s seen a erty or 500 yards offshore, Thornton says that growing shift toward cremations in the last most folks like to take cremains with them to 10 years. While grave keepers of the past are spread. A blast in a furnace at the crematoprobably turning over in their graves about rium of Mt. Tamalpais Mortuary runs about


$1,600 for the whole shebang, complimentary helping to rebuild fragile ecosystems. With a provided GPS location, family members can urn included. Thornton says, “Some places visit their loved ones/reefs by boat or as divers. give [the remains] out in a cardboard box, we Single cremain reefs start at $3,995 and cusdon’t do that. We have a nice velvet bag in a tomers can be involved in the process as much plastic or bronze urn.” as they’d like—helping to mix the concrete Not a bad price tag when you consider how much a traditional burial could set you in what is called the “casting event,” making back (embalming, funeral home fees, coffin, handprints or scratching messages into the damp reef as it dries. They can even draw gravestone, flowers). Recalling the 2007 New Musical Express in- on the final product with chalk before it sets terview with Keith Richards, when the Rolling out to sea. Family members and friends can attend the placement and dedication of the Stone guitarist said that he’d mixed his dead father’s ashes with some cocaine and “snorted reef aboard a chartered vessel. Larger reefs can be created with cremains of up to four people, them up” (he’d actually sprinkled most of the and pet cremains can also be included. Group cremains around an oak tree he planted as a cremain-reefs are also an option. Check out tribute to the old man), I began wondering about the “creative” ways to handle what’s left For music lovers who’d like to “live on from of your loved ones. beyond the groove,” it’s now possible to have I asked Thornton if he’d had any “unyour cremains pressed into a vinyl record usual” requests for cremains and he said thanks to the U.K. company And Vinyly. not really. But he did mention that he had You’ll need to cough up 3,000 British pounds a customer who took his father’s ashes (about $5,000) and do some footwork prior and got them mixed with tattoo ink for a to your death—the pre-deceased supplies the memorial tattoo over his heart. A friend of mine who has been tattooing tune or a vocal recording. And Vinyly’s basic for more than 15 years and works at a shop “Rest in Vinyl” package serves you 30 slabs in San Francisco, tells me he has inked cre- of ash-ridden wax in paper sleeves with the mains on a few customers—but it’s not very name, date of birth and of death printed on common. He guesses that those who have them. The company also hawks T-shirts and asked for it are using it as part of their heal- posters bearing their logo; the website reassures that “despite the site’s ing process, a way to be light-hearted tone, all our more at peace with their services are carried out with grief. My tattooing friend the utmost respect and care” (who prefers his name not ( be used because, he says, vinyly/andvinyly.html). “some people frown on Heavens Above Firestuff they don’t underworks (www.heavensabstand”) simply takes a tiny is a bit of cremains and mixes U.K. business that packs them with the tattoo ink— cremains into fireworks so he’s used both human and the deceased can get sent off pet cremains—and said with a bang (in a variety of one wouldn’t ever notice options) in what the coma change in the ink—i.e., pany calls “a happier way that it now included a to say goodbye.” They also dead person in it—at all. do smaller, custom-made I visited a tattoo shop fireworks with cremains in San Rafael to see what added for clients to set off they thought about, how Lending new meaning to the term ‘death at home, “providing their shall we say, the “human metal.’ gardens are suitable and stain.” Neither of the two tattooists I spoke with had ever used safe.” These will run you 400 British pounds cremains for a tattoo. One said he wasn’t (about $650) and up, but the website claims a thrilled with the idea, although he had just memorable display can be achieved for under had a client ask him to do it and he was 500 pounds. If ascending one’s ashes toward scheduled to ink his first one the next week. the heavens is more your style, the Eternal (He also preferred that his name not be Ascent Society ( used for this story—yes, even tattoo artists will put some of your cremains in a 5-foot, biodegradable balloon filled with helium and are protective of their reputations). release it to the sky where, at around 30,000 ● ● ● ● feet (that’s about six miles up), it will disinteTHANKS TO THE Internet, today it’s easier grate. All that for $995 to $2,500. Loftier yet, than ever to connect with small businesses a memorial space flight from Celestis (www. around the world. 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sat by my close friend, Lydia, as she died of cancer in the spring of 2005 and we made a pact. I would assist her in crossing over through readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, if she promised not to show up unexpectedly—in ghost form— in the middle of the night and give me a heart attack. She agreed that before making the type of grand, theatrical entrance she was so well-known for throughout her life, that she’d politely knock on my front door so as not to completely freak me out. In the weeks and months following her death, she would pop up in dreams, joking and reassuring me that the Book of the Dead was helping her to navigate some fairly unsettling terrain. Often, when I was missing her most in the moments of heavy and unbearable grief that we all experience when that dark void is ripped open after the death of a loved one, I would hear knocks at the door—which I’d open to an empty porch step. Some thought I had lost my frazzled little mind from the lack of sleep I experienced in those days. Others reassured

Burlison me and insisted that my experiences were real. The belief in ghosts varies from culture to culture and is often questioned and even celebrated during the Halloween season. Pre-Christian Celtic traditions held that Samhain (the root of present day Halloween celebrations) was the time of year when the wall between the living and dead became transparent, allowing communication and visual contact between the two worlds. In Latin America, the Nov. 1 and 2 observance of Dia de los Muertos is a celebratory time intended to encourage visits from the dearly departed (although originally observed by Aztecs in late summer). Regardless of the time of year, however, people around the world continue to have contact with what many believe are ghosts. Like any topic relating to faith or the paranormal, there are believers and non-believers. Skeptics say that our minds trick us into holding onto our dead loved ones in order to ease the shock of their absence, but this theory does not account for the unexplained 16 > OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 15

< 15 Wish you were here unanswered question: “What circumstances experiences many claim to have brushed up bring human spirits to be stuck here?” against—with hair standing at attention at According to therapist and spiritual counthe base of necks—in places like historic land- selor Maria Guiterrez, the answer is simple. marks, hotels and “It all depends on how summer camps. Most attached the spirit is to agree that summer “The house and the property have the material world,” she camps are notorious a peaceful, serene vibe and I think says in a Sebastopol tea for breeding fantahouse.” With too many sies of otherworldly that emanates from the good ghost attachments, the mind is beings and urban of Mr. Giddings,” she says. not clear enough to leave legends (the enand spirits end up wantire Friday the 13th dering and can get lost. movie franchise stems from one bad sum- Others stick around to remer at Camp Crystal Lake), but Chris Rossi view their lives and watch of Golden Gate Ghost Investigators in Point over loved ones before Reyes says he now has some evidence that moving on.” the tall tales are not myths after all. Guiterrez, who reFairfax’s Camp Bothin, built on Native cently moved her priMiwok land and once home to a tubercuvate practice from San losis hospital, has a long history of ghost Anselmo to Sonoma stories, including campgoers’ claims of County and has had hearing children coughing, nurses rolling several experiences with carts down hallways, native men standing hauntings, says that lost among the surrounding trees and women or worried souls are not in Victorian-era dress walking the grounds the only explanation (and even arguing). behind the spooky feel“I didn’t actually get that feeling that some- ings or even sounds that times happens when you come in contact some hear in so-called with a ghost,” says Rossi, referring to a recent haunted places. “When four-night paranormal investigation at Camp major trauma has hapBothin. “But by the last night every one of our pened,” she says, “it iminvestigators had an experience and heard prints into the fabric voices.” Rossi’s team also documented conof that place. It’s like an versation sounds and shadowy and ghostly echo of an event.” apparitions with infrared cameras and soundWhether the sightings or sounds at anothrecording equipment. er Marin landmark—the Olema Inn—are A self-proclaimed skeptic, Rossi and his echoes of history is questionable as well. The wife joined forces with a handful of friends to inn is believed by many to be haunted by the conduct investigations after he experienced ghost of one man—Edgar Nelson. Nelson, a “haunting” while working as a late-night a previous owner who shot himself in the community radio host on KWMR in Point yard when the Army took over the location Reyes Station. The ghost, whom Rossi refers as barracks during World War II, has been to as The Janitor, was non-threatening and seen, heard and felt on several occasions by spent its evenings sweeping the restroom and employees and visitors alike. In an instance switching off lights. Rossi decided he needed such as the Olema Inn—with a specific and visible proof that he was not alone on his late clear story about one individual—it is easier night shifts and borrowed recording equipto attribute the spooky feelings to a ghost ment to catch his invisible friend on film. instead of an imprint of history. The circumWithin moments, the equipment fizzled, stances of Nelson’s death—a suicide—also leaving him with nothing more than a broken raise questions about why and how his ghost camera and a spooky story for his friends. remains in Olema, and if there is indeed a Still, Rossi believes that something remains spirit lurking there or if the legend creates after death and continues to explore his big stories in our minds in order to bring an

Camp Bothin, above and left, is said to be haunted by Coast Miwok and tuberculosis sufferers.

element of excitement to visitors. Both Rossi and Guiterrez agree that there are some situations that have no other explanation than spirit communication and that ghostly interactions can be detected with a basic change in perception. “Our Western educational system trains us out of ways of knowing,” says Guiterrez. “But for so many people around the world, the spirit world is as real as the air we breathe.” For Leslie Russo of Woodacre, the ghost of her house’s longtime occupant, Mr. Giddings, is very real indeed. “Mr. Giddings, allegedly the first postmaster of Woodacre, lived in my house and loved it very much,” relates Russo. “As these things happen, he got old and older and somewhat infirm. When he was very old and quite ill his family tried to take him to the hospital ‘over the hill.’ He absolutely refused to go, walked out into the backyard, sat down under the gorgeous wisteria arbor and died there...peaceful under the wisteria arbor in the place he loved so much.”

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Russo says she still feels the ghost of Mr. Giddings watching over the property. “The house and the property have a peaceful, serene vibe and I think that emanates from the good ghost of Mr. Giddings,” she says. Is there really “life” after death or is it that we mortals living in the West have such a hard time fathoming the thought of falling out of existence that we convince ourselves we will still have the ability to frequent our favorite haunts, if you will, long after the blood ceases to pump through our veins? Maybe it is much easier to face death if we know that we’ll continue watching our loved ones walk through life—even if they can’t always see us and it would probably freak them out a bit to imagine our ghosts hovering in the corner during baby showers and birthday parties. Regardless of what the masses have been trained out of knowing, I, for one, will be placing images of my dead loved ones up on our yearly altar surrounded by snacks, flowers and a slice of cake for Lydia’s Halloween birthday. We’ll light some candles, tell some stories and anticipate the annual knocks on the door, which will hopefully be opened to trick-or-treaters and maybe to my friend’s invisible ghost. Ð Haunt Dani at

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eath doesn’t only come to archbishops and parakeets and other breathing, multiplying things. Allegedly inanimate objects like relationships, houses, belief systems and transistor radios are just as susceptible to the big sleep, the lowered curtain, the long goodbye and the big casino as any yammering biped. The second law of thermodynamics tells us that everything runs down eventually, that propulsion is finite and nothing lasts forever. A shattered dream is as absolute as a poet’s tombstone, and everything from crabs and peaches to political parties, solar systems and Alfa Romeos has its own particular season. The same holds true for physical places, dots on the map where people gather and get to know each other and build houses and create a community. Some villages endure for millennia—Rome, Tunis, Baghdad— while others vanish within a few years. These ghost towns kick the bucket for any number of reasons. A flourishing rail stop goes kaput when the tracks are torn up and the interstate opts for flatter horizons. One too many flash floods convinces a punch-drunk citizenry to pack up, padlock the Bijou and head for higher ground. A company town’s steel mill fails, cholera leaves the corpses to the buzzards, Main Street is paved with contaminated soil or the army decides that the village on the bluff is the perfect place for an artillery range, and the next thing you know, a once-thriving metropolis is as dead as Jacob Marley’s doorknocker. Some ghost towns rise again. Alexandria, the glittering capital of ancient Egypt, was down to 150 citizens by the 19th century and now boasts a population of 4 million; Tomb-


stone, Aspen and Deadwood have found new life as Wild West tourist attractions. But the dead outnumber the living: Antarctica has its abandoned whaling ports, Russia its forsaken Soviet-era communes, England its blitz-beleaguered, eternally evacuated country villages. British Columbia alone boasts some 1,500 defunct logging, milling or canning settlements. Hashima Island in Japan was the most densely populated place in the world... until the local coal mine closed down. Kowloon had been a walled city of opium dens, brothels and rampant lawlessness for decades when Chinese and British soldiers demolished the place and left it to the history books. To this day nobody knows what happened to Roanoke, North Carolina, which vanished without a trace in the 17th century. California, of course, is ribboned with ghost towns, most of them in the Gold Country, where communities came and went as quickly as the fortunes that built them: great-sounding places like Bodie and Calico and Downieville and Garlock and Antelope House and French Gulch and You Bet and Ragtown. But the frontier spirit that spawned these abandoned townships didn’t end in the Sierra foothills; our very own Marin County has a rich history of busted, deserted or otherwise vacated villages as well. At the top of the list are the 500-plus Coast Miwok communities that once dotted our county, a hundred of them on the Point Reyes Peninsula alone. Situated primarily near coves, creeks and lagoons, each village was made up of huts, sweathouses and a community center and had its own clearly delineated, ecologically diverse territory for

at Woodville Ranch, a 5-acre spread with multiuse hunting and gathering. Olomovernight accommodations.) pali State Historic Park north of Novato Little is known about Garcia (named after has partially preserved a 1,500-year-old aforementioned land baron Rafael Garcia settlement and trading center containing and located along the railway a couple of Marin’s last remaining adobe home and artifacts including an Elizabethan sixpence miles east of Point Reyes Station) or Millerton (named after Tomales Bay longshoreman from Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hinde. James Miller and situated just across the bay After the conquistadores and the ranchos from Inverness), but Hamlet, established in came U.S. statehood, and with it a horde of the pre-statehood days of the 1840s, is endYankees looking to get rich in this fertile, lessly fascinating. Just north of Point Reyes unspoiled land. In 1853 Samuel P. Taylor, a 49er from Boston, came to Marin and discov- Station on the east side of Tomales Bay, for several years this 40-acre village was the hub ered Daniels Creek (now Lagunitas Creek), of the area’s oystering, fishing, hog-raising, a bountiful Nicasio Indian fishing ground. dairy farming and shipping industries. CanTaylor bought 100 acres from coast grandee neries, boatwrights, oysterbeds, vacation Rafael Garcia and constructed the West’s first cabins and popular restaurants gave the place paper mill, supplying every San Francisco newspaper with its raw material. The thriving a rollicking waterfront ambience. Schooners carried Tomales potatoes, Pierce Point butter mill sprouted into an entire town, Taylorville, and sacks of bivalves to San Francisco’s finest with a hundred workers, a rooming house restaurants. But after World War II its wharf and a grocery. A dairy, an orchard and a was abandoned, and aside from the rambuncchicken ranch were built nearby, and when tious Jensen’s Oysters roadhouse, the settlethe Northwestern Pacific Railway arrived in ment lost its lifeblood. You could still see a few 1871, a Camp Taylor Resort sprang up complete with hotel, campgrounds, dance pavilion stilted fishing shacks poking out of the bay a few years ago, but all that’s left now is the and water sports. Only the campground decrepit wharf and a few oyster sheds. remains today. Another waterfront village with plenty Taylorville was one of several communities that materialized in the vicinity of Taylor’s of phantoms is China Camp. In the 1870s mulched sequoias. The town of Irving was a this eastern San Rafael state park was a thriving community nearby rail stop where of shops, markets the Irving Group Picand dwellings where nic Area now stands. 500 immigrant North of Taylorville on Cantonese caught the way to Olema was and processed San Jewell, named after one Pablo Bay’s plentiful Omar Jewell, a local shrimp, most of it to rancher with a spread be dried and shipped along the shores of the to Chinese settlecreek. Neighboring Toments back home caloma, a resort town and across the United of vacation cottages States. (The camp’s and a beautiful hotel expat vibe is so with its own post ofThe few remaining residents of Dogtown work hard enduringly authentic, fice, was a popular spot to maintain a certain air of sophistication in the oncethe place stood in for hunting, fishing thriving community.. for a Chinese fishing and horseback rides to the ocean. (A few cabins and bits of the old village in the 1955 movie Blood Alley.) railway bridge over the creek are reminders of Jack London wrote about this teeming the town’s fun-filled existence.) And in San port in Tales of the Fish Patrol, but the only Geronimo Valley to the east was Mailliard: cot- visceral mementos of its glory days are a tages, a train depot and a grocery store parti- dock, a rusty boat tow, some cabins and a tioned out of horse breeder Adolph Mailliard’s few ancient trawlers. Marin’s spookiest ghost town is the Mill vast land holdings. Valley Air Force Station on Mt. Tamalpais’s Dogtown, out toward the Pacific in Olema West Peak. Built in 1952, the 100-acre site was Valley, can’t really be classified as a ghost a town in itself, with a population of 200, 62 town because people still live there, but since buildings, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a the population hovers around the 30 mark movie theater, a pool and a gymnasium. As it more or less fits the definition in any case. command post for the 40th Artillery Brigade, The town began as a bedroom community the base also featured radar facilities that for Bolinas’s dockworkers, with a hotel, a controlled the Bay Area’s 12 antiaircraft Nike school and seven saloons. The local wildlife was abundant, so just about everyone in town missile batteries and guardposts and cyclone fencing to keep Russian spies at bay. The site had a hunting dog. “[It] is known under was deactivated in 1980 and the buildings the cognomen of Dogtown,” wrote a corwere removed a few years ago (the FAA operrespondent from the Marin County Journal ates an air traffic control radar station there in 1865, “being so-called, we presume, from now), but you can still see those two gigantic the immense number of canines which infest golf balls emerging from the mountain, a the place.” For a hundred years the town was ghostly reminder of another era. 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I replied that I seriously doubted his story. How much can change in a week? He wouldn’t let it go and wrote back several times, attempting to convince me that he’s a great guy, while others are not. “Kim’s lucky she has you and her other friends to safeguard her, because I know guys can be insincere and jerks,” he wrote. Amen to that, William. Certain that he found her pictures unattractive, Kim was hurt. (Wrong. She’s truly beautiful with a fantastic figure.) I felt guilty that I started the whole thing. Kim and I met at the bar in Saylor’s Landing to drown our sorrows at being duped again. A mere seven days before, William practically begged for an introduction to Kim and now he’s pledged to another. Liar, liar, pants on fire. Some men at the bar overheard our conversation and weighed in. They believed William was dating someone and decided to give it a go. We disagreed. If he cared enough about a woman to commit to her, why would he go to great lengths to meet a woman he read about in a newspaper? “Being a jerk doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a liar,” a man quipped. “It’s a stretch to think that one week could make such a big difference,” I responded. “It’s really a day, not a week,” Kim said. “He was still on Match the day before he committed.” The following day, I started asking friends and strangers about the situation. (The responses would make John Gray very happy.) Every man thinks William’s explanation is plausible. The women say he’s lying. Why are the genders polarized on the issue? Are males more gullible and females more realistic? Do woman so desperately want to believe in true love and romance that they find it difficult to accept that a man would seek out a fantasy woman when he’s already happily involved? Are men merely defending a brother? Is William lying or simply misunderstood? What do you think? Send your vote to and please don’t forget to include your gender. I can’t end this story without sharing that William emailed again. “I really hope Kim’s Match renewal doesn’t go to waste,” he said. Uh, William, I think it already did. ✹ Email: Offer Nikki some helpful advice on TownSquare at ››

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(Davis never did graduate from the famed conservatory, choosing to make history instead) and Vincent dispenses a single fatal shot. The tune trails off. But that electrifying track—a live rendition of “Spanish Key”—is as vibrant and captivating as it was when Davis first unleashed it on an unsuspecting world on his Upon its release many fans criticized ‘Bitches Brew’ as self-indulgent; today it is recognized as a jazz-rock milestone. revolutionary 1970 album Bitches Brew. jazz—away from acoustic instrumentaThis week, the 28th annual SF Jazz FestiThat adventurous double-LP signaled tion and toward a plugged-in future that val is celebrating the anniversary of Bitches the arrival of jazz-rock terrified purists—and Brew with an all-star band co-led by cornetfusion with a blend of it became a milestone ist Graham Haynes (son of jazz drumming high-energy jazz improA CLASSIC COMEBACK in Davis’s innovative legend Roy Haynes) and keyboardist Marco visation and post-Jimi Bitches Brew Revisited will career, along with 1950’s Benevento and featuring trumpet player Hendrix rock. Bitches be staged Friday, Oct. 29, at Birth of Cool and 1959’s Antoine Roney (brother of Davis acolyte Brew brought together the Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Wallace Roney), jazz-rock guitarist James Kind of Blue. a stunning lineup that Lyon St., San Francisco. $25, The often-maligned Blood Ulmer, drummer Cindy Blackman $45, $65. 866/920-5299. included saxophonist Bitches Brew paved and DJ Logic on turntables. Wayne Shorter; guitarist Meanwhile, Columbia/Legacy has reisthe way for a host of John McLaughlin; keysued Bitches Brew as a three-disc expanded spectacular ’70s fusion boardists Chick Corea, edition (two CDs and a single DVD). The bands: Weather Report, Return to ForJoe Zawinul and Larry Young; bassist Dave ever, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos 40th anniversary edition includes the origHolland; and drummers Jack DeJohnette, Santana’s mid-career bands and the Yellow inal album plus two previously unreleased Lenny White and Airto Moreira. Jackets, among others. studio tracks (alternates takes of “SpanThe album marked a turning point for ish Key” and “John McLaughlin”) and an unreleased video of a concert filmed in Copenhagen in 1969 featuring explosive performances by the Miles Davis Quintet as they developed the material that would serve as the core of Bitches Brew. ✹ “Voodoo Down” with Greg at

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isbeth Salander, the “girl with the dragon tattoo,” the “girl who played with fire,” doesn’t literally kick any nests, hornet or otherwise, in this last installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy. In fact, Lisbeth, again played by Noomi Rapace, spends the first half or more of the film in a hospital bed. Though the target of various vicious killers, Lisbeth is not as much the center of this film as is investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist). After a violent pre-credits sequence, the action becomes more political than physical as Mikael, together with his editor (and occasional lover) Erika Berger (Lina Endre) and the rest of the staff of Millennium, their monthly magazine, digs deep to get the goods on the corrupt government officials and shrinks who put Lisbeth into Looks more like the man who chewed the hornet’s nest... a mental hospital at age 12. Hornet’s Nest, the film, fortunately omits some of the plenty of that too, especially in the figure of Lisbeth’s vile novel’s twists and subplots, including romantic ones. father); it’s pure evil, politically grounded and deeply There are fewer meetings among similar-looking elderly seated in Sweden’s government. men whose names all seem to end in qvist or son; we’re Both the director (Daniel spared the complications, both romantic Alfredson) and screenwriter (Ulf and career-related, of Erika Berger’s life. Rydberg) are new to this film, and All this makes the film easier to follow, OPENING SOON they keep the action galloping along especially for newcomers to the fran- The Girl Who Kicked the for all its 148 minutes. But the star, Hornet’s Nest opens Friday chise. I’m not one of these, but the friend at the Rafael. See page 27 again, is the remarkable Noomi who attended the screening with me had for showtimes. Rapace, whose eyes, even when she’s no trouble dealing with the large cast unable (or, more often, unwilling) and intricate action. to speak, speak volumes. The villains are members of The SecAnd now, since the series is complete, we’ll never tion, a secret subset of Sweden’s Security Services; other know why Lisbeth Salander got that immense baddies include the psychiatrist Teleborian (Anders Ahl- dragon tattoo. ✹ bom Rosendahl); and the gigantic blond thug Ronald Review our reviews at Niedermann (Mikael Spreitz). It’s not primarily personal nastiness that Hornet’s Nest deals with (though there’s Reel off your movie reviews on TownSquare at ››

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Nicholas Roeg’s THE WITCHES is a pretty faithful adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel, which is to say it’s revolutionary. A thumb in the eye of all fairy tales that coddle and sugarcoat their moral instruction, Witches is out to scare the hell out of kids, and at this it succeeds famously. Newly orphaned Luke has been left in the care of his cigar-smoking aunt (in the book she recommends one per week to the boy), and old Helga has stories to tell—of witches so loathing of little children that they can sniff them out from blocks away, snatch them off the street as they go to market and redeposit them in a family painting to waste away. When aunt and nephew take a seaside holiday in Cornwall, they share the hotel with a group of visiting female philanthropists—The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children—and the evercurious Luke winds up behind a screen during their lockedAngelica Huston chewing the scenery, children... door convention ceremony. What happens next will forever live in the annals of harridan scary, thanks to Anjelica Huston. Dahl was a bit of a Calvinist—I always had my doubts about where those naughty kids disappeared to in Willy Wonka—but never more so than here. The film’s pixie-dust message—NEVER bathe—is one children can relate to across the ages.—Richard Gould


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Spend All Hallow’s Day going ‘Straight to Hell,’ Monday at the Rafael.

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. ● 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. ● Conviction (1:47) True story of a Massachusetts mom who put herself through high school, college and law school to overturn the wrongful conviction of her brother for murder; Hilary Swank stars. ● The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (2:28) Sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire finds the edgy Lisbeth Salander in hot water again, this time for the murder of her father. ● Hereafter (2:06) Spielberg-produced, Eastwood-directed fantasy romance about the different ways three different seemingly disparate people connect with the afterlife. ● Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. ● It’s Kind of a Funny Story (1:41) 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. ● Jackass 3D (1:34) More outrageous pranking from Johnny Knoxville, this time in full in-your-face three dimensions. ● Kings of Pastry (1:24) Engrossing Hegedus/Pennebaker documentary follows 16 chefs as they sift, stir and sculpt their way through France’s grueling, prestigious Best Craftsmen pastry competition. ● Leaving (1:25) Bored French housewife meets surly Spanish handyman, resulting in oo la la aplenty. ● 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. ● 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. ● Mao’s Last Dancer (1:57) Bruce Beresford biopic of ballerina extraordinaire Li Cunxin, ●

who began her career at age 11 in Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Boris Gudonov (5:00) Mussorgsky’s epic tale of despotism, revolt and lost innocence, broadcast live from Manhattan in all its high-def glory. ● Nowhere Boy (1:38) Troubled young bloke John Lennon escapes his constricted home life with a little help from the rock ’n’ roll revolution and fellow budding tunesmith Paul McCartney. ● Paranormal Activity 2 (1:31) More ghostly shenanigans are afoot in this sequel to the 2009 fright fest. ● Race Across the Sky (2:00) The grueling 2010 Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race is the subject of this eye-filling documentary. ● Red (1:51) Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich as four badass ex-CIA agents on the short list for assassination by their former spooks; happily, they still know how to use brains, teamwork and the occasional rocket launcher to stay alive. ● Saw 3D A totally mellow self-help guru turns, inevitably, to a life of violence, murder and mayhem. ● 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). ● Stone (1:45) Inmate Edward Norton earns his release the old-fashioned way: by having wife Milla Jovovich sleep with his parole officer (Robert DeNiro). ● Straight to Hell Returns (1:26) Indie cult classic about four bank robbers stuck in a desert town run by strung-out, bloodthirsty cowboys; Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper and Grace Jones costar. ● Tamara Drewe (1:47) Stephen Frears sex comedy about an ugly duckling-turned-saucy knockout who returns to her tiny English village to settle a few scores. ● 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. ● Waiting for Superman (1:42) Tough doc looks at a group of promising young students as they make their perilous way through the problematic, crumbling American public education system. ● 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. ● World Series Game 3 The Giants win the pennant! Next stop: Arlington, Texas, for Game 3 of the friggin’ World Series, presented live in beautiful big-screen high definition. Ooooooree-bay! Baseball-themed buffet, popcorn and soft drinks included. Shut it down, Brynie! ✹

›› MOViE TiMES Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Fri 3:40 Sun 2:30 Thu 4:15 ❋ Conviction (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45 ❋ The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (R) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 Heartbreaker (PG) ★★★ Tiburon Playhouse 3: 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:35 Hereafter (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1, 4, 7, 10 Thu 1, 4, 7 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:35, 1:10, 2:45, 4:20, 5:55, 7:30, 9:05 SunThu 11:35, 1:10, 2:45, 4:20, 5:55, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 9:55 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:50 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:35 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:35 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 MonThu 4, 6:50 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 6:30, 9 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 9 Mon 8:45 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9 It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:55 Jackass 3 (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:35, 10 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 1:10, 2:35, 3:50, 4:55, 6:25, 7:35, 8:45, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Sun-Thu 2, 4:35, 7:20 Kings of Pastry (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 6 Sat 1:30 Sun 4:45 Mon-Tue 5 Wed 3:45 Thu 6:30

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❋ Leaving (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Mon 6:45 Tue-Thu 6:45, 8:45 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Life As We Know It (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:25 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ★★ Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 8 Sun noon Mon-Tue 7 Wed 1:15 Thu 8:20 The Metropolitan Opera: Boris Gudonov (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 6 Nowhere Boy (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:20, 4:35, 9:50 Sun-Thu 11:20, 4:35 Paranormal Activity 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:05, 2:30, 3:30, 5:05, 6, 7:30, 8:15, 9:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 12:50, 2, 3:20, 4:20, 5:40, 6:50, 8, 9:10, 10:25 ❋ Race Across the Sky 2010 (PG) Century Regency 6: Thu 8:30 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8:30 Red (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 1, 2:10, 3:35, 4:45, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 1:50, 4:35, 7:30 Mon, Wed 7:40 Tue, Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:40, 4:25, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 Saw: The Final Chapter (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:40, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Secretariat (PG) ★★1/2 Century

Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 9:55 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 9:55 MonThu 7, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 7, 10 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:25, 7:15, 10 Sun 1:40, 4:25, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:10 SatSun 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:45, 5, 6:40, 7:45, 9:25, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11, 1:55, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:20 Thu 4:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35 SunThu 1:20, 4:05, 6:55 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Stone (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:55, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:40, 7:15 ❋ Straight to Hell Returns (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Mon 7:15 (director Alex Cox in person) Tamara Drewe (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 1:50, 7:05 Thu 1:50 The Town (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 10:15 Waiting for Superman (PG) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Sat 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Sun 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 Mon-Wed 2:35, 5:05, 7:35 Thu 2:35, 5:05 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:55, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 ❋ World Series Game 3 (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat 3:30

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

Buster Posey, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff and the National League Pennantwinning San Francisco Giants head to Texas Saturday for Game 3 of the World Series! Catch all the torturous heroics in big-screen high-def splendor at the Lark.


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

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The Proverb Trio will share their wise jazz phrasings Nov. 3 in Mill Valley.

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Live music 10/04: Great Big Sea Canadian rockers. 8pm. $33-48. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 567-6642. 10/29: Billy Bragg Plus Sean Garvey. 8pm. $34-47. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123. 10/29: Bitches Brew Revisited Jazz. With Graham Haynes, cornet; James Blood Ulmer, guitar; Cindy Blackman, drums; Marco Benevento, keyboards; Antoine Roney, reeds; DJ Logic, turntables. 8pm. $25-65. Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., San Francisco. 866920-5299. 10/29: Curtis Lawson Blues. Costume party. 7:30pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 10/29: Elliott’s Evil Plan Rocking Hot Halloween Release your inner sexy monster at a night filled with wicked surprises. Live music by Cathey Cotten and Cup O’ Joe. 8pm-1am. $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 419-5338. 10/29: Hustlerween Raunchy rock. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www. 10/29: Jazz Philosophy With James Moseley. Jazz, pop, blues. 7-10pm. No cover. The Pleasure is Mine, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 3816400. 10/29: Living Proof Rock/jazz. With the Seven Zins. Rock. 9:30pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub,

842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 10/29: Lucky Dog Rock, country. Plus Pinheiro Station 7:45pm. $12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/29: Pigeon John With Busdriver. Hip-hop. 10pm. $10-12. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 10/29: The Rousers, Reckless Flame Rock. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 10/29: Who Too Tribute band. 7-10pm. Free. Pasta Moto, 5800 Nave Dr., Novato. 883-6686. 10/30: Cole Tate Band Halloween Bash Rare live Rock and a Halloween costume contest at the Deuce! 7:30-11pm. Free. 2AM Club, 380 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 797-2048. 10/30: Cyril Pahinui One of Hawaii’s ali’i of slack key. 8pm. $23-28. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075. www. 10/30: Dan Nichols and Eighteen Entertaining, original Jewish rock. 7:30-9pm. $10-30. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 10/30: Doc Kraft Halloween costume party. Prizes for best costumes. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Bar, 305 Harbor Dr., Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. 10/30: Eric Martin Rock. Endoxi opens. 9pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

10/30: Halloween Eve with Eddie Neon Celebrate Halloween with a mix of blues, funk

BEST BET ‘To Hell’ and back

Following in the footsteps of his 1980s films, Repo Man and Sid and Nancy, Alex Cox’s 1987 cult spaghetti western Straight to Hell comes back in a new and improved version at the Rafael Film Center in celebration of Day of the Dead. The re-edited version, STRAIGHT TO HELL RETURNS, features the late and greats Joe Strummer of the Clash and actor Dennis ‘Go straight to hell, boy.’ Strummer in the Alex Cox classic. Hopper, as well as Courtney Love (her second role in a Cox film and before she went totally bonkers in real life), Elvis Costello, Grace Jones and the Pogues, who lead the cast in a moving rendition of “Danny Boy.” Digitally remastered to cast highlights on the shoot-out scenes and hilarious rocker-meets-cowboy machismo, the landscape of southern Spain sets the stage for this rock-infused cult classic. Filmmaker Alex Cox will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film with fans on what’s sure to be a howling good night. Monday, Nov. 1, at 7:15pm at the Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415/454-1222. $10.25.—Dani Burlison 28 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 29 - NOVEMBER 4, 2010

and jazz. 9:15pm-1:15am. No cover. Papermill Creek Saloon, 1 Castro St., Forest Knolls. 488-9235. 10/30: Lee Presson and the Nails Celebrate “Devil’s Night” with this Wild S.F. swing big band. 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/31: BB King Blues. Doors at 6:30pm. 8pm. $100-115. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. 707-259-0123.

10/31: Hot Tomales Blues Halloween Dance With Ron Thompson and His Resistors, a costume contest and spooky fun. 8pm. $10, under 12 free. Tomales Town Hall, 27150 Shoreline Hwy., Tomales. 707-878-2006. 10/31: Jerry Hannan Kick off Halloween night right in the bar with one of the best bloody mary’s around and a local Marin favorite troubadour. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 10/31: Wonderbread 5 Rock. 9pm. $18-21 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/31: Yard Dogs Road Show 13-member hobo cabaret and rock show. 8pm. $20-25. It’s ‘dress casual’ at the Palm Ballroom when the Dave Nelson Band takes the stage Nov. 5 and 6.

McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma. 707-765-2121. 11/02: Noel Jewkes Jazz Quartet ‘Open Mic’ jazz sessions every Tues. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 11/02: Swing Fever With Bryan Gould. Performing music of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 11/03: Elaine Lucia Quintet Jazz 8pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 11/03: Lau Barzilian. 8pm. $5, free for diners. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

11/03: Ms. Joey Davis and the Dogtown Players Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 11/03: Proverb Trio Jazz. With Dafnis Prieto, Kokayi and Jason Lindner. 8-10pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

11/04: Chris Haugenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seahorse Rodeo Band Original music, rock. 8pm. $5, free for diners. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/04: Robin DuBois Trio Jazz. With Dave Udoff, keyboards; John Stafford, clarinet/flute/ saxaphone. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

11/04: Tia Carroll and Hard Work Blues Band Blues. 8pm. $10-13. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 11/05-06: David Nelson Band Fantastically popular jam band in an intimate venue. 9pm. $25-35. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 11/05: American Drag With Knight Drive and The Holdouts. 8:30pm. $10-13. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 11/05: Jessie Colin Young Americana, folk. 8:30pm. $35. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/05: Night of Blues â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicago Blues.â&#x20AC;? An evening of music and dancing with the talented bands of Redwood High School. Proceed benefit the Music Scholarship Fund. Wine, soda, desserts and coffee will be served. 7-11pm. $5-25. Hillside Church, 5461 Paradise Dr., Corte Madera. 246-7159. 11/05: Stewart and His Jazz Band Jazz. 8pm. $5, free for diners. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

Concerts 10/29-31: Golden Gate Opera Engelbert Humperdinckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fairy tale opera â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hansel and Gretel,â&#x20AC;? sung in English. With Suzanna Mizell, Megan Stetson, Rebecca Krouner, Sascha Joggerst, Miwako Isano, Aimee Puentes, student Gingerbread choir and dance ensemble. 7pm Fri.; 2pm Sun. $15-35. Showcase Theater, Marin Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 339-9546.

10/30: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Masters of the Fiddle.â&#x20AC;? Power couple of the Canadian fiddling world. 8pm. $20-45. Marin Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.


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10/29-11/06: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Physical Lightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College of Marin Fall dance concert. 8pm. Fri.-Sat.$10-15. Performing Arts Theater, 835 College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9385.

Theater/Auditions 10/29-11/14: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Set in Mill Valley in 1969, this new American play follows a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey as they search for courage after the death of a family member. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. 8-10pm. $25. West End Studio Theater, 1554 4th St., San Rafael. 453-0552. 10/30: Ghost Stories and Jazz The haunting experience of Brenda Wong Aokiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ghost stories masterfully performed in concert with Asian jazz pioneer and Emmy Award-winning composer Mark Izu and ensemble. 8-10pm. $5-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 11/07: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;9 Circlesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The latest acclaimed work by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equivocationâ&#x20AC;? playwright Bill Cain. Directed by Kent Nicholson. See website for show times and more info. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208.

Comedy 10/29: Marinprov Halloween Show and Party Spooky improvised fun, tricks and treats. 8-10pm. $10. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia, Sausalito. 488-6820. 10/31: Will Durst â&#x20AC;&#x153;Politics Are Spooky!â&#x20AC;? Plus Deb and Mike. 7:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/04: Jamie Kilstein This up and coming comedian gets a hearty stomp of approval from local luminary Robin Williams. 8-10pm. $20-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 10/31-01/18: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rock Of Our Agesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Work of three Jewish rock photographers, co-sponsored by Marin Rocks. Opening celebration 4-6pm

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and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www. Through 11/13: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Open Fine Arts Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Juried, mixed media exhibition 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Arts and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454 9561. Through 11/14:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nov. Exhibitionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Life Work.â&#x20AC;? Ken Botto, new works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;House & Garden.â&#x20AC;? Five photographers examine Bottoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house and yard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coastal Marin Artists.â&#x20AC;? Mickey Murch, site-specific installation 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. Through 11/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Las Expresionesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Showcase of works by Latino artists from around the Bay Area. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing #200, Novato. 666-2442 . www.

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Oct. 31. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. 11/01-12/24: Pastel Landscapes Tim Brody, Northern California landscapes exhibition. Opening reception 3-5pm Nov. 7. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Gerinimo Dr., San Geronimo.

11/02-30: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paintings of the Marin Landscapeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thomas Wood, paintings. Opening reception 1:30-4:30 Nov. 6. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1223. www.

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11/04-12/31: Watercolor Exhibition Joanne Cullimore, watercolors. Free. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453 . 11/05-12/31: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Local Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg, local and California landscapes paintings. Opening reception 6-8pm Nov. 19. Free. Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351.


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Through 01/20: Fall 2010 Exhibit Judith Klausenstock; Melissa Adkison; Donna Solin; Bob Justice, watercolors and pastels. 11am-4pm. Free. TCSD Gallery, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 01/23: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nurturing the Creative Sparkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of art works by members of the Marin Golden Gate Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Reception 4:30-7pm Nov. 4. Exhibit accessible only during venue events. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442. Through 11/01: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 25 new paintings by Georgia Annwell. 11am-9pm. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St., San Rafael. 472-4628. Through 11/12: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Avenuesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of digitally influenced art. Closing party 5-8pm Nov. 12. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/12: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Ways of Seeingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Arts Council exhibit placing abstract and realistic views of the landscape side by side. 11am-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442.

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Talks/Lectures 11/01: Senior Services Discussion Panel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Senior Care 101: Making Sense of Senior Services.â&#x20AC;? Learn what questions to ask service providers and how community resources can help. 7-9pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5005. 11/03: Japanese Screen Paintings Dr. David Buchanan will discuss his fascination with Asian art in an illustrated talk on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five Centuries of Japanese Screens,â&#x20AC;? now at the S.F. Asian Art Museum. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

11/04: Mill Valley Mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State of the City Presentation Stephanie Moulton-Peters and Vice Mayor Ken Wachtel will speak. 1-2:30pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 464-9725.

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10am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 12/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall Fashioningsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group show featuring large scale works by Marin artists. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. www.


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$55, includes lunch and an autographed copy of the book. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/29: Summi Kaipa Kaipa and contributors talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/30: A Larking of Laureates Marin poet laureate CB Follett will present an afternoon of poetry with past and present laureates including Terry Ehret, Christina Hutchins, Ronna Leon and Connie Post. 3pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. 10/30:Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz Cosponsored by Marin Humane Society. Trainer of the First Dog, Bo Obama, talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love That Dog: Using Positive Reinforcement to Train the Perfect Family Dog.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/01: Kurt Hoelting â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Circumference of

11/04:World Cinema Workshop taught by Garth Twa â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iranian Cinema.â&#x20AC;? Iran has a greater percentage of women filmmakers than practically any other country.1-4pm. $25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

Community Events (Misc.) 10/29-12/31: Big Turkey My kids eagerly look forward to â&#x20AC;&#x153;feedingâ&#x20AC;? this big bird every year. Help fill up the giant turkey with canned food, non-perishable items and toiletries for the Marin Food Bank. 9am-9pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 924-2961. 10/29-30: Halloween Haunted House Oct. 29. 6:30-7:30pm, semi-scary; 8-9pm, really scary. Oct. 30.2:30-5:30pm, not scary at all; 6:30-7:30pm semiscary; 8-9pm, horrifying! $3. Tamalpais Community Services District, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 3886393. 10/29: Halloween Faire Come in costume and celebrate with other wizards, witches and fairies. Includes carnival games, bounce house and candy hunt. 10:30am-noon. $8. Strawberry Recreation District, 118 East Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 383-6494. 10/29: Halloween Harvest Festival Pumpkin carving, treat bag decorating, cookie decorating, candied apples, and more! Wine and food available. 5-8pm. $10. Marinwood Community Center, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael. 479-0775.

10/30: Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Pachamama Alliance sponsored event. 1-5:30 pm. $25 suggested donation. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Suite A, Corte Madera. 924-7824. www.


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10/30: Howlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oween Pet Parade and Costume Contest and Kids Trick-or-Treating Owners and pets walk in the parade and costume contest at 5pm. Prizes for all registered pets. Register at Woodlands pet store. Families are invited to dress up early and trick-or-treat at participating merchants between 4-6pm. Pick up a treat bag in the Piazza and go on a hunt for fun, games and goodies. Free, $20 for pet contest. Strawberry Village, Redwood Hwy. Frontage Road, Mill Valley. 10/30: Pirate Halloween Halloween Family Fun with the cast from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pirates of Penzanceâ&#x20AC;? at noon and rollicking live music fun with the Barbary Ghosts starting at 3:30pm. Free eye patches and pirate hats for the little first mates. Noon-6:30pm. No cover. Pasta Moto Hamilton Marketplace, 5800 Nave Dr, Suite C, Novato. 8836686. 10/30: Trick-or-Treat on Fourth Street Try out and show off your costume a day early in downtown San Rafael. Hallow-Green homemade costume contest from 2-3pm in the City Plaza. Saint Rafael hosts a Haunted House on 1100 Fifth Ave. from 11am-3pm. 1-3pm. Free. Fourth Street, Downtown, San Rafael. www.

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Public Library is offering its collection of old and special books. Rare collectibles, quaint illustrations, leather-bindings, kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s books. 10am-3pm. Free. San Rafael Public Library meeting Room, 1100 E St., San Rafael. 453-1443. 10/30: Singles Halloween Party Meet new friends, join the costume contest. 8-11:45pm. $10. Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael. 507-9962. 10/31: 60s-70s Halloween DJ Dance Costumes encouraged. Not just for baby boomers. 7-9 pm. $15. Community Church, 8 Olive St., Mill Valley. 510-566-3735. 11/03: Twitter for Beginners Learn the basics of the social networking website. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall, Edgewater Room, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 11/04: Fiesta Mixer Hispanic chamber mixer to celebrate Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary with City Mgr. Michael Frank. 5:30-7:30pm. $10-15. Las Guitarras, 1017 Reichert Ave., Novato. 721-9686. www. 11/05: 7th Annual Sudha Sale Jewelry, scarves and arts. Proceeds benefit The Redwoods and Bread & Roses. 5:30-8pm. Free. 23 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 438-5849. 11/05: Holiday Craft Fair Over 60 booths will display hand crafted items for sale. Sponsored by the San Rafael Goldenaries. 11am-8pm. Free. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 485-3348. 11/05: Nepal Freed Diwali Event Celebrate the festival of lights with friends and family. Make lanterns and enjoy hot cocoa. Proceeds benefit the very worthy Nepal FREED non-profit. 3-4pm. $10, donation. Park School Auditorium, 360 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley.

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203 Bicycles 2009 Polaris Ranger 700 XP EFI L $3000

210 Garage/Estate Sales MOVING SALE - RAIN OR SHINE Everything Must GO!!! Sun, Oct. 31st, 11-2 PM. 15 Terrace Ave, Kentfield. (Off SFD Blvd.)

220 Computers/ Electronics Brand New Apple Iphone 4 32GB The item is Brand New, 100% original, Fully Factory Unlocked. Will work perfectly with all sim cards in all countries, Please Contact Us Today at for more information about this item. macbook air 1.6 - $750

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240 Furnishings/ Household items Bunk bed - $400 New Hudson Bay Blanket “World Class” King size Hudson Bay Blanket, 6pt., 100% wool.”As good as it gets.” Cream colored with muted black, yellow and green horizontal stripes. $225. At Hudson Bay it sells for $350. For info, 415-259-1803.

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

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748 Gardening/ Landscaping YARDWORK LANDSCAPING ❖ General Yard & Firebreak Clean Up ❖ Complete Landscaping ❖ Irrigation Systems ❖ Commercial & Residential Maintenance ❖ Patios, Retaining Walls, Fences For Free Estimate Call Titus 415-380-8362 or visit our website CA LIC # 898385

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 VANESSAURBANSKI 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


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ANIMAL COMMUNICATION Saturday, November 6, 10am–2pm Perform simple exercises to learn how to have intuitive conversations with your companion animals. With author and animal communication expert Marta Williams. $95 per person. To register, call: (415) 506-6288

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›› STARSTREAM by Lynda Ray

Week of October 28-November 3, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your ruler (energetic Mars) has entered the upbeat sign of Sagittarius. It won’t cancel out the effects of five planets in the enthusiasm-dampening water signs, but should help. Over the weekend the Moon occupies the creative sign of Leo—definitely an inspiration. Tuesday is Election Day. Make sure you come home with an “I voted” sticker on your “I Restored Sanity” T-shirt. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You are midway through your zodiac cycle, which offers a perspective on what still needs to be accomplished before your next birthday. As your ruler (artistic Venus) remains in the passionate sign of Scorpio, you can create a Halloween costume that is tastefully sexy. On Tuesday, you may be tempted to refuse to vote. Someone will be elected whether you participate or not. The difference is (if you don’t participate) you won’t have made a difference... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Your ruler (intellectual Mercury) continues to slog through the murky waters of psychic Scorpio. In other words, you may have trouble clearly articulating what you are thinking, but you won’t have a problem reading minds. Meantime, the new action in your chart this week is the takeover of your relationship house by argumentative Mars. If you have a significant other, tact is recommended. As for Tuesday, go vote. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) The Moon (your ruler) is in the playful sign of Leo from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. This bodes well for enjoyment of political rallies, Halloween parties or a combination of both. You have been creatively inspired for the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Tuesday is the day to be involved in the political process by showing up to vote. If you don’t vote, you’re not allowed to whine at the results. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Now that lively Mars has entered your house of self-expression, the pace of life picks up. This is fortunate since you were thinking about hibernation once your ruler (the Sun) entered the private sign of Scorpio last weekend. Happily, the Moon in your dramatic sign for this Halloween weekend guarantees an entertaining time. While political figures make for funny costumes, they do not always make for good politics. If you want good politics, show up at the polls on Tuesday. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) As the sign most likely to give out healthy treats on Halloween, your house may not be on the priority list for costumed kids. You are, however, the right sign to support sanity in case you have a political rally nearby on Saturday. The Moon in your organized sign on Monday is perfect for analyzing your voting choices. If you have criticisms about the candidates, eliminate the worst and go from there. May the least worse win... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) You’ve had ample opportunity to figure out your Halloween disguise. Whether you’re going to a party, a rally or taking your kids around the neighborhood, you’re likely to be dressed for the part. Meanwhile, Tuesday, Election Day, does require that you make choices. My advice? Try to work through your indecisiveness BEFORE you arrive at the polling place. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) You share your zodiac celebration with Halloween and Election Day this week. The first has a festive element that works out well for birthday parties with a costume theme. The second is an important duty as a citizen and should be performed before any celebration begins. Meantime, this is your week to start on a new financially profitable project. May all your birthday presents be in cash. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Your current state of rebellion is even more obvious now that rambunctious Mars has entered your sign. You are not afraid to say anything to anyone, no matter how blunt. This gives you free rein to dress up as a particularly annoying media figure. Being politically savvy, you do not need to be reminded to vote on Tuesday. I am reminding you anyway. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) With spooky Pluto in your sign, you may be interested in doing more on Halloween than handing out candy. You want to be a participant instead of an observer. This admirable goal should continue through the rest of the week, as Tuesday is Election Day. If you have time, volunteer to encourage people to vote. Your ruler (Saturn) is in the charmingly persuasive sign of Libra. Make good use of it. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) If attached, the mushy Moon in your relationship house for Halloween weekend suggests couple disguises. If you are looking for a mate, choose a costume that attracts the right type of person. Meanwhile, as the sign that rules progress, you are understandably interested in the outcome of this election. You may disapprove of the candidates on the ballot, but since there is usually a “least offensive” choice available, you will vote anyway. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) A vivid imagination is your key to having the most creative Halloween costume. The rest of us rarely offer serious competition. This year, with both upbeat Jupiter and spontaneous Uranus in your personality house, any party moves up a notch in fun with you in attendance. Speaking of attendance, Tuesday the polls open early and close late. You should be able to get there in time. But, maybe you should set the alarm just in case... ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 4, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 33 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125163 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BALANCE BUILDERS INC., 38 BROWN DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947: BALANCE BUILDERS INC., 38 BROWN DRIVE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 11, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125153-1,2,3 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GLOBAL CONSULTING SYSTEMS, LP; GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ABUNDANT LIVING, LP; PARTNERS IN PERFORMANCE, LP; 21 COLERIDGE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SPIRIT ALCHEMY INC., 21 COLERIDGE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; PENTANGLE INC., 47 VALHALLA DR., MILFORD, NH 03055. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 2, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125127 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MG FINANCIAL AND RESTRUCTURING SERVICES, 105 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARYAM GHAZI, 105 SUMMIT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125122-1,2 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as G&S MAINTENANCE; GAIDANO & SONS PAINTING & DECORATING INC., 1595 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. SUITE H, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAIDANO & SONS PAINTING & DECORATING INC., 1595 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. SUITE H, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125128 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PREMA INNOVATIVE THERAPIES, 786 WALDO PT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: HEIDI H. SCOTT, 786 WALDO PT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County

Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125119 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORGANIC AND HEALTHY BECAUSE I CARE.COM, 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 October 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125198 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TIME FLIES DANCE AND FITNESS, 60 CORTE DEL BAYO, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: MARGARET MUSICK-MAKELY, 60 CORTE DEL BAYO, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125209 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BARRY A. MURPHY FUND, 919 SKILLMAN LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952: THE LOST FRONTIERS FOUNDATION, INC., 919 SKILLMAN LANE, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by a foundation. 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 October 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125214 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PEOPLE’S LEGAL DOCS, 1380 LINCOLN AVE. STE 4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KERRY SPENCE, 1380 LINCOLN AVE. STE 4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125057 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALL DOLL’D UP, 920 GRAVENSTEIN HWY, SEBASTOPOL, CA 95472: ELIZABETH ANN HEONEY, 920 GRAVENSTEIN HWY, SEBASTOPOL, CA 95472. 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 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125081 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SASONA MUSIC, 70 ARONIA LANE, NOVATO, CA 94945: BRIAN HAND, 70 ARONIA LANE, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 25, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 124788 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIKEY’S PLACE, 783 ANDERSON DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WISSAM QUDSIEH, 252 RIVIERRA DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; ANA DANIELS, 252 RIVIERRA DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125226 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARINCHILDCARECONNECTION. COM, 155 ANDERSEN DR. #2205, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EMILY ANNE OSBORNE, 155 ANDERSEN DR. #2205, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 13, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October

19, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125073 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CIEL TRANQUIL, 175 OAK VIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CONSTANZE LASOWSKI, 175 OAK VIEW DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125224 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BRETANO HOUSE ONE TWO THREE, 675 ROSAL WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARILYN FRIES, 613 VENDOLA DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125181 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NOVATO AUTO SERVICE, 7000 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94945: SCOTT KAPLAN INC., 7000 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125237 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STUDIO 28 ART, 888 4TH STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BAC HOANG, 101 BELVEDERE DR. #11, 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 October 20, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125102 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENTS, 18 EDGEWOOD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: PATRICIA SCOTT WINSLOW, 18 EDGEWOOD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125258 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CARLOS SALON, 95 WOODLAN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CARLOS CIDEOS MERINO, 159 SHENANDOAH PL., 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 October 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125221 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GORILLA MUZIK ENTERTAINMENT, 74 BRIAR RD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: BARTLETT H. WILLIAMS, 74 BRIAR RD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125232 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALGANG, 194 NORTHGATE ONE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: PIMJAI THONGSILP, 3239 NIELSEN CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 95404; KHUNCHAI PLEINNIKUL, 3239 NIELSEN CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 95404. This business is being conducted by husband & wife. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125133 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as P&L CONSULTING, 2130 REDWOOD HWY E-14, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JOHN G. TACHIS, 2130 REDWOOD HWY E-14, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; LAURA A. HADDOCK, 4646 CAPITAN DR., FREMONT, CA 94536. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 October 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304228 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): T.L.C. FOR SENIOR SERVICES, 50 BRIARWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin

County on: August 31, 2009. Under File No: 121853. Registrant’s Name(s): NANI B.E.M. ROBERTSON, 50 BRIARWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2010. (Pacific Sun: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: DONALD L. WALKER, also known as DONALD WALKER. Case No. PR-1005286. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of DONALD L. WALKER, also known as DONALD WALKER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LANCE WALKER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LANCE WALKER be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: November 8, 2010 at 8:30a.m. in Dept: K, Room: K, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: ELISA MARIE ENGLER, 4178 MISSION STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. (415) 859-9925. (Publication Dates: October 15, 22, 29, 2010) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: September 15, 2010. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: ANA GRACIELA DANIELS; WISSAM ANTON QUDSIEH. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 783 ANDERSON DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Type of license(s) Applied for: 41 ON SALE BEER AND WINE Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: October 22, 29; November 5, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005446. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner CONNIE RODRIGUES filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CONNIE RODRIGUES to RITA MOLINARI. 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: December 2, 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: October 14, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: February 19, 26; October 22, 29; November 5, 12, 2010)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, SAN ANSELMO. In accordance to the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at a public auction at the MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960, at 2:00pm TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: JORMA JOHNSON: UNIT #078; STEPHEN MARTINEZ: UNIT #358; DIRK JOHNSON: UNIT #350. Pacific Sun: (October 22, 29, 2010) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304235 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): CALGANG, 194 NORTHGATE ONE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: October 28, 2008. Under File No: 118941. Registrant’s Name(s): CHATCHAI PLEINNIKUL, 3641 NIELSEN CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 94505; WEERAWAT PLEINNIKUL, 3641 NIELSEN CT., SANTA ROSA, CA 94505. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 19, 2010. (Pacific Sun: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME (MINOR) SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1004642. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner TELLO RESENDIZ, DORA ELIA & VELAZQUEZ TELLO, OSCAR TRINIDAD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: CLAUDIA MONIQUE VELAZQUEZ TO CLAUDIE MONIQUE VELAZQUEZ . 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 18, 2010, 8:30 AM, Room 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 20, 2010 /s/ JAMES R. RITCHIE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010)

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I’ve been dating a great guy for three years. I occasionally get invited to work functions, and I’d like to take him, but I can’t trust him to act appropriately (not grope me in front of my co-workers, make inappropriate small talk, etc.). The thought of bringing him makes me so anxious that I go by myself. Recently, we went to two concerts he wanted to see, and I kept having to pry his hands off my breasts in the middle of a crowd. It was humiliating. Last week, he tried to grope me in line at the ice cream store in front of a bunch of families. I’m starting to think he has a social anxiety disorder. Asking him to be a supportive partner and accompany me to the occasional work event doesn’t seem like that big of a burden, especially since I entertain his friends and go see bands I don’t like for him. I don’t want to sound like a prig, but I’m advancing in my career, and I should soon be attending more work-related events. Am I being unreasonable?—Groped


Some social conventions are such a bore, like the expectation that when your boss extends his hand, your boyfriend will reach out and shake it, not grab both of your breasts and cop a feel. Usually, when they talk about a guy having manners from another time, they mean he’s polite like they were back in the ’50s, not when the Neanderthals were running around. It’s normal to sometimes have to make excuses for your partner, but excuses like “He’s actually a vegetarian,” not “Believe it or not, he was raised by a pack of wild animals after his parents died in a freak canoeing accident.” Wildly inappropriate PDA is generally a sign that you’re 14 and lack boundaries or a way for a highly insecure partner to mark his territory. It can also be a way of hiding shyness by overcompensating. Whatever it is, it sure isn’t loving behavior. It’s bad enough that he embarrasses you at concerts and the ice cream store, but office parties are not parties: They’re work meetings with alcohol and land mines. When you bring your boyfriend, he should do his best to support you, and not in the way a Wonderbra would. You get the relationship you put up with. Three years in, you have no idea why your boyfriend acts like he just broke out of the monkey house. Maybe it’s a social anxiety disorder, or maybe he’s trying to sabotage you because he’s jealous of your success. The first or second time he got all Mr. Gropeypants was your cue to let him know where his hands go when he’s with you in public. What stopped you then, and what’s stopping you now? Fear of confrontation? Fear of losing him? Lockjaw? Speaking up might’ve had you well on your way to a solution years ago—or to a boyfriend who not only knows better than to French you under the mistletoe at the company Christmas party but gets that dry humping you under it is a big no-go, too.


I’ve been on about 20 dates with girls I met online, and 15 of them were much heavier than they were in their photos. I’m getting a little tired of this. Is there some acceptable way to ask a woman how much she weighs before you meet up?—Narrowing ’Em Down


There’s that saying, “The camera adds 10 pounds.” Well, the Internet often subtracts 50. But, sorry, you cannot ask a woman how much she weighs— or even poke around in that direction: “So...what’s the most candy you’ve ever eaten at one sitting? And, are you sitting on any candy right now?” Internet dating has its pluses—instant access to loads of potential partners— and its plus-sized minuses: those big surprises you’ve encountered on three out of four dates. Just think of them as a price you have to pay for the easy access—a sort of high-technology fee. In the future, assume everyone’s lying and be pleasantly surprised when someone isn’t. To keep your emotional costs down, try to get women to meet you as soon as possible for a quick drink instead of carrying on at length by phone and email. This should help keep you from getting attached while spending weeks learning everything about them and then finding yourself on a date unable to ask the one thing you’re really dying to know: “So... when was your picture taken? And of whom?” ✹

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ROSIE ORGANIC WHOLE CHICKEN Free- Range â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Rub w/ Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper. Fill Cavity with Kalamata Olives, 3 Cloves of Garlic and Juice of 1 Lemon. Bake for 90 minutes at 350°.






Drizzle with Olive Oil or Butter. Sprinkle with Salt & Pepper and Bake to Perfection!

Cheesecakes that will Melt in Your Mouth! The Perfect Ending to Your Dinner or Treat for a Midday Snack. The Ultimate Pleasure in Portion Control Desserts . A Wide Variety of Flavors too! ea

All Natural and Extra Lean â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Perfect for your Home made Chili, Sliders or Meatballs.



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