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›› LETTERS How soon they forget... To the Pacific Sun: Dear Ms. Laird, Thank you for your endorsement of my candidacy for U.S. Senate [“Sun Endorsements!” Oct. 8]. I wanted to let you The Pacific Sun’s ace cub reporter, back in the know that I sincerely early ‘70s. appreciate the effort that you and your editorial board members made to examine the critical issues in this campaign. Your endorsement editorial describes many of the contrasts between the candidates, and your readers will be better informed when they cast their votes. Again my deepest thanks. Sincerely, Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Barbara. We always appreciate reader feedback. Unfortunately, we have no idea to whom you intended your kind note. Nobody by the name of “Laird” works here nor, to the best of our knowledge, has ever worked here. Perhaps you have us confused with another newspaper. So to prevent any silly mix-ups in the future, let us reintroduce ourselves: We are the Pacific Sun, the most-read publication in your former home county of Marin. As you may recall, you’ve sat for multiple interviews with us over the years. In fact, you yourself were a reporter for us in the 1970s—long before the sirens of the legislative branch came a-calling. Anyway, thanks again for your letter. If you need further information about who we are or what we do, we can put you contact with

our former publisher Sam Chapman—he was your chief of staff for many years...(We kid, of course. Obviously, a campaign staffer sends these “thank you” notes and botched the name. Congratulations, Barbara, on winning a tough Senate race and we hope you’ll represent California’s progressive values honorably for another term in Washington.)

That broom always seems to be short a few bristles... How come the Sun endorses candidates at election time? Like, will anyone be swayed by them? Best to endorse the Never Reelect Anyone policy. Let the new broom sweep clean. Walter Schivo, Novato

‘When the Pattern Doesn’t Match,’ a poem A silver spoon lived in a drawer With knives and forks—and others. “The others aren’t polished like you and me,” said the spoon to the nearest fork she could see, “And their pattern’s as different as it can be. They’re sure to ruin the quality Of life in our well-lined drawer Our security guard does not earn a dime, He lets pie servers into the slot next to mine.They will lower the worth of my slot.” “And what if you’re dropped in their slot by mistake?” said a salad fork who loved to make false insecurities fester and grow so he’d be called in to run the show. “They’ll tarnish your polish and take over your place; our satin-lined drawer will become a disgrace.” A knife interrupted, for now it was clear a sharp voice was needed in somebody’s ear. “Your great, great grandfather came from Europe, dear,” he said to the spoon



Giants and Republicans Win!!! I don’t know the connection but it sure sounds good to me. I hoping the Giants take the Pennant and the Republican win big in the next election. Yea, that’s the ticket. Water District says ‘No on S’ flyer all wet The Measures S and T campaigns are parsing words again this week, this time over a “No on S” flyer going around that purports the Marin Municipal Water District’s initiative w...

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› who had started the fuss, “so you’ve earned a front seat on the deporting bus.” The fork rose up quickly, saying, “but, but, but,” And the knife bluntly told him to keep his mouth shut. Lucy Gage, San Rafael

Wrong turn on Easy Street I read with interest Nikki Silverstein’s “Zero” column from Oct. 29 regarding the Hyundai of Elaine’s [reader Elaine parked her old Hyundai in front of a large house in San Rafael and The wealthy San received a rude note on Rafael homeowner her windshield from the watched in disbelief as Elaine parked her homeowners]. Hyundai in front of I think Ms. Silverhis drive. stein’s point is very well founded. However, the manner in which she couched it is tinny and hollow sounding. The person who lives in the “McMansion,” as Silverstein describes, apparently has wealth. Her portrayal of it is a weak tactic and is unnecessary. A description using the words, large, newer home, would have made the point. A cleaner way of writing about this unfortunate incident could have been that the Hyundai is legally registered and has the right to park in any legally designated spot while in compliance with the California Vehicle Code. “Rich person settle down,” as Silverstein scolded, smacks of having an attitude because you are one of the, in her words, “have nots.” Reprimands from Silverstein are not becoming. Going on to (correctly) point out that parking is everyone’s privilege based on firstcome, first-served is constructive. Supporting Elaine’s parking choice is constructive. De facto, the note from the homeowners to Elaine becomes self-defining. Silverstein’s suggestion that the homeowners “contact the city of San Rafael to discuss buying” the street is an unnecessary jab, again. Wealth does not necessarily breed entitlement. I faced this same situation; my neighbor lived on the street for 30 years and he, too, thought the parking in front of his house was “his.” He was a weak, narrow, and not particularly wealthy man. He had very little to do and chose to try and exercise some form of control in this manner.

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses...? A Novato citizen recently complained to the Novato City Council about the disorderly tenants at the Wyndover Apartments, located at Diablo and Center in Novato; 82 of 136 are funded by HUD Section 8. The children at Wyndover attend Lu Sutton. Her son was bullied at Lu Sutton, and neither she nor he felt safe there. They left. I know a third-grade teacher in Sacramento. In her class was an 8-year-old. He was running around the classroom, knocking things off other students’ desks, and making it impossible for anyone to learn anything. She told him that if he did not sit down, she was going to send him to the principal’s office. The 8-year-old picked up his desk and threw it at her, hitting her with it. As he did that he yelled at her, “I got my civil rights!” She left teaching. The Council has established a policy of inviting more and more detrimental residents into Novato—illegal aliens, “affordable housing” residents and Section 8 residents. Citizens have to tell the city what to do. The city needs to tell the state what to do. And the state needs to tell the federal government what to do. Not the other way around. Jerome J. Ghigliotti, Jr.

Hopefully, the new governor will grant her a pardon Thank you for covering the story of Laura Wells [“Green Party Nominee Arrested at Dominican,” Oct. 12; “Free the Green,” Nov. 1]. Who may I ask has the authority to restrict free speech in this outrageous manner? To essentially arrest someone who authorities fear may do or say something they don’t want at a public gathering? I would appreciate a more in-depth look at this story. How can this happen in our so-called liberal, free-thinking community? Shouldn’t a candidate for governor be allowed to at least attend a debate? Lisa Moskow, San Rafael

The ‘gag’ part makes sense, as well... There’s a ‘mort’ in mortgage for a reason! Craig Whatley, San Rafael

Joseph Brooke, Inverness

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roponents of banning plastic grocery and retail takeout bags aren’t about to let the Legislature’s rejection of a statewide ban stop their efforts. “The defeat of AB 1998 is, of course, a bitter disappointment,” says Carol Misseldine, a Mill Valley resident and coordinator with Green Cities California. “But one of the good things that came of this statewide effort is a pretty robust coalition of statewide organizations that is now working together.” AB 1998, authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, would have banned single-use plastic bags at grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience outlets and similar stores. The bill’s principal co-author, Democratic state Senator Mark Leno, represents Marin (as well as San Francisco and part of Sonoma County). The bill passed the Assembly and gained support from the California Grocers Association. Gov. Schwarzenegger said he would sign the bill if it passed through the Legislature. That didn’t happen. The bill failed to pass a Senate floor vote, 14 to 21. “AB 1998 would ban all the single-use bags that have been polluting our oceans and waterways and threatening marine life,” said Brownley before the bill passed in the Assembly. It also mandated that shoppers who didn’t bring their own bags would have to buy paper bags made out of at least 40 percent recycled paper for a minimum of 5-cents per bag, or

they could purchase reusable bags. The law would have taken effect Jan. 1, 2012. The plastics industry, and most notably the American Chemistry Council, spent millions of dollars on media buys to influence legislators. It’s no coincidence that Brownley’s legislation was similar to ordinances that have been proposed across the state, including here in Marin. Misseldine and Green Cities have been working to create a model ordinance that jurisdictions can enact; a relatively uniform set of ordinances would, in effect, create a statewide ban on plastic bags. Chain supermarkets view uniform coverage, a consistent set of ordinances, as an advantage. The alternative is a patchwork of regulations that a statewide retail outlet would have to navigate. The Brownley bill was akin to a bag-ban ordinance proponents in Marin want to enact. Supervisor Charles McGlashan (Misseldine’s husband) has been riding point with Supervisor Susan Adams on a county effort. McGlashan had been working to craft a bag ban for unincorporated Marin while the AB 1998 effort was under way. When AB 1998 failed to pass through the Legislature, McGlashan and local proponents renewed the effort for a proposed county ordinance. During the political process for AB 1998, while Green Cities worked with local jurisdictions to create a statewide consensus for bag bans, a working group in Marin helped 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS It’s no secret Dems took an Election Day pounding in the House of Representatives, or that California didn’t get the Tea Party memo and sent reliable progressive stalwarts Barbara Boxer and Lynn Woolsey back to the Senate and House, respectively—with Bay Area-boy-made-good Jerry Brown taking the governor’s reins once again in Sac, after a 30-year detour down other political avenues. But here’s the goods on all the local races and measures: Marin County Measures: Measure A, a property tax bond measure that would go toward renovations and other classroom improvements within the Ross Valley School District, has passed with a whopping 70 percent majority. Marin residents approved Measure B, with 62 percent voting yes; it will add a $10 vehicle-registration fee that will in turn be used to improve roads, public transportation services and add school crossing guards throughout the county. The vote for paramedic taxes (Measures C, D, E, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, O, Q and R) around Marin had mixed results. A majority of the 13 measures passed, including those in the San Rafael and Marinwood areas.Thumbs-down on the paramedics fee hikes came from Corte Madera, which didn’t pass Measure C, and a trio of unincorporated areas that said no thanks to paramedics measures J and K (as well as Measure N, a fire suppression fee). Novato just got a little pricier, as the town approved a half-cent sales-tax increase with 74 percent approval of Measure F.The $3 million expected in annual revenue from the hike will go toward maintaining basic services for youths, seniors, etc. Measures S and T, the competing desalination plant voter-approval measures, both passed, with Measure S at 69 percent and T at 56 percent. Measure S, receiving the higher total, will go into effect. It was a big day for local incumbents: San Rafael’s Jared Huffman was voted to his third and final term as Marin’s representative in the state Assembly; the Sausalito City Council will send Jonathan Leone and Herb Weiner back for another term; Larry Bedard, Jennifer Rienks and James Clever held onto their seats on the Marin Healthcare District Board; while Jack Gibson, Armando Quintero, David Behar and Cynthia Koehler all held off staunch anti-desal candidates to earn another go-round on the Marin Municipal Water District board. And replacing Joan Thayer as assessor-in-chief in the Assessor-Recorder-Clerk’s office will be Richard Benson. State Propositions: Prop. 19 went up in smoke, despite Marin voters’63 percent support of the legalization of marijuana in California. Prop. 20 passed with 63 percent approval, allowing for congressional district lines to be redrawn after every census by an independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Voters told the state parks to take a hike by turning down Prop. 21, which would have added an $18 annual vehicle-license fee that would have been passed on to the state park system’s operational budget, despite Marin County voters’62 percent support. California voters approved Prop. 22, which prohibits the state from borrowing from local transportation and redevelopment funds and said yes to the environment by voting down Prop. 23, which would have suspended AB 32, the global warming bill, until the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent. Mega-corporations will have to pay their full taxes thanks to voter approval of Prop. 24, which repeals a tax break for large companies that was pushed through the legislature in 2008. California gave the nod to Prop. 25, which will require a simple majority—rather than the current twothirds—vote by lawmakers to pass the state budget. The flip side to Prop. 20, Prop. 27 was voted down. It would have eliminated the Citizens Redistricting Commission and put congressional redistricting in the hands of the state Legislature.—Dani Burlison and Jason Walsh

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Congratulations to the World Champion San Francisco Giants! 1. Pictured at right: Which Giants players are known by these nicknames: 1a. The Freak 1b. Kung Fu Panda 1c. Buster (Give his real name) 1d. The last time the Giants won the Series, in 1954, what was the westernmost team in the major leagues? 2. People who play the violin will probably know that the “frog” is located where? 3. What is the sixth planet from the sun? 4. What is the only animal born with horns? Both males and females have bony knobs on their foreheads at birth. 5. What drum-beating rabbit made his first appearance in 1989? 6. What six-word phrase has achieved cult status after being uttered in every Star Wars film? 7. How many normal (750 ml) bottles of wine would fill one gallon: 3, 4, 5 or 6? 8. Assassinated along with his family in 1918, Nicholas II was the last ... what (title) of where ...? 9. What is the southernmost country of North America? 10. The name for the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty begins with two vowels. What is it?




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women, “we’re giving you a chance to look like a genius.” ‘With so many beauties Contest scoring, continued Pennino, will she took the town by storm, be on a scale of 0 to 10 in three categories— with her all-American face personality, appearance in a swimsuit and apyears ago and form’ pearance in evening wear. (“Personality, T&A —‘Miss America’ theme and face,” summarized Frazier.) Miss Marin is There she was, Miss Marin, 25 years ago this a branch of the Miss USA Pageant, said Penweek. nino, and doesn’t hold a “talent” round like The Pacific Sun’s expose into beauty the who-do-they-think-they’re-kidding Miss contest culture was a real head turner in America competition. November of 1985, as crafty columnist George Frazier stole a moment prior to the Frazier had infiltrated the inner circles of the beginning of the pageant to leaf through the clandestine Miss Marin USA Pageant, winning “introduction” cards the contestants had the trust of contest officials and earning an filled out for the emcee. “About half of the invitation from pageant director Dorothy Van young women mentioned modeling as their Nuys to serve as one of its judges. ambition,” noted the reporter, though he gave “She’d made a serious mistake,” surmised points for originality to one who wrote, “to the reporter, who’d been living for the past settle down with my own law firm” and three years with a memanother who wanted to ber of the National “construct and design Women’s Liberation buildings.” One contestant Front. His involvement wanted to become Miss would result in a “likeliAmerica, which, worried hood of disaster,” he Frazier, “probably wouldn’t wrote, pointing out that impress the folks at the he couldn’t be “trusted Miss USA Pageant.” with anything as ripe The beauties’ responses for satire as a smallto the “live” questions time beauty contest.” were even more awkward, Figuring his politics he wrote, despite having may have been known been coached on them in to the contest organizadvance. Trying to rate ers, Frazier opened his responses like “I want to investigation with his make a tremendous impact “serious” question: Are on the United States” and beauty contests degrad“I want to travel to foreign ing to women? countries like Europe,” he Van Nuys admitlamented, was like “writing ted she had no “great a critique of a third-grade answer” to that, but puppet show.” Fortunately, Rosina Szele, Miss Marin 1985 said, “I don’t think the swimsuit competition the girls are flauntwas next, followed by the ing anything, this evening gown parade, and is not the Miss Nude Universe contest. Frazier could fall back into his comfort zone— Beauty pageants are great.” of judging the women on their bodies. “I was Added Van Nuys: “Though I’m surprised death on those who wore tiny suits that failed how many air-heads we have [this year].” to conceal the flab,” he conceded. According to Van Nuys, the Miss Marin When it was all said and leered at, San rules were as follows: “Contestants must be Anselmo’s 21-year-old Rosina Szele was between 17 and 24, in excellent health, of good crowned Miss Marin 1985; she’d won over character and possessing beauty of face judges with her sage advice to future contesand figure, ambition, intelligence, charm, tants to “act natural, be honest and smile.” A poise and personality...never been marcurtain dropped down on all the losers, and ried, been the mother of a child, or been they were quickly shepherded off the stage. convicted of a crime.” “As a skeptical outsider,” concluded the Ignoring the fact that the rules pretty much reporter, “I’m not sure that a beauty pageliminated every woman in Marin, Frazier eant—with its emphasis on face, figure and entered into his judging quarters at the San ‘personality’—deserves all the effort that’s Rafael High auditorium with a positive gone into it.” attitude—in the hopes that he, too, would see Added Frazier: “One thing I am sure about the same greatness in pageants as Van Nuys. is that I’ll never be asked to judge another Much to Frazier’s surprise, as he was walking Miss Marin contest...” ✹ in he overheard pageant co-director Angela Judge Jason at Pennino “supplying” the contestants with the questions the finalists would be asked during Blast into Marin’s past with more the contest. “By giving you these questions Behind the Sun at ›› in advance,” Pennino explained to the young




²ÊWhile walking to downtown Mill Valley Saturday morning, Daniel noticed a man with two pugs. Fortunately, the man cleaned up his charges’ poop. Unfortunately, he attempted to discard the poop in a recycling bin. Daniel politely requested that the man refrain from depositing it there and suggested he find a garbage can. On his way back from downtown, Daniel saw that the poop bag now adorned the window of a BMW. We give the man two points for picking up the poop, however, we penalize him two points for choosing to dispose of it in a recycling can and ultimately on a car. That equals Zero, Pug Guy. Come on, folks. If you walk your dog off your property, clean it up and put it in a proper receptacle. Your neighbors thank you.—Nikki Silverstein

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covered with regulations because local boards and councils have adopted that language, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a hard case to make that we shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it statewide.â&#x20AC;? Adopting ordinances with uniform language also comes into play within the county. The McGlashan ordinance will cover unincorporated areas. Each city will then need its own ordinance for a uniform ban in Marin. Using the county ordinance as a model, jurisdictions can tweak the language to ďŹ t local circumstances. The proposed county ordinance, for example, calls for using the same agricultural weights and measures inspection system to check for compliance. When a storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scales are scheduled for inspection, personnel also can check to ensure no plastic bags are leaving the checkout stand. That negates a criticism that bag bans would introduce a new bureaucracy. A violation of the ordinance would result in a warning. Retail outlets that are repeat offenders would incur ďŹ nes in the range of a few hundred dollars before the possibility of civil penalties or action by the district attorney. Cities and counties across California have been trying to enact bans on single-use plastic bags for several years, but strong pushback from bag manufacturers, and particularly the American Chemistry Council, has stymied many of the efforts. Currently only a handful of cities have enacted these bansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Palo Alto, Malibu, San Francisco and Fairfax. Each managed to wiggle away from bag-industry legal attacks. Fairfax made the list by going to the ballot

the county write its proposed ordinance. The local ordinance would ban single-use plastic bags. Customers at retail outlets could buy recycled paper bags for 5 cents at checkout stands. Retailers would keep the bag revenue to pay for the bags and to promote sustainability education programs. The fee ultimately would act as a deterrent to single-use paper bags. The Marin proposal has been tweaked a bit â&#x20AC;&#x153;to match the state legislation that just failed,â&#x20AC;? says McGlashan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The governor wants us all to use the same local law, and if we do that, the grocers will treat it as if it had passed at the state level. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge win.â&#x20AC;? Marin proponents â&#x20AC;&#x153;are shooting for a ďŹ rst readingâ&#x20AC;? at the end of this month or next month, according to McGlashan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyway, we want to get it done by year end.â&#x20AC;? Bag bans, including both the statewide and Marin proposals, generally donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t include produce bags used to carry items such as vegetables, fruits and meats or pharmacy bags. Marin would be one of about 40 jurisdictions working with Green Cities on what could be a de facto statewide ban. Misseldine says her organization is encouraging cities and counties to adopt ordinances similar to AB 1998 as soon as possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agreed-to language. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s uniform. The more uniform standards across the state the better. The more jurisdictions that adopt similar ordinances, the easier itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be to get a statewide solution, either next year or the year after. If we have a third to a half of the state already






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reduce plastic litter pollution,” says Bryan Earl, project associate with Californians Against Waste. “They are clearly not projects under CEQA. A project is supposed to be a building project or an overpass or something tangible, not an ordinance to reduce pollution.” Even so, a number of municipalities, he says, are joining San Jose and proceeding with a full environmental report. Los Angeles County and the city of Santa Monica are taking that route. Santa Clara County, on the other hand, is taking the same route as Marin. Instead of conducting a full environmental review, it is moving ahead with a ban on plastic bags and a fee for paper bags. The fee, the reasoning goes, reduces the use of paper bags and the environmental consequences that could come from increased paper-bag use following a plastic-bag ban. McGlashan says the newly tweaked Marin ordinance dropped the proposed paper-bag fee from 10 cents to 5 cents per bag because jurisdictions that “have applied a 5-cent fee saw consumption of single-use paper bags drop by over 90 percent.” Marin, along with other jurisdictions taking the plastic-ban and paper-fee approach, is “categorically exempt,” from rules requiring an environmental report, he says, because “ reducing plastic-bag use and paper-bag use is tautologically better for the environmental no matter which way you look at it and, in that situation, an [environmental impact report] is completely irrelevant.” The American Chemistry Council hasn’t challenged any jurisdiction that has moved forward with a simultaneous paper-bag fee and plastic-bag ban. In any case, McGlashan adds, “our county counsel is ready. When we bring the ordinance forward for passage in December, it will come along with a CEQA statement that we intend to make that we are categorically exempt.” Misseldine says the issue of the CEQA requirement regarding bag bans “is an open question right now.” Jurisdictions that follow a strategy of enacting a paper-bag fee and a plastic-bag ban can say there’s no reason for an environmental review—that’s a negative declaration. “It’s because there will be no negative impacts from an ordinance because both types of single-use will be reduced.” The Marin categorical exemption route goes one more step and declares that a ban on plastic and a fee on paper will produce positive impacts, also negating the need for an expansive and time-consuming environmental report. “We think it’s unlikely that any more [environmental reports] are going to be necessary,” says Misseldine, the sustainability coordinator for the city of Mill Valley. She plans to bring a bag-ban proposal to the Mill Valley City Council in December. With movement on several fronts, the momentum for plastic-bag bans is reaching critical mass, according to ban proponents. “If the Supreme Court rules positively,” says Misseldine, and upholds the Manhattan Beach ban, “we are home free.” ✹

No Black Maria for Green Laura Marin DA drops ‘trespassing’ charge on Green candidate Laura Wells by Ronnie Co he n


aura Wells, the Green Party candience. “Why wouldn’t you at least extend didate for governor, planned to be that courtesy?” asked Gonzalez, who said in court on Election Day, Nov. 2, he was working on the case for free. fighting her arrest for allegedly trespassing Wells said a supporter gave her his ticket when she tried to enter last month’s guber- to the debate because he believed she natorial debate at Dominican University as should be in the audience. Security guards an audience member. apparently recognized Wells as a candidate But, the day before the election, a Marin and knew that she had not been issued a County deputy district attorney said he ticket to the event. The guards asked Wells would not file charges against the candidate. to relinquish the ticket and to move away The decision failed to alter Wells’ view from the hall. When she refused, about a that her Oct. 12 arrest half-dozen guards illustrates how the and police officers Wells asked folks at the Sunday farmers market to sign a two-party system has “It’s a decision that was made hauled her away, petition to help keep her out of the clink on ‘trespassing’ tightened its lock on in the interest of justice,” handcuffed her and charges. the electoral door. arrested her. “The point re- O’Hara said. Wells said it was the only U.S. city with a Green majority— mains that our elecher first arrest. “They particularly surprised voters. toral system is very put metal handcuffs Wells collected signatures on her petishut down,” Wells said after hearing charges on me and stuck me in the back of a squad tion outside the farmers market at the would not be filed. “It continues to remind car,” she said. “My head just kept shaking. Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael me of the Titanic. They’ve closed the doors “I’m a law-abiding person. I was raised on Sunday. “Shame on them,” Adrienne to the lower deck. They are closing out oth- in Michigan to be a nice girl, a nice Larkin of Novato said when the candidate er paths. People have started believing that woman. To me, it’s unreal. It just wasn’t told her about her arrest. they only have two choices. right for me not to be there.” “I’m a libertarian,” Paul Mush of Mill “To me, that’s the crime—the shutting Gonzalez questioned why the debate Valley told Wells, “but I support your right out of other ideas.” sponsors—Dominican University and to be heard.” Wells and her supporters had gathered NBC—would want to keep her out of the “I’m very disappointed that they didn’t about 700 signatures on a petition askauditorium. “Why were they scared of her?” choose to include other candidates in ing the district attorney to drop charges he asked. “She’s never disrupted any meet- that debate,” said Pam Hartwell-Herrero, against the 62-year-old Oakland financial ing of any kind.” another of three analyst and to investigate her arrest. Kevin He also questioned Fairfax Town CounO’Hara, a Marin County deputy district whether any other cil members who attorney, said he received the petition people were barred …a supporter gave her his belong to the Green on Monday, after he had already decided from the hall for trying Party. “The twoagainst filing charges. to enter with a ticket is- ticket to the debate because party political system he believed she should be in “It’s a decision that was made in the sued to someone else. has sort of made it interest of justice,” O’Hara said. “If you have rules the audience. impossible to gain As for investigating Wells’ arrest on the and you enforce them any foothold.” steps of Angelico Hall, O’Hara said he bein a discriminatory Bragman pointed lieves the university’s security firm and the manner,” he said, out that other states, San Rafael police department had prob“that’s a violation of your civil rights.” among them New York and Massachusetts, able cause to arrest Wells when she tried to Green Party supporters began work- included Green Party candidates in their enter the hall with a ticket given to her, but ing to try to get Wells into the debate with gubernatorial debates. marked non-transferable. Brown and Whitman in September, soon “Laura’s arrest epitomizes the poverty Wells retained Matt Gonzalez, the first after learning that the forum would be held of a political culture which has abanGreen Party member to be elected to the San in Green-friendly San Rafael and that it doned youth, the unemployed and the Francisco Board of Supervisors (and Ralph had been billed as a “green” debate. foreclosed,” Bragman said. “In these difNader’s running mate on an independent But Maureen Keefe, a Dominican vice ficult days, California needs more voices ticket in the 2008 presidential election), to president, said only candidates polling and more choices if it is ever to progress represent her in the criminal matter. higher than 10 percent in statewide polls beyond the wall of political conformity, Before learning that charges would not could participate in the debate. Ironically, which is crushing its future.” be filed, Gonzalez said: “I can’t believe that Wells could never have polled 10 percent, Despite her arrest and the frustration the district attorney would expend public her supporters say, because none of the she feels about not being able to get a resources to deal with this situation. He’s California polls asked voters if they planned seat at the electoral table, Wells remains got to know that he’s a pawn in the game to vote for the Green Party candidate. optimistic. “Students have taken to the of excluding third-party candidates from While the major-party candidates streets and said, ‘We deserve a great educathese kinds of public forums.” debated, Greens, including Fairfax Town tion,’” she said. “I do believe that there’s a Gonzalez questioned why Dominican Councilman Larry Bragman, picketed out- people’s movement that’s building.” ✹ University, co-sponsors of the debate side the hall. Some wore green gags over Contact Ronnie Cohen at between Democrat Jerry Brown and Retheir mouths and carried signs saying, “Let publican Meg Whitman, would not have Laura Debate.” allowed Wells—who presents herself as a Wells’ arrest in liberal Marin County— It’s your county, speak up at mild-mannered activist—a seat in the auwhere the town of Fairfax boasts being ›› NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 11



Killing in a small town A year later, the murder of Tiburon’s Joan Rosenthal remains a mystery by Ronnie Co he n


ichael Cronin, Tiburon’s police other identity thieves and to quell an outbreak chief, began talking about inof thefts of sunglasses, iPods, cell phones and stalling security cameras at the the like from parked vehicles, Cronin began entrances to the idyllic peninsula town promoting security cameras. three years ago in an effort to catch thieves Townspeople screamed that the cameras and burglars. Using the cameras to solve a would violate their privacy rights. Outsidmurder never crossed his mind. ers laughed about a city with 8,000 resiAt the time, Tiburon police had been called dents and an infinitesimal violent-crime to only three killings since the town incorpo- rate considering erecting an electronic rated in 1964. One was a young Washington fence. And then Rosenthal was found dead runaway whose burned body just happened to in her courtyard—just down the street be dumped on a beach near Blackie’s Pasture; from Del Mar Middle School. another, a Berkeley baby, washed up on TibuEven after Rosenthal’s death, protesters ron’s shore. Police had no need for surveil- called the surveillance cameras elitist, racist lance cameras to crack the then-most recent and an invasion of privacy. Cronin steered homicide—the 1999 clear of using the slaying of a businesskilling as leverage for man bludgeoned and buying the cameras. stabbed to death with Just two months after a kitchen knife by his Rosenthal’s body disturbed son. was found, however, But Joan Rosenthal the Tiburon Town was another story. Council voted to The affable grandinstall six cameras on mother should have the two roads leading celebrated her 77th into town. In Februbirthday this month. ary, the Belvedere Instead, on a SepTown Council agreed tember 2009 mornto contribute to the ing, police found her $160,000 project. dead in her courtyard On Oct. 25, four a few steps outside cameras on Tiburon the front door of her Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin is puzzled by the ‘illogi- Boulevard and two home atop a Hilary cal’ nature of the 2009 murder of Joan Rosenthal. on Paradise Drive Drive knoll. Dressed began photographin her nightclothes, she had been shot in the ing the rear license plates of vehicles enterhead at close range with a single bullet. Investi- ing and exiting Tiburon. gators found her house keys near her body. She Would they have helped investigators find did not appear to have been robbed. Nothing Rosenthal’s murderer? Cronin cannot say for seemed to be missing from the suburban home sure. But he certainly would have liked to have in which she raised her two now middle-age been able to see if any outsiders drove into sons. In fact, investigators found no evidence Tiburon the night she was killed. that anyone had even entered her house the “Either way, it would have given us some day Rosenthal was killed. information that we don’t have today,” the The seemingly cold-blooded murder horchief, who retired as San Rafael’s police chief rified and stumped Cronin. “It’s one of these before joining the Tiburon force, said in a very, very difficult cases that’s probably solvrecent interview in his office. “I do believe able when we figure out what the key is,” he there’s a high likelihood it would have prosaid. “But we haven’t figured that out yet. vided us with valuable information.” “One of the things we’re struggling with is Police and sheriff’s detectives have interit’s so illogical. She’s such an unlikely victim.” viewed more than 100 people, traveled to Just before Rosenthal’s mysterious death, New York and Guatemala to talk to relatives Tiburon residents, the town council and the and spent some 4,000 hours trying to figure media had been debating the merits of using out who killed the quiet widow who lived security cameras to create an electronic gate alone since her husband died nine months around the posh tourist and commuter town. before, following a long struggle with In early 2009, a well-dressed woman was Alzheimer’s. But, Cronin said, they have hit driving into Tiburon in a silver Mercedes and one stone wall after another. stealing checks and letters from mailboxes. Investigators have ruled out a connection After arresting her, police linked her to an between the killing and a college-sendoff identity-theft ring. Eager for tools to deter party that took place across the street from 12 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010

The view just outside the courtyard where Rosenthal’s body was found last year in Tiburon.

Rosenthal’s house the night of her death, Cronin said. He said they also have no reason to believe a relative committed the crime. In an effort to keep the investigation alive, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Rosenthal’s murder, anonymous donors offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to her killer’s arrest and conviction. Police hope the reward will convince someone with information about the case to come forward. “A lot of times people have information, and they really don’t realize the significance of it, and we would like them to share it with us and let us decide whether it’s important or not,” Cronin said. Thomas Bertrand, a lifelong Tiburon resident and a San Francisco attorney whose clients include Bay Area law-enforcement agencies, knew Joan Rosenthal and her husband, Ken, for more than 30 years. Bertrand represents the anonymous reward donors and describes them as “people who care about both Ken and Joan deeply, are totally baffled by this event and really want the killer apprehended and convicted.” “These donors don’t want it to peter out. They don’t want her to be forgotten,” Bertrand said. “For me, personally, it’s just perplexing and unfathomable.” Bertrand has placed the reward money into an escrow account, where it will remain indefinitely until someone rightfully claims it. Not even Cronin or the sheriff’s detectives, who are leading the investigation at Cronin’s request, know the reward donors’ identities. Bertrand described Joan Rosenthal as “very gracious, very lovely, just your all-around nice person.” A voracious reader, she and Alice Fredericks, a Tiburon councilwoman who served as mayor at the time of Rosenthal’s killing, co-led a monthly book group. After her sons were grown, Rosenthal, a Minnesota native, earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Dominican University. For a time, she offered private career counseling and led job-counseling seminars at the College of Marin. An active

volunteer, she served on the BelvedereTiburon Library Board. Ken Rosenthal died in January 2009. A retired attorney who specialized in admiralty and maritime personal-injury cases, he also was an accomplished nature photographer. As a child, he and his family escaped Nazi Germany, immigrating to Guatemala. His brother, Gert Rosenthal, serves as the permanent representative of Guatemala to the United Nations. Although admitting that lawyers can make enemies, Bertrand said there is no reason to believe that Ken Rosenthal’s work had anything to do with his wife’s death. Sally Shepard thought of Joan Rosenthal as her “everyday friend.” The two met 44 years ago when they both put their first-born children, now 49 years old, on the kindergarten bus. The day before she was found dead, Rosenthal and Shepard took a mid-afternoon walk, as they did most days. “There was nothing going on in her life,” Shepard said. “She was in a very good place. If there was something that was really, truly bothering her, I would have known. We read each other so well. We had fun that day. It was just kind of fun stuff we were talking about.” Shepard, who runs a public relations firm, described Rosenthal as close-mouthed, trustworthy and quiet. “We are all fortunate if we have one or two close friends like that in our lives,” she said. “Although we were very different personalities, we complemented one another. I think about her every day in one way or another. We spoke almost every day. We’d talk about everything from solving the problems of the world to gossip. “It’s like a part of me’s gone too. I don’t think you realize until you lose somebody that close to you how integral they are to you.” ✹ Detectives urge anyone with information on Joan Rosenthal’s killing to call 888/898-5818 or 415/499-7265. Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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Two tragic teen suicides leave San Rafael asking—why? In the end we had the pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained, oddly shaped emptinesses mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn’t name. —author Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides


sychologists tell us there is no way to completely reconstruct a suicide—each thing, large and small, which leads a person to self-destruction. What we do know is that suicide is a profoundly sad and desperate act, one with many dimensional waves by D on that devastate those closest to the victim—but that also flow far and wide into a community, to people who did not know the victim but who are stopped in their tracks by this ultimate rejection of life. Like two magnets pulling us in opposite directions, we are both repelled and attracted to the act—stuck in the middle of life’s landscape perhaps because, as Camus tells us, there is only one serious philosophical question: suicide—judging whether life is or is not worth living. The decision to bring an end to one’s own life is always tragic, but never more so than when the suicide victim is young—a teenager making his or her first tentative steps toward adulthood but, it would seem, finding the journey too difficult to contemplate; not a trip into hope but a further decline into the black hole of the unrelenting pain of depression left unchecked. Teenage suicide is no stranger to Marin. Just last month two youths—a 13-year-old who attended Miller Creek Middle School and a 15-year-old Terra Linda High School student—killed themselves. Other teenagers from different parts of the county have killed themselves over the past several years. “It is not new to our community,” says psychologist Lisa Schwartz, director of alternative education for the Marin County Office of Education. But, she added, “for a small county like this it seems shocking to me—one or two [teen suicides] every year. It is frighteningly frequent!” Teenage suicides, of course, occur in all parts of the country. A U.S. Surgeon General report states that it is the third cause of death among people 15-24 years old behind unintentional injury and homicide. Moreover, states the report, “In 1996, more teenagers died of suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.”

The report suggests raising an alarm over the number of teen suicides. It states: “Over the last several decades, the suicide rate in young people has increased dramatically. From 19521996, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young adults nearly tripled, although there has been a general decline in youth suicides since 1994. From 1980-1996, the rate of suicide among persons aged 15-19 years increased by Sp e ic h 14 percent and among persons aged 10-14 years by 100 percent. For African-American males aged 15-19, the rate increased 105 percent.” The report also notes that young males are much more likely to kill themselves than young females. These statistics paint a troubling portrait of the scope of the problem. But they do not go into the question that most people ask, and that is: Why? Why do kids kill themselves? “The evidence is strong that over 90 percent of children and adolescents who commit suicide have a mental disorder,” states the surgeon general’s report. The primary disorder (technically a mood rather than a mental disorder) is chronic depression and acute anxiety—an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Psychologists say suicidal children and teens, in particular, typically keep their emotional turmoil to themselves, which intensifies feelings of loneliness and lack of self-worth, among other things. They have no hope because nothing will ever change and what they are now is what they will always be. They are overwhelmed by darkness. At least part of this has to do with the development of the brain. Schwartz, of the county’s office of education, echoed findings of neuropsychological development research suggesting that the part of the brain that controls judgment and other cognitive functions does not fully develop in individuals until the late teens or early 20s. What this means is that they are—far more than most adults—ruled by their emotions. Schwartz says it indicates that, among other things, some teens view time as static, that how they feel now is how they will feel for the rest of their lives; if deeply depressed and anxious, this is how they will always be. Suicide gives them a way out of this gnawing despair; a way, they believe, to find peace. Depressed adults differ. They are more 14 > NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

< 13 To be, or not to be predisposed to thinking—but by no means always—that they will begin feeling better over time. And this can be reinforced by therapy and antidepressant drugs. Which goes to another point: Adults know that, in theory anyway, help is out there. Psychologists suggest that teenagers, on the other hand, are not aware of the help available, or do not believe it would help or are apprehensive about indicating to their parents or caregivers that they feel they are drowning in dark thoughts laced with suicidal ideation. This is why so many parents are caught totally by surprise when their child commits suicide. Most teens who kill themselves are apparently severely depressed. What does this severe a depression feel like? The surgeon general’s report states: “Depressed children are sad, they lose interest in activities that used to please them, and they criticize themselves and feel that others criticize them. They feel unloved, pessimistic, or even hopeless about the future; they think that life is not worth living, and thoughts of suicide may be present. “Depressed children and adolescents are often irritable, and their irritability may lead to aggressive behavior. They are indecisive, have problems concentrating, and may lack energy or motivation; they may neglect their appearance and hygiene; and their normal sleep patterns are disturbed.” ●

BUT THAT BEGS the question again of why: Why are they depressed? There is no way in many cases to know what precisely triggers depression in those young people who kill themselves. It is known that one factor might be a chemical imbalance in the brain. Antidepressants can be of great help in these cases. But other factors most often are also in play. A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics offers some suggestions about possible reasons for depression and suicide. It states: “Lack of parental interest may be (a) problem. Many children grow up in divorced households; for others, both of their parents work and their families spend limited time together. According to one study, 90 percent of suicidal teenagers believed their families did not understand them. (However, this is such a common teenage complaint that other factors are playing a role, too.) Young people also reported that when they tried to tell their parents about their feelings of unhappiness or failure, their mother and father denied or ignored their point of view.” What psychologists called “contagion” is thought to be another trigger for suicide. One teen kills him- or herself, which is followed by press coverage. Suddenly, said Schwartz, suicide becomes glamorous. And, in fact, some teen suicides in Marin have come on the heels of other teen suicides, frequently friends or acquaintances. It is, however, difficult to believe that the glamour would be appealing unless a teenager is already beset with emotional problems. Clearly, bullying has been a factor in many youth suicides across the country, and there 14 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010

What adults should know about teen suicide The following is information made available from the American Academy of Pediatrics Why has the youth suicide rate gone so high in recent years? ●

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It’s easier to get the tools for suicide (boys often use firearms to kill themselves; girls usually use pills);); the pressures of modern life are greater; competition for good grades and college admission is stiff; and there’s more violence in the newspapers and on television.

Lack of parental interest may be another problem. Many children grow up in divorced households; for others, both parents work and their families spend limited time together. According to one study, 90 percent of suicidal teenagers believed their families did not understand them. (However, this is such a common teenage complaint that other factors are playing a role, too.) Young people also reported that when they tried to tell their parents about their feelings of unhappiness or failure, their mother and father denied or ignored their point of view. If your teenager has been depressed, you should look closely for signs that he or she might be thinking of suicide: Has his personality changed dramatically? Is he having trouble with a girlfriend (or, for girls, with a boyfriend)? Or is he having trouble getting along with other friends or with parents? Has he withdrawn from people he used to feel close to? ● Is the quality of his schoolwork going down? Has he failed to live up to his own or someone else’s standards (when it comes to school grades, for example)? ● Does he always seem bored, and is he having trouble concentrating? ● Is he acting like a rebel in an unexplained and severe way? ● Is she pregnant and finding it hard to cope with this major life change? ● Has he run away from home? ● Is your teenager abusing drugs and/or alcohol? ● Is she complaining of headaches, stomachaches, etc., that may or may not be real? ● Have his eating or sleeping habits changed? ● Has his or her appearance changed for the worse? ● Is he giving away some of his most prized possessions? ● Is he writing notes or poems about death? ● Does he talk about suicide, even jokingly? Has he said things such as, “That’s the last straw,”“I can’t take it anymore,” or “Nobody cares about me?” (Threatening to kill oneself precedes four out of five suicidal deaths.) ● Has he tried to commit suicide before? ● ●

If you suspect that your teenager might be thinking about suicide, do not remain silent. Suicide is preventable, but you must act quickly. ●

Ask your teenager about it. Don’t be afraid to say the word “suicide.” Getting the word out in the open may help your teenager think someone has heard his cries for help. Reassure him that you love him. Remind him that no matter how awful his problems seem, they can be worked out, and you are willing to help. Ask her to talk about her feelings. Listen carefully. Do not dismiss her problems or get angry at her. Remove all lethal weapons from your home, including guns, pills, kitchen utensils and ropes. Seek professional help. Ask your teenager’s pediatrician to guide you. A variety of outpatient and hospital-based treatment programs is available.

is some evidence that it has been a contributing factor in Marin. Gay teenagers or those suspected of being gay have been taunted and worse by some of their peers at school. These “students are harassed for perceived sexual orientation, and for some kids this seems like the end of the world,” said Schwartz. A survey conducted by the Los Angelesbased Josephson Institute of Ethics, found that 43 percent of the 43,000 students had been physically abused, teased or taunted, according to the Associated Press. Fifty percent of those surveyed admitted to being a bully. Sometimes this occurred on the Internet. Of all of the questions surrounding youth suicide perhaps the most daunting

is: What can be done to prevent more of these tragedies? Schwartz said it is extremely important to make adults—parents and teachers— more aware of danger signs exhibited by teenagers. “We grown-ups have to protect them,” she said. One of the problems is that parents and others feel they should not invade the privacy of teenagers, that they should be given space to develop. But Schwartz said: “We [adults] have taken privacy too far. We need to assure ourselves as parents about what they are doing.” This involves, she said, paying attention, talking to their children and listening to them. The children, she said, “want to feel some-

body cares. It doesn’t have to be Mom or Dad, it can be a coach or a teacher.” ●

THE MARIN COUNTY Office of Education is spearheading a full-out attack on suicide prevention. Since the most recent suicides last month, the office of education has held a forum on suicide prevention and, perhaps most significantly, established a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, or “tip line,” on its website in both English and Spanish. It is hoped that teenagers will contact the site if they are contemplating suicide. But it also is for those who are worried that a friend might be thinking of suicide. Schwartz said some schools— Redwood High School, for example—have a similar link on their websites. Among other things, the tip line is meant to counter the feeling among teens that “nobody wants to be a snitch. It is a part of the youth culture that we are [attempting] to deal with.” At the very least, education officials and suicide-prevention experts hope to impress upon kids the notion that troubles can be transitory and depression can be overcome. But suicide is heartbreakingly permanent—as Camilla Barry knows all too well. On one afternoon in 2007 Clive Barry, 16, a Tamalpais High School junior, left a note on his kitchen table that read, “Today I am committing suicide.” He then rode his bike from his Mill Valley home to the Golden Gate Bridge and jumped off. Fifteen months later, in 2008, his mother, Camilla, was still trying to cope with her son’s death. She told the Pacific Sun at the time: “Shortly after Clive died, he visited me in a dream. It was very clear. He and Nick [Barry’s older son] were in the dining room, at night, laughing. When I went downstairs to see what was happening, I saw that one of our chickens had come into the house and Clive was holding it, laughing. When I saw him, I said, ‘Clive? Is it really you?’ And he met my eyes and shook his head no with a sort of sadness on my behalf. “Then he came over and hugged me real hard. I could definitely feel his arms around my shoulders, and that feeling remained when I woke up.” ✹ Veteran journalist Don Speich has a master’s degree in psychology and currently is pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology.

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Where to find help The Marin County Office of Education has established a “tip line” on its website at It includes not only a suicide prevention hotline but also additional information about youth suicides—including resources for students, parents and educators. The 24-hour countywide school tip line is 415/499-5841.


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We polished off both plates within thought: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been known to clear a minutesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;partly due to ravenousness, but mostly because we really dug the grub (the room before, but this is ridiculous.â&#x20AC;?) To our relief, it turned out Wiedwaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gingery spring-roll sauce had a wonderful decision wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t merely a rash reaction to a citrus aftertaste; we ended up dipping our so-so write up in the Sun (weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure we bread in it). Entrees of braised short ribs ($21), the Hilltop â&#x20AC;&#x153;specould handle that type of cialty burgerâ&#x20AC;? ($12.75) inďŹ&#x201A;uence); revenues had and a plate of steamed HILLTOP 1892 been down for a long time, mussels ($11) soon folpricey ADA upgrades were 850 Lamont Ave., Novato. lowed. 415/ 893-1892. Saturday needed and Wiedwald had 11:30am-10pm, Sunday Complaints about been trying to sell the joint 10am-9pm. the entrees were fewâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; for months. the short ribs couldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve After nearly two years used more of the delishuttered, Hilltop 1892 opened earlier this summer with new own- cious red-wine reduction theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re served in; er Erick Hendricks promising a stirring up someone at the table thought the parsley of everything but the views and the mar- shavings in the butter for the mussels rentinis. (The name, by the way, comes from dered the bivalves a tad too tart. But those the year the place was builtâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;originally as are mostly nit-picky observations about a private home for early Novato family the what was generally agreed to be top-notch Haydens, who truly had a great eye for real nosh from the kitchen of commander-inestate. For those keeping track, the building chef Jack Harris. (Thanks to a killer tomato was later home to a Moose Lodge, a den- aioli topping, the specialty burger is perhaps the only hamburger in Marin worth tistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ofďŹ ce and a Swedish smorgasbord.) Hendricks has been a managing partner its $13 price tag. It was the surprise hit of at the S.F. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ&#x201A;oatingâ&#x20AC;? restaurant Forbes Is- the meal.) The service was speedy and, betland (the place to go for underwater din- ter yet, non-intrusive. (During dessert we ing) and Hilltop general manager Dave asked our server to recommend a good Keegan served as GM at the Buckeye Road- bourbon and he referred us to the ďŹ&#x201A;oor house a while agoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so both guys probably manager who hardly looked old enough to have a feel for, how shall we say, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hip- drink, let alone offer counsel on Kentucky but-mainstreamâ&#x20AC;? dining inclinations of hooch. That being said, the Makerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mark Marin restaurant-goers. The Hilltop still he got us really hit the spot.) We left with a very positive vibe about has its unremarkable open ďŹ&#x201A;oor plan and soft-beige wall tones that take full advan- Hilltop 1892 (granted, the bourbon may tage of the plethora of natural light. But have had something to do with this). The itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the smaller touchesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like shortened new owners seem to have taken note of tablecloths and fewer white linensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that what wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t working toward the end of have truly upgraded the atmosphere from the original Hilltopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s run, and have upâ&#x20AC;&#x153;grandpaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite restaurantâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;busi- graded (and updated) accordingly, without ness-casual 2010.â&#x20AC;? 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The hits just keep on comin’! Does Marin officially have a music ‘scene’...? by t he Space Cowb oy


ast month officially ushered in a new era for the North Bay music scene. George’s Nightclub in San Rafael has opened to rave reviews— and packed shows by Petty Theft, Eric Martin Band, Vinyl and Wonderbread 5. The Woods at Masonic Hall in Mill Valley hosted sold-out shows by Clarence Clemons, Fishbone and The 85’s (Halloween party) in October. Last weekend, costumed music fans lined up to enter crowded Fairfax clubs as Lumanation’s reggae beat throbbed inside the Sleeping Lady, Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers dazzled 19 Broadway patrons and HoneyDust (dressed as Spinal Tap) rocked Peri’s Bar with a Rock of Ages themed party for...well, the ages. That’s right, folks, there are actually three towns in the county now with multiple, vibrant music venues in operation. Hooray. November is jampacked with great music. Here are some of the events that have caught my eye and ear. If you like roots reggae with a positive vibe,

you will not want to miss the all-ages Harvest Celebration at the Bolinas Community Center Saturday, Nov. 20. Produced by Haile Conscious Productions and Good Worx, the show’s headliner will be Lymie Murray. A longtime back-up singer for reggae legends Freddie McGregor and the late Dennis Brown, he is generally regarded as one of the top vocalists currently in the genre and will be backed by the super-solid King’s Highway Band. They will be preceded by the up-and-coming DJ/Sing-Jay Perfect and dancehall icon Kulcha Knox! Also appearing on the bill will be the talented vocalist Amber Hines and drummer extraordinaire Michael Pinkham (Albino!), as well as the Bo-Stin School Band and Magic Steve. More info can be found and tickets purchased by calling 415/868-0525. Another local reggae show of note: St. Croix rulers Midnite play 19 Broadway Thursday, Nov. 18. Drummer “Idaho” Dave Burns (Westside Boogaloo) has begun host-

Ukes unite Nov. 13, when the band Sage rolls into Peri’s.

Fiver Brown picks up the pace at Sausalito’s Seahorse.

ing a full-band open mic at Nickel Rose on B Street in San Rafael every Monday night. Featuring the talents of keyboardist John Varn (Miles Schon Band/ Thriving Ivory), bassist John Merker, guitarist Jonnie Axtell (Psychefunkapus/Notorious) and other members of the extended Clusterfunk family, it is fast becoming a popular destination for singer/songwriters and instrumentalists looking to hone their chops and perform for a live audience. The evening is co-hosted by the charming Charlee and drink specials abound. Space Cowboy says check it out! Local singer/songwriter Brindl will celebrate the release of her new CD at the San Geronimo Valley Com-

munity Center Saturday, Nov. 13. Two very talented musicians, Fiver Brown and Chris Haugen (Jambay) will play on alternate Thursdays this month at Sausalito’s Seahorse Restaurant at 305 Harbor Dr. Brown will play Nov. 11 and 25, while Haugen will appear Nov. 4 and 18. Rancho Nicasio celebrates its 12th anniversary with the usual star-studded party on Thursday, Nov 18. The Rancho will also host local piano legend Johnny Allair’s Annual Gratitude Party Saturday, Nov. 13—which is not to be missed. Murphy Productions continues to bring great shows to the Palm Ballroom of the Seafood Peddler Restaurant in San Rafael. They will present the David Nelson Band Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6; Blame Sally Saturday, Nov. 13; The Waybacks Friday, Nov. 19; and the Sun Kings Saturday, Nov. 20. Visit for more info. Hot Buttered Rum bassist Bryan Horne and the Jawdroppers will play a special pre-Thanksgiving show at Iron Springs brewpub on Wednesday, Nov. 24. The amazing Danny Montana and the Bar Association will play the Bay West Ballroom at 1133 E. Francisco in San Rafael on Saturday, Nov 6. The $20 admission fee gets you in the door, plus a free country swing dance lesson and two drinks! You can see all the great music on the Peri’s Bar calendar on its new website at, but here are a few standout shows this month: Chrome Johnson rides again Friday, Nov. 5; Austin de Lone and Aram Danesh bring 4AD back Friday, Nov. 12; Sage rocks there on Saturday, Nov. 13; Vinyl plays its traditional “Night before Thanksgiving” party (Black Wednesday) on Nov. 24. Final note: The incredible Eric McFadden and The Faraway Brothers will play a very special show at the Woods in Mill Valley Saturday, Nov. 20, with the legendary Baby Gramps opening. Got a hot tip for The Beat? Email me at Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at



The thin ‘Red’ line Star-studded cast dodges a bullet in surprisingly good ‘comic book movie’ by Davi d Te mp l e ton

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a review; rather, it’s a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture.

something I’ve always wondered about. “So,” I say, “isn’t the term graphic novel just a fancy word for hardback comic book?” Anderson laughs. “It often is, yeah,” he allows. “That term, graphic novel, it’s a marketing brand. As a think that Red does for political marketing brand, a graphic novel promises thrillers what Get Shorty did for mov- that it is something more than its origins. ies about the Mob,” says award-win- But a lot of graphic novels are just colning comic book artist Brent Anderson, lead- lections of comics bound together, with ing the way past rows of Coming Soon movie nothing special about it beyond the higher posters as he makes a beeline for the sidewalk. price tag. Sometimes a so-called graphic We’ve just seen a matinee of Red, based on the novel is introduced, and it’s clear that it’s graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Ham- nothing more than a comic book. I don’t ner, featuring Bruce Willis as a former CIA mean to be denigrating my own industry, operative (“retired; extremely dangerous”) because saying ‘just a comic book’ does who puts together a team of senior-citizen as- not mean it’s bad. I think comic books are sassins to stop great.” the people Anderson’s who are sudview, shared denly trying by many, is to kill him. that modern “Get Shorty,” comics, in Anderson is general, have saying, “was been seeka hip, funky, ing to tell far humorous, deeper, more cynical look emotionally at the Macomplex stofia, almost a ries than they parody. And might once that’s what have done. this movie is That’s part of like, but in what he meant this one it’s by calling Red the CIA and a “good comic espionage and book movie.” government ‘Up your nose with a rubber hose’ would’ve taken on a more literal meaning if “The assassins. As Vinnie Barbarino had joined the Mob. operative a comic book word being guy, I have to say, this is a really good comic ‘good,’” he says. “The story works, and book movie.” as a film, it still works. I’ve had some Anderson (www.brentandersonart. experience with the translation of comic com), best known for his work with Kurt narratives into film, and they really are Busiek on the celebrated cult-hit comic two completely different mediums, though series Astro City, has drawn nearly every there are some similarities in that they are major comic book superhero in the canon, both visual mediums. But that’s where the including Batman, Superman, Wonder similarity ends. In a movie, the filmmaker Woman, Green Lantern and Plasticman, is in control of the pace, while in a comic, and has also contributed to a wide range the reader is in control.” of comics series, from the lesser known “In that,” I ask, “the film runs through the Ka-Zar the Savage to the X-Men. His work projector at a certain speed, unspooling at a on the graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, specific, pre-determined pace, and a comic Man Kills is, along with his consistently ex- book can be read quickly or slowly, dependcellent work on Astro City, a large part of ing on the mood of the reader?” what has won him the adulation of comics “Yeah, exactly,” Anderson replies. fans across the world. “You can interact with a comic book. Since I am now walking down the street You can linger on a panel in a comic, but with an artist who’s worked on both comic you can’t linger on a frame of film unless books AND graphic novels, I have to ask the filmmaker has already decided to do


The critically acclaimed thespians prepare for an assault.

that. You control the way the way you read of bullets, bullets everywhere,” he laughs. a comic. That’s one of the things I love “Unless, of course, there’s a crucial scene about them.” in which you need just one last bullet, for One of the things Anderson loves about dramatic effect.” the movie Red is the casting, kind of an all“Actually, with so many bullets flying star lineup of AARP actors, including Mor- through the air,” I remark, “and with so gan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox and many trained government killers shootJohn Malkovich, all of ing at our heroes every them blasting munitions, time they move, it’s wielding knives and dissurprising that so few charging weapons with of those thousands and the kind of full-bodied thousands of bullets glee most children exever hit anyone.” hibit while blowing bub“Oh, all those bullets, bles or making forts out they’re only there for of snow. one purpose,” Ander“Every one of the son explains. “They are major characters was only there to provide a perfectly cast,” Andersmoke screen for our son says. “I got the sense heroes to try and get that the actors were through. To run the playing to their usual gauntlet, so to speak.” type of roles, but they In the end, for a “comic book movie,” were doing it, again, Anderson suspects such the same way Travolta criticisms are probably played his character in beyond the point. For [Get Shorty]. He was what it is, Red holds up kind of making fun surprisingly well. of his own typecast“It was so entertaining, almost like playing ing,” he says. “There are Vinnie Barbarino from Anderson drew this caricature of himself for his probably lots of holes Welcome Back, Kotter, as daughter’s school fundraiser. in this movie that I if Vinnie had grown up never even noticed, because I was having and joined the Mob.” As for the basic story, packed with re- such a good time. “Aside, of course, from all the bullet versals, betrayals, unexpected deaths and last-minute rescues, Anderson’s only major holes.” ✹ Talk more pics with David at criticism was in the enormous number of bullets discharged by the extremely wellIt’s your movie, speak up at armed characters. ›› “These people had unlimited supplies NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 21


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

This century-old version of ’The Wizard of Oz’ is just one of the rarities from the Rafael’s ‘Films of 1910’ program Thursday night.

● 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. ● Bon Jovi—The Circle Tour (2:00) Straight from New Jersey it’s the hunk rocker performing hits from his fabulous career. ● A Century Ago: The Films of 1910 Fascinating selection of vintage one-reelers includes a little D.W. Griffith, a little John Bunny and a prehistoric version of “The Wizard of Oz.” ● Chasing Legends (1:30) Insightful documentary looks at the Tour de France, its colorful history and the biking legends who’ve made it great. ● 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. ● Daddy I Do (1:30) Prizewinning documentary looks at the largely fruitless results of abstinenceonly programs on a teen’s budding sexuality. ● Due Date (1:40) Todd Philips road-trip comedy about a businessman who has to hitch a ride cross-country with an unstable wannabe actor to get home in time for the birth of his first child; Robert Downey, Jr. stars. ● For Colored Girls (2:00) An all-star cast (Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg) bring Ntozake Shange’s prizewinning ensemble drama about today’s African American woman to the big screen. ● 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. 22 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010

● 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-yourface 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. ● Megamind Cartoon comedy about a genius supervillain whose plans for world domination go awry through boredom and self-interest; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt and Ben Stiller supply the voices. ● 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. ● Paranormal Activity 2 More ghostly shenanigans are afoot in this sequel to the 2009 fright fest. ● 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). ● 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. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ A Century Ago: Films of 1910 (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Alpha and Omega (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri,Sat 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35; Sun 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35, 12:05 ❋ Bon Jovi: The Circle Tour (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Mon 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Mon 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Mon 7:30 Chasing Legends (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Mon 6:30 The Concert (PG-13) Lark Theater: Sun 1:10 Conviction (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 11:15, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 ❋ Daddy I Do (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Wed 7:45 ❋ Due Date (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Sat,Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20 Mon,Tues 6:50, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sat 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10 Sun 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30 Tue 12, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri,Sat 1:50, 4:10, 7:30, 9:55 Sun 1:50, 4:10, 7:30 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri,Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:20 Mon-Thurs 1:30, 4:15, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 Sat 2, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50 Sun 2, 4:45, 7:20 Mon-Thurs 4:45, 7:20 ❋ For Colored Girls (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Sun 1:10, 4:25, 7:35, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7:15, 10:25 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-Thur 7:30 Hereafter (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat,Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon,Tues 6:30, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri,Sat 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20 Sun 1:10, 4:15, 7:20 Tue 1:10,

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4:15, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Tue 4:10, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri,Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:45 Sun-Thurs 1:10, 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 MonWed 6:30, 9 Thu 8:45 It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:55 Jackass 3 (R) Century Northgate 15: 7:40, 10 Kings of Pastry (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri,Sat 6:30 Sun 5:45 Tue 4:30 Thu 6 Leaving (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Sat,Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Mon 8:45 Tue,Wed 6:45, 8:45 Thu 6:45 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:35, 4:55, 7:20, 9:50 Life As We Know It (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 Mao’s Last Dancer (PG) ★★ Lark Theater: Fri,Sat 8:20 Sun 3:25 Tue 6:30 Wed 5:15 Thu 3:30 ❋ Megamind (PG) Century Cinema: 11:30, 2, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 1, 3:40, 6:20, 9; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 12:20, 1:40, 2:20, 3, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri,Sat 1, 2, 3:30, 4:35, 6:10, 7:10, 8:45, 9:30 Sun-Thurs 1, 2, 3:30, 4:35, 6:10, 7:10 The Metropolitan Opera: Boris Gudonov (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Paranormal Activity 2 (R) Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 3:30, 5:55,

8:10, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:45, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:20 Sat 12:45, 3:15, 5:35, 7:55, 10:20 Red (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:40, 10:25 Sat,Sun 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:25 Mon,Tues 7, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 12:55, 2:10, 3:35, 4:45, 6:15, 7:30, 8:50, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sat 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Sun 2, 4:35, 7:15 Mon 5 Tue 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri,Sat 1:40, 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:25, 7 Mon-Thurs 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-Thurs 4:30, 7:10 Saw: The Final Chapter (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 3:05, 5:30, 8, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Secretariat (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:10 Sat,Sun 4:20, 10:10 Mon,Tue 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri,Sat 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10 Sun 1:05, 4:05, 7:05 Tue 1:05, 4:05, 7:05 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15 Sat,Sun 1:25, 7:15 Mon,Tue 6:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:15, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri,Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Wed 4:30, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 MonThu 4:15, 7 Stone (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri,Sat 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Sun,Tue 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45 The Town (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 10:10 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 Tue 5:05, 7:35

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

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

Huang Wen Bin is ‘Mao’s Last Dancer,’ playing this week at the Lark.


F R I D AY N O V E M B E R 5 — F R I D AY N O V E M B E R 1 2 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Local folk phenom Brindl celebrates the release of her sophomore effort ‘Shine’ Nov. 13 a the San Geronimo Valley Community Center.

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

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

Live music 11/07: Ben de la Cour Los Angeles-based folk rock artist. 9pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway Blvd., Fairfax. 11/09: Kurt Huget and Friends Original acoustic Americana with Julia Harrell, percussion; Pat Campbell, bass. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 637-2496. 11/09: Noel Jewkes Jazz Quartet Open Mic jazz sessions every Tues. 8-11pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 11/10: Acoustic Guitar Showcase Teja Gerken, Eric Skye, and Lester Levy perform acoustic fingerstyle guitar. 9-11:30pm. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 11/10: Matt Eakle Band Americana. 8pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 4851005. 11/10: Tengo Tango Milonga and Tango with Marcelo Puig. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305

Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/11: Fiver Brown Rock, Americana. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/11: Pamela Joy Trio Jazz standards. With John Herbst, keyboard; Jon Hoy, bass and guitar. 6-9pm. No cover. Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 922-2427. 11/11: The Kevin Russell Projekt Rock. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 11/11: Wanda Stafford Jazz. With Si Perkoff and Hal Solin. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www. 11/12: 4AD With Aram Danesh and Austen DeLone. 9:30pm. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 11/12: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, Pop and Blues. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Harbor Point’s, 475 E. Strawberry Dr., Mill Valley. 381-6400. 11/12: Grupo Cafofo Samba. 8pm. Free. Sausalito

BEST BET Be Skyped now Many fans will be sad to learn that Ram Dass won’t be leaving the comfort of his Maui home to head back to his familiar Marin County haunts next weekend. Dass, whose 1997 stroke contributed to the re-prioritizing of his previously bustling travel schedule, will be speaking via Skype with co-author Rameshwar Dass. The two celebrate the release of the latest in inspirational and wisdom-packed handbooks, BE LOVE NOW, just in time for the 40-year anniversary of Dass’s highly influential, society-altering classic, Be Here Now. Known throughout the first chapter of his fascinating life as Richard Alpert, Dass was praised and condemned for his academic-bending collaborative research with psychedelics Ram Dass, live from Maui! at Harvard. It was then that he began to understand consciousness in a new light, leading him to visit the infamous guru Maharaji in India during the height of the cultural shift of the 1960s. During this visit, Maharaji gave Alpert the name Ram Dass, meaning Servant of God. Dass fully embodied the principles of this appellation and spent the following 40-plus years offering deep spiritual insights through his lectures, writings and hospice programs; social and political relief through his Prison Ashram Project; and as co-founder of the Seva Foundation, which offers health programs for the Native American community along with international programs. One of the truly amazing and compassionate souls of our time, Ram Dass, along with Rameshwar Dass, shares the wisdom of unconditional love (via Skype) on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 4pm. Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415/927-0960.—Dani Burlison

Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 11/12: Jose Neto Band Rock. 9pm. $15-17. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 11/12: Petty Theft Tom Petty tribute 8:30/ $12/ $15 8:30pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/12: Poor Man’s Whiskey Local and original rock, bluegrass. 9pm. $15-18. McNear’s Mystic Theatre, 21 Petaluma Blvd N., Petaluma. 707-765-2121. 11/12: Pride and Joy R&B. 9:30pm. $15-18. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 11/12: Tony Furtado Bluegrass, folk. 9:30pm. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www. 11/13: Brindl “Shine.” CD release party with the lovely local songstress. Featuring special guests Steve Gardner, violin (Cullen’s Hound) and Adam Roach, guitar (Dale Watson). 9pm. $10, includes signed copy of the CD. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. www. 11/13: Mimi Fox Guitar. 8pm. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. www.

Concerts 11/12: Mill Valley Philharmonic Laurie Cohen conducts the 11th season opening program featuring works of Dvorak, Mozart and Brahms. 8-10pm. Free. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 383-0930. 11/13: Prince Charles Celtic Pipe Band Scottish music. 7:30pm. $20. Fine Arts Theater, College of Marin, 50 Acacia Ave., Kentfield.

Dance 11/12-20:‘Under Cover: The Untold Stories’ Featuring the Don’t Quit Your Day Job Dancers. 8 pm Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20; 3pm Nov. 14 and 21. $25. Stage Dor Performance Space, 10 Liberty Ship Way #340, Sausalito. 339-1390.

Theater/Auditions 11/11-12/05:‘Happy Now?’ West coast premiere directed by Jasson Minadakis. See website for showtimes. $20-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. 11/12-12/12:‘Pride and Prejudice’ Jane Austen’s classic tale brought to the stage by the Ross Valley Players. Directed by Phoebe Moyer. 8pm Fri.-Sat; 7:30pm Thurs; 2pm Sun. $15-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. 11/12-20:‘Bye, Bye Birdie’ Marin Youth Performer’s present the classic musical theater piece about fictional 1950s rocker Conrad Birdie. See website for showtimes. $14-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 11/14:‘Dead Man’s Wake’ Set in Mill Valley in 1969, this new American play follows a family’s journey as they search for courage after the death of a family member. 8pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. $25. West End Studio Theater, 1554 4th St., San Rafael. 453-0552.

Comedy 11/10: Del Van Dyke Comedy. 8pm. $10. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 11/12: Will Durst “Durst Case Scenario: Election Edition.” 8-10pm. $15-20. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111.

Art 11/09: Art in the Afternoon Interactive monthly gatherings to share photographs, take field trips and discuss perception and creativity with the camera (digital or film). For more information, call 388-4331. 2-4pm. $5. O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, 616 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 11/12: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Join Art Works Downtown and numerous merchants up and down Fourth St. for art shows, gallery receptions, open studios, refreshments and inspiration. NOVEMBER 5 - NOVEMBER 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 23

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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. 7-11pm. Free. Redwood Foyer - Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442. www. Through 11/12: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;New Avenuesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of digitally influenced art juried by David Hamill. 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; Placing abstract and realistic views of the landscape sideby-side for a different look at these genres is the theme for this Marin Arts Council exhibit. 11am6pm. Free. Marin Arts Council, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442.

Through 11/13: Falkirk Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition Group exhibition of works by Marin and Bay Area artists. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

BEST BET The best of youth Being a teen is tough enough with the mounds of homework, awkward growth spurts and rising costs of after-school snacks. Just when they get a grasp on the ridiculous trigonometry homework that some sadistic teacher assigned, the weight of the world comes pressing down. News of global warming, social injustice and isms of every which way are not just overwhelming, but often unbearable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enough to get even the most wellbalanced adult to run for the hills (or crawl under a rock). Fortunately, for teens in Marin, Next Generation is offering alternatives to fear and apathy! The third annual STUDENT ARTS AND ACTIVISM Can the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;next generationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; save the world? FESTIVAL is sure to be an incredibly inspiring day of engaging in visual and performing arts in the name of positive action. Students are invited to hear live hip-hop, join in discussions about current events, express views and concerns about the world through writing songs and skits, working on a community mural and connecting with other likeminded youth. Saturday, Nov. 6, 11am-5:45pm at the MYC (Marin Youth Center), 115 Third St. in San Rafael. $45-$50, with scholarships available. For more information, call 415/459-6398 or visitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

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Through 11/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Las Expresiones: Celebrating Latino Artists of the Bay Areaâ&#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 .

Through 11/21:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Legends of the Bay Area: William T.Wiley, Cornelia Schulz, and Richard Shawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Annual exhibition featuring artists whose contributions have helped to define Bay Area artistic style. 11am-4pm. $5. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137 .

Through 11/25:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mario Gomez: Memories of the Infiniteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Exhibition of new paintings by the Chilean artist. 10am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. www.

Through 11/29: November Art Exhibits Harry Cohen, paintings. In the Valley Room. Jenny Hunter Groat, paintings. In the West Room. Reception 4-7pm Nov. 14. 10:30am-5pm. Free. Marice del Mue Gallery, San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888.

Through 11/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paintings of the Marin Landscapeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thomas Wood, paintings. new works include a five painting Abbottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lagoon Suite and a large scale Hicks Valley piece. Opening reception 1:30-4:30pm Nov. 6. Free. Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1223. Through 12/23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall Fashioningsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Group show featuring Marin county painters depicting large works influenced by the Fall season. Noon-4pm. Free. Mona Lease Gallery, 39 Greenbrae Boardwalk, Greenbrae. 461-3718. Through 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. Through 12/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Local Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg, local and California landscapes paintings. Opening reception 6-8pm Fri., Nov. 19. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351.

Through 12/31: Watercolor Exhibition

Joanne Cullimore, watercolors. Free. Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-2453 .

Readings 11/08: Ari Berman â&#x20AC;&#x153;Herding Donkeys.â&#x20AC;? Berman chronicles Howard Deanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unpredictable journey from insurgent presidential candidate to chairman of the Democratic Party. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/08: Seth Harwood The author discusses his mystery novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Junius.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/09: Steve Dublanica â&#x20AC;&#x153;Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quest to Become the Guru of the Gratuity.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/10: Eat It Mark Kurlansky discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edible Stories: A Novel in Sixteen Parts.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 11/10: Matt Taibbi The Rolling Stone journalist talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco. 835-1020. 11/10: Rick Steves The popular travel writer and PBS travel series host discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Travel as a Political Act.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 927-0960. www. 11/11: Dennis Lehane The author presents his thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Moonlight Mile.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.


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11/09: Election Results/Green New Deal Impact of the election and the Green New Deal will be discussed. 7-9pm. Free. Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 488-9037. www.dfamarin,com

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stories, poems and experience sharing. 7-9pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, Clara Barton Room, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. www. 11/11:Veterans Day Flag Ceremony Honor those who have served our country. 9:30am. Free. Marin Civic Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 473-6193. Through 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 by donating canned food, nonperishable items and toiletries to be distributed by the Marin Food Bank. 9am-9pm. Free. Town Center Corte Madera, Corte Madera. 924-2961.

Eugene Schwartz. 7-9pm. Free. Masonic Lodge, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 388-0495. 11/10: Mac Barnett The author presents an installation in his kids mystery series â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Ghostwriter Secret (Brixton Brothers #2).â&#x20AC;? 10am. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 11/12-21: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Sound of Musicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marilyn Izdebski musical theater production. Showtimes are 7:30pm on Nov. 12-13 and 19-20. 1pm on Nov. 13-14 and 20-21. $12. Playhouse Theatre, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 800-8383006.

Through 12/13: Vocal Workshops for Teen girls Mondays, 4-6pm, For girls in grades 9-12 who love to sing in 3-4 part harmonies in a fun and inspiring environment! 4-6pm. $10/session. Aldersgate Methodist Church, 1 Wellbrock Heights, San Rafael. 827-7335. Tuesdays: Little Music Circle Kids Live music, bubbles, small instruments and fun. Little ones learn rhythm and movement, cause and effect and patterning, helping brain development. 12:30-1:15pm. $10, drop in. Hellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 514 Fourth St., San Rafael. 233-7456.

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Learn the history of a local historical gold heiress/ arctic adventurer who was described by press as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Girl Who Tamed The Arctic.â&#x20AC;? 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. Tuesdays: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

Kid Stuff 11/09:Waldorf Education Talk â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Heart of Education.â&#x20AC;? Greenwood School welcomes speaker

Home and Garden 11/12-13: Marin Bonsai Club Fall Show Bonsai in fall color from 7-10pm on Nov. 12 and 10am-4pm Nov. 13. Demos by Peter Tea, 7pm Nov. 12; 11am and 1pm Nov. 13. Event features daily raffles, silent auction on Friday; sales of trees, tools, stands and stones on Saturday. 7-10pm. Free. Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 789-1167. www. â&#x153;š

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155 Pets English bulldog puppies for sale AKC registered English bulldog puppies 6 weeks old available 3-males and 1 female. All puppies are Vet. checked (Dr. Butchko), Micro chipped with all shots up to date. We strive to produce conformational correct, healthy, well-tempered bulldogs. All our bullies come with a health guarantee and will go to *good homes only*....$950

115 Announcements GAIN NATIONAL EXPOSURE Reach over 5 million young, educated readers for only $995 by advertising in 110 weekly newspapers like this one. Call Jason at 202-289-8484. This is not a job offer. (AAN PREGNANT? CONSIDERING ADOPTION? Talk with caring agency specializing in matching Birthmothers with Families nationwide. LIVING EXPENSES PAID. Call 24/7 Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions 866-413-6293 (Void in Illinois) (AAN CAN) Clothes & Household Items Needed Donations of clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, movies, music, magazines and food needed by sweet lady on disability for own personal use. 415-453-7570 No calls after 8PM.

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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 at ends of blanket. $225. At Hudson Bay it sells for $350. For info, 415-259-1803. Vintage table with flip top - $395

245 Miscellaneous 1926 Classic Yacht - $149K NEW OLD GRINGO BOOTS RED SZ 9 - $235.00 Yoga Life Tees

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MIGRATION SAFARI TO TANZANIA March 4-17, 2011 | $4990 ground only Led by owners Steve Krenzen & Eleanor Avers

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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.

440 Massage Therapy ATTENTION PACIFIC SUN READERS The Pacific Sun makes every effort to ensure that our Massage & Healing Section contains only legitimate advertisors who strictly adhere to professional standards of conduct. This section is for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork or Healing ONLY. Readers are encouraged to contact the Pacific Sun if they find that any of these practitioners are falsely advertising in this section.

Therapeutic Massage Experienced masseuse (CMT). Professional standards of conduct. Downtown SR Massage Studio. Free parking. 1st time $55/hr. (415)827-8699.

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›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 9 1a. Tim Lincecum 1b. Pablo Sandoval 1c. Gerald Dempsey Posey 1d. St. Louis Cardinals 2. On the bow; it holds and adjusts the end of the horsehair bow. 3. Saturn 4. Giraffes 5 The Energizer Bunny 6. “May the Force be with you” 7. 5 bottles = 1 gallon 8. Last czar of Russia, and of the Romanov dynasty, rulers of Russia for more than 300 years 9. Panama 10. Aesthetics BONUS: At that time, an armistice was signed, ending hostilities in World War I, between the Allies and Germany at Compiegne, France. This is the origin of Armistice Day, observed November 11.

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seminars AND workshops 12/02 SINGLES WANTED Tired of spending weekends and holidays alone? Join with other singles in nine-week coed group to explore what’s keeping you single, learn intimacy skills and meet other singles. Group meets for nine Thursday evenings. 7:30-9pm. Starts Thursday, Dec. 2. Space limited. Also, Women’s Group and Coed Intimacy Groups for both single and partnered/married, as well as individual and couples sessions. Central San Rafael. For more information, call Renee Owen, LMFT#35255 at 415/453-8117.

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500 Help Wanted Multimedia sales manager We are seeking a sales manager to lead a team of five sales representatives in the Tri-Valley area. The East Bay division of Embarcadero Media includes the following: The Pleasanton;; and; and our monthly news magazine, Views (; and a variety of high-quality special sections. The successful candidate will have at least two years sales management experience with a proven track record of managing to goals, is driven and articulate, can build rapport with internal and external clients, and enjoys working in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment. The ability to adapt objectives, sales approaches and behaviors in response to rapidly changing situations and to manage business in a deadline-driven environment is critical in this position. The Sales Manager will lead the sales team to contact and work with local businesses to expand their brand identity and support their future success using marketing and advertising opportunities available through our three marketing platforms: print campaigns, website advertising and email marketing. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: * Lead the sales staff, including training, motivating and managing to goal * Direct and coordinate the divisions sales and marketing functions * Research and develop strategies for promotion of all core and special products * Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of sales, methods, costs, and results. * Assist in developing and manage sales and marketing budgets, and oversee the development and management of internal revenue budgets. * Plan and coordinate public affairs, and communications efforts, to include public relations and community outreach. * Directly manage major and critical developing client accounts, and coordinate the management of all other accounts. * Represent the company at various community and/or business meetings to promote the company. Compensation includes base salary plus commission, health benefits, vacation, 401k and a culture where employees are respected, supported and given the opportunity to grow. To apply, submit a personalized cover letter and complete resume to gallen@embarcaderomediagroup. com. We are part of Embarcadero Media (EmbarcaderoMediaGroup. com); EOE; drug-free workplace.


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BUSINESS SERVICES 624 Financial Got a Job but NEED More Money? Struggling with $10,000+ in credit card debt? Settle Your Debt NOW! Increase your income! Free Consultation & Info 888-458-7488 (AAN CAN)

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645 Office/Home Business Services Organize â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Agonize! Professional Organizer Publicity Pre-Tax Organization Professional Shopper Personal/Virtual Assistant SUSAN 415.267.6150 HI RENOW!

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809 Shared Housing/ Rooms

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: October 29; November 5, 12, 19, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125316 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHA CHA CHA HOUSE CLEANING, 360 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TERESA TERRY, 360 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125177 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORMUS MIRACULOUS, 1837 2ND ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHAI WALKER INC., 1837 2ND ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010)


›› STARSTREAM by Lynda Ray

Week of November 4-November 10, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) An aspect of your life—whether a relationship, an attitude, a belief, a goal or an old habit—comes to an end this week. While this may initially feel a bit scary, it opens the door to something new. Meanwhile, responsible Saturn moves further into your relationship house. You are expected to be realistic about your mate situation. If you are attached, you can work on previously ignored problems. If you’re looking, you can be sensible about your choices. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) In spite of your ruler (Venus) occupying the private sign of Scorpio, you are meant to connect with others right now. Any new relationship, business or personal, is likely to be successful if started on Friday or Saturday. On Sunday morning, daylight saving time comes to an end, allowing you to sleep later. By evening, Venus backs into Libra, a socially active sign, meaning you need get off the couch and go out. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) In general, you are more in favor of developing brain than building brawn, so the recent studies on keeping one’s mind sharp via a healthy diet and exercise has caught your attention. This week the planets help you get started on improving your physical fitness while feeding your brain in the process. However, I’m not sure how long it will take to remedy all that leftover Halloween candy you ate... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Your weekend begins with an inspiring New Moon joining the party in your house of romance and creativity along with the playful Sun, clever Mercury and charming Venus. If you don’t have a great work of art in the works, you could fall in love or at least in lust. By Monday, you are a bit more focused on practical concerns. Motivating Mars and clever Mercury help you impress through the end of the month. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Although you would love to hire a caterer for your upcoming holiday parties, you might be reticent about the cost. Responsible Saturn has taken over your idea house and now everything you plan should have a certain level of practicality at its core. So, learn to cook, Leo. Imagine how special you will feel when people are praising the dishes you personally prepare. Besides, there are lots of sexy cooking stars. They even have their own cable channel. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Argumentative Mars may be trying to stir up trouble—you will have to be extra tactful when dealing with certain loved ones. In better news, the emotive Moon joins passionate Pluto in the self-expression sector of your chart on Tuesday and Wednesday. This is wonderfully inspiring for romance, creativity and entertainment. It is also likely to help you get over whatever recent dramas have developed on the home front. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) With limiting Saturn in your sign, it can be difficult to look at the bright side. This week you get a little help from the stars. Mystical Neptune comes to a standstill on Saturday evening, bringing the possibility of destined love or at least a serendipitous experience with someone you’d love to love. On Sunday evening, your ruler (luscious Venus) returns to your sign, giving you an extra dose of charm and sexy elegance. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) A birthday weekend that includes a New Moon in your sign is particularly meaningful. When asked to make a wish, really consider what you want, because you’re likely to get it. On Tuesday, your ruler (perceptive Pluto) connects with the insightful Moon, giving you intuitive access to inside information. Use it wisely. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Patience is in short supply when Mars occupies your personality house. You will make better decisions and perform any task more efficiently if you wait until after the weekend. Smart Mercury joins energetic Mars in your sign, adding logic to your enthusiasm. Amazing how much more you can get done when you’re clever about it, isn’t it? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) This is the week to create a vision of your ideal life. You are now capable of seeing the big picture. Consider everything and plan your future. Your career, although important, is only a segment of life—only one of 12 segments according to your chart. What else would contribute to your satisfaction? There are many goals to incorporate into this picture. Explore the possibilities. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) After moving retrograde in your sign for many months, imaginative Neptune switches direction this week. If you are open to the idea, you may have mystical experiences. Or, perhaps you crave an escape from reality that is less New Age-y. You could decide to stay home with your sweetie and drink a bottle of Champagne while discussing the election results. Depending on the results, you may need more than one bottle to truly escape. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Admit it. You’re having a good time, no matter what. Your house is in foreclosure? You were ready to travel anyway. You had to spend your retirement funds? Experience is more valuable than a portfolio and darn if that week in a luxury hotel in Prague wasn’t phenomenal. Your significant other refuses to remind you to charge your cell phone AND wants you to find your own car keys? Well, hmm, those two ARE tough. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at NOVEMBER 5 – NOVEMBER 11, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 29

›› ADViCE GODDESS® by Amy Alkon


I’m a 23-year-old law student with a boyfriend who attends grad school 16 hours away. We’re both swamped at school, so we visit once a month. I’ve only been with one other guy, but I hate the dating scene. Still, maybe I need to date around to make sure he’s the right person. Then again, since you date to find someone you love, why would you leave someone you love so you can date? I’m pretty sure he’ll propose when we both graduate, and he’s theoretically everything I want, but it frustrates me that he has grand plans and never follows through. Also, he’s willing to move thousands of miles to be with me; I can’t say I’d do the same. I do love him, but I once read that once you doubt the love, you’ve stopped loving that person forever.—Hung Jury


Doubt gets a bad rap. Doubting love doesn’t mean you’ve stopped loving, but that you’ve started thinking. Sheep doubt nothing. Chances are you’ll get further in life by questioning things than by living like something that ends up dinner and a sweater. You say this guy’s “theoretically” everything you want, which is super if you’re looking to live theoretically ever after. Of course, theoretically is pretty much how you’ve been living. You’re both swamped at school and see each other once a month. If you’ve been in school throughout your three years together, you’ve had, what, 36 dates? If so, more than anything, what you have together is a lack of information. Because most people change a great deal between 20 and 30, pledging to spend the rest of your life with somebody at 23 is like asking a 6-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up, and holding her to it. (You try finding tooth fairy jobs in the classifieds.) Your 20s should be your “Who am I?” years. Until you get that answered reasonably well you shouldn’t be moving ahead in any serious way to “Who am I with?”—not even if you find dating only somewhat more enjoyable than having all your toes pulled off with white-hot pliers. Dating to find somebody you love is what you do after you’ve dated enough to get a handle on all the stuff you hate. Falling in love is easy; staying in love takes some doing, especially the 320,000th time you find yourself hearing those “grand plans.” Only when you take stock of somebody’s worst qualities, and decide you can live with them, are you ready to commit. Get married without doing that, and maybe you aren’t really saying “I do,” but “You’ll do.” At this point, a wiser approach would be a more Amish one. They have this practice called “Rumspringa”—a “running around” period for Amish teens to dabble in modern culture: smoke, drink, date and wear zippers. Experiencing what’s out there helps them make an informed decision—whether to stay modern or go back and live Amish. You, likewise, might propose a period of time where you both date around so you can get a better sense of whether you’re with him because you’ve been with him or you’re actually choosing him over a bunch of others. If you keep seeing him, avoid pledging to be together forever until you’re reasonably sure you’ll still want to be together at 27—tempting as it is to respond to “Will you marry me?” with something a little more romantic than “Um, uhhh...look! A UFO!”


I need about three nights a week to myself or I feel smothered. Last night, my sweet new boyfriend wanted to hang out for the fifth night in a row. I told him I needed some downtime, and he said OK, but sounded hurt.—Independent Woman


For many people, love is finding somebody, then doing whatever they can to see that they never leave that person’s side. That did work for Romeo and Juliet. Then again, they were fictional. And dead. Explain to your boyfriend that you need downtime because you need downtime; you’ve always been that way, and it has nothing to do with him. Set aside certain nights as date nights so he won’t be standing there staring up at the tower wondering when you’ll let down your hair. We all know that endless togetherness can start to feel rather, well, endless; we just hate to admit it. Help him see that what’s truly romantic is having the chance to miss each other, and he just might be the guy who inspires you to blurt out, “You had me at ‘Goodbye, see ya in a coupla days.’” ✹

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125141 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WACLA SPORTS, 118 ALTO ST. #210, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WALTER DE LEON, 36 TRELLIS 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 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125300 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAAB DAWYDIAK, 5830 PARADISE DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: CARS DAWYDIAK INC., 1450 FRANKLIN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. 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 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125231 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KENTFIELD TUTORING, 127 MCALLISTER AVE., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: SARAH AMES, 127 MCALLISTER AVE., 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 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125296 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DAVID A BARBER DESIGN, 144 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: DAVID ALLEN BARBER, 144 BULKLEY AVE., 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 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125219 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SALON MIRSA, 87 LARKSPUR ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MIRSA ALDANA, 138 LUCY LN., RICHMOND, CA 94801. 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: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125286 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EL VALLE MEXICAN FOOD, 927 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELIO SANCHEZ, 958 SANTA ROSA AVE., SANTA ROSA, CA 95404; ALVARO VALLE, 215 DAYVIEW ST. APT #125, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 25, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125321 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW ZEALAND ADVENTURE CO., 19 LOCUST AVE., #7, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: KAREN P PETTIT, 19 LOCUST AVE., #7, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ERIK Z LIND, 19 LOCUST AVE., #7, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125156 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DILSA’S HAIR STUDIO, 510 B TAMALPAIS DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: DILSA MALDONADO, 510 B TAMALPAIS DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement

was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125335 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INGA BIRKENSTOCK LIGHTING DESIGNS, 391 SAN GERONIMO VALLEY DR., SAN GERONIMO, CA 94963: INGA M BIRKENSTOCK, 391 SAN GERONIMO VALLEY DR., SAN GERONIMO, CA 94963. 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 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125319 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as UNITED STUDIOS OF SELF DEFENSE S.R.; Z-ULTIMATE SELF DEFENSE S.R., 4460 REDWOOD HWY SUITES #1-4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JORDAN PENMAN, 21 ALMA CT., PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125229 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRELLIS INTERIORS, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JULIE ROUPE EXLEY, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 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 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 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) 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304234 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): RE: DESIGN INTERIORS, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. Filed in Marin County on: August 16, 2010. Under File No: 2010124743. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): JULIE R EXLEY, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on October 19, 2010 (Pacific Sun: November 5, 12, 19, 26, 2010)


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