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My mother, Marylu Giddings, was postmaster at the Woodacre post office for 25 years. Andy Giddings, San Geronimo

And rum comes from the hull of Capt. Morgan’s finest galleon... Just read your very entertaining review of Hilltop 1892 [“A Return to the Top,” Nov. 5]. Just FYI, bourbon does not have to come from Kentucky (legally it just has to be made in USA from primarily corn and be aged in newly charred oak). Keep up the great work. On a separate note, whatever happened to the “Ask the Pac Sun staff” thing? That was great. Jeff Burkhart, Novato

Editor’s note: Glad you asked, Jeff. Our Ask A Sun Staffer feature, which ran occasionally over the summer, was an instant hit with readers—but less so with staffers. Our faux “man on the street” style column was met with initial enthusiasm by Pac Sun employees who appreciated a chance to offer their witty responses to “gotcha” questions. (“Are you smarter than you look?” is an example.) When it became clear that staff members weren’t allowed to revise their responses after giving the question more thought, fewer and fewer people agreed to take part in what became seen— fallaciously!—as an attempt by the editor to catch them off guard with tricky questions in order to make them look foolish in the eyes of tens of thousands of readers. We plan on bringing the feature back as soon as the staff forgets why they stopped liking it in the first place—couple of months, tops. Got a crafty question for Ask A Sun Staffer? Email jwalsh@



Marin dad punched my kid I live in Santa Rosa and was visiting my sick father in law yesterday when my 7-year-old son Jackson accidentally through his plastic beach ball over my father in law’s fence,... Yahoo Layoffs Squelch Topix Forums It looks like it’s the end of the Yahoo powered Topix Forums. That includes many newspapers across the country, like the Marin IJ, Santa Cruz Sentenal and the Eureka Times Sta...

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The unbearable lightness of being a geek Thank you for the timely article on teen suicide [“The Kids Aren’t All Right,” Nov. 5]. It’s an uncomfortable and awkward subject for many people to talk about, so it’s good to have it in print for us to read “anonymously.” However, I think your list of “What adults should know about teen suicide” was woefully incomplete. You asked: “Is he having trouble with a girlfriend?” Instead, you should be asking, “Is your teenager unable to get a girlfriend (or boyfriend)?” It’s the crushing loneliness of being a geek who can’t get laid that is almost unbearable. I often read articles on suicide to see if the “experts” ever mention this, and I’m usually disappointed. Sadly, this one was no exception. Jeff Winn, Santa Rosa

Marin: No. 1 in jobs, and painful housing relocation... I see where Marin’s jobless rate is still the lowest in the state. But that’s only because anyone living in Marin without a job can’t afford to even stay here for more than five seconds in the first place! Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

Small-town charm not complete without scent of stale popcorn A lot of the discussion about Target coming to San Rafael seems to focus on scare tactics and how this store will ruin the small-town charm. I really cannot see that happening! We are talking about a discount department store that would be located in a separate, industrial area of the city that desperately needs support. Target will bring jobs. It will also donate to schools and other organizations. It offers shopping choices. I love the character of downtown San Rafael and I am confident that is here to stay. Claudine Ridge, Mill Valley

Put Target in the crosshairs I appreciated United Markets owner Bill Daniels’ letter to the editor from Sept. 22 about how Target would affect our town’s business model. It was very astute and factual...but I would also like to remind people that Target was one of the worst offenders of corporations trying to buy elections for farright Republican candidates in the past cycle. This has happened ever since the (not so) Supreme Court decided corporations were

equal to people and that they could spend unwarranted amounts of money to buy elections. Let’s not forget that people all over the country were outraged and protested and boycotted Target. Plus, what they sell is 90 percent plastic or otherwise unsustainable, unhealthy and essentially unnecessary crap made by really what should be called “slave labor.” Target is a bad idea any way you look at it. How can an environmentally concerned and progressive town allow them to operate here? Please show up in San Rafael on Dec 6 at 6pm. Susan Bradford, San Rafael

At least we could all get jobs as carnies... When paying my property taxes to the county, truthiness alone compels me to make the check out to Every round-trip SMART comthe “Carnival of mute comes with one free turn Marin.” in the jumpy house. After all, we have the disintegrating SMART train devolving into a kiddy ride circling the Civic Center. With County Supervisor Charles McGlashan driving, of course, we could attach a few boxcars to haul the greedily sought after $70 million “Communications Bunker,” or maybe all those emergency command center vehicles parked idly next to the sheriff’s bunker that never got used could be towed instead. By using the words “green” or “bicycle,” the county supervisors could get the voters to go into competition with NASA and have their own Moon Shot ride. After all, they have a slightly used $30 million computer system they can use to plot their course. It could even be powered by a long extension cord to McGlashan’s electric company. The supervisors could use their taxpayerpaid private cars for a bumper-car ride, and it could all be funded with their taxpayer provided personal credit cards. Alex Easton-Brown, Lagunitas

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estimony during a hearing of the California Senate Select Committee on Renewable Energy left state Sen. Mark Leno with little doubt. “It was unequivocal and I thought incriminating,” says Leno after hearing officials from Marin, the San Joaquin Valley and San Francisco recount tactics Pacific Gas & Electric Company has used to thwart public-power efforts. Marin is the only entity in the state that has a public-power agency up and running. The San Joaquin Valley Power Authority was the first joint-powers agency formed to deliver power purchased from a provider other than PG&E, but the investor-owned utility stalled the authority’s efforts. CleanPowerSF has received responses to a second round of requests for proposals from power providers and hopes to begin delivering power next year. Marin Clean Energy officials, as well as representatives from the San Joaquin agency and San Francisco, have repeatedly asked the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to rein in PG&E as the company has used a scatter-shot approach to stall public-power efforts. “We held the hearing very much out of concern for the kind of activities in which PG&E had involved itself during the creation and implementation of Marin

Clean Energy,” says Leno about the Nov. 8 hearing held in San Rafael. “I was getting repeated phone calls and see if there was any way I can help in getting the CPUC’s attention because they needed someone to get PG&E to stop before doing too much damage.” No one expected PG&E to sit idly by while public-power entities across the state began buying electricity from suppliers other than the utility, but the virulence of its pushback and aggressive, some charge illegal, marketing has been strong enough to raise eyebrows. Even so, say backers of Marin Clean Energy, reports of the entity’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated. They do, however, acknowledge the serious challenges they face in defending against what amounts to a monopoly that has state support. The day before Marin Clean Energy started supplying power to its first customers (which now number about 9,000 and will increase to about 80,000), the new agency submitted a formal request to the CPUC asking for financial penalties to be assessed against PG&E for unfair marketing tactics used to drive people away from Marin Clean Energy. Paul Clanon, executive director of the CPUC, sent PG&E a message saying it “must comply with the entirety of AB 117, not just portions.” 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Fire, flood put damper on George’s While few would argue that George’s in San Rafael has been a disco inferno since its reopening last month, a kitchen fire that erupted on Saturday morning, Nov. 20, brought more heat than the rejuvenated nightclub ever wanted. Fire investigators believe the blaze was started by rags stored too close to the kitchen water heater; the fire then caused the water heater to burst, flooding the nightclub with over two inches of water. The incendiary setback comes a mere month-and-a-half after new owner Todd Ghanizadeh reopened the club to much fanfare after a seven-year absence from the Marin music scene. “We will be working closely with the insurance company to ensure that George’s reopens as quickly as possible.”says Ghanizadeh.“This is quite a blow coming to hit us during the winter holiday season.”George’s marquee proclaims the club will reopen Dec. 1. The 5,200-square-foot venue was recently redesigned in a 1940s supper-club style.The weekend flooding damaged the club’s wood flooring and newly installed carpeting. In its‘80s heyday, George’s was at the center of the Marin music scene; its stage often played host to such names as Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Huey Lewis and Sammy Hagar. —Jason Walsh Mario Ghilotti, 1923-2010 The county mourns the passing of Mario Ghilotti, president of Ghilotti Bros. Inc, who died at age 87 after a fall at his home in Kentfield on Nov. 20.The San Rafael native and his construction company literally paved the way for many of the county’s most important projects, including work on the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center and recent widening of Highway 101. Services are set for next week: a rosary on Dec. 2 at 6pm; and a funeral service Dec. 3 at 11am, both at St. Raphael Church, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael.—JW History Museum names two board members Two new faces are joining the board of directors at the Marin History Museum, as the museum struggles to raise funds for its highly anticipated Marin Rocks exhibit. Lori Smith Sparrow, a philanthropy advisor from San Rafael, and Lawrence Goldfarb, CEO of Capital Group based in Larkspur, will bring their collective fundraising experience to the history museum, in the wake of a string of setbacks that have pushed the opening of Marin Rocks into the spring of 2011, though some close to the museum are whispering about a 2012 opening date. A tepid economy and seismic issues at its Fourth Street location have slowed progress on Marin Rocks, the ballyhooed project planned as an ode to the many musicians, studios and rock personalities that have called Marin home over the course of rock‘n’roll’s first five decades.To tighten its belt, the history museum even had to lay off staff over the summer. Board president Carleton Prince said he’s excited to have the museum’s two new members aboard.“Their years of experience in the nonprofit and business world will be a great asset with community outreach and spreading the museum’s mission of preserving Marin’s history,” said Prince. Sparrow says she’s ready to“help with the campaign”to get Marin Rocks up and rocking. “The Center will be a vibrant environment for families to explore music, learn about Marin’s rich history of music and make some musical history of their own,”said Sparrow who, according to the museum, has helped raise $50 million for the arts. Goldfarb, meanwhile, has been involved with such Bay Area charities as Autism Speaks, Homeward Bound of Marin and the Harbor 10 > Point Charitable Foundation.—JW EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››



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Huey’s ladder Struggling Marin harmonica player relishes his limited success... by Jason Walsh


Huey Lewis was just lookin’ for a hit 30 years ago week. years ago this“We want to make hit records,” Lewis told the Sun the first week of December 1980. “Big, large, huge records!” In case Pac Sun reporter Catherine Peters was unclear on what he meant, the 29-yearold Larkspur musician stretched his arms out as wide as they would go, demonstrating the exact size of the hit Lewis and his new bandmates intended to make. Huey and his band, the News, had just released their self-titled debut album to little fanfare and tepid reviews—which meant everything was going exactly according to plan. “I didn’t really care about having a hit single on this record,” Huey told the Sun. “If you have a hit too quickly, it can be a selfdefeating thing.” The music industry is such, theorized Lewis, that if a new band gets a hit right off the bat, it had better knock off another home run right away or the band will disappear from future record deals quicker than you can say The Knack. The former Strawberry Point Elementary School student was nothing if not optimistic. He’d been a staple on the Marin music scene since 1972, when he’d joined the Muir Beach country-rock band Clover as its harmonica player. But success beyond the county borders had always eluded Clover, so the band crossed the Atlantic to give it a go on the British pub-rock scene where it had developed a loyal following among such songwriters as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Brinsley Schwarz. “So with long hair, California tans and a steel pedal guitar, Clover stepped off the plane in London, ready to take Britain by storm,” wrote Peters in her story “The Comeback Kid.” “But that same night the Sex Pistols played their first gig and set the music world on fire.” “Punk,” she wrote, “was a step ahead of Clover.” Not long after, Clover called it a day. But out of the ashes of Clover—and their Marin rivals, the presciently named Sound Hole—Lewis got together with five of the county’s bar-band best and Huey Lewis and the American Express was born. After only a single gig at Uncle Charlie’s, the band was signed by Chrysalis records (who made them change their name to the News) and asked to open on tour with the Doobie Brothers; in 1979 they released

You know what they say about the size of guy’s harmonica... Lewis, 1980.

their first single, “Exodisco,” a disco version of the theme song from Exodus. (YouTube it, you won’t be disappointed.) But was boogieing up the score to a 20-year-old Otto Preminger film going to take the music world by storm? Huey’s mother seemed to think so. “I don’t like [rock] music now as much as I used to,” said his self-described hippie mother, Magda, who had dropped by to visit Huey in the midst of the Sun’s interview. “But I like to see Huey [play]. I’m his oldest groupie.” Lewis then spelled out his hit-making philosophy: “In this country, success depends on what I call ‘a perfect single’—no flaws, a very clean sound. On this first album I was very concerned that it not sound too beautiful, too L.A. I said the hell with it, we’re going to play these songs like we play them live. We did it real fast—three takes max per song in a little sh---ty 8-track studio. The unanimous reaction was that the songs were great—but the production might not be nice enough for AM radio.” Added Huey: “That’s just what we wanted!” The band is now rehearsing out in Terra Linda, wrote Peters, putting material together for the second album. “But with this [next] record we’re going to take more time,” Lewis promised. “This album will be the one with the hit, I don’t mind telling ya.” Lewis, of course, would be proved prophetic in every way. The band’s sophomore album, Picture This, produced a big hit with “Do You Believe in Love,” and their follow-up, Sports, cemented their position as one of the preeminent singles band of the 1980s. One could hardly turn on the radio (or MTV for


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that matter) in the mid-’80s without hearing “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll,” “If This Is It” or “The Power of Love” in all their unabashedly catchy glory. After a string of platinum albums and topten singles, the band—always a bit long in the tooth to maintain a young fan base— lost its chart-topping momentum by the end of the decade. These days Lewis juggles his time between his home in Montana and returning to the Bay Area for gigs with the News. Huey and the band—still highlighted by saxophonist Johnny Colla, drummer Bill Gibson and keyboardist Sean Hopper after all these years— just released Soulsville, their first album in nearly 10 years. The new album, a collection of obscure gems from the legendary Stax/ Volt catalog, is one of the band’s greatest achievements, Lewis says. “This latest album, we cut everything live, then we’d go in and listen, and if anybody needed a do-over, there’d be no [single track] do-overs. We’d all go back in and cut it again,” Lewis told the Sun recently, via telephone from Montana. “We never did it more than three

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times—we cut 20 tracks in just five days.” We remind him of his 1980 interview with the Sun in which he talked about cutting the songs to their debut album in just three takes to get a live sound. “And that was a mistake, right? That’s what I probably said,” he guesses. Not quite, we explain, telling him that not only had he said it wasn’t a mistake—he made it out to be a career move on par with Dylan going electric. Lewis laughs. “What really happened,” he confesses, “was we reckoned that if we ran into the studio and cut and just did it quickly in not a lot takes and played it fast that it would sound big and live. But of course, it didn’t. It just sounded kind of small. “But that’s good what I said,” Lewis says, still laughing. “That’s good.” ✹ Look for the Pacific Sun’s full interview with Huey Lewis—in which the quintessential Marin rocker discusses his and the band’s musical legacy—later in December.

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make it more difficult for [public-power agencies] to compete against PG&E.” Marin resident Paul Fenn is the founder of Local Power, a company that provides consulting services for agencies looking to start public-power choice programs. Fenn authored AB 117 and played a key role in guiding it through the Legislature. In testimony he submitted to the PUC in October, he calls the PG&E proposal “anti-competitive price manipulation.” He also says the PG&E proposal “violates [the] AB 117 prohibition against regulating” public-power agencies. McGlashan says Marin Clean Energy has “had plenty of room for a long time to move our prices down if we have to.” And, he says, many Marin customers choose Marin Clean Energy because it’s a better, more environmentally friendly product that benefits the local community. In a survey taken three years ago, about 70 percent of the respondents said they would be willing to pay more than PG&E rates for a better renewable-energy product. After only about six months, Marin Clean Energy is providing a 26.5 percent renewable energy mix, and 78 percent of the power is generated free of greenhouse gas emissions. PG&E will fail to meet a state mandate to provide 20 percent of its power from renewable sources by the end of 2010. In addition to the rate-restructuring gambit, PG&E also is asking the CPUC for permission to force direct-access energy providers, including Marin Clean Energy and other public-power agencies, to buy a portion of their power from what’s called combined heat and power sources. The idea is that large industrial buildings, for example, produce heat that can generate electricity on the site. Purchasing power from a combined heat and power source can contribute to a company’s energy portfolio for what McGlashan calls “users who can’t make the mark” and meet the state mandate. McGlashan and Weisz say

public-power agencies and municipal utilities that exceed the state mandate shouldn’t be required to buy combined heat and power, which could be less environmentally friendly and more expensive. And on yet another front, PG&E charges customers what it calls a power charge indifference adjustment. When PG&E buys a wind farm, for example, to meet cleanenergy targets, the company passes the cost to customers. If a customer leaves PG&E and moves to Marin Clean Energy, that charge moves along with the customer and it lasts as long as the contract PG&E negotiated for the asset. Marin Clean Energy picks up the power charge indifference tab for its customers. That move was an attempt to avoid putting customers who switch to Marin Clean Energy at a financial disadvantage. Weisz says the way in which PG&E calculates the charge is faulty and inflated. And there’s also the PG&E move to force Marin Clean Energy to put up a large bond as insurance against going out of business. A bond is acceptable, says Weisz, but the size of the bond PG&E wants bears no relationship to the real world and probably isn’t even possible to procure. Despite the multi-prong attacks, in its short history Marin Clean Energy has posted significant victories, noted by the Power Association of Northern California, a nonprofit trade association. The Power Association is honoring McGlashan and Weisz as persons of the year for their involvement with Marin Clean Energy. “The change we’re creating with Marin Clean Energy has people outside the area looking our way with hope,” says McGlashan. “They see that we’re already moving ahead with better energy, competitive rates and without burden to the taxpayer.” ✹

²Sure, cawing crows sometimes annoy us humans. But, when 15 American crows are poisoned in Marin City, it’s humans causing the problem. By the time Marine Humane Society officer James Reis found the birds and rushed them to WildCare in San Rafael, only six were alive. The poor crows suffered internal hemorrhaging and seizures. WildCare administered treatment, yet another bird soon succumbed to the poison. Necropsies and lab tests verified that the crows ingested strychnine-laced seed. Fortunately, five birds survived and WildCare later released them. This is where we typically chastise the Zero who committed this crime, however, we’re letting Mahatma Gandhi have the last word: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”—Nikki Silverstein

±ÊNovato school volunteers joined forces to harvest and donate a truckload of fresh organic vegetables to the Marin Food Bank and other local groups feeding folks in need. More than 100 teachers, students and administrators went into the fields and gathered salad greens, spinach and more. The bounty, called gleaned food, is produce that’s usually left in the fields simply because it’s not pretty enough for restaurants or markets to buy. Enter Marin Organic, a cooperative of organic growers that began donating gleaned food to schools about five years ago. With Novato schools out for Thanksgiving, Marin nonprofits benefit from the labor of the school volunteers and the efforts of Marin Organic. That’s a lot of Heroes this week and we give thanks to every one of them. (To learn more check out

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are part of California’s efforts to encourage energy efficiency,” says Katie Romans, PG&E That’s just one in a litany of complaints spokeswoman. “The tiers with the conservaabout PG&E throwing its muscle against tion adjustment,” adds Romans, “are basically public power. PG&E critics think the CPUC artificial and inaccurate because they don’t should be tougher on the utility and assess reflect the actual cost of service. They are fines and sanctions. Clanon was at the Nov. 8 based on things like climate zones where you hearing. He declined to commit his agency to live, which establishes your baseline [rate]. taking any specific action. The foundation of Marin Clean Energy and That creates an inequitable situation in which other public-power plans in California rests on customers in the highest tiers pay rates that AB 117, legislation that took effect in 2002 and are well above our system average generation cleared the way for communities to form their rates.” Conversely, customers in the lower tiers own public-power agencies and buy electricity pay well below average generation rates. The utility proposes a flat rate for electricfrom any provider. ity generation, and adding a surcharge for enOne of PG&E’s latest moves echoes a ratecouraging conservation. That surcharge, says restructuring the utility undertook last sumRomans, would go on mer. The utility had bills “on the transmisbilled using a five-tier sion and distribution “PG&E’s apparent motivation system in which the side.” more energy a custom- for seeking the proposed What Romans er used, the more the rate changes is to make it describes becomes clear customer had to pay with an understandmore difficult for [publicper kilowatt-hour. The ing of a key provision CPUC allowed PG&E power agencies] to compete included in AB 117. starting June 1, just against PG&E.” Under the legislation, a month after Marin public-power entiClean Energy began ties like Marin Clean service, to reduce the rate for its biggest customers in tiers 4 and 5. To recoup the lost Energy can compete with utilities like PG&E revenue, the investor-owned utility was al- on generation costs (the actual purchase of lowed to raise its rates for customers in tiers electricity.) Marin Clean Energy has no con1, 2 and 3. This came after customers in the trol over the transmission and distribution Central Valley complained about exorbitant side of the bill and passes on to customers the summer energy costs. In essence, the CPUC charges PG&E assesses for transmission and allowed PG&E to promote higher summer distribution costs. If the CPUC approves PG&E’s request energy use in the Central Valley at the exto charge a flat rate for power generation pense of communities along the coast. Marin Clean Energy critics said the restruc- and retain tiered rates for transmission and distribution, it’s likely the transmission and turing would mean the utility could offer rates lower than Marin Clean Energy charged distribution portion of customers’ bills would increase. (The exact costs and rates and a significant number of customers. And charges are uncertain now, pending hearings that, they said, would create a stampede of before the CPUC.) customers opting out of Marin Clean Energy The motives, according to Romans, focus and returning to the PG&E corral. But that on retaining “an equitable rate structure” for never happened, according to Dawn Weisz, interim director of the Marin Energy Author- PG&E customers. Backers of public-power agencies, however, see it differently. ity. (Marin Clean Energy is the first program They say PG&E wants to manipulate its to come out of the Marin Energy Authority.) bills just to increase the amount of transmisWeisz says that to her knowledge not one sion and distribution costs public-power Marin Clean Energy customer opted out agencies must pass on to customers. because of the PG&E rate restructuring. Su“I would like to believe,” says Leno, “and I pervisor Charles McGlashan, chairman of the am sure there will be many, including myself, Marin Energy Authority board, says about 80 communicating with the CPUC as that repercent of the Marin Clean Energy customer quest is heard that this is a predatory action.” base receives rates below those of PG&E. Leno is working with his staff on formulating The rate increases last summer were a prelude to a proposal PG&E has submitted to the a bill that would tweak AB 117 to provide incentives for investor-owned utilities to abide CPUC. This time, the intention of the utility by the mandate for cooperation with publicseems clear-cut. power agencies. Among the possible proviCurrently PG&E has tiered rates for the cost of generating electricity and for transmit- sions, he says, is a call for setting standards of conduct “with teeth assessing penalties if ting that electricity as well as maintaining the standards are not respected.” utility’s infrastructure, its power lines, poles, In a submission to the CPUC, attorneys for substations and transformers. The idea is the city and county of San Francisco argue simple: The more power a customer uses, the that the PG&E plan to flatten its generation higher the tier and an escalating rate. Use less rate and move the conservation incentive to power and pay lower rates. Use more power the transmission and distribution side would and move up the tier structure. have little effect on PG&E customers or for Embedded in the tier structure for resiPG&E because the change would be revenue dential power generation is a conservation neutral. But, “PG&E’s apparent motivation incentive adjustment. “Those tiered rates for seeking the proposed rate changes is to


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EMF phone home...! Nation still pressing mute over links between cell phones and cancer... by Ronnie Co he n

SAN FRANCISCO — Linda Brauner has been waging a lonely battle against electromagnetic radiation. The Mill Valley psychologist got rid of her cell phone and risked alienating her high school and college daughters by shutting off her family’s wireless router. Her kitchen is not equipped with a microwave oven. And she has placed signs outside her house telling Pacific Gas and Electric Co. it may not install a so-called SmartMeter—a wireless gas and electric usage reader—on her property. Last week, Brauner found her tribe at a daylong conference on the health effects of electromagnetic fields at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. A chorus of scientists, public health advocates, cancer survivors and people suffering from electro-sensitivity echoed Brauner’s fear about a thickening blanket of electro-smog. Scientists from around the globe talked about research linking cell phones, cell towers and other telecommunication devices with brain and salivary-gland tumors, male infertility, testicular cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s, irregular heart rates and a host of symptoms labeled electrosensitivity or electro-hypersensitivity. The telecommunications industry tries to paint the scientists who spoke Thursday as conspiracy theorists. The speakers did, one after another, opine that the industry has conspired to shut them up. But, despite having trouble getting money for research and getting their papers published, these scientists continue toiling to expose what they perceive as an emerging public health tragedy. Their credentials make it hard to dismiss their theories, much as those of us who are addicted to smart phones and WiFi might wish to dismiss them. They work at esteemed institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Known as one of the world’s most prestigious medical schools, Karolinska selects the winners of the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Neuroscientist Olle Johansson has spent the past 15 years studying health effects from electromagnetic radiation at the Karolinska Institute. He called the telecommunications industry’s unbridled expansion a “full-scale experiment.” “The public safety limits in the U.S. are inadequate and obsolete,” he said of the industry’s emissions. “New biologically based public-exposure standards are urgently needed. And it’s not in the public’s interest to wait.” The conference scientists predicted a second silent spring from telecommunications pollution; they showed photographs of children they claimed were suffering radiation overexposure; they criticized government regulators for letting industry money con-

taminate the science; they charged politicians with allowing lobbyists to collar and silence detractors; and they called on the some 225 audience members—many people like Brauner who do not carry cell phones or tap into home wireless networks—to campaign for exposure standards for telecommunications emissions. Martin Blank, a Columbia University professor who studies electromagnetic fields, urged precautionary standards and limiting Wi-Fi in classrooms to protect children’s developing nervous systems from radiation. “Even though people cannot see it or feel it,” he said of electromagnetic emissions, “it’s having its effect. We must limit exposure. “If we do that, we stand a fighting chance.” Joe Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, called on the federal government to place a $1 surcharge on cell phones to raise funds to promote safer technologies and to publicize warnings, like those on cigarette packs. “Our federal administration has taken a denialist position,” Moskowitz said. “The mobile phone industry has enormous political influence over our policymakers.” Johansson complained of getting not so much as a pencil’s worth of funding to work on a 600-page review of the research on electromagnetic radiation, which he claimed nevertheless prompted the European Parliament in 2008 to call for stricter radiation limits on cell phones and other wireless devices by a vote of 522 to 16. “Most of the [research] money goes to what I would call seriously dependent scientists,” Johansson said. Moskowitz was one of the authors of a 2009 research review of mobile phones and tumor risk published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. After grading 23 case-control studies, his meta-analysis found the weight of the evidence of the high-quality studies connected cell phones with increased rates of brain cancers. The lower quality studies failed to meet scientific best practices and tended to be funded by industry, he said. “Not all evidence deserves equal weight,” he said. Heavy cell phone users who used the devices for 10 years or more were twice as likely to develop brain tumors, Moskowitz said. He estimated that cell phones cause 18,000 preventable brain cancers in Americans each year. Because the number of brain tumors remains relatively low, Moskowitz said there was no need to panic. But, he cautioned, he expects to see an increasing number of tumors when children who have grown up using cell phones mature. He called the 1996 federal government standards for cell phones “wholly inadequate today.”

Research has shown verifiable links between cell phones and various cancers—but many scientists claim that the telecommunications industry has conspired to cover up the findings.

The 1996 Telecommunications Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton, also ties local governments’ hands when permitting cell phone towers. Municipalities may consider only aesthetics—not health effects—when deciding whether to grant permits for the towers. Johansson chided the audience for protesting against cell phone towers while using cell phones. “I’ve been surprised today to see that many of you use mobile phones in the breaks,” he said. “You have to decide what you want, each one of you, and make up your mind. “We are actually talking about toys. These are not life necessities.” Johansson’s framing of cell phones as toys prompted Brauner to tell her 16- and 20year-old daughters to restrict their cell phone use to emergencies. But changing behavior, especially that of young people who have no memory of life without the devices, would require at the least a concentrated publichealth campaign. Eileen O’Connor of the Radiation Research Trust in England has launched such a campaign. It features posters—which she plans to hang over urinals—with the words “the future is in your hands,” alongside a photograph of a man carrying a cell phone in the pocket of his jeans. Conference scientists said cell phones increase testicular cancer risk, and men who carry the phones on their left side develop tumors in their left testicles, while men who carry them on their right side develop tumors in their right testicles. O’Connor formed the Radiation Research Trust in an effort to educate the public about electromagnetic radiation after being diagnosed with breast cancer, which she believes she contracted while living in a cancer cluster around a phone base station. She said 77 percent of her immediate neighborhood residents, including an Olympic standard horse, became ill. After the base station was removed, she said, all reported feeling better. In addition to biologically based human exposure standards, Johansson called for an international registry to track cancer and neurological-disease incidence and mortality

as well as mandatory pre-market assessments of emissions and risks before deployment of telecommunications devices. PG&E customers throughout the Bay Area have been demanding more information about the safety of SmartMeters before the utility installs them. Nevertheless, the utility has installed more than 7 million of the wireless gas and electric meters. The town of Fairfax has imposed a moratorium on SmartMeter installations, and PG&E has agreed to delay the installations in the town of 7,000 pending public hearings on the issue. The final hearing will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30. Anger over SmartMeters being installed outside individual homes over property owners’ objections may prove to be a tipping point for efforts to discover the truth about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation. People like Linda Brauner may elect not to use cell phones, wireless routers or microwave ovens. However, PG&E and its overseer, the California Public Utilities Commission, have thus far contended that no one may opt out of the utility’s plan to convert all its analog meters to digital ones. Elizabeth “Libby” Kelly, who started the Electromagnetic Safety Alliance, Inc. in Novato and now lives in Arizona, said consumers want PG&E to study the environmental impacts of the meters before installing them. “Suddenly people are waking up,” she said. “People are saying, ‘Now wait a minute; I’m not so sure.’ “It’s kind of a big behavior-modification program for us, the consumer. Really, what we’re dealing with at this point is an air-quality issue to protect public health.” After the meeting, Brauner said she had never before thought about SmartMeters and other telecommunications devices as emitting air pollutants. “I really thought it was brilliant, the notion that this radio-frequency burst that they’re trying to drop on us is nothing short of air pollution,” she said. “It’s like water. We have standards for water pollution.” ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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The KQED host faces a self-inquisition in ‘Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest’ The ‘Forum’ host and San Francisco State professor reads more than 150 books a year.

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s a child, Michael Krasny believed in an all-powerful, omniscient God. Then he became an intellectual, began questioning and lost the connection. In Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest, the host of radio station KQED-FM’s Forum tries to recover what he’s lost. The recently released book not only tells the story of Krasny’s spiritual path, but also offers a prescription for carving out a moral code without belief. Like his morning talk show, question marks and literary references by Ronni punctuate the book. Forum listeners will recognize Krasny’s sincere hankering for deep, meaningful answers to life’s toughest questions in Spiritual Envy. Those who have been hearing Krasny’s interviews with the most interesting characters of our times for the past 17 years on Forum will recognize his nonjudgmental, curious voice in the


lines of his well-received book. Krasny agrees to meet the other day in a cafe near his Greenbrae home. Wearing a shirt and tie and with his reading glasses hanging around his neck, he orders a medium-well-done hamburger. After eating most of it, he berates himself for scarfing down what he jokes was a burger so raw it amounted to beef tartare—and for eating meat at all, given that he believes the livestock industry pollutes. He notes that novelist Philip Roth recently asked a Vanity Fair interviewer to withhold what he ate e Co he n for lunch. Could he have the same dispensation, Krasny asks, laughing at himself. I tell him that I noticed that he describes himself as a “bona fide elder” in Spiritual Envy, and I ask his age. “Can’t we leave this and my lunch out?” he pleads. But, after mentioning another literary star—“Alice Walker told me that we’re

both elders recently”—he admits he’s 66 years old. A San Francisco State University professor, he still teaches two literature classes each semester, and he continues to host two hours of Forum four mornings a week. After pitching his book throughout the country for the past month, he’s starting to get used to answering questions instead of asking them. ●

I particularly enjoyed the stories of synchronicity you tell in Spiritual Envy. Since you’ve been talking to people about the book, have you heard more stories about synchronicity? Not only about synchronicity. So many people have wanted to tell stories about faith and losing it and gaining it, growing up as an atheist and discovering religion, growing up with religion and discovering atheism. It’s engendered a lot of those kinds of stories as well as the synchronic-

ity stories and the stories about chance and probability and skepticism and all the kinds of things I take on in this book, which is pretty considerable. I don’t mean that in any immodest way. It’s just kind of crazy of me probably to take on as much as I did. Now it’s out there in the world, and it is getting a lot of good stories. That is one of the things about writing something that touches a chord in people—that they do tell you a lot more. They used to say books are like Rorschachs. There is some truth to that. I’m a literature professor and I guess what you’d call a literary critic and scholar. I always thought there was something to the notion that fiction carries truth, and novels carry deep truths. But the truth’s so often reflected. Even in nonfiction that’s true. People see things in my book that I didn’t see. What kinds of things? I didn’t realize that people would say that writing this book was an act of faith. It’s true that when you saddle yourself down to write a book, you have to assume you’re doing it as an act of faith. I mean an act of faith in the higher sense, maybe a power that you want to discover that’s beyond you. That’s what I was hunting for, hoping I’d find. I wound up more agnostic than when I started. You were hoping it would turn out the other way around? Not to give away the ending of my book, but I was. I felt writing does bring light. Joan Didion writes about going into a tun-

have what I call the presence of absence. It’s not my phrase—it’s actually James Joyce’s—that sense of as a child having God as an intimate. That’s a considerable loss. However, people who never had it to begin with still can get spiritual longing and hunger. You mention in the book a Marin rabbi who came out as an agnostic. Michael Barenbaum [rabbi emeritus of Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael]. He thought he would take a lot of heat for that, and he was surprised that most people were very supportive. It was courageous of him. I did an interview recently with a talk show host in Washington, D.C., and I said, “I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a lot of clerics who are agnostic who would never come out and say it.” And he said, “Really, these people who are saving souls?” I think you’ve got

on the one hand, who accepts everything, fundamentalist Christians, fundamentalist Jews, fundamentalist Muslims. They’re in a separate category. There’s no doubt. There’s certainty. Was that your parents? No. They weren’t that devout. But they were people who believed strongly in God. And were they Orthodox Jews? Conservative. There is a big difference. We drove on Saturday. But your mother kept kosher? Yes. Is it weird to be on the other side of the questioning or the other side of the mike? It was a little strange with Off Mike, my last book. But I like it. It’s like swimming in a different lake or pool. I would think it would be a little nerve-racking. It’s still a performance. It’s just a different kind of performance. You have to be up; you have to be engaged, energetic, quick thinking. Frankly, that’s what I have to be every day that I’m on the air. In some ways, it’s even more challenging. It’s easier to ask a question than to give an answer. JAMES HALL

nel and suddenly seeing a light here and there, and then you’ve got a configuration that you haven’t had before. That’s one of the joys about writing because writing can be tough. You have to chain yourself sometimes. I thought, what am I going to learn? I wanted to write novels, and I didn’t. So the next best thing was to write these kinds of books, this one and my last one, Off Mike. In both, I really discovered many things. I discovered things subsequently from readers. There’s a whole school of literary criticism called reader response. I honestly didn’t know this book would have a profound effect on many people. But it has. When people say nice things about my work as a broadcaster or a teacher, it’s very gratifying. But writing’s an entirely different kind of skill for me. I always felt I talk better than I write, frankly. I hear your voice throughout Spiritual Envy. So does everybody. I had found my voice behind a microphone; I had not found my voice as a writer. Finally, in many ways, especially with this book, I did. There you have it. I was really surprised and delighted, frankly, people saying this is fantastic, marvelous. These kinds of adjectives I never expected. I’m not being faux humble here. That’s not my way. And people identify so much with the book. I just got an email this morning saying, “I can’t believe how up my alley this book is.” It’s very gratifying. It’s like putting out a broadcast. You don’t really know what the impact is going to be. I never know which stories will affect people. You really don’t. I wanted to tell stories in this book, too, because again, as a frustrated novelist—people say I should never describe myself as that, but it’s an honest description—I like telling stories. This gave me an opportunity to tell some stories. Some of them I hope, people seem to agree, are actually pretty funny. Some of them are very sad. I wanted a big canvas. That’s life. Isn’t it? You started out with a very strong religious background and a strong vision of God and lost it. So I’m curious—did you raise your children with religion? Yes, because I wanted them to know their heritage, their culture. This is a question I’m asked so often now, especially by young parents: What do we tell our children? We don’t know what to believe ourselves. My book is all about not knowing what to believe. So I’m able to tell them in an honest and forthright way, you just have to tell them you don’t know. They can figure it out for themselves and either make a leap of faith or decide not to. I think there are many children who need and long for some kind of answer. I

Kransy’s 2008 book, ‘Off Mike,’ centered on the author’s love of talk radio and literature.

some pretty bright people leading congregations. That’s not to say you can’t have strong faith and be bright. But they can be very imbued with theology, like I am, and have questions that can’t be answered in the face of some of the big questions, like why does this loving, compassionate God allow evil to exist, allow for genocide, hurricanes and tsunamis? I’ve talked to enough people of faith that I know some of them are devout, but a lot of them have real doubts. In my book, I quote Tobias Wolff: I believe doubt is a part of faith. Many of these people have struggled with doubt their whole lives. You’re talking about a true believer,

And I don’t have all the answers, as my book points out. Actually, there may be more question marks in the book than periods. Tobias Wolff said to me that one of the things he was so drawn to in the book was how much I was willing to ask questions that many of us don’t think necessarily we should ask because they sound like questions of innocence or childlike. He said we get to a certain stage of life, and we just say, I’m going to put that behind me. Or, like Jane Smiley said to me, “I used to be an agnostic, but now I’m an indifferentist.” And I thought, I’m glad I’m still asking questions. The book does capture that sense

of wonder, a lack of judgment in the questioning, like your questions on the air. I was a little bit of a weird kid. I loved baseball. But I also loved theology, comparative religion and philosophy. A lot of spiritual seekers say everything happens for a reason. I was reading a pop magazine, and Courteney Cox’s husband—you know they split up—said, “I don’t know what it means to be separated, but everything happens for a reason.” But I find myself saying, no, everything doesn’t happen for a reason. Good people die on the highways every day. People die in wars. There’s too much irrationality in terms of what humankind suffers. So here I am, trying to figure it all out. You see religious polarization as being as much an issue today as political polarization. This is a major point in writing this book—I’ve been disturbed by all the religious polarization. This country is based on religious tolerance. There’s always been that paradox in American life. On the one hand, preaching religious tolerance, and on the other hand, having a certain kind of religious bigotry. I really think these militant atheists need to be more respectful of the believers. And the believers need to be more accepting of the nonbelievers. And the evangelicals and religious Muslims have to realize there are people who just don’t see the world the way they do. It’s almost a kind of plea for tolerance, I suppose. Oh it is. And you try in the book, like on Forum, to be evenhanded. You even got shot down by the pro-choice people for being too kind to the prolife people. Really, what I was doing was giving them voice. I’ll be called a Zionist stooge and a Palestinian puppet on the same program. It’s very important to hear what people who have contrary beliefs have to say, even if you think of them as your enemy. Why can’t we have a marketplace of ideas, a civil exchange? That’s what I’ve stood for my whole career. Do you really read every book for every author you talk to? No, but I read most of, or some of, if not all of the books. If I have a novelist on, I’ve read the novel. Are you a speed-reader? No. I’m actually a slow reader, but I put in a lot of time reading. Neal Conan was just in town. We did Talk of the Nation from our studio together. And he has a rule: three books a week, no more. Three books a week is a lot. It is a lot. And sometimes I’m doing four, and even five. And I’m thinking maybe it’s time to follow Neal’s rule and only do three. But it’s appetite. I don’t garden; I don’t play golf; I don’t cook. I think about my youth as a little bit wayward and semi-delinquent. I didn’t start reading until I was maybe a senior in high school, and then I started fancying myself as wanting to be a good kid, an intellectual. What can I tell you? I got 14 > NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 2, 2010 PACIFIC SUN 13

< 13 Heaven knows, Mr. Krasny bitten, and it hasn’t let up. I still don’t understand how you have time to read four or five books a week. I’m always reading. By the way, I also prepare for classes. I have a life. People assume I don’t have a life. But even on weekends when I’m away, on vacation, I’m still reading. It’s like having a shop that’s open seven days a week. Since it’s not something I find burdensome—quite the contrary—it works. When you’re going around the country talking to people about your book, are you finding that the interviewers have read it? I’ve learned through the years that most interviewers, especially on television, don’t read books. I used to say, “Larry King never reads the book. I almost always read the book. That’s why he’s rich and famous.” There’s something to that boilerplate line. Are you still affiliated with a synagogue? Not anymore. When the cantor and rabbi at Sherith Israel retired, I left. The kids were adults. What do you do for the holidays? I go to services, pay through the nose. I like the ritual and the music. I like the feelings that are frankly aroused in me, that bring me back to my boyhood and my idea of faith. I think agnosticism, for me, gives you license to say, whatever I get out of it, even if it’s just the music and the ritual, it has value. It doesn’t have to necessarily be tied to a higher power. I make a distinction between Judaism and Jewishness. It’s not mine; it’s Philip Roth’s. One is a religion, and it’s a religion tied to monotheism. But Jewishness is something else. It’s tradition, heritage, ritual. For many people, it’s Israel, and so forth and so on. A lot of people were looking for substitutes after the Holocaust, when a lot of people said, How can we believe in God if the Holocaust happened? So you had Zionism replacing God. For many people, feminism, socialism. These, to me, were all kind of replacements for the Messiah that didn’t come. That’s my thesis, for what it’s worth. Who is reading Spiritual Envy? It’s like my radio program. A lot of people think NPR is gray listeners. NPR is a very wide demographic. I left KGO and went over to KQED, and in a few years was actually beating my former employer, with some degree of satisfaction, in terms of the 18-to-32 demographic. And that was the demographic KGO told you that you weren’t appealing to? Exactly. There was a real sense of justice, vindication. But it seems that the people who are really keying into the book are the NPR crowd, what you used to joke and call the overeducated crowd, people who are interested in ideas. It strikes me that they’re people who are curious people, thoughtful people, thinkers, maybe skeptics, seekers. But also I’ve had this wonderful response from people of faith. The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley invited me over to give a talk, and it was 14 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 2, 2010

really well received. I’m invited to talk to United Religions International, the Unitarians, a Texas Christian university. I thought the book would interest adolescents. From your lips to God’s ears. That’s where the real sales are these days. I had real good crowds at bookstores. But I went to the Booksmith in the Marina, and it was the smallest crowd. I talked to the owner afterward, and he said Julianne Moore was here a couple weeks ago, and she didn’t have many more than you did, and Jenny McCarthy had maybe just a few more than you did. But Tori Spelling had 500 people. Can you talk about why you see yourself as a failure as a novelist? I really wanted to be a novelist, and I guess I just didn’t have the chops. I had, certainly, the literary background, maybe the writing abilities and the work ethic. But you really need a certain imagination to put the form of the novel to work. You can’t just write autobiographically or like a scholar or a journalist. There’s some extra ingredient, a big extra ingredient. One of the nicest things I heard about this was, “Mark Twain said the greatest writers are the greatest liars. Maybe you just had trouble because you had to tell the truth a lot.” But I think it was a sort of failure of imagination. I wanted to be Saul Bellow, Hemingway or Faulkner, Tony Morrison, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert. Pretty high standards. That may have been the problem. I did publish some stories early on in my career as an academic in some nice literary magazines. I just didn’t have whatever it was for fiction, to stay at it. And I tried, really tried, just like I tried to find God. Do you think if something cataclysmic rocked your world, your beliefs would change? Life does have a tendency to blindside us. But belief is a hard thing to predict. Christopher Hitchens is dying now, and he’s a stone-cold atheist. He said if I somehow come around to God, you should know it’s not me. It’s the chemo and the radiation talking. There are countless examples of people coming to a higher belief in times of need. I’ll bet those miners in Chile, if they weren’t believers before, were pretty strong believers when they saw the light of day. But the argument could be advanced that the only reason they saw the light of day was because of some guy in Pennsylvania who invented the new technology to bore through. Yet it seemed miraculous. I would have liked to have had something tantamount to a mystical experience. I would have liked to have come to understand a higher power. A lot of that subjective or inner proof is in the heart or is in faith, and I would have welcomed that proof if it had come to me. ✹ Contact Ronnie Cohen at

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1. Is it greener to: a. Purchase a reusable plastic Christmas tree b. Chop one down from a tree farm every year c. Send that blockhead Charlie Brown out to get one for the class Nativity play 2. Which character from classic Christmas animated specials could reasonably be called an environmental criminal? a. The Grinch b. Santa Claus (from Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer) c. Mr. Snow Miser d. Snoopy 3. Which gift given to the Baby Jesus was the least eco-friendly? a. Frankincense b. Myrrh c. Gold d. The Little Drummer Boy’s extended drum solo


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4. Tinsel is the holiday decoration most likely to: a. Give your house that pristine winter-wonderland shimmer b. Poison you c. Kill you d. All of the above 5. A weight of 1 million tons relates to the holidays in what way: a. The amount of fatty foods Santa must eat each year to remain in prime “bowl-full-of-jelly” shape b. The additional household waste Americans produce from Thanksgiving to New Year’s c. Estimated weight of the Star of Bethlehem

d. Exact tonnage the bleachers must be able to handle at Toby Keith’s “Kick-Ass Christmas” holiday concert 6. What’s the most environmentally conscious holiday song? a. “All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)” b. “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” c. “O Christmas Tree” d. “Fairytale of New York” 7. What’s the least environmentally conscious holiday song? a. “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” b. “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” c. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” d. “Santa Baby” COLLAGE BY BRINDL MARKLE

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land (on the Third Day, if we recall from Sunday school). Most gold is excavated through hard-rock mining, in which the surface is “blasted” into using explosives, or open-pit mining, which employs drills and can often result in the creation of toxic “ponds” of sulfide residue. Gold mining has even been blamed for the Boer Wars of the late 19th century, which pitted the British against the Dutch over control of gold-filled lands of South Africa. 4. (d.) Tinsel is made almost entirely from PVC, considered by most health experts to be the most toxic plastic in mass use. Its popularity among manufacturers is due to its “stretchy” capabilities, but it’s made up of a host of nasty stuff including dioxins, phthalates, vinyl chloride, ethylene dichloride, lead, cadmium, and organotins. Tinsel’s also extremely durable and has been known to kill small pets that munch on it or get the shiny string-like strands wrapped around their necks.

1. (b) Even if you plan on keeping your plastic Douglas fir around for a few years, it’s actually greener to get out the ax every December. Tree farms tend to operate as plantations, re-growing and re-planting trees so it’s more like a zero-waste system of supply and demand. Plus, while they’re growing, the trees absorb carbon dioxide, the 5. (b) According to primary greenhouse gas. the EPA. (Don’t confuse this with trees from supermarket 6. (a) See the size of “tree lots,” which are often your carbon footprint trucked in from hundreds plummet by gifting chilof miles away.) Plastic dren with their own flesh trees, on the other hand, Is there a holiday song more earth-fr and bone. iendly Jo Lennon’s ‘Happ y Xmas (War Is Over) than are petroleum-based or hn ’— the Pogues’‘Fairyta le of New York’? jobs, usually made with 7. (c) While “Santa Baby” PVC, polyurethane foam is indeed pretty consumerand steel. Even if you wrestle a dozen ist, it’s hard to beat “Twelve holidays out of them, they’ll usually end up Days” as an example of overspending. By the spending eternity in a landfill. time the Feast of the Epiphany rolls around (the 12th day), the narrator’s true love has 2. (b) While Snoopy certainly wastes given him/her 364 gifts—one for every day of his share of energy with his prize-winning the year except Christmas, we presume. And doghouse light display, it is Santa who is what does one do with 30 lords-a-leaping and particularly disappointing. Ever wondered if 40 milkmaids? It just seems a tad extravagant. it’s true what they say about a floating island of plastic in the Pacific? Look no further than 8. (c) Here’s our favorite verse: the fat man’s sinister Island of Misfit Toys, on “The child wonders at the Christmas Tree: which the self-proclaimed “king of jing-aLet him continue in the spirit of wonder ling” dumps all the square-wheeled trains and At the Feast as an event not accepted as a Charlie-in-a-Box’s that left his elfin workshop pretext; with even the slightest bit of faulty manufacSo that the glittering rapture, the amazeturing (is a polka dot stuffed elephant really ment that bad?). Eventually, one can only assume, Of the first-remembered Christmas Tree, Santa will render them to the Landfill of So that the surprises, delight in new possesMisfit Toys. sions (Each one with its peculiar and exciting 3. (c) While the over-exploitation of the smell), Boswellia tree, from which frankincense is The expectation of the goose or turkey derived, gives one pause as to the pros and And the expected awe on its appearance” cons of this ancient perfume resin, gold—or the mining of it—isn’t something you should Happy holidays! ❉ give the son of the guy who created the Earth’s Quiz Jason at

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emember back in the dark ages, before the holiday season started in September (!) and it wasn’t all about acquiring more and more stuff? It seems that we’re heading back that way, what with the recession having affected most everyone’s budget (even Queen Elizabeth is cutting back). Given the economy and Marinites’ professed commitment to pursuing a cleaner, greener lifestyle, it may be time to rethink giving gifts because we have to (OK, there may be some exceptions), and giving because we want to. Donating to a cause or charity that’s important to your intended giftee is a wonderful gesture—and very eco-conscious, too. But some gift-givers and gift-getters appreciate the more personal or tangible gifts, which show that thought and effort went into them. And that’s where the “handmade is better than mass-produced” mentality comes in. I know, plenty of people just don’t have the time, the creativity, the sewing machine, the glue gun, the stamp pads, the Dremel drill or the patience to be sequestered in a room whipping up fabulous gifts. Having a few tools opens up the possibilities, but the truth is, it’s possible to do-it-yourself without a huge outlay and a big carbon footprint. don t know If you don’t how or where to begin, you’re not alone. But

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leftover yarn. Bibs, hats and other baby items can be crafted from scraps, as can pincushions, purse inserts for holding cell phones or other small items, etc. I enjoy making and giving bags of all sizes and types. Once the bag is made it can be filled with useful items that suit the person you’re giving it to. I’ve included Halo truffles from Homeward Bound, little bottles of olive oil, tiny jars of local honey, small soaps from the farmers market. But there are so many possibilities. Attractive quilted or patchwork tiny purses to large market bags can be machineDyed scarves are a or hand-sewn fashion project to die for. with remnants, old clothes, etc. Patterns can be found at thrift stores— along with interesting articles to sew with—and fabric stores, but a quick Internet search reveals free, downloadable patterns that are relatively easy for anyone who sews. Plus, there are plenty of no-sew patterns, too. The No-Sew Duct Tape Zipper Pouch on would be a good project to

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Keep it softer with a light pink shade also by MAC, The Faerie Glen. This lip color choice leaves you the option to get more dramatic with eye makeup. One hint, thoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a strong red lip will bring attention to your teeth. You might want to check with your dentist to see about brightening them. Nearly every toothpaste brand has its own version of whitening strips. And lastly, as the winter brings harsher weather, make sure you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let it affect your skin. My favorite new-to-me ďŹ nd is the biodynamic company Jurlique. Their Moisture Replenishing Day Cream ($40) smells like a ďŹ&#x201A;ower bouquet and gives you the moisture you need to protect your skin against winter winds. So apply that crimson lipstick, grab your sparkly accessories, glam up in a luxurious faux fur jacket and head out the door. But donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to click your sparkly heels three times and wish yourself a merry holiday season. â&#x153;š Brenda Kinsel is a fashion and image consultant based in Marin. Check out her website at

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land. Wine and beer will also be served at a no-host bar. 5pm-7pm. Dance Palace Community Center, corner of 5th & B streets, Point Reyes Station. 415/663-1158. 12/12: Meditation, Chanting and Winter Solstice Ritual A great opportunity to escape from the madness and rush of the holiday season by practicing mindfulness in a quiet and calm location. These three hours can make all the difference! 6:30pm-9:30pm Spirit Rock Meditation Center 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Woodacre. $25-$30. 415/488-0164. 12/21: Annual Winter Solstice Poetry Reading Believe it or not, some folks do not buy into the traditional religious and consumerdriven festivities that approach. For many, the more diverse the holiday events, the better! Regardless of which way you lean, a winter solstice poetry reading, based on the theme of Wendell Berry’s poem To Know the Dark, is an excellent way to find temporary escape from the shopping madness and busyness of the season. Unwind, recharge and celebrate the longest night of the year. 7pm, Point Reyes Books. Free. 415/663-1542. 12/21 and 12/22: Christmas Jug Band What’s more fun than the Christmas Jug Band? Not much, really. What started as an impromptu hootenanny of sorts in the 1970s became a seasonal tradition for bluegrass, jug and general Appalachian awesomeness right here in Marin County. Y’all should head on down to The Woods for two nights of foot stompin’ hootin’ and hollerin’. All ages show, Tuesday, Dec. 21, and 21 and over Wed., Dec. 22. 7pm. $12$25. The Woods Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 415/389-6637. ❉ Scrooge should dock Cratchit a farthing for burning this candle!

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here are more crazy people in Marin than in the five boroughs of New York City. You’ll be convinced of that fact as soon as you finish reading this story. Richard, a Pacific Sun reader, initially brought Cleo, the woman whose sanity is in question, to my attention. Frankly, I didn’t believe him at first, so I interviewed him by phone, made him deliver documentation and I independently verified some of his claims. It’s true, Cleo the Nut exists right here in Marin. Mill Valley, to be specific. Richard frequently saw Cleo at her favorite haunt, a coffee shop in downtown Mill Valley. Spending hours there each day, she constantly tapped on the keys of her laptop. Enamored with her long legs, shapely figure and melodic voice, he wanted to meet her. Not just meet her, but sleep with her. “I’m a sucker for redheads and I’m shallow,” Richard admitted. (I’m not making a judgment about that male piggish thing, although I must say that you reap what you sow, as we’ll soon see.) Eventually, he persuaded Myer, a local homeless man, to introduce him to her. (This is probably a good time to note that I changed every name in this story.) Richard and Cleo drank coffee, emailed and chatted on the phone; however, she was busy with a secret, important project, so she was unable to go on a date with him. After offering to help with her mysterious mission, he entered Cleo’s crazy, conspiracyfilled world. Their first date consisted of Richard building a 6-foot-tall chemtrail buster in her yard. If you don’t know about chemtrails, let me enlighten you. Normal people call them contrails, or that white streak in the sky left by an airplane. Delusional people think the government is delivering poisonous, mind-controlling drugs to the masses through chemtrails. Regular folks kind of doubt that scenario. The most ironic thing is that Richard is a bona fide, credentialed scientist who scoffs at chemtrail believers. Yet, he had no problem paying for a heap of metal and epoxy gel and spending the day carefully following construction plans that Cleo downloaded from the Internet. I inquired. Again, he mentioned getting in her pants. When he finished the buster, which contained the key component of mineral crystals embedded in gel, Cleo informed him it would dispel all chemtrails within a 30-mile radius of her yard. I checked the map and my condo sits in the safe zone, so I was relieved. Richard, on the other hand, was frustrated, because she sent him home without even a thank you. Still, nothing deterred him. Cleo claimed

she had a degree in dream interpretation, but this man of science wanted to sleep with her. She worked as a motivation coach, yet she couldn’t pay her bills. When she asked him to pay her rent to avoid eviction, he negotiated and instead prepaid her acupuncturist for six sessions. He wanted to earn goodwill, which he believed would soon lead to sex. I don’t know how much acupuncture costs and I’m not familiar with the prostitution rates of redheads, but I’m pretty sure Richard was getting the short end of the stick by a master manipulator. For instance, he wanted to remodel his bathroom and she offered to design it for him. A couple of days later, she informed him that he must buy her a car in exchange for the plans. They settled upon him paying a mechanic to fix her broken-down vehicle. Cleo requested Richard provide her with frequent flyer miles, because she needed to visit her family right away. Unfortunately, she had developed a terrible syndrome, causing small, spindly pieces of metal to grow out of her skin. He refused, explaining the illness was in her head. She then offered to pay him later for the miles, because she was embarking on a huge moneymaking enterprise with a man living in Hong Kong. Dubious, he put her off. Until the money rolled in from Asia, Cleo decided to sell things over the Internet. Of course, she’d help friends by accepting consignment items. Wouldn’t Richard like to sell the artifacts and treasures he’d collected from his worldwide travels? She promised to give him a share of the proceeds after the items sold. He gave her the goods. By now, you’ve probably guessed that Cleo never gave him the bathroom drawings, money or nooky. Richard hung in there a little longer, but he was starting to tire of her conspiracy beliefs. She told him the laws of physics were illusory. Accusing him of being unable to move beyond the “physical stuck-point on life,” she informed him that he is utterly delusional and needs serious intervention. Their relationship devolved into frenzied emails defending and blasting established scientific theories. Richard finally accepted he would never have sex with his beautiful Cleo. You’ve got to love this guy. After all this, he says he could still imagine sleeping with her. It’s the waking up next to her that terrifies him. ✹ Email:

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quality assurance on imported olive oil. However, both sets of standards are optional for producersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have their oil tested in order to sell it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to look for the COOC seal on a bottle of California olive oil to guarantee you are getting quality extra virgin olive oil. From a locavoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective, buying olive oil that is imported from Italy or Spain or Greece leaves a big carbon footprint, so the market is ripe for an increase in olive oil production here in California. In the agricultural realm, growing olive trees is incredibly sustainable: They can grow in soil of poor quality and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need much water, quite the opposite of most crops grown in the state. The industry, by all accounts, is growing rapidly; we learned that rice farmers are converting their land into olives, that 8,000 acres of new olive trees are being planted every year in California and that producers are opening new tasting rooms at a rate of one per month. The success of California Olive Ranchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s super high density planting and harvesting methods has surely contributed to this boom. On the tour of the facility, many were likening the olive oil industry right now to the way the wine business was in Napa during the 1970sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;newborn territory showing lots of promise. Olive oil just might become Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 21st-century gold rush. Go to to learn more. You can ďŹ nd a link for where to buy COR oils locally. Try the Limited Reserve, a super-fresh â&#x20AC;&#x153;olio nuovoâ&#x20AC;? that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be available for very long. ------------------------Here is a soup recipe designed to showcase the wonderful ďŹ&#x201A;avors of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly harvested olive oil. Traditionally made with cranberry beans (aka borlotti beans), you can use red beans, pinto beans or cannellini

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emo to self: Listen to more Brubeck, lots more Brubeck. I was teetering last week on a stepladder, packing soundproofing materials between the rafters of my garage—part of the “Peace in the Neighborhood Project” (news flash: not everyone shares the joys of a garage band)—and I was on the lookout for black widow spiders and other crawly things. My back ached, the spider webs were creeping me out and my mood was turning dark. Then on the iPod came the cool-jazz sounds of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s 1959 blues-soaked ballad “Everybody’s Jumpin’,” which opens with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond’s lyrical clarion call. For four minutes and 25 seconds, all was right in the world. During the next couple of weeks, much of the jazz world will be turning its attention to the music of Brubeck, a Concord native who celebrates his 90th birthday on Dec. 6. On that day, the cable channel Turner Classic Movies will premiere Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way, a new documentary by jazz buff Clint Eastwood.

Of course, Brubeck is no stranger to accolades. A gifted pianist and composer, who after World War II studied classical music at Mills College in Oakland with the adventurous composer Darius Milhaud, Brubeck made significant strides experimenting with poly-rhy thms and polytonality. Teaming up in 1951 with the ultra-cool saxophonist Desmond, Brubeck and his band scored a major hit eight years later with Desmond’s quirkily 5/4 timed “Take Five.” In its wake, the affable Brubeck has enjoyed a celebrated career. He has earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Kennedy Center Honor and a Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy for spreading “a vision of hope, opportunity and freedom”

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through his music. He is a member of the California Hall of Fame and has been named a Living Legend by the U.S. Library of Congress. Brubeck, who last month underwent an operation to install a pacemaker, still performs 50 concerts a year and operates a music institute at the University of the Pacific. His most recent album—a collection of original choral sacred works recorded at Skywalker Ranch in San Rafael and conducted by North Bay educator Lynn Morrow—was released earlier this year.

This month, a raft of CD reissues and anthologies arrives to mark the anniversary of his birth. The Definitive Dave Brubeck on Fantasy, Concord Jazz and Telarc (Concord Music Group) is a two-disc compilation that includes material controlled by the Concord Music Group, including Brubeck’s early and woefully underappreciated trio recordings for the Fantasy label and featuring the late, great Latin percussionist Cal Tjader. On such tracks as “Laura,” Brubeck sometimes displays an aggressive stride style reminiscent of Art Tatum or even Duke Ellington, but clearly in search of his own voice. It does not include Brubeck’s Columbia material (though there is a brisk live version of “Take Five,” recorded in Moscow in 1987 with his son Chris on electric bass). It also includes the splendid “Variations on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” Brubeck’s signature years at Columbia are represented on a trio of new compilations from Sony/Legacy (packaged in individual sleeves featuring the original cover art). The five-CD TIME box set includes the classic 1959 album Time Out (with the original studio version of “Take Five”) as well as the four other quartet recordings it inspired: Time Further Out, Time Changes, Time In and Countdown: Time in Outer Space. The five-disc Dave Brubeck box features four quartet and one solo album, all of which had been out-of-print: Jazz Goes to College, Brubeck Plays Brubeck, Gone with the Wind, Brandenburg Gate: Revisited and Jazz Impressions of New York. On the new two-disc compilation, Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend, the pianist himself has selected 21 tracks culled from his 17 Columbia albums recorded between 19541970. Among the special guests are vocalists Carmen McRae and Jimmy Rushing, and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. Conspicuously absent: “Everybody’s Jumpin’.” ✹ Groove with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at


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Bea (Mollie Stickney) and Carl (Kevin Rolston), all stuck in troubled relationships. All this, plus a dying father and a mother (Andrew Hurteau, again) who haunts her dreams, makes happiness a nightmare for Kitty. Director Jasson Minadakis keeps the smart dialogue and ridiculous situations fast and hilarious. But then, just as it seems we are watching a British version of Friends, he and playwright Coxon bring on a scene that hits uncomfortably close to home. Rosemary Garrison creates Kitty as a woman who has it all—home, husband, children, career—but whose life is framed by glass walls. Happy Now? Yes, that a woman wrote this play chock-full of painful laughs—and that MTC has produced it for our entertainment. ✹




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Coxon’s new and delightful black comedy, blows marriage right out of the water. Kitty and Johnny and Miles and Bea are couples whose relationships are as troubling as our own, but a lot more fun to watch. From the opening scene, when Andrew Hurteau’s smarmy clown, Michael, hits on Rosemary Garrison’s Kitty, the taste of love turned bitter is unmistakable. “Does this usually work for you?” she asks. “Always,” he says, while explaining he finds kissing delightful, but that husbands never kiss their wives. Never mind the kissing, Kitty’s husband, Johnny (Alex Moggridge), has left a lucrative career to become a teacher who stays late in class, leaving household chores and children to her. This is in addition to her demanding corporate job that is now paying the rent. Kitty also has all the social responsibilities for their friends Miles (Mark Anderson Phillips),

E won’t win any fans over to action pictures who weren’t fans before, but it’s not trying to. This one is for the die-hards, a generation of faithful who can reference each lobbed grenade, throwing knife and blown-up guard tower against a backlist of a thousand—which, if you count every film made by its star ensemble, isn’t too far off. Sylvester Stallone leads a handpicked team of gunslingers and martial artists on a mission-for-hire to the island nation of Vilena, whose dictator holds the population in terror to service his coca plantations. A discreet scouting visit by seaplane ends in bullets and fireballs, and when Sly discovers he’s really being used by the CIA to mop up one of its rogues, he walks away. But one thing keeps bugging him—their contact, the woman he left behind to certain death. Tough guys Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin and an amazing Mickey Rourke costar. And then there’s that cameo... it’s surely not an accident that Stallone, Bruce Willis and the Gov meet before a church altar for their cinematic G3.“He wants to be president,” says Stallone.—Richard Gould


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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Love and Other Drugs (1:53) Snarky look at the pharmaceutical industry stars Hank Azaria and Jake Gyllenhaal as competing erection-drug salesmen. ● Lucia de Lammermoor (3:15) SFO presents Donizetti’s lilting tale of a woman’s descent into madness. ● 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: Don Pasquale (3:50) Donizetti’s comic opera of love, lust and chicanery is presented live from New York in dazzling big-screen high definition. ● Morning Glory (1:35) Crusty TV news veteran Harrison Ford and former beauty queen Diane Keaton clash as cohosts of a dilapidated national morning news show; Rachel McAdams costars as their long-suffering producer. ● The Next Three Days (2:02) A family man at the end of his rope plans and executes his wife’s daring prison escape; Paul Haggis directs Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks. ● The Nutcracker in 3D (1:50) A Viennese liebkin is rescued from another dullsville Christmas by a magical nutcracker and his leaping, pirouette-ing pals. ● 127 Hours (1:33) James Franco stars in the true story of a trapped rock climber whose only escape is to amputate his own arm; Danny Boyle directs. ● 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. ● 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). ● Tangled (1:32) Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. ● Today’s Special (1:39) A superstar Manhattan chef gets in over his head when he’s forced to help out at his parent’s low-rent, Michelin-free Indian restaurant. ● Tosca (12:25) Puccini’s torrid tale of triangular titillation is brought to diva-riffic life by the San Francisco Opera. ● Unstoppable (1:38) Tony Scott megaadventure about a runaway freight train, its cargo of combustible liquids and the engineer and conductor who try to stop it from destroying the next city on the timetable; Denzel Washington and Chris Pine star. ✹ ●

Runaway bandit meets magnificently maned maiden in ‘Tangled,’ opening Friday.

Burlesque (1:59) Christina Aguilera as a small-town girl whose dreams of success are realized on the stage of a seedy yet majestic old burlesque house; mistress of ceremonies Cher offers plenty of jaded wisdom and overthe-top glam. ● 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. ● Fair Game (1:48) Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame, the targeted CIA agent whose investigations into Iraq’s nuclear capabilities didn’t jibe with the Bush Administration’s PR plans; Sean Penn costars as hubby-whistleblower Joe Wilson. ● Faster (1:35) Dwayne Johnson emerges from a decade behind bars with an Uzi-sized chip on his shoulder and a long list of excolleagues deserving of retribution; Billy Bob Thornton is the cop on his trail. ● 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. ● Glenn Beck Live: Broke (2:00) The weepy Fox News commentator proposes ways and means of fixing the U.S. economy (not, presumably, by bringing back the New Deal). ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One The young wizard embarks on a do-or-die mission that will decide his own (predestined?) fate and ease him onto the wobbly shores of manhood to boot. ● Hereafter (2:06) Spielberg-produced, Eastwood-directed fantasy romance about the different ways three different seemingly disparate people connect with the afterlife. ● I Am (1:18) Documentary follows Hollywood moviemaker Tom Shadyac as he searches for meaning after a life-altering experience. ● Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. ●

›› MOViE TiMES 127 Hours (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Wed 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55 Thu 12, 2:30, 5 ❋ Burlesque (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 12:35, 2:15, 3:30, 5:05, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 MonThu 4, 6:50 Due Date (R) Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 2, 9 Fair Game (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 11:10, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 Sun 2:30, 5:05, 7:35 Mon-Thu 5:05, 7:35 ❋ Faster (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:25, 10 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (R) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 ❋ Glenn Beck Live: Broke (PG13) Century Regency 6: Thu 8 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Cinema: 12:15, 3:35, 7, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: 11, 11:40, 12:20, 1, 1:35, 2:20, 2:55, 3:40, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10:15, 12, 3:30, 5:15, 7, 10:20 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun 12:30, 3:45, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15, 8, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:15, 1:30, 3:15, 4:45, 6:15 Hereafter (PG-13) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 4:10, 9:50 Sun-Tue, Thu 4:10

= New Movies This Week

❋ I Am (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7:30 (filmmaker Tom Shadyac and author Marc Ian Barasch in person) Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 1:30, 4, 6:30, 8:45 Mon 8:45 Tue 6:30, 8:45 Wed 9 ❋ Love & Other Drugs (R) Century Larkspur Landing: FriSun 11:15, 1:55, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Regency 6: 10:45, 12:10, 1:35, 3, 4:25, 5:50, 7:15, 8:40, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10:30, 1:15, 4:15, 7:20, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:45, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Sun 12:45, 4:10, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:25, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:30 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 ❋ Lucia de Lammermoor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Megamind (PG) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:40 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:20 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 1:45, 4:30; 3D showtimes at 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:35, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7:05, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:30 Sun-Thu 2, 4:35, 7:10 The Metropolitan Opera: Don Pasquale (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Morning Glory (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 1:20, 7:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1, 4:25, 7:20, 10 Sun 1, 4:25,

7:20 Mon-Tue 5, 7:35 Thu 5 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 7:10 Sat-Sun 1:45, 7:10 The Next Three Days (PG-13) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 12:40, 3:50, 7, 10:10 Wed 12:40 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10:20, 4:20, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sun 1:15, 7 Mon-Tue 7 ❋ The Nutcracker in 3D (PG) ★ Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:50 Red (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 9:40 Secretariat (PG) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 10:30, 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 10 Wed 10:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 7:15, 10:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 4:30, 9:40 Sun-Thu 4:30 ❋ Tangled (PG) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri-Sun 11:35, 2:10, 4:35, 7, 9:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:20; 3D ashowtimes at 11:30, 2, 4:25, 7:05, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:15, 4:15, 6:45 Today’s Special (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 2, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Tue 6:45, 9 Wed 6:45 Tosca (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sat 10am Unstoppable (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 12:05, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:05 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, Wed 5, 7:10, 9:20 Sun 2:45, 5, 7:10 Mon-Tue 5, 7:10 Thu 2:45, 5

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

Christina Aguilera goes glam in ‘Burlesque.’


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

F R I D AY N O V E M B E R 2 6 — F R I D AY D E C E M B E R 3 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Magician Jay Alexander will get a rise out of audiences this Friday at 142 Throck.

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Live music 11/26: GoldDiggers With the High Grass Dogs. Roots, Americana. 9 p.m. Fourth Street Tavern, 711 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4044. 11/26: Gypsy Moonlight Band 9pm. Smiley's Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www. 11/26: Lauralee Brown Acoustic. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 11/26: The Linda Imperial Band Original songs. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/26: Wonderbread 5 Rock. 9pm. $15. 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 11/27: Charles Wheal Classic blues. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 11/27: Doc Kraft Dance band. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. 11/27: Emma Lee Folk, Americana. 9:30pm. $8. Smiley's Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311.

11/27: New Rising Sons with Boudeeka Americana. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 11/27: Sandy Geller Dinner music. 7-10pm. No charge. Rickey’s Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-5952. 11/27: The Fabulous Bud E Luv 6th Annual Holiday Party. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/27: The Jacka Rap. With Dominick New-

ton. 10pm. $20. 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091.

11/28: Edgardo Cambon and Orchestra Salsa. 4-7pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant, 305 Harbor Dr. at Gate Five Road., Sausalito. 895-5066. www. 11/28: Tia Carroll Soulful singer. In the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 11/29: Hot Club of Marin 7pm. Taste of Rome, 1001 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. 11/29: Kimrea and the Dreamdogs Dinner music. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickey’s, 250 Entrada D., Novato. 883-5952. 11/30: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel and Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

11/30: Mari Mack and Livin’ Like Kings “Bluerose Roudhouse” 8-10pm. Belrose Theatre, 1415 5th Ave, San Rafael. 332-2755. 11/30: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 12/01: David Correa and Cascada Americana. 8pm. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center St., Fairfax. 485-1005.

12/02: Michelle Schmitt Benefit Concert Show and CD sale proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of S.F. $100 VIP reception tickets available. 8 pm. $20. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 12/02: Wanda Stafford Quartet Dinner jazz. Dec. 2, l6, 23 and 30. 6-9pm. No cover. Jasons

BEST BET Do you hear what we hear? It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas—thanks to the Marin Symphony, which stages its HOLIDAY CONCERTS BY CANDLELIGHT next weekend in San Rafael. The time is nigh for donning mittens and brushing up on your Christmas carols “fake” book, as the symphony will lead revelers through holiday classics in the cozy confines of the Church of Saint Raphael, 1104 Fifth Ave., on Dec. 4 at 7:30pm and Dec. 5 at 5pm. The Marin Symphony will be accompa- That holiday glow. nied by harp, oboe, lutes, classical guitars and handbells—leaving seasonal cheer as the only thing guests need bring. $25-$30 Call 415/479-8100.—Jason Walsh 36 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 2, 2010

Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae. 925-0808. 12/03: Macy Blackman Rockin’ boogie and blues. 7pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512.

Bank. 8pm. Free. Novato United Methodist Church, 1473 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 892-9896.

12/03: Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck Jam band. Karan is best known for

11/26-12/17:‘A Christmas Carol: The Musical’ The Novato Theater Company presents its

performing with the extended Grateful Dead family as with Bob Weir and RatDog. 7:30-11pm. $20-30. Palm Ballroom - Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 389-5072. 12/03: Rubber Souldiers Featuring David Gans, the inimitable Rowan Brothers and Joshua Zucker. 8:30pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/03: Setchko and Meese 7pm. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Geronimo Valley Dr., San Geronimo. 488-0105. 12/03: Tina Marzell Jazz vocalist. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass, 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 497-2462.

own family-friendly musical adaptation of a holiday classic. 8pm. $10-18. Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato. 883-4498. www. Through 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. www. Through 12/05: Fringe of Marin “26th Fall Season.” Two programs of 13 new Bay Area one-act plays and solos. See website for names of plays and performance details. 7:30pm Fri.-Sat.; 2pm Sun. 7:30-9:30pm. $10-18. Dominican College, Meadowlands Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 673-3131. Through 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.

Concerts 12/03-11: Novato Music Association Chorus “Celebrate the Season.” Annual concert series with holiday sing-a-longs and traditional carols. 8pm Dec. 3; 2pm Dec. 4 and 11. $5-18. St. Vincent’s Chapel, 1 St. Vincent’s Dr., San Rafael. 892-6553.

12/03: S.F. Conservatory Marin Chamber Music Bring food donation for the Marin Food


Comedy 11/26: Jay Alexander "Amazing Show of Wonders." Magic and comedy. 8-10pm. $20-23.

Through 01/07: Contemporary Tapestry Exhibition Alex Friedman, contemporary handwoven tapestries. 8am-7pm. Free. Van Dyke Atium, Marin Cancer Center, 1350 S Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 310-2460. Through 01/18:‘Rock Of Our Ages’ Work of three Jewish rock photographers, co-sponsored by Marin Rocks of the Marin History Museum Center. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. Through 01/20: Fall 2010 Exhibit Exhibition features Judith Klausenstock, Melissa Adkison, Donna Solin, and Bob Justice. Watercolors and pastels are showcased. 11am-4pm. Free. TCSD Gallery, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 01/23:‘Nurturing the Creative Spark’ Exhibition of art works by members of the Marin/Golden Gate Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Exhibit accessible only during venue events. 7-11pm. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442.

Mark Karan and Jemimah Puddleduck will have all their eggs in one basket Dec. 3 at the Palm Ballroom. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/01: Roy Zimmerman What’s funny about war, poverty, ignorance, bigotry, neo-conservatism, homophobia, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy. He’s been writing satirical songs for 20 years. 7:30pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Art 11/26-28: Point Reyes Open Studios 15th annual open studios event happening over Thanksgiving weekend. 11am-5pm. Free. Various locations throughout, Pt. Reyes. 663-9646. www. 12/03-05: Annual Holiday Pottery Sale With functional and primitive pit-fired works by local ceramic artists. Refreshments served. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery, 1115 West California Ave., Mill Valley. 510-848-5687.

12/03:‘Artful Food Fundraising Event’ Marin MOCA’s annual fundraiser offers the community the opportunity to taste Elizabethaninspired foods and enjoy live performances of Shakespearean poetry and music. 5-8pm. $50. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137 .

12/03: Path of Lights Benefit and Flip iT Art Auction Art auction, toys, food and fun. 7-10pm. $75. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347.

12/03: Salami Factory Holiday Open Studio Annual holiday event features paintings, jewelry, leather goods and more. 6-9pm. Free. The Salami Factory Artist Studios, 1599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 457-5150.

Through 01/06:‘Drawing from Line to Shadow’ The Marin Arts Council presents this exhibition of art works displaying the expressive nature and impact of drawing. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd floor galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 666-2442. Through 01/07:‘A Show of Hands’ Handwoven tapestries by Baulines craft guild master member Alex Friedman. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000 . Through 01/07: AWD Small Works Show Art Works Downtown annual show features affordable art. Reception 5-8pm Dec. 10. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

Through 12/07:‘Somewhat Damaged’ Kevin Soriano, new works. 10am-5pm. Free. Underground Gallery at Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 12/10:‘Small Treasures’ Member small works show with works priced under $200. 11am-4pm. Free. MSA Gallery, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454 -9561. Through 12/23:‘Fall Fashionings’ 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. Free. Two Bird Cafe, 625 San Gerinimo Dr., San Geronimo. Through 12/31:‘Local Land’ Christin Coy and Richard Lindenberg, local and California landscapes paintings. Free. The Painters Place, 1139 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 461-0351.

Through 04/30:‘Treasures from the Vault’

Through 12/31: Watercolor Exhibition

Exhibition celebrating the Museum’s 75 years of collecting and caring for artifacts from the local community. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www. Through 11/27:‘Utopia’ Art installation by Vallecito Elementary students. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown, Founder’s Lounge, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

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

Through 11/29: November Art Exhibits Harry Cohen, paintings. In the Valley Room. Jenny Hunter Groat, paintings. In the West Room. 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:‘Irrepressible... Irreplaceable’ Exhibition of recent paintings and portraits by Woodacre artist Harry Cohen. 10am-5pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 461-3718.

Through 11/30:‘Paintings of the Marin Landscape’ Thomas Wood, paintings. New works include a five painting Abbott’s Lagoon Suite and a large scale Hicks Valley piece. Free. Toby’s, 11250 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1223.

Talks/Lectures 12/01: Michelangelo’s Ceiling Art historian Michael Stehr will share his knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the renowned Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. 1-2pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321. 12/01: World Affairs Council UC Berkeley Iran Specialist Dariush Zahedi discusses “Iran: Be Careful What You Wish For.” Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9, students free. Creekside Room, Dominican University, San Rafael. 293-4600. www. 12/02: Andrew’s Wish Book Reading Jason M. Leen and Jan Klyce will read from and discuss their book, “Andrew’s List” children’s Christmas book. Light refreshments will be served. 1pm. Free. Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 388-9886. 12/02: Railroad Tunnels in Marin The history and lore of Marin Railroad tunnels by local historians, Fred Codoni and Richard Torney. Noon-1pm.

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Film Events 12/03:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dancing With Gaiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Screening Connect to earth energies, sacred sexuality and earth as the goddess Gaia. Experience your body as part of Gaia, and explore the mystery and magic of ancient

sacred sites. Filmmaker will talk after show. 7:309:30pm. $10. Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael. 457-4191.

Community Events (Misc.) 11/26-27: 31st Annual San Rafael Winter Wonderland and Parade of Lights Fri., Nov. 26: Snow Sledding from Noon-8pm. Marketplace 3-8pm. Parade at 5:30pm. Sat., Nov. 27, snow and kids activities from 9am-noon. Free. $25 for food and wine sampling. Downtown, Fourth St. between A and E streets, San Rafael. 800-310-6563. www. 12/01: Candlelight Christmas Marking the 193rd anniversary of Mission San Rafael’s founding, San Domenico School’s singers will light up the Mission Chapel with nearly a hundred candles and renditions of historic carols. 7:30pm. San Rafael Mission Chapel, 1104 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 258-1900. 12/01: Marin Coalition Luncheon With Marin Co. Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who will speak on the budget, employment and green energy. Please RSVP. 11:30am-1:30pm. $18-20, includes lunch. Chalet Basque, 405 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 3830551. 12/02: Befriending Stress Learn ways of shifting your responses to stress. 6:30-7:30pm. $10 suggested donation for Spirit Rock Scholarship Fund. Stress Management Center of Marin, 1165 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 577-5338.

12/03: San Anselmo Ave. Merchants Holiday Open House Businesses will be open late and serving holiday treats and deals. Come with friends and family, stroll the Avenue and side streets. 5-8pm. Free. Downtown, San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 4195118. 12/03: Tiburon Holiday Festival 2010 Outdoor ice skating, holiday carolers, costumed char-

acters strolling along Main Street, holiday treats and discounts from shops and restaurants. 5:30pm. Free. Small fee for ice skating and gingerbread activity. Downtown, Main St. to end of Historical Upper Ark Row, Tiburon. 435-5633. Through 12/31: Big Turkey 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. www.

Clubhouse, 280 Buena Vista, Mill Valley. 652-2474. 12/03-05:‘Dracula:The Final Coundown’ Presented by the 7th and 8th Grade Hall Middle School drama students and the Larkspur Recreation Dpt. 7pm Dec. 3-4; 2pm Dec. 5. $3-5. Hall Middle School Gymnasium, 200 Doherty Dr., Larkspur. 927-6978.

Through 12/31: Louise A. Boyd Exhibition

11/28: Loma Alta Peak Hike California Native Plant Society goes to the top of the fourth highest peak in Marin. Hike through a variety of plant habitats on the way. Meet at the parking area 2 miles west of Fairfax on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. below the brown bridge. 10am-2pm. Free. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax.

Learn the history of a local historical gold heiress/ Arctic adventurer who was described by press as “The Girl Who Tamed The Arctic.” 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum’s Boyd Gate House, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) 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. 125390 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RUSTIK CHEF, 1053 CRESTA WAY APT. #7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: RUSTIK ELEMENTS LLC., 1053 CRESTA WAY APT. #7, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125395 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SWAN DIVE, 1 FIRST STREET, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JEANNIE LARKINS PERRY, 38 CORNELL AVE., LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125245 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDEN CAR RESTORATION & SALES CO., 300 DEER ISLAND LANE, NOVATO, CA 94945: WILLIAM DUVALL, 535 WOODLAND RD., KENTFIELD, CA 94904;

GARY COHEN, 400 BISCAYNE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125354 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DEEPER INTO LIFE; DEEPLY ORGANIZED, 181 FLORIBEL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DEEP LIFE DESIGNS INC., 181 FLORIBEL AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. 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 November 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125355 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JADE SPA, 803 D ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GUIDI WU, 673 MOSCOW ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 3, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125373 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PACIFIC SUN, 835 4TH ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: EMBARCADRO MEDIA, 450 CAMBRIDGE AVE., PALO ALTO, CA 94306. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 15, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 5, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025387 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SKIP CORSINI ASSOCIATES, 215 BAYVIEW ST. APT. #327, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CRAIG J CORSINI, 215 BAYVIEW ST. APT. #327, 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 November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 8, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025320 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EODSOFT, 143 GARDEN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ELEMENTS OF DESIGN LLC., 143 GARDEN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 21, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RB-ASSOCIATES, 40 REED RANCH ROAD, TIBURON, CA 94920: RONALD D BROWN, 40 REED RANCH ROAD, TIBURON, CA 94920. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 26, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125438 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DESIGNS BY RITA, 1052 D LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MARGARET ERTMAN, 1052 D LOS GAMOS RD., 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 November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125184 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PFA MFG., 818 BAYSIDE CT.,



›› STARSTREAM by Lynda Ray

Week of November 25-December 1, 2010

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) The Moon in the royal sign of Leo on Friday and Saturday makes you grateful that there are lots of Thanksgiving leftovers and you won’t be expected to cook. Your ruler (active Mars) has big plans for the weekend that may or may not include tackling your holiday shopping list. Mars in the sporty sign of Sagittarius is likely to suggest outdoor physical activity, although battling the crowds on Black Friday may qualify... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) This holiday weekend marks the final journey (this year) of your ruler (hedonistic Venus) in the fair-minded sign of Libra. Among other things, this means that you share the leftover pumpkin pie, even if you are inclined to hide whatever chocolate fudge remains. By Monday evening, Venus glides into the charismatic sign of Scorpio. You become an attractive force in the universe—or at least in your neighborhood. It’s almost better than chocolate... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Yes, it is time to review the last six months and determine whether you are on the right path. With your ruler (curious Mercury) in the wanderlust sign of Sagittarius, chances are that you want to get out and explore as many paths as possible. However, on Tuesday, Mercury moves into the ambitious sign of Capricorn, where he will remain until mid-December. Forget traveling and work on getting a bigger Christmas bonus. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Most of you are in favor of eating healthy foods. But don’t you think the Thanksgiving holiday weekend should be exempt from self-imposed dietary rules? The consumption of stuffing, sweet potatoes and pie in late November is the right of every citizen. Besides, with motivating Mars in control of your fitness house for the rest of the week, you’ll probably be a fixture at the gym anyway. Have some more gravy. LEO (July 22 - August 22) The sensitive Moon in your sign on Friday has a positive effect on your ability to understand and sympathize. You are encouraged to do something uplifting and fulfilling—like giving your extra Thanksgiving bounty to a food kitchen and even better, volunteering to serve it. Meantime, clever Mercury enters your house of finances on Tuesday. If you really want to shop, you now can do so...quite smartly. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your ruler, chatty Mercury, could get you into trouble this Thanksgiving weekend when he falls under the influence of tactless Jupiter and abrupt Uranus. It is not the best time to discuss your sister’s bad taste in men. And, while Monday doesn’t bring a lot of improvement, the entry of polite Venus into your communication house is somewhat helpful. For instance, you can now refer to your sister’s latest mistake without openly cringing—maybe. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Charming Venus finishes up her visit to your sign. If you’re hoping to impress someone, you should hurry up. On Monday, Venus moves on and leaves only stern Saturn in the sign of Libra—which is good for getting to work on time or making sure your bills are paid. Wednesday brings a nice connection between your ruler (persuasive Venus) and clever Mercury, making you hard to resist. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Being the sign most creatively inspired this Thanksgiving means you should be in charge of the decorations as well as the entertainment. Your enhanced artistic talents remain through the rest of the year, so feel free to start on the plans for New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, lovable Venus enters your sign on Monday, turning you from cynic to softie. You may even start to hum along to the relentless Christmas music. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) OK. Birthday candles do not look quite so appropriate on a pumpkin pie, but try to appreciate the gesture anyway. Motivating Mars continues to fire up your sign, making this a lively week for nearly anything. And, while chatty Mercury could be your downfall in regard to saying something you’ll regret over the weekend, he moves on to help you make money after Monday. Just in time for Christmas presents. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) While making sure that everything goes as planned for Thanksgiving, you often miss out on the emotional elements. This year you look beyond all that. You have spent years learning that the material world is nothing without personal relationships. You are more than what you do; you are what you feel. And this week, you feel in sync with your loved ones. It’s a wonderful life... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) After spending Thanksgiving in the nurturing sign of Cancer (ensuring that you have enough to eat and drink), the mushy Moon moves into your relationship house on Friday and Saturday. If you have a sweetie, you can spend a blissful weekend sharing leftover mashed potatoes and gravy. If you’re hoping to meet someone before the next holiday, this is a good time to ask your friends for an introduction. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) One of your friends is prone to being emotionally manipulative. Your supervisor (or one of your parents) is being bossy, nitpicking and argumentative. It’s not your imagination—you really are suffering celestially provoked slings and arrows. Nevertheless, it is Thanksgiving and you have a lot to be thankful for. Lucky Jupiter continues to protect you; and on Monday evening, sensuous Venus enters the passionate sign of Scorpio. A lot can be experienced with this and a little leftover whipped cream. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 42 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 2, 2010

PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 NOVATO, CA 94947: PAUL B FRANK, 744 SO. 13TH ST., RICHMOND, CA 94804; GEOFF FRANK, 818 BAYSIDE CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 13, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125398 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAGE REALTY ASSOCIATES, 523 FOURTH ST. #200, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: REALTY BROKERAGE SOLUTIONS, 523 FOURTH ST. #200, 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 November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125338 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HIMALAYAN WINDOW CLEANING AND HANDY SERVICES, 270 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CHIMI GOMBO, 270 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 29, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125443 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I CAR SEARCH, 1163 FRANCISCO BLVD. EAST, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PREDRAG D KRPAN, 22 SKYLARK DR. #319, 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 November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125255 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY ST. EUROPEAN, 11 BAY ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: NATHAN C WALTON, 5 FLINT CT., NOVATO, CA 94949. 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: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125362 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE SHOP AT BAY CLUB MARIN, 220 CORTE MADERA TOWN CENTER, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: WAC RETAIL, LLC., 1 LOMBARD STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 31, 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125440 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEW DEAL LIQUOR LICENSE, 72 STANFORD WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: NEW DEAL MOBILE, LLC., 72 STANFORD WAY, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125474 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FIBRENEW MARIN-SONOMA, 334 COLEMAN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: WESTERN WYVERN INC., 334 COLEMAN DR., 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 December 13, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010)

FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125453 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SNOW WHITE CLEANERS, 915 LOOTENS PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELISA WONG, 100 WATERSIDE CIR., 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 November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125434 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRICURRENTS INTERNATIONAL, 26 LADERMAN LANE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: DAVID B SHENSON, 26 LADERMAN LANE, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 22, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a), hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sales of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money in the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: TERRA LINDA MINI STORAGE, 4290-B REDWOOD HIGHWAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 472-5204, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number. JOHN EVAN JR.: UNIT #215; WAYNE LOWE: UNIT #227. Pacific Sun: (: November 26; December 3, 2010)

997 All Other Legals 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) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005844. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HOWARD ROBERT KOPELMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HOWARD ROBERT KOPELMAN TO BOB KOPELMAN. 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 20, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Room J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. 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: November 3, 2010 /s/ Verna A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005920. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner IVA TRINKA filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: IVA

TRINKA TO SHAKTI PADMINI. 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 22, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 9, 2010 /s/ Vera A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005949. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JENNIFER THUY NGA YORK CARR filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JENNIFER THUY NGA YORK CARR to THUY NGA YORK CARR. 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 29, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Room J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 10, 2010 /s/ Verna A. Adams, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 19, 26; December 3, 10, 2010) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: EDWARD JOHN SCHAEFER. Case No. PR-1006079. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EDWARD JOHN SCHAEFER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: CHERYL DUNNE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that CHERYL DUNNE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: December 20, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 113, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 42 a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: CHERYL DUNNE, 1 Sandy Creek Way, Novato, CA 94947; (415)892-8926. (Publication Dates: November 26; December 3, 10, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a), hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sales of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money in the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: IGNACIO MINI STORAGE, 394 BEL MARIN KEYS BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94949. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 1:00PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 883-8459, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number. LYNNE M. KIMBELL: UNIT #173; GILBERTO MENA/ KEITH NUTTERFIELD: UNIT #281; ADAN ROLDAN: UNIT #415. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: CORTE MADERA MINI STORAGE, 5776-B PARADISE DRIVE, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s)

identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DANIELLE JONES: UNIT #801; CRYSTAL ELROD: UNIT #721. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, 2145 REDWOOD HIGHWAY, LARKSPUR, CA 94904. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010 at 11:30AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 927-1774, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: DANA BOCCOLI: UNIT #407. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO. In accordance with the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the MINI STORAGE is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at public auction at MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVENUE, SAN ANSELMO AT 2:00PM, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The following items to be sold consist of household goods and personal effects, identified below. For additional information call: (415) 454-5710, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: JORMA JOHNSON: UNIT #078; JORMA JOHNSON: UNIT #287; VICTORIA KROPP: UNIT #103; STEPHEN MARTINEZ: UNIT #358; WARREN LORENTE: UNIT #120. Pacific Sun: (November 26; December 3, 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE


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STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1005971. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KAROL RENEE JANSSEN GRINSELL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KAROL RENEE JANSSEN GRINSELL to KAROL RENEE JANSSEN. 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 27, 2010, 8:30 AM, Dept. J, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive #116, San Rafael, CA 94903. 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: February 10, 2010 /s/ VERNA A. ADAMS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 26; December 3, 10, 17, 2010)

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I’m a 26-year-old guy who’s been on 30 dates this year in hopes of finding a woman to build a long, healthy relationship with, but I only ended up with a few notches in my belt. Last night, I went out with a girl who shook my world. I’ve never fallen for somebody so quickly, and the thought of her not liking me tore me apart inside. We met on a dating website when she wrote to say my profile was “cute” and so was I. On our date, however, I got the impression she wasn’t too interested because she rarely made eye contact and didn’t smile much. I couldn’t sleep last night, as I was so depressed at the thought of her not liking me or being in my life. So, how should I healthily pursue her? She said she wanted to go out again, but many girls say that and don’t mean it. I’m waiting 48 hours to call so I don’t seem desperate. I’m an emotional guy, and the thought of her not liking me is SO hurtful that this will take a while to get over—if I ever do.—Destroyed


It can be devastating, the prospect of losing a woman after building a life with her and weathering tough times together. As for this woman, what have you weathered together, whether to take a table or sit at the bar? Yet, after a single date, you whimper, “The thought of this girl not liking me is SO hurtful that this will take a while to get over —if I ever do.” What are you, 12? OK, it’s frustrating and even depressing to keep looking for “the one” and only come up with the one-night stands, but get a grip. You’re coming to the conclusion that you might have to date more, not that you’ll die trapped under a rock unless you hack off your right arm with the business end of a drinking straw. While you can feel instantly blown away by somebody, an immediate obsession with a woman you’ve known for maybe three hours stems more from where you are in your life than anything real and substantial about her. But, say you knew her better. Pursuing her in a healthy way would involve merely preferring that she want you back. Demanding it (or your life will be ruined, just ruined!) is irrational, misery-producing baby behavior—the equivalent of stamping your feet and huffing, “The universe should be nice to me! In fact, the universe should give me a cookie!” Waiting 48 hours before calling might make you seem less desperate—assuming you don’t pass the time by hyperventilating that you can’t possibly live without her. (Sure you can. You’ve done it for 26 years.) There’s a good chance you’ve already leaked enough desperation to set off her creep-dar. Short of finding yourself a doctor who can induce a coma with telephone privileges, you’ll have your best shot if you can calm yourself enough to come off like you’re just hoping to spend Friday night with her, not the rest of your life. In the future, if you can’t be more realistic, at least be more practical. It can be reasonable to decide that some woman absolutely must be yours—if she’s the sort of woman you pick up in an adult bookstore, then take home and blow up with your bike pump.


I’m the classic hourglass-figured woman, with very large breasts. I recently discovered that my boyfriend is into women with boyish bodies and flat chests. In fact, he finds big breasts “vulgar.” (I saw a YouTube video he made with his friends this summer, and he was very vocal about his preferences.) This confirms my suspicions that he isn’t physically into me. I’m ending it, but wondering why we’re even together.—Disappointed


You’ve got what so many guys want—that classic movie star body. Unfortunately, the movie star body your boyfriend goes for is that of the guy who plays Harry Potter. He’s probably bought into the idea that it’s shallow to dismiss a girl just because she’s got cantaloupes in her bra instead of raisins. Maybe he thinks he can work up an attraction if he just makes enough of an effort. Unfortunately, that’s not how attraction works. And, good intentions aside, it’s cruel to be with somebody one secretly finds “vulgar” from the neck down. Luckily for you, the problem of having an hourglass figure and “very large breasts” is right up there with the problem of owning way too much beachfront property. The sooner you end it, the sooner you’ll be reminded of that, and the sooner your boyfriend can get with a woman he’s really into—one who’s less classic hourglass than classic Heineken bottle. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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