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›› LETTERS We prefer X-mas in Killarney, with all of the folks at home Thank you Nikki for your Single in the Suburbs column about being Jewish during the Christmas season [“Christmas? Bubkes Humbug!” Dec. 24]. You have expressed a feeling held by many Jewish people... but don’t try to explain it to others. They won’t understand. Also, Christmas in the United States is unlike any Christmas abroad. The focus here is on merchandise, not the celebration of a birth. Nancy Bank, Marin

Bohemian bad-rapsody An early version of Bohemian Grove.

I’m concerned about the chlorine and fluoride the government mandates in our drinking water. Who provides these chemicals? Do they also contain Chromium-6? Why not pasteurize the water? Organic drinking water? It also concerns me that so many California public officials are members of the Bohemian Grove. Current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and incoming Gov. Jerry Brown are longtime members. Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald

Reagan, George Bush Sr., William J. Clinton, George Bush, Jr. and Barack H. Obama, are (were) also members. They appoint the people to federal offices like: the Federal Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Attorney General (responsible for prosecuting crimes) and every federal judge currently on the bench! A very powerful San Francisco private club, to say the least. We should all be concerned about Californiaís public officials association to this private club, the Bohemian Grove. Paul Barrier, Novato

Devil in the flesh This has not been a good year for the meat, dairy and egg industries. In January, ABC News provided extensive coverage of cow abuse by the dairy industry. The BP oil spill in April called attention to an even larger Gulf “dead zone” caused by the massive amounts of animal waste dumped every day by the Mississippi River. A month later, a UN report urged a global shift toward a vegan diet to reduce world hunger and climate change. In June, the FDA asked factory farms to stop routine use of antibiotics that lead to drug-resistant bacterial infections in humans. August witnessed the largestever recall of more than a half-billion eggs harboring salmonella. Finally, this month, President Obama signed into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to replace fatty animal products and other junk foods in school lunches and vending machines. According to the School Nutrition Association, 65 percent of U.S. schools now offer vegetarian lunch options. For a New Year’s resolution, we should all consider following suit. I found a great

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Guess How Many Congress Members Against Health Care Law Still Get Government Health Care? Guess How Many Congress Members Against Health Care Law Still Get Government Health Care? The answer is just about all of them. Think Progress reports: At least four GOP c... Single in the Suburbs: Christmas? Bubkes humbug! For God’s sake give it a rest, ye merry gentile men... Read the full story here posted Thursday, December 23, 2010, 9:...

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Through a tunnel, darkly The recent article by Peter Seidman regarding the Alto Tunnel [“Where’s Alto?” Dec. 18] quoted extensively from bicycle advocate Deb Hubsmith of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition, who also spoke in general terms about the need to study property rights issues related to the tunnelís access. However, nowhere to be found is any input from residents of the communities bordering the tunnel. With a bit more research, Mr. Seidman would have discovered that the Scott Valley Homeowers’ Association, on whose behalf I often write and speak, has studied the access issue extensively, and pointed out to the county that it did not own or control access rights to several properties, seven in fact, needed to complete access to the tunnel. This fact was confirmed by the county’s consultants on page 2 of Appendix G of the recent study of the corridors linking Mill Valley and Corte Madera. What really needs to be studied, prior to spending any more taxpayer money on analyzing the condition of the tunnel itself, is whether those seven homeowners, who are adamantly opposed to the reconstruction of the tunnel, will negotiate away these rights, or whether the county would have to resort to condemnation in order to acquire them. (Disclosure—I am not one of those seven owners.) Incidentally, the Seidman piece asserts that the Horse Hill route is steep; actually, there is only one short section where it is fairly steep, while the rest is easily navigated, even by children. He also overstated the cost estimates for upgrading the Horse Hill and Camino Alto routes by adding in unnecessary overpasses on Blithedale Avenue, etc.; the county study budgeted the cost of simply improving Camino Alto at $4.6 million to $5.5 million, and Horse Hill at $4.4 million to $5.5 million, not $4.6 million to $8.9 million and $4.4 million to $13.6 million as Mr. Seidman reported. The main issue now, in addition to the enormous ($46-56 million) cost of reconstructing the tunnel, is whether the County Board of Supervisors, the Mill Valley City Council, and the Corte Madera Town Council have the resources or the stomach

for what would surely be a major battle with the well-organized homeowners’ associations which represent the affected neighborhoods, in the event that the County would have to condemn any or all of those seven expensive homes in order to perfect access to the tunnel. If the Pacific Sun covers this story in the future, the residents in the affected neighborhoods would like to be given the opportunity to offer input as well, with regard both to furnishing correct and relevant facts as well as community opinion, in order to provide a more balanced approach than the one in the Seidman piece. John Palmer, Scott Valley HOA, Mill Valley

Editor’s note: Thanks for the feedback, John. For what it’s worth, Seidman made very clear in the story that the county still has to clarify private-property-rights issues to determine who owns the land under the tunnel. “The Bicycle Coalition believes the Northwestern Pacific Railroad owns the ends of the tunnel and the county owns the center of the tunnel,” he wrote. “But some neighbors who oppose opening the tunnel have a different assessment.” Additionally, the cost estimates Seidman reported are, as he pointed out, dependent “on various layouts and features.” We’ll stand by those numbers; and if and when we pursue a story about the propertyrights surrounding the Alto Tunnel, we’ll make due effort to obtain input from residents in the neighborhood.

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Did you ever notice that ABC TV reporter Barbara Pinto looks like Danny Kaye in drag? Craig Whatley, San Rafael

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Leak, and ye shall find What the WikiLeaks scandal really reveals about our government by N orm a n Solomon

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ompared to the kind of secret cables that WikiLeaks shared with the world last month, everyday public statements from government officials are exercises in make-believe. In a democracy, people have a right to know what their government is actually doing. In a pseudo-democracy, a bunch of fairy tales from high places will do the trick. Diplomatic facades routinely masquerade as realities. But sometimes the mask slips—for all the world to see—and that’s what just happened with the humongous leak of State Department cables in November. “Every government is run by liars,” independent journalist I.F. Stone observed, “and nothing they say should be believed.” The extent and gravity of the lying varies from one government to another—but no pronouncements from world capitals should be taken on faith. By its own account, the U.S. government has been at war for more than nine years now and there’s no end in sight. Like the Pentagon, the State Department is

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›› NEWSGRAMS SmartMeter installers stalled by Inverness protesters After hearing warnings about acts of civil disobedience from West Marin residents wary of SmartMeters, PG&E meter installers ran up against just that Tuesday and Wednesday of this week when several protesters blocked their access to houses in Inverness. SmartMeters installers from Wellington Energy, a company hired by PG&E to put the controversial radio-frequency meters on Marin properties, found their paths to multiple residences blocked by neighbors and members of West Marin Citizens Against Wireless SmartMeters, a group opposed to the wireless meters. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene both days; two women were taken into custody following the Wednesday morning incident along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near Inverness Park. One of the women arrested, Katharina Sandizell of Point Reyes Station, described PG&E’s tactics as“shock and awe.” “Smart meters are being installed without public consent, without even knocking on doors to check if it’s safe to turn off the electricity,”said Sandizell.“They are rolling over civil liberties and getting these things installed as quickly as possible so that people don’t have time to consider the implications or ask questions. If they have nothing to hide, then what’s the rush?”The other woman taken into custody, Miss June of Inverness, called for further acts of civil disobedience to curb the installations.“The only way that I know to stop installation of SmartMeters is to put a body between the installer and the meter, and I will continue to do this until I don’t have to anymore.“ SmartMeters transmit power-consumption information to the utility over a wireless network; PG&E promotes it as a tool for homeowners to better monitor their energy consumption. But critics point to scientific data that suggests the radio frequencies emitted by the meters, if absorbed in high amounts, could lead to deleterious health effects such as cancer. Others are wary of what PG&E plans to do with the information compiled about homeowners’energy use by the meters—critics suggest PG&E could lobby the California Public Utilities Commission to increase rates during peakusage hours. According to CPUC rules and regulations, service agreements grant the utility the right to do anything it wants to its meters, including switching out analogue meters for SmartMeters. PG&E spokespeople insist SmartMeter capability to track energy use will not be used by the utility to “spy”on customers. But such assurances ran aground this autumn when PG&E SmartMeter official William Devereaux—a spokesman in charge of customer outreach about SmartMeters—confessed to concocting an Internet alias to covertly monitor local protest groups’online efforts to thwart the $2.2 billion meter rollout.The senior director of PG&E’s SmartMeter program resigned in November, and the company insisted he acted alone. But a cache of embarrassing internal emails PG&E released in December revealed that the company has in fact been spying on its customers—confirming to many critics that the utility could recklessly disseminate personal data the wireless meters collect. The emails revealed that a PG&E employee hid and took photographs at an October demonstration against the controversial meters.“This is fun,”the employee says in the email.“No one said‘espionage’in the job description.” The emails also show PG&E employees planning ways to stymie protests. Using a false identity, Devereaux signed onto an online discussion group and intercepted a demonstration by moving about 40 employees from Rohnert Park to Napa. In the emails, PG&E employees call customers worried about health harms from SmartMeter radiation“insurgents,”“slackers”and—after learning Republicans had joined the picketers—”cats and dogs living together.” PG&E spokesman David Eisenhauer said Devereaux directed a PG&E customer-outreach team member to go to the site of the foiled Rohnert Park protest. According to Eisenhauer, nothing in PG&E’s rules and regulations prohibits employees from hiding and taking photographs. In an interview this month with Pacific Sun reporter Ronnie Cohen, Eisenhauer said that when PG&E employees take such actions in the future,“they do so respectfully, that they’re transparent about who they are.”—Jason Walsh,with additional reporting by Ronnie Cohen

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Singles going unsteady SW Marinites ISO romance, housing, hospice care... by Jason Walsh

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Marin singles just unfair—there’s no law against Dodge didn’t seem to have Dakotas or dodgy demeanors. However, their lonely hearts in it there are laws against pedophilia—a 10 years ago this week. crucial fact that somehow escaped the Perhaps they were still man whose ad, “Morning Mrs. Brown,” years ago reeling from the bungled asked unequivocally: “May your lovely presidential election, or were grieving daughter come out to play?” And even over the recent death of beloved actor more troubling than his fondness for Walter Matthau. But not even Will Smith’s Marin’s daughters (and apparently turn as an inspiring caddy in “The Leg- Peter Noon) was the ad’s promise to end of Bagger Vance” could rouse them “hold her hand at the scary corner, to put a little effort into their Pacific Sun include her in games, kiss her cheek if personals ads. she allows and bring “What we do her home until she in life echoes in wants to play again.” eternity,” Roman Yet as depraved slave Maximus deas “Morning Mrs. clared that year in Brown” sounded, he the Oscar-winning may still have been “Gladiator.” But a better option than Maximus must the 39-year-old guy have been too busy seeking a “Live-in fending off vicious Lover/Housekeeper” tigers in the Colto provide romance, osseum to keep up love, a little elbow on the drivel that grease—and to help passed for seduccare for his “ailing tion in that week’s mother.” At 6 feet 6, personals—which I come with “great wouldn’t echo so benefits,” vowed the much into eter- Maximus would’ve been appalled by Marin singles. doting son, before nity, as reverberate inexplicably adding, a few years later as fodder for “Behind “Must like large animals.” the Sun.” But if providing end-of-life-care for We’ll start with the writer of the ad a new beau’s rapidly deteriorating par“Hello, Where Are You,” a man who ent wasn’t exactly the romantic liaison would have been well advised to menturn-of-the-century Marin singles tion something about “walks on the had in mind, it was still a better deal beach” or “snuggling by the fire” before than what was offered by one amorous getting down to brass tacks about what angler who’d penned what was easily it was he was really after—a place to the least appealing personal ad of the crash. “Homeless in two weeks and week—perhaps, dare we say, of all time. nowhere to go,” began Hello’s 39“Lonely, broke, decrepit old fisherword plea for romance and free room man,” began the Hemingway-esque and board. “I’m house trained—give wooing of a “beautiful, loving woman me a call!” Whether Hello’s candidwho loves to sew, cook and clean fish.” ness about his abject lack of prospects But this scalawag was looking for landed him new roomie or not, we’ll more than any ol’ woman with a talent never know, but at least he sounded for gutting cod—she “must have a boat somewhat driven (though most likely and a motor,” he qualified. in someone else’s car). Sadly, the same Yes, as Jan. 1 approached and Marin couldn’t be said for the fellow behind a singles stared down the prospects of “missed opportunities” ad cryptically another year alone, their personals ads titled “12/6” that longingly recounted would make crystal clear exactly what the brief eye contact he’d made with they were looking for in a relationship. a “gorgeous blonde driving a BMW” Or, as the aforementioned Old Salt on Dec. 6 at the Miller Avenue Liquor put it: “Please send photo,” he concludStore. “Me: Burgundy pickup, big smile, ed, “of boat and motor.”✹ not so gorgeous,” he wrote, reminding Get personal with Jason at jwalsh@ the connection just exactly what she pacificsun.com. was missing—an unsightly, grinning redneck on the bottle. Blast into Marin’s past with more But perhaps we’re being somewhat Behind the Sun at ›› pacificsun.com 8 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 31, 2010 - JANUARY 6, 2011

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Well, friends, we seem to have survived another year. Here are some highlights of 2010. How many do you remember? 1. The long-suffering country of Haiti was dealt a devastating blow in January when struck by what? Women at the Academy Awards, March 8, 2010 2a. What director, of what movie, became the first female Best Director? 2b. Eight days after her triumphant Best Actress Oscar, she learned of a cheating husband. 2c. This voluptuous African-American actress was nominated for a 2010 Oscar for her role in the film Precious. Sports 3a. On Feb. 7 what NFL team won their first-ever Super Bowl victory, and against whom? 3b. In April, what men’s and women’s teams won the NCAA basketball championship games? 4.Pictured, below: This natural event caused chaos in worldwide air travel— several thousand flights were canceled.

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5. Give the name of the BP oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, sending millions of gallons of oil into the pristine gulf waters. 6. April 23, what Arizona governor signed into law a controversial immigration bill, designed to identify and deport illegal immigrants? 7. Pictured, below: At a Christie’s auction in May, the 1932 painting,“Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” depicting the painter’s mistress, sold for a recordsetting $106 million. Name the artist.

8. Israel came under international criticism in May after attacking a flotilla of cargo ships in the Mediterranean that were trying to do what? 9. In August the Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee,a scholar and lawyer and the first female dean of Harvard Law School, to a seat on the US Supreme Court. 10. With an amazing business turnaround over the past decade, which company, in May, passed Microsoft (leader the past 20 years) as the world’s top technology company (based on market capitalization)? 11. This musician with a heavenly name burst onto the music scene with the hits,“Just the Way You Are,”“Billionaire” and “Nothin’ on You,” and gained seven Grammy nominations 12. In June the United States announced the discovery of more than $1 trillion in untapped mineral resources such as iron, copper, gold and lithium in the mountains of what country? More Sports Within 9 days in June... 13a. What hockey team won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years? 13b. What NBA team won their second consecutive league championship, and the 16th in their history? 13c. On the July 4 weekend, what American athlete won her 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and which Euro star took the men’s championship? In July, the world watched the World Cup 14a. What country hosted? 14b. What two teams played in the final game on July 11, and who won, by what score? 15. What country’s economy passed Japan’s, becoming the second largest in the world?

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16. Pictured, above: In September, this hiker, imprisoned in Iran for over a year on charges of espionage (for crossing the border illegally), was released on $500,000 bail, while two of her friends remained in jail.


Movies of t he Year 17a. A film about a young CEO became one of the most respected films of the year. Identify the CEO, his company, the film and actor who played him. 17b. What actresses played a married lesbian couple in what film?

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17c. What Pixar animated sequel received critical and popular acclaim for its humanity and humor? 17d. Pictured, left: What actor, what role, in what film? 18. In October, 33 miners in Chile were rescued after spending 68 days half a mile underground; what two valuable products had they been working on extracting? Weddings Pictured, above: 19a. In October, California Gurl marries British comedian in India. 19b. Former first daughter says “I do� before 400 attendees, in Rhinebeck, NY. 19c. Recently engaged to her longtime college sweetheart, Kate Middleton would become the first commoner in

centuries to marry an heir to the British throne. Name her fiance. 20. Pictured, right: The SF Giants celebrated their first World Series victory ever; what three teams did the Giants defeat in playoffs rounds on their way to the ultimate title? 21. After midterm elections, which politician, from what state, became the new speaker of the house, replacing California’s Nancy Pelosi? 22. Beneficiary of her mother’s popularity? Clearly not the best dancer, she almost won Dancing With the Stars. 23. In December, the Senate repealed what military bill, considered biased against gays and lesbians?

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“We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified The same government that devotes documents and sensitive national security tremendous resources to inflicting military information,” the White House said on violence abroad must tout its humane Nov. 28. bona fides and laudable priorities to the Meanwhile, Sen. Joseph Lieberman folks back home. But that essential PR denounced “an outrageous, reckless and task becomes more difficult when official despicable action that will undermine the documents to the contrary keep leaking. No government wants to face documen- ability of our government and our partpeople safe and to tation of actual policies, goals and priorities ners to keep our work together to that directly contradict its public claims defend our vital of virtue. In societies with interests.” For democratic good measure, freedoms, he twittered: the gov“WikiLeaks’ ernments deliberate that have disclosure of the most to these diplofear from matic cables such disis nothing y closures are b un r s i t n less than e the ones that vernm list o a g n r y r u e an attack o j v E t “ have been doenden nd nothing p e d on our n i ” , ing the most liars ved, “a ed.” r e national s b o lying to their e ev i ton l S e . F b . I e security.” b own people. should y a s But y e h t The recent what kind mega-leaks are of “national seespecially jarring curity” can be built on duplicbecause of the ity from a government that is discredited extreme contrast and refuted by its own documents?✹ between the U.S. government’s public pretenses and real-life Norman Solomon is the founder of the Institute for Public Accuactions. But the standard official response racy and author of “War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.” He lives in West Marin. is to blame the leaking messengers.

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² “A Hitler moustache on Obama doesn’t make sense, so I talked to them,” Kevin said. Two men, set up near the Sausalito Post Office, displayed a large “Impeach Obama” poster depicting the president with a moustache a la der fuehrer. Working for zany conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, the men claimed they are Democrats and Obama is a fascist. One of them threw out the F-bomb while earnestly describing similarities between Hitler’s and Obama’s policies, including health care with death panels. We believe in free speech, yet Obama isn’t right wing, nor is he responsible for killing 12 million people. “They have the right to drum up support, but why deface Obama’s face with a Hitler moustache? It’s offensive,” Kevin summarized. For that reason, we name LaRouche and his two supporters our Zeros of the Week. —Nikki Silverstein

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Ê ±Ê Traffic whizzed by as usual on Alameda Del Prado in Novato this past Tuesday morning— seemingly oblivious to the incapacitated man who lay on the ground, just across the street from Burger King. For 10 minutes he watched cars pass by, wondering if anyone would pull over to help him. Eric Zeller, a Rohnert Park resident, was driving through Novato on his way to the ferry when he noticed the man lying on the side of the road. Stopping immediately, Eric found the man conscious, but unable to get up after falling during a morning walk. Eric called 911 and coordinated the man’s care with the dispatcher until the Novato fire department and paramedics arrived. We aren’t sure why no one else stopped, but we are sure that Eric Zeller is our Hero of the Week. ÊÊ

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hat do Sammy Hagar, Valerie Wilson will highlight those truths when Plame Wilson and Mike Singleshe speaks at Marin Center on March 3 tary have in common? On April 1, Joan Ryan will talk on The rock hall of famer, former CIA spy stage with Sammy Hagar—Marin’s own and recently dismissed 49er head coach Grammy Award-winning Red Rocker, will each speak at the Marin Center dur- whose musical career spans more than ing a five-part series between February and four decades. The Rock and Roll Hall of October. Dubbed “IM Speaking,” the series Famer’s resume includes big-selling solo also includes the highest-ranking firefight- albums, as well as stints with Montrose, er to survive the 9/11 World Trade Van Halen and Chickenfoot. He created Center collapse and the founder Cabo Wabo Tequila, the second of the FBI’s art-crime team. best-selling premium tequila Singletary kicks off the sein the U.S., and owns hotels, ries on Feb. 16. Ross author nightclubs and restaurants. Joan Ryan will interview Joel Selvin, the San Francisco the battered coach who Chronicle’s pop music corlost his job the night his respondent, is helping Hagar team was eliminated write his autobiography. from the NFC West title On Sept. 9, just before the race. “One of the great10th anniversary of the 9/11 est experiences of my attacks, Richard “Pitch” Piclife was having the ciotto will recount his harrowing opportunity to coach heroic tale. The last firefighter the San Francisco 49ers,” to escape the collapsed World Singletary said after his reTrade Center and the highestcent firing. “What made it ranking firefighter to survive, so special were the players. Picciotto selflessly gave his all to They were some of the most save others during our nation’s outstanding men I have ever darkest hour. been around in my life.” On Oct. 6, Robert Wittman, The pro-football hall of the world’s most famous art famer served as the 49ers’ detective, will talk about how head coach for 26 months. he used his scholar’s passion, A former Chicago Bears’ linecon-man’s smile and daredevil backer, he has played in 10 connerves to recover more than secutive Pro Bowls, was named $225 million worth of stolen All-NFC nine consecutive art and cultural property— times and has written three including a Rembrandt books, including Daddy’s self portrait dated 1630 Home at Last. and a Rodin sculpture The subject of Fair credited with launching Game, a fictionalized movie the impressionist moveabout the George W. Bush ment. Wittman spent 20 administration’s outing of years working for the FBI her as a covert CIA operaand helped create its arttions officer, Wilson will take crime team. the Marin stage in March. She and Mill Valley businessman her former-ambassador husband, Gary Ferroni put together the IM Joe Wilson IV, whose New York Speaking series, and says he reTimes editorial undermined Plame Wilson, Singletary and searched hundreds of speakers Bush’s argument about Iraq Hagar will share their ups and in search of fresh, relevant stohaving weapons of mass de- downs of the year as part of ries for our times. Series tickets struction, now live in Santa the ‘IM Speaking’ series. cost $195 to $475, depending Fe, N.M., with their 10-yearupon seats. Limited individual old twins. They also spend time in Marin tickets will be available for $44 each. County, where they visit Joe Wilson’s adult All events will begin at 8pm in the twins, Sabrina Ames and Joe Wilson V. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. Asked about the movie starring Naomi For more information, or to purchase tickWatts and Sean Penn in a telephone inter- ets, go to imspeaking.com or the Marin view earlier this month, the former spy said Center Box Office, 415/499-6800. ✹ she and her husband feel proud of it. “It’s Speak to Ronnie at ronniecohen@comcast.net. very surreal seeing your story portrayed on the screen,” she said. “It is not a documenIt’s your county, speak up at tary, but I think it tells essential truths.” ›› pacificsun.com


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tation at the December meeting. The focus of his review was whether Beacon, the firm that originally forecast sales-tax revenue, had used sound methodology. Did Beacon conduct itself with “a strong foundation in academic economics and the way they approached it? Absolutely,” said Eyler. “No doubt about that.” Eyler said that if he had forecast sales tax revenue over the course of Measure Q, he would have come up with projections “a little lower.” Voters approved the measure in 2008. It raises the sales tax in the SMART district by one-quarter cent for 20 years. Eyler said his projections of tax revenue would have been lower because he would have used population-growth numbers derived at the state Department of Finance and the Association of Bay Area Governments that show lower growth than Beacon projected. A growing population buys more taxable goods and increases tax revenue. Overestimating growth overestimates revenue. Mike Arnold, a staunch critic of SMART, also says the financial projections contained in the Beacon forecast were based on overly aggressive population-growth estimates. But he says the implications are larger than Eyler sees. Arnold says that when he pumped more realistic population numbers into the Beacon spreadsheet, he saw a $40-million shortfall in the sales-tax revenue projections. SMART staff and a new financial advisor will spend the next few months going over the numbers, assessing the validity of the Beacon forecast as well as the Ayers review. Also on the table will be new ridership projections for the first segment and revenue projections from the adjusted ridership. And they also will look at a Metropolitan Transportation Commission review that Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey requested. Kinsey serves on the MTC. He’s also the chairman of the Transportation Authority of Marin. About one week after the November SMART meeting, Marin Supervisors discussed the implications of starting SMART with a Santa Rosa-to-Marin Civic Center segment. When he called for the MTC review, Kinsey said the latest round of shortfall numbers at SMART was “a red flag.” Supervisor Judy Arnold, who sits on the SMART board, was among those who favored the conducting the reviews before SMART decided where the southern terminus of the first segment would land. Alix Bockelman, MTC funding manager, told the SMART board at the December meeting her agency believes it’s essential to run the first SMART segment from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, downtown to downtown. At the meeting the SMART board expressed support for extending the line passed the Civic Center, to downtown San Rafael. “The review produced some meaningful results,” says Kinsey. “The most important one I think is that you don’t start an initial operating system and stop short of a meaningful destination, and MTC made that clear. In order to have access to the Regional Measure 2 money, there needs to be a nexus to the [transit center in San Rafael and the buses that run out of it]. MTC made it clear that if you don’t get to downtown San Rafael, you don’t get the RM 2 money.” That’s a hefty chunk of money. Voters passed Regional Measure 2 in 2004. It raised tolls on state bridges by $1 to fund projects aimed at reducing congestion in Bay Area bridge corridors. MTC acts as a regional planning agency and a gatekeeper for state and federal transportation money. The agency administers RM 2 funds. Extending a rail line from San Rafael to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal was one of the projects envisioned for $35 million of RM 2 money. The recently completed Cal Park Hill Tunnel between San Rafael and Larkspur cost $13 million to rehabilitate. That money came out of the $35 million. MTC says it would work with SMART to free up the remaining $22 million to help fund a southern terminus in San Rafael. That change requires a public-hearing process. There’s another requirement. MTC promotes a transit-oriented development policy for projects that seek regional funding, such as RM 2 money. The theory is that residents who live within one-half mile of transit hubs are most likely to use it. To meet MTC transit-oriented development guidelines, an average of about 2,200 residents must live near SMART stations. The entire SMART corridor falls short of that average, as does a starting segment from Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to the Civic Center. MTC recommended to the SMART board that extending the southern terminus to downtown San Rafael could come within a whisker of meeting the MTC residency target. But MTC advised SMART that is should consider deferring the Petaluma-Corona station and the Novato North station, two stations that would reduce the average number of residents living near stations. Deferring them would increase the average number of residents near remaining SMART stations and represent what MTC calls the “most advantageous” option to meet the transitoriented development “policy perspective.” Qualifying for that $22 million means SMART would have to spend an additional $38 million to $46 million to extend the line to downtown San Rafael. The upshot of all the number crunching at MTC reveals a “possible shortfall of $62 million to $125 million to build an initial segment from downtown San Rafael to Santa Rosa.” The total cost for the segment would 12 >

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MART’s glass is either half empty or half full. Or it could be both. During a recent meeting, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit board members learned the results of two reviews of cost and revenue projections. The Marin Transportation Commission presented one set of numbers and possible courses of action. Robert Eyler presented the other review, a look at sales-tax projections. Eyler is a principal in Economics Forensics and Analytics, based in Petaluma. His peer review of the SMART tax-revenue forecast prompted supervisor Charles McGlashan, who sits on the SMART board, to say this: “I would hazard a guess that Director [Joan] Lundstrom and I are going to walk out with two completely different points of view on what you’ve said today. Director Lundstrom is going to walk out saying that she wants it reflected in the record that you had advised us to be much more conservative, and I would walk out of this meeting believing that you said that Beacon Economics [the firm that had previously forecast SMART’s sales-tax revenue] did a reasonably professional job of constructing a sales tax forecast and [Beacon is] not off the reservation. Both of those statements are true.” “Correct,” Eyler responded. “I would say that like any other forecast, you could be more conservative. Every forecast suffers from being not conservative enough unless you [forecast sales tax revenue at] zero.” “I think a lot of people would like us to say that,” came a McGlashan quip that elicited a smattering of chuckles. The moment of levity lightened the tenor of a discussion that focuses on facts, figures and spreadsheets that only an economist could love. But those facts and figures are the lifeblood of a plan that ultimately envisions a 70-mile rail line and parallel bike and pedestrian pathway from Cloverdale to Larkspur. The economic crisis has hurt SMART sales-tax revenue in a big way, and the transit agency has been scrambling to find ways of dealing with a revenue shortfall that has been a moving target (mostly on the way down). The option on the table at a November workshop was a plan to build a first segment from Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to the Marin Civic Center. In a move that surprised many, the meeting morphed from what had been billed as a workshop into a vote to proceed with the Santa Rosa-to-Civic Center segment. It was a public relations stumble. After feeling heat for moving too fast, SMART agreed to have its sales-tax revenue numbers peer-viewed before proceeding to issue bonds for the project. That resulted in the Eyler presen-

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The Novato North station near the San Marin/Atherton exit could be deferred in order to increase the average number of residents near SMART stations—a crucial requirement to qualify for transit-oriented-development funding.

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bike coalition happy. Or the communities that would have stations deferred. run between $380 million and $395 million. “Every project sponsor will be opMTC put the kibosh on the possibility of posed” to shifting funds or altering plans, SMART qualifying for “significant money” says Kinsey. “It’s not going to be easy. But from the federal Small Starts program to extend the line from downtown San Rafael to ultimately we have to have a soul-searching discussion about whether we believe that a Larkspur. The “cost per hour” of user benefit is too expensive compared with other projects fixed-transit system like SMART is what we need and want. If it is, are we prepared to that qualify for Small Starts money. Lillian Hames, SMART general manager, make the tough choices today to get there notes that SMART and MTC have engaged for tomorrow?” It’s a vision thing. When proposals surfaced in a dialogue that began in February. “We were trying to get the federal funds to get to build rail lines in San Diego, Charlotte, from the Civic Center to Larkspur. What North Carolina and Portland, for example, critics sounded cries I always said was about boondoggles, that if we can’t get over-spending and into that federal underestimating. program, then we When BART was change the stratproposed, critics egy.” She also notes called it outmoded that as construcand unable to meet tion bids go out, modern transportaactual costs may in tion goals, a boonfact decrease. Evdoggle. But in each erything, she says, of instance, the rail is a moving target. systems were built In addition to without catastrophe. sales tax revenue, Along with all SMART will rely on The downtown San Rafael railroad station circa 1890; today it’s home to Whistlestop. of the hard-nosed funds derived from financial forecasts issuing bonds. The agency’s last estimate projected raising $213 million. MTC as- and caveats raised at the December meetsumes that SMART could see proceeds that ing, came one bright light for SMART: range from $151 million to $210 million. Bockelman said the funding gap can be The amount that SMART actually can issue managed (given political will and good depends on the credit environment at the public relations). And MTC reiterated its time it issues the bonds—and also on sales support for rail in the North Bay. “What kind of future do we want? I tax projections that are as firm as possible. continue to believe that SMART is the right Investors and bankers shun uncertainty. concept to organize our future,” says Kinsey. The sales-tax projections are critically “I also understand those who say they are not important for SMART because it will use willing to take the pain today to get a benefit a portion of the sales tax to pay the debt that they may never see [in their lifetime]. But on the bonds and also cover operating I continue to think the North Bay really needs expenses. Too high a debt and it drains to commit to this.” money from operating expenses. Now comes time for tough decisions. MTC suggests that the SMART funding SMART must create a firm financial plan strategy could receive a boost by redirecting because it’s the basis on which investors will uncommitted transportation funds from decide whether to buy bonds. The quality Marin, Sonoma and MTC to SMART. “Reof the financial plan also will determine the directing funding from stalled” projects also is possible. But proponents of existing public amount of bonds SMART can issue and the interest rate it will have to pay. transit programs in Marin want SMART to Ultimately, said Eyler on Dec. 15, there’s keep its hands off of the goods, as it promone definitive way to determine whether ised during the Measure Q campaign. And exploring “scope changes and cost deferrals” SMART made correct economic assumptions when it issues bonds: “The market could mean postponing stations or relocatwill tell you.”✹ ing them and “phasing” the bike and pedesContact the writer at peter@pseidman.com trian path. That suggestion doesn’t make the 12 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 31, 2010 - JANUARY 6, 2011

I’ve never been a big one for buses or subways. I’ve never been able to organize myself around their schedules, at least when it comes to getting to work. So I usually end up taking my car (or, now that I’m in sunny Berkeley, walking, and not worrying about getting anywhere on time). Now that gas is nearly $4 a gallon, I’m avoiding my car Policymakers are learning that the tipping point for people to abandon their altogether. cars for public transit is a lot lower than they previously thought. For years, policymakers have wondered just how high gas prices would have to go before drivers switch to public transportation.The answer has been assumed to be very high because Americans supposedly are in love with our cars.Yet now we know there’s a tipping point, and it’s not quite as high as policymakers have guessed. It’s around $4 a gallon.We know that’s the tipping point because suddenly millions of Americans are switching to buses, trains and subways to go to work. Rather than bemoaning this remarkable turnaround we should be celebrating it. Public transit not only reduces congestion but also reduces educes the nation’s energy needs and cuts carbon emissions that bring on global warming. Problem is, the nation doesn’t have nearly enough public transportation to handle the new demand. Even more e absurdly, right now when it’s needed the most, public transportation across the land is being cut back.This is because transit costs are soaring by the same skyrocketing kyrocketing fuel prices that are forcing people out of their cars, at the same time me transit revenues are shrinking because most transit systems depend largely on n sales taxes, now dwindling as consumer purchases decline in this recession. A survey urvey of the nation’s public transit agencies released in 2008 showed 21 percent off rail operators now cutting back and 19 percent of bus operators. Even though it’s a hundred times more ore efficient for each of us to stop driving and use trains and buses, there’s not enough h money in the public kitty for us to do so. This is nuts. If officials need more money oney to cover the extra fuel costs of public transit, they can raise ticket prices a bit without reducing demand; most of us would still find public transit cheaper than driving ving our cars. But officials shouldn’t stop there. They should add services and expand whole systems -- more buses, more trains, more light rail. If they can’t finance this by floating bonds, they should go to Congress and ensure that public transportation is a major part of the next stimulus package. Public transit has always been the poor oor stepchild of infrastructure development. America’s usual answer to traffic congestion has been to add more lanes on highways, or more highways, or more bridges and tunnels for more cars. America hasn’t been really seriouss about public transit for almost a century. Most of New York City’ y’s subway system was built over 100 years ago. Los Angeles les ripped out its trams long ago. Boston’s Big Dig, one off the biggest infrastructure projects in modern American erican history, was designed entirely for cars. In recentt years, only a few farsighted and ambitious cities, ties, like Portland, Ore., have invested in light rail.l. But now that gas is well over $3 a gallon, all this may change. And what better way to get the economy going, and save energy and the environment in years to come, than to create a modern, efficient system of public transportation on in America?—Robert Reich Robert Reich was U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997; he is currently the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy att the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.


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Some may greet the end of 2010 with a great big sigh of relief, bidding good riddance to 365 days of ups and downs, while others are sorry to see it go. Either way, there ainít no stopping time: 2011 is upon us. Whether the new year brings the optimism of a fresh start with the Chinese astrological Year of the Rabbit promising much-needed calm to the world—or manic dread as the apocalyptic 2012 waits patiently around the calendarís corner, 2011 is here. For those out there who have been too wrapped up in the madness of holiday shopping and recovering from family visits to plan a festive New Year’s Eve celebration, the Pacific Sun has compiled a list of local events to ensure that there’s never a dull moment in the hours leading up to 2011. Happy New Year! And bottoms up. 12/31: Make friends With The Coho! Holiday Creek Walk in San Geronimo The arrival of the new year falls right smackdab in the middle of coho salmon spawning season. Start the day off outside and visit the Lagunitas watershed with a trained naturalist who will share tidbits about the cohoís circle of life. 10am at San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Registration required. $4-$10 or a $35 annual membership fee. Visit SpawnUSA.org for more information. 12/31: Short Film Kick-Off at The Rafael The Rafael Film Center rounds up the 2010 Sundance Short Films—along with my personal favorite: the timelessly hilarious Drunk History—to San Rafael starting on New Year’s Eve. 7pm at the Rafael Film Center, 1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael. $10.25, 415/454-1222. 12/31: New Year Cabaret Awesomeness at The Woods Absinthe, fire dancers and burlesque—oh my! This is one unique New Year’s celebration that should not be missed. El Radio Fantastique brings the Royal Vagabond Cotillion to The Woods for a night of stupendous circus-esque amazingness, festively dressed guests and awe-inspiring feats of wonder. 9pm, The Woods Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Avenue, Mill Valley. $50, 415/389-6637. 12/31: New Year Sun Salutations at Power Yoga in San Rafael The smartest and healthiest people in Marin will be here. The party starts with some snacking and chatting at 9pm, followed by a 90-minute yoga class and dancing past the stroke of midnight. Wake up sore for all of the right reasons by stretching in the new year. 9pm- past midnight. Power Yoga San Rafael, 1295 Second Street, Suite 200. Cost: $18, class stamp card or 4 items of nonperishable food donations. 415/454-9642. 12/31: Rita Abrams New Year Dinner Show Start 2011 off with sore abs. Not from a Pilates tournament or an extreme cagefighting romp, but from the laughter you’ll get from Rita Abrams’ 5 Star Review at the Seafood Peddler. Songs, satire and seafood—a unique combination only found in Marin. Or a cruise ship. Only, this is better! Dinner seating starts at 5:30pm with a show

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Get healthy mentally and physically. —Linda Black, ad director

Drink more, drive less. —Rich Winston, sales

Unplug more! Get off your computer and your cell phone. Socialize face to face a little more. —Beth Allen, art director New Year’s Eve is like every other night; there is no pause in the march of the universe, no breathless moment of silence among created things that the passage of another 12 months may be noted; and yet no man has quite the same thoughts this evening that come with the coming of darkness on other nights. But that being said, I think everyone should try to get a bit more exercise.—Jason Walsh, editor Get a life. —Helen Hammond, sales

Lydia Pense and her Coldblood killers will roll you into the new year Friday night at George’s.

at 7:30pm and if you miss the first show, head over at 9:45pm for the second, which starts at 10:30pm. The Seafood Peddler, 100 Yacht Club Drive, San Rafael. $45-$95, 415/460-6669. 12/31: So Much New Year, so Little Time with Ricky’s and Inn Marin! Itís two for the price of one, folks. First, book a scrumptious table for two (or more—Hey! It’s a party!) at Ricky’s at any time between 5pm and 10pm on Dec 31. Then, head over to Inn Marin for New Year’s dancing with the Doc Kraft Dance Band and a cocktail-fueled overnight stay, followed by a late check-out (1pm) and continental breakfast. Ricky’s Restaurant and Inn Marin, 250 Entrada Drive, Novato. $40-$195. 415/883-5952. 12/31: New Year’s Eve Bash at George’s Nightclub Lydia Pense and Coldblood have been rocking it for over 40 years. Forty years, people! Join the lively and legendary band this New Year’s Eve for a night of champagne, dancin’ tunes, party favors and fun. 9:30pm, George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth Street, San Rafael. $65. 415/226-0262. 12/31: Tango Till You’re Sore Join Tango Con*Fusion for a lively evening of performances, dance lessons, music, appetizers and champagne. 8pm at the Baywest Ballroom, 1133 East Francisco Blvd., San Rafael, $25-$30. 415/457-4619. 12/31: Laughter Abounds at 142 Throckmorton If it’s a chuckle you’re looking for, head over to Mill Valley for a night of stand-up comedy

“People need to change their environmental footprint. Garbage. Pollution. Paper cups. Less energy. Less water. You know what I mean. Now people are going to think I am some wacko liberal. —Bob Correa, sales One year of therapy. —Missy Reynolds, designer

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with Orny Adams and Mark Pitta, followed by music and dancing with Austin de Lone, Jimmy Dillon and others. Doors open at 7:30pm and the fun lasts until 2pm. $50. Throckmorton Theater,142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 415/383-9600. 12/31: LGBT New Year at The Spinnaker in Sausalito Couples and singles alike are invited for an evening of drinks, music and a New Year’s firework finale! The evening starts with Hers & Hers Singles Only Cocktail Reception, followed by live music from The Introverts, DJ dance music, coffee, desert and fireworks over the bay. Sponsored by Betty’s List and Olivia Travel and located at The Spinnaker, 100 Spinnaker Dr., Sausalito. Singles-only pre-event at 6:30pm, 8pm- 1:30am for main event. $125. 415/503-1375 for reservations or more information.

12/31: Comedy Showcase at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center Join comedian and Hairspray actor Kevin Meaney, along with Michael Davis and Geoff Bolt, for a night of laughter and treats at the Osher Marin JCC. Comedy, 8:30pm11:15pm and new year countdown with the comics at 11:15pm-12:30am. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road, San Rafael. $45-$75. Visit marinjcc.org or call 415/4911235 for more information. 1/1: Minna Nix New Year Day Gallery Grand Opening After the grogginess of your late evening celebrations has worn off, head to downtown San Rafael to celebrate the opening of another Marin County gallery! Minna Nix Fine Art Gallery, 1215 Second Street, San Rafael.7pm Free. minnanix.com.✹

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›› TALKiNG PiCTURES

To Peterson’s credit, ‘bonkers’ is something of an ageless disposition.

Pictures at an erudition Words to remember from the year in post-film conversations by Davi d Te mp l e ton

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ell, the year 2010 is nearly history. It’s now time for the traditional year-end newspaper rituals, most of which involve counting to 10. While my fellow journalists dutifully present cleverly written lists of their top 10 favorite movies, top 10 favorite books, top 10 favorite TV series, and top 10 favorite places to eat fish, I too have been looking over the last 12 months of columns, searching for my favorite post-film quotes. As a collector of conversations, I am always listening for the juiciest,

Being young helps you play rock ‘n’ roll—but so do ersatz expressions of contempt.

most memorable, most surprising quotes, as my guests launch off on various entertaining verbal tangents, after first telling me what they thought of the movie in question. The best of these quotes stick with me all through the year, often becoming clever anecdotes at dinner parties. So then, having revisited a year’s worth of Talking Pictures pieces, I now present my seven favorite Talking Pictures quotes of 2010. “I guess I find zombies to be more tragic than vampires. Zombies have lost so much more.” In the vampire-themed horror film Let Me In, in which a young boy befriends an ancient vampire in the body of a little girl, the undead are presented as tragic figures—but also bloodsucking monsters. I discussed the film with filmmaker and horror-aficionado Ray Lawratson, who knows more about monsters and supernatural creatures than anyone I’ve ever met. Eventually, our conversation meandered to the subject of zombies, and a careful consideration of which was the more tragic undead creature, zombies or vampires. “Zombies, have no memory of who they were, they are merely animated corpses,” Lawratson mused, compassionately. “Zombies are actually incredibly poignant.” “The first thing you learn in street-fighting is to poke somebody in the eye. The first thing you learn when you start tournament fighting is—don’t poke anybody in the eye.” Martial Arts trainer J.T. Bymaster thoroughly enjoyed the Karate Kid remake, citing the original as one his early inspirations. Our

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friends—so I’m going to be fine.” Renowned post-film conversation wandered into a lively movie critic Jan Wahl, in describing her disaptangent about the differences between real pointment with Sex in the City 2, first allowed fighting and tournament fighting, leading to that she’d always thought of the smart, funny, this extremely quotable, and straight-to-thesexy characters in the original film and series point, observation. “I certainly didn’t feel as old as Norma as friends. Then, in Sex 2, with one fell swoop, Desmond looked.” In May, as I was turning those “friends” were turned into people she the big Five-O, I called up Richard Peterson, didn’t want to know. “I do not want to know programmer of the Smith Rafael Film Cen- women who would do the things they do ter, to suggest a few movies for me to watch in this movie,” Wahl said. “That’s why I say I feel like I just lost as part of the day’s four friends.” Then, festivities. As an aside, assuring us that she Peterson mentioned knows the difference that in the classic film between fictional Sunset Boulevard, the people and real hucharacter of Norma man beings, Wahl Desmond—an icon added, “Fortunately, I of aged decrepitude— do have actual real-life was said to be 50 years friends—so I’m going old, something he to be fine.” marveled about when “I like that Santa he himself turned always has body 50. Added Peterson, guards to get him “Norma Desmond is supposed to be this Apparently, this just isn’t tragic enough for Ray Lawratson. back and forth from the staff restroom.” old woman, this relic, this dinosaur from the Silent Era—and she’s Renee De La Prade, powerhouse accordionist and creator of the popular Calendar Babes only 50 years old. It kind of freaked me out.” “You don’t have to be young to play rock Pin-Up Calendar, met me in early December, ’n’ roll—but it helps.” Radio personality Brian at the Northgate Mall in San Rafael, for a Griffith, host of the morning show on Santa screening of the tacky Cher musical Burlesque. Rosa’s KRSH station, joined me for a screen- As we made our way through the mall after the show, she spied ing of The Runaways. Santa Claus, sitting A gritty biopic about silently on his throne, rocker Joan Jett and waiting for something the creation of the to do. After remarkfirst all-female rock ing about Santa’s ’n’ roll band the Runever-present entouaways. “Rock music rage when coming originally comes from from or going to his a sense of youthful regularly-scheduled alienation,” Griffith breaks (from throne noted over a pint of to throne, you might post-film beer, “it say), De La Prade comes from a deswent on to liken it to peration to find a Disneyland. In the place in the world, ‘Wax on, wax off... poke eye out, don’t poke eye out...’ Magic Kingdom, she from loving and hating everything at the same time—so to create explained, Snow White and the other prinreally great rock ’n’ roll, I think you do have to cesses also always have bodyguards. Said De La Prade, “They always have this entourage to be young. escort them when they have to take a break— “But,” he added, “that doesn’t stop us excuse me! When they have to go have an apold guys from playing the old tunes and pointment with Mickey Mouse. That’s what rocking out.” “There is some good country music out they always tell the kids, right? ‘Excuse me, I there on the radio, but the rest of it—most have a meeting with Mickey Mouse.’ ” Thus did a new euphemism for “bathroom break” of it—is unbelievable crap.” Journalist slip into my life. Greg Cahill (who writes about music for And thus does another year of great movie the Pacific Sun, and also serves as editor of conversations come to a close. As I prepare Strings Magazine), was underwhelmed by to begin a new year of movie-watching and the Oscar-winning country-and-western post-film discussions, I leave you with one film Crazy Heart. During our conversalast quote, stated by a teenage film fan during tion, Cahill—who also plays several instruments—mentioned that he’d recently the California Film Institute’s annual Young Critics Jury training last July. “It doesn’t written a couple of his own country songs, matter whether a movie is good or bad,” the largely inspired by a road trip to L.A. durprecocious kid said. “It’s no fun unless you get ing which he listened to hours and hours to talk about it afterwards.”✹ of truly terrible country music. “I wasn’t inspired by the music,” he said, “so much as Talk more pics with David at talkpix@earthlink.net. I was inspired by the 150-miles of exploded It’s your movie, speak up at truck tires, tumbleweeds and dead coyotes.” ›› pacificsun.com “Fortunately, I do have actual real-life


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orty years after their breakup, the Beatles this year became the decade’s second-best-selling artists (in a close race, Eminem appears to be Numero Uno), thanks to brisk digital sales after finally landing on iTunes at long last. Yeah, yeah, yeah—it was a Fab Four year, all right, that also included remasters of the John Lennon catalog and a four-disc reissue of Paul McCartney’s 1973 classic Band on the Run. Custom made for a Beatles nut. But here are 10 non-Beatles discs that lingered in the personal soundspace between my earbuds: The Peter Rowan Band. Legacy (Compass): He learned his craft as the youngest member of bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe’s legendary Blue Grass Boys. This year, Grammy Award-winner and five-time nominee Peter Rowan returned with his new band, formed last year in West Marin, on a disc that hits all the right highlonesome notes and virtuosic chops on a powerful set of new tunes. Bob Dylan. The Original Mono Recordings (Columbia): The nine-CD box set

features early Dylan the way early Dylan was meant to be heard: one guitar, one harmonica and one craggy voice through one speaker. Joanna Newsom. Have One on Me (Drag City) Less sprawling than the epic fairy tales on her previous outing, yes, but no less ambitious. This three-CD song cycle from the Queen of Freak Folk finds the eccentric songstress waxing on life and love. If you’re unafraid of folksy art-rock, go for it. The Moondoggies. Tidelands (Hardly Art): This follow-up to the Seattle Americana band’s widely acclaimed 2008 release Don’t Be a Stranger is more melancholy than its predecessor, but includes the uplifting “We Can’t All be Blessed,” which rivals Fleet Foxes’ best stuff. Otis Redding & His Orchestra. Live on the Sunset Strip (Stax/Concord): This twoCD set gathers exuberant live performances from the Hollywood Bowl and Whiskey A Go Go, including sets available for the first time in their entirety. Bob Dylan was in the audience at one of the Sunset Strip club shows—held on a warm spring night in

The year has been music to our ears thanks to, clockwise from top left, Dave Brubeck, Bob Dylan, Joanna Newsome and Jay Farrar.

1966—here’s your ticket to a front row seat to one the greatest soul artists of all time. Jay Farrar and Benjamin Gibbard. One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Music from Kerouac’s Big Sur (Atlantic): Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie team up on this evocative film score for a new film based on Beat writer

Jack Kerouac’s stay at the Big Sur artists’ community and the novel that came of it. The alt-country songs on the album sound like a lost Son Volt recording. Ray Charles. Genius + Soul = Jazz (Atlantic/Concord): This two-CD reissue features the R&B great on piano and Hammond B-3 organ splitting his time between big-band swing (with members of the Count Basie Orchestra) and small jazz combos. Dave Brubeck. Dave Brubeck: Legacy of a Legend (Columbia/Legacy): The jazz pianist picks 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. Percy Sledge. The Atlantic Recordings (Rhino/Handmade): It’s confounding how much music is produced year in and year out (25,000-plus, recordings annually). So we can be excused for failing to notice that the amazing voice that launched “When a Man Loves a Woman” onto the pop charts in 1966 produced volumes of solid soul sides—four volumes in this case. Iggy & the Stooges. Raw Power (Columbia/Legacy): At the height of flower power this 1973 proto-punk album from the Detroit rocker dropped like a boot to the head. Eight songs, 34 minutes—the music world never knew what hit it. This remastered two-CD expanded edition adds two previously unreleased tracks from the original sessions, a bonus live CD of a 1973 Atlanta concert and a booklet of essays. Play it loud!✹ Wrap up Greg’s year at gcahill51@gmail.com Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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Black Swan (1:43) Darren Aronofsky’s Hawkins star in the true story of a group of gripping drama about a driven prima balfemale factory workers at Ford’s London aslerina (Natalie Portman) facing an uncertain sembly plant who led the fight against sexual future. discrimination and reflected the upheavals of ● Burlesque (1:59) Christina Aguilera as a the Swinging Sixties. ● Megamind Cartoon comedy about a small-town girl whose dreams of success are realized on the stage of a seedy yet majestic genius supervillain whose plans for world old burlesque house; mistress of ceremonies domination go awry through boredom and Cher offers plenty of jaded wisdom and over- self-interest; Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt the-top glam. and Ben Stiller ● The Chronisupply the voices. ● The Metrocles of Narnia: The Voyage politan Opera: of the Dawn Don Carlo Treader (1:52) (5:00) Verdi’s The third inepic musical stallment of C.S. bio of the starLewis’s fantasticrossed Spanish cal epic about prince is brought three kids and to full-tonsiled their adventures life by the New on the high seas. York Met. ● The Fighter ● Short Films (1:54) Biopic of from the 2010 “Irish” Mickey Sundance Film Ward stars Mark Festival (1:45) Wahlberg as Nine short the street-smart subjects from last world champion year’s fest make boxer and Chrisup a cinematic tian Bale as his smorgasbord of brother, trainer cartoons, comeDick Eklund. dies, documenta● ries and dramas Gulliver’s from around the Travels (1:25) globe. Modern-day take Jeff Bridges dukes it out with the bad guys in ‘True Grit.’ ● Tangled (1:32) on Jonathan Swift stars Jack Black as an ego-bound travel Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story writer who finds himself on a mystical island in which the extensively tressed princess populated by teeny tiny people. breaks out of her castle with a little help from ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an Part One The young wizard embarks on a extremely dependable steed. ● The Tempest (1:50) Julie Taymor’s dazdo-or-die mission that will decide his own (predestined?) fate and ease him onto the zling version of the Bard’s supernatural saga wobbly shores of manhood to boot. stars Helen Mirren as the exiled, resentful ● How Do You Know James L. Brooks ensorceress Prospera. semble comedy about an aging athlete (Reese ● The Tourist (1:43) Innocent abroad JohnWitherspoon), her baseball-pitcher boyfriend ny Depp gets more than he bargained for (Owen Wilson) and the father and son (Jack when he hooks up with mysterious stranger Nicholson and Paul Rudd) who complicate Angelina Jolie; Paris and Venice costar. ● Tron: Legacy Legendary video game their lives. ● Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary genius Jeff Bridges has to fight his way out of about the unbridled capitalism and political the cyberkinetic universe he’s been imprishanky panky that led to the worst economic oned within for the past two decades. ● True Grit (2:08) The Coen boys bring crisis since the 1930s. ● The King’s Speech (1:51) True tale of Charles Portis’s classic novel to the big screen George VI of England, a reluctant, ill-prewith Jeff Bridges as drunken one-eyed pared sovereign who turns to a cutting-edge trigger-happy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. ● Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von speech therapist to cure his nervous stutter. ● Little Fockers (1:38) De Niro’s back as the Bingen (1:51) Acclaimed biopic of the 12th father-in-law from hell; Dustin Hoffman, century poet/playwright/composer/physiBarbra Streisand, Jessica Alba, Harvey Keitel cian/scientist/nun and her struggles with her and Deepak Chopra costar. German Benedictine order. ● Lucia de Lammermoor (3:15) SFO ● Yogi Bear The pic-a-nic-lovin’ grizzly saves presents Donizetti’s lilting tale of a woman’s Jellystone Park from real estate developers descent into madness. with a little help from Ranger Smith and, of ● Made in Dagenham (1:53) Miranda course, Boo-Boo. ✹ Richardson, Rosamund Pike and Sally ●

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›› MOViE TiMES Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Tue 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:10 Sun 11:20, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35 Mon, Tue, Thu 5, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1, 4:25, 7:05 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 2, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sun 2, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 Burlesque (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 4:30, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:55, 4:35, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 7:15 Mon-Thu 11:35, 4:55, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 2:15, 7:35 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 MonThu 6:30, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 10, 12:45, 2:15, 3:30, 5:10, 6:30, 7:50, 9:15, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15 Mon-Thu 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05 Sun 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:20 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:50, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Gulliver’s Travels (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 4:55, 9:40; 3D showtimes at 2:25, 7:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:30, 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Mon-Thu 12:45, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:10 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3:50, 7:05, 10:15 How Do You Know (PG-13) Century

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Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sun-Tue 1:10, 4:05, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sun 1:20, 4, 6:45 Mon-Thu 4, 6:45 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4 Sat-Sun 4, 8:45 Mon-Wed 8:45 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 Sun 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45 Mon-Tue 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 12, 1:30, 2:45, 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15, 9:45 Sun 12, 1:30, 2:45, 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:15, 5:30, 7, 8:15 Wed 4:15, 7 Little Fockers (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Mon-Thu 7:10, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 10:30, 11:45, 12:50, 2:20, 3:25, 4:40, 5:45, 7:10, 8:10, 9:45, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 12, 2:30, 5 7:40, 10:20 Mon-Thu 11:55, 2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4:30, 7:20, 9:40 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4:30, 7:20 Lucia de Lammermoor (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 ❋ Made in Dagenham (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 10 Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:40, 7:20 Megamind (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40 The Metropolitan Opera: Don Carlo (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ Short Films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival () Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7 Sat 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Tangled (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20

The Tempest (PG-13) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45 Sat 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 The Tourist (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 Mon-Thu 11:50, 2:20, 4:45, 7:30, 10:05 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat 4:10, 6:20, 8:30 Sun 2, 4:10, 6:20 Mon-Tue, Thu 6:20, 8:30 Wed 2, 4:10, 6:20, 8:30 Tron: Legacy (PG) ★★1/2 Century Cinema: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Century Northgate 15: 12, 3, 6, 9; 3D showtimes at 10:10, 11, 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:35, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 1, 4, 7, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:20, 4, 6:50, 9:45 Sun-Thu 12:20, 4, 6:50 True Grit (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 9, 10:20 Sun 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 9 Mon-Tue 11, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thu 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:25, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 4:10, 7, 9:30 SunThu 12:40, 4:10, 7 Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sat, Mon, Tue, Wed 6:30 Sun 1:30, 6:30 Yogi Bear (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 1:30, 3:45, 5:50, 8:05, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 10:20, 12:25, 2:35, 4:45, 6:55, 8:55 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 1, 5:25, 10; 3D showtimes at 10:40, 3:15, 7:45 Mon-Thu 12:50, 5:10, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 3, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:10, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12:30, 2:40, 5, 7:10

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

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

George VI, his wife, Liz, and the rest of the royal family bestow a very happy New Year upon you and yours.


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Live music 12/30: Doc Kraft Dance Band Grab a bite to eat and dance at this pre-New Year’s Eve gathering. 8:30pm. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Bar, 305 Harbor gate 5, Sausalito. 601-7858. www.dockraft.com 12/31: Honeydust Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. www.perisbar.com 12/31: Hot Buttered Rum Get some local Hot Buttered fun. 9 p.m. $21. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. http://www.19broadway.com 12/31: Joan Getz Quartet “New York State of Time.” Jazz. Vocalist. Dave Getz, drums. David Austin, piano. Jeremy Sherman, bass. No cover. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia, Sausalito. www.caffedivinosausalito.com 12/31: Liz Brown’s Loose Shoes Trio Jukejoint blues. 9pm-midnight HopMonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707-833-5677. www. hopmonk.com 12/31: Marin New Year’s Eve Party Live music with Industrial Cha Cha, Cascada featuring David Correa and S’Cream. Free party favors for advance ticket holders 8pm-1:30am $10. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker, Sausalito. 339-1378. www.marinartists.net or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/140878 12/31: New Rising Sons Rock ’n’ Roll New Year’s Eve show. 8pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com

12/31: New Year’s Eve With Bart Hopkins Acoustic guitar in the lounge from 7-10pm. Party favors at midnight for those who stay and celebrate. 5-10pm. No cover. Station House Cafe, 11180 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1515. www.stationhousecafe.com

12/31: New Year’s Eve with The RevTones Rockabilly. Free champagne toast at midnight. 8:30pm-1:30am. Free. The Papermill Creek Saloon, 1 Castro St., Forest Knolls. 488-9235.

12/31: New Year’s Eve Party With the Jenny Kerr Band Americana. 9 p.m. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com

12/31: New Year’s Eve Royal Vagabond Cotillion With El Radio Fantastique Cabaret. Mystique. Dancing Girls. Waistcoats, Corsets and Sazerac Cocktails featuring Toulouse Lautrec’s Absinthe Bar. Midnight surprises. Festive attire encouraged and rewarded. With Super Bon Bon Fire Dancers, Audio Visual Delights, Rosey Lakos Camera Girl with her Novelty Vintage Photo Booth. 9pm-1am. $50. The Woods Music Hall at Mill Valley Masonic, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley. 389-6637. www.woodsmv.com

12/31: New Year’s Eve with Tom Finch Group Reggae/latin/rock. 9 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www. sleepingladyfairfax.com

12/31: New Year’s Eve with The Zydeco Flames Cajun fun for the new year party. 9pm.

BEST BET Marin’s Big, Warm, Fuzzy Heart The Center For Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin is once again offering well-deserved recognition to those in the community that put others first. As funds to serve community programs shrink beyond recognition, many nonprofit agencies are forced to cut salaries and services—despite the growing number of people and programs that could benefit greatly from the help that such organizations would love to offer. As a result, fewer people have the salaries they deserve for the amount of effort put into a day’s work and even more Heart of Marin awards—saluting the are volunteering—yes, working—for free. The volunteers who are truly the life-blood To give these do-gooders a big-hearted of Marin. dose of gratitude, the Center For Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership hosts its 18th annual HEART OF MARIN luncheon and award ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 6 11am-2pm at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $55. Reserve seats at www.cvnl.org or call (415) 479-5710 for more information. —Dani Burlison

The Mighty Flynn: Dylan Flynn returns to his roots Jan. 4 at the Sleeping Lady.

01/06: Notorious: Rock’n’Roll Machine

Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com

12/31:Lydia Pense and Cold Blood New Year’s Eve Bash Soul/blues diva. 9:30pm. $85-95. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 01/01: Chris Parreira Duo Guitar/Mandolin Folk-Americana duo from Arcata, CA. 9-11:45pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. 707-935-9100 . www.hopmonk.com 01/01: Nigel Healy Solo guitar. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 01/01: The Rancho Allstars Dance music. 7:30pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/02: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 4-6 p.m. Rancho Nicasio, One Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/02: Women in Music Series Lauralee Brown & Company. Jazz in the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/03: Blue Monday Jam Gail Muldrow and Jesse Kincaid, hosts. 8-11pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 01/04: Dylan Flynn Americana. 9 p.m. Free. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 01/04: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 01/05: The Machiavelvets Garage Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. The Panama Hotel, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. www.panamahotel.com 01/06: Audrey Moira Shimkas Quartet Jazz/ Pop. With Greg Sankovich, Lincoln Adler, Fred Randolph. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 847-8331. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 01/06: Emily Elbert Acoustic guitar, singer/songwriter. With Josh Hari, bass. 8 p.m. $15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

Live dance party/rock show. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 01/07: Ed Earley Band Party music. In the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 01/07: Lori Carsillo Trio Retro jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com

01/07: Miles Schon plus Tigercat and Friends Blues. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. georgesnightclub.com

Concerts 01/06: Cello and Piano Concert Dr. David Starkweather, cello. Dr. Gwendolyn Mok, piano. Concert featuring works of Beethoven, Cassado and Schubert. 7pm. $10. First Congregational Church, 8 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 479-2747. www.fccsanrafael.org 01/07: Timothy Dixon Piano and dulcimer. 5:306:45pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

Dance 01/08: Love2Dance “Beats of the Bay.” 6 p.m. $18-24. Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium, Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Theater/Auditions 12/31: Rita Abrams’ 5 Star Revue “Ring in the New Year.” Emmy Award-winning Abrams and her cast of Bay Area notables will serve up a concoction of hilarious songs and satire comprising the best

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01/01: Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show XVIII Political satirist Will Durst, comedians Johnny Steele and others present a show combining standup comedy, improvisation and loosely written sketches based on the major news events of 2010. 8pm. $21-24. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

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present a diversified program of various types of comedy performances featuring past comedy competition champ Paul Ogata headlining with finalist Maureen Langan. 9pm. $30. Showcase Theatre, Marin Civic Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800. www.marincenter.org

Michael Meehanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art is forged from salvaged materials and a sense of the absurd. A Punch Line Comedy Club regular and Late Late Show with peformer Craig Ferguson. 8pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

12/31: New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve Comedy and Music With Orny Adams and Mark Pitta. Live music with Austin DeLone, Jimmy Dillon and special guests. 7:30 p.m. $50. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com

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

Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org Through 01/19:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fall 2010 Exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Features new works by Judith Klausenstock, Melissa Adkison, Donna Solin and Bob Justice. Watercolors and pastels are showcased. 11am-4pm weekdays. Free. Gallery 305 at TCSD Office, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. www.tcsd.us

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exhibition of art works displaying the expressive nature, importance and impact of drawing. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin County Civic Center, 1st and 3rd Floor Galleries, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 01/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Show of Handsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 presents its annual show which features more than 85 affordable pieces. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www.artworksdowntown.org

Marin/Golden Gate Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women. Exhibit accessible only during venue events. 7-11pm. Free. Redwood Foyer, Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts. org

Exhibition of smaller art works for sale. Free. Molinar Gallery, 34 Main St., Tiburon. 261-7888. www. molinarigallery.com

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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. www.alexfriedmantapestry.com

Through 01/08: Small Wonders Holiday Bazaar Shop locally and support local artists at the Marin Arts Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art exhibit/sale featuring tiny treasures and large luxuries by Marin Artists. 11 am to 6 pm Tues to Sat. Free. Marin Arts Council Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www. marinarts.org Through 01/16:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Roadside Distractionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eric Engstrom, new works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Into the Deep.â&#x20AC;? Group exhibition with works by Susan Brayton, Pam Fabry, Susan Sasso, Wen-Hui Shen and Ayumi Kie Weissbuch. Artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talk 3pm Jan. 9. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org Through 01/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rock Of Our Agesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Work of three Jewish rock photographers, co-sponsored by Marin Rocks of the Marin History Museum Center.

Through 01/31: Group Photography Exhibition Images from 12 local photographers. 6:30pm. Free. The Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 388-3569. www.theimageflow. com

Through 02/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mark Chatterley: New Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Features large-scale ceramic sculptures placed throughout the garden terraces surrounding the gallery. 10am-5pm. Free. A New Leaf gallery| sculpture site, 23588 Highway 121, Sonoma. 707933-1300. www.sculpturesite.com

Through 03/17: Baulines Craft Guild Master Show â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paths in Studio Craft.â&#x20AC;? The celebrated guild, renowned for its apprentice program presents a group show. Reception 4:30pm. Jan. 13. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 . www. marinarts.org

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Through 12/31: Louise A. Boyd Exhibition 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. www.marinhistory.org

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Week of Dec. 30, 2010 – Jan. 5, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Out with the old year and in with the new. As an Aries, you are fearless about starting fresh, so you’re ready to move on and never look back. This particular holiday weekend provides the energy of an enthusiastic Sagittarius moon. Expect any NYE party to remain high-spirited long into the next morning. 2011 presents opportunities to revamp your career, but perhaps at the expense of your relationship. Try to remember, it can be lonely at the top. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) As 2010 comes to a close, it is tempting to look back and review the last year. But, in fact, your chart offers great opportunities if you look to the future. Upbeat Jupiter and spontaneous Uranus are offering to expand your circle of friends, while responsible Saturn is focused on keeping you fit. Meanwhile, perceptive Pluto is determined to broaden your horizons via opening your mind to alternative viewpoints. Goodbye, obstinate. Hello, objective. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The mushy moon in your relationship house thinks the perfect number for celebrating New Year’s Eve is two—just you and your sweetie. On the other hand, the boisterous duo of expansive Jupiter and excitement-junkie Uranus in your house of group activities insist that “the more the merrier”. As if you weren’t already of two minds—just by being a Gemini, right? Meanwhile, now that your ruler (rational Mercury) is moving forward again, logic returns. You may now rewrite some of your wackier resolutions. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Being a lunar-influenced sign has its benefits. New Year’s Eve in the upbeat sign of Sagittarius can put you in a happy mood for the festivities. Sometimes you do your best to hide away until the crowds thin out, but not this year. Break out the dancing shoes and get ready to leave your shell behind. On Monday, the emphasis is on your opposite sign of Capricorn, turning you serious about what sort of goals to set for 2011. Then, on Tuesday, a solar eclipse may add an unusual twist to your love life. Stay limber. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Certainly, you are capable of wearing casual attire. However, when it comes to New Year’s Eve, the sky is the limit and no one can compete with Leo when it comes to making an entrance. Some of you will be dressed to the nines, while others will make blue jeans look like haute couture. But, no matter how you are dressed, your sunny smile lights up any environment. Meanwhile, Tuesday’s solar eclipse helps you understand the dark and light sides of ambition. Just because you CAN seduce someone into doing something, doesn’t mean you should.... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) So much fun to have, so little time. The celestial energies are gathered in your house of romance, creativity and entertainment. Having a Happy New Year should be a piece of cake (or a glass of bubbly if you prefer). And, now that your ruler (clever Mercury) is moving forward again, putting together your resolutions for 2011 is far less challenging. Monday is a powerful day as you are both inspired and inspiring. The next year is filled with opportunities to profoundly influence others via your creativity. All you have to do is believe. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Serious Saturn in your sign may try to convince you to stay home this weekend and work on your list of resolutions and goals for 2011. Fortunately, you can ignore Saturn. Your ruler (luscious Venus) remains in the seductive sign of Scorpio, which means that spending New Year’s Eve alone is both unwise and unlikely. After Sunday, a strong emphasis on the security sector of your chart provides insight into what really makes you feel loved, comforted and safe. Chances are the agents of the TSA are not involved.... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) New Year’s Eve is not a passive activity where you stay home and watch the festivities on TV—at least not THIS year. With sociable Venus in your sign and excitable Uranus in your house of self-expression, you’re meant to be toasting, kissing, and throwing confetti with the rest of us. As for 2011, your ruler (powerful Pluto) remains in the down-to-earth sign of Capricorn. Whether you feel stuck in the mud or comfortably grounded all depends on your outlook. Happy New Year? SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The moon in your sign for New Year’s Eve makes you quite sentimental. Usually not one to dwell on the past, you are happy to spend at least part of the weekend reliving the positive 2010 memories with family and friends. As for making plans for 2011, your resolutions should include transforming your value system. The less importance you give to money, the more you will enjoy others aspects of your life. They say the best things in life are free. It’s time to give that expression a little respect. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) One of the lovely things about Capricorn is the tendency to age in reverse. You enter the world with a rather serious and mature manner, but as you become older, you start to feel and act younger. This is not to suggest you want a Barbie doll or GI Joe action figure for your birthday, but you may notice a difference in priorities. Picture a couple of ladders. One is supposed to lead to success. The other leads to an exciting water slide. So, what do you think, Birthday Kid? Is it time to turn in the briefcase for a swimsuit? AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The moon in your friendship house makes the New Year’s weekend a great time for festive get-togethers. However, on Monday and Tuesday, you are meant to experience a connection to the collective unconscious that could strongly enhance your intuition—thanks in part to a new moon solar eclipse. This can seem confusing, but in fact it is visionary. Tune in to the right frequency and you will enter 2011 with it all figured out. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Electrifying Uranus doesn’t care what you do for New Year’s Eve as long as it’s exciting and shocking. As for 2011, it’s good news/bad news in regards to your finances. The good news is that expansive Jupiter enters your money house, fattening your wallet in the process. The pitfalls coming your way revolve around taxes, inheritances and joint resources. So if you think you can cheat the IRS or hide some personal property from your (ex) mate, think again.✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 31, 2010 – JANUARY 6, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125462 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CLS EXECUTIVE SERVICES, 248 LAUREL PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHONA SOMMERS, 248 LAUREL PLACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 18, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125566 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE FIND, 1218 SAN ANSELMO AVE, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: TIMOTHY WELDON, 63 YOLANDA DR., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 7, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 7, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125556 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL AUTO SALES, 1610 FOURTH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TUVIA SNITER, 1614 FOURTH ST., 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 December 6, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125549 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MY JUNGLE MATH, 230 REDWOOD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973: DOROTHY JEAN COX, 230 REDWOOD AVE., WOODACRE, CA 94973. 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 December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125536 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DOGS IN THE HOUSE PET SITTING SERVICE, 301 G STREET APT. 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CYNTHIA J. PARENTEAU, 301 G STREET APT. 5, 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 June 2003. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025545 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GALLI & GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: PETER O GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; FRANK C GALLI, 700 LARKSPUR LANDING CIRCLE SUITE 234, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125546 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STEVE FABER, YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT CRUISE SPECIALIST, CRUISEONE, 17 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEVEN FABER, 17 ESCALON DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on February 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 3, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125437 The following individual(s) is (are) doing

business as ALOJAH DESIGNS, 1385 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: KEALA VANDYCK, 1385 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 15, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PREMIER YORKIE, 568 SEAVER DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RYAN DEBATTISTA, 568 SEAVER DRIVE, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 24, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125479 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALIFORNIA MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION SERVICE, 400 TAMAL PLAZA, SUITE 405, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: JAMES R. PARROTT, 64 MOHAWK AVE., 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 November 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125471 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ONA GALLERY, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRADON STIEG, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; SARA STIEG, 27 JORDAN ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 19, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 19, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025388 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SF WATER TAXI; MARIN WATER TAXI; SAUSALITO WATER TAXI; TIBURON WATER TAXI; NAPA WATER TAXI; WINE COUNTRY WATER TAXI; ANGEL ISLAND WATER TAXI, 83 SAINT THOMAS WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920: JEFF MOSELEY, 83 SAINT THOMAS WAY, TIBURON, CA 94920. 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: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125482 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAPPHIRE BRANDS, 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VINUM WINE SALES, LLC., 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. 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 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 2010) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125494 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VITRUM WINES; VITRUM WINE WORKS; BLACK DIAMOND SPIRITS, 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VINUM WINE SALES, LLC., 1717 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 29, 2010 . This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 10, 17, 24, 31, 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 STUDIOS 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on October 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KAIN ENTERPRISE, 67 CANNON OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CHRISTOPHER KAIN, 67 CANNON OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 16, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125602 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HYPERSAFE, 35 TAMALPAIS AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: RICHARD MOLLENKOPF, 35 TAMALPAIS AVE. #3, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 2, 1995. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125613 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CCMW PARTNERSHIP, 2165 FRANCISCO BLVD. EAST, SUITE G, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHRISTOPHER D COCHRANE, 865 OCEAN AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; DAVID H COCHRANE, 865 OCEAN AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801; BRIAN MOORE, 1138 INGRAM DR., SONOMA, CA 95476; ELIZABETH WALD, 1138 INGRAM DR., SONOMA, CA 95476. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 17, 24, 31; January 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125630 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS; DESCOM STUDIOS, 819 A STREET, SUITE 30, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KIKI LA PORTA, 25 GLEN DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on May 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 13 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125620 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EDG INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN, 1201 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ENGSTROM DESIGN GROUP, INC., 1201 FIFTH AVE., 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 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 13 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125664 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HUB PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 1301 QUARRY COURT #102, RICHMOND, CA 94801: SOUS SISTERS, LLC., 1301 QUARRY COURT #102, RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 17, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 17 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FAIRCHILD BROMS DESIGN, 5 PINE CT., KENTFIELD, CA 94904: JESSICA FAIRCHILD, 5 PINE CT., KENTFIELD, CA 94904; KAI BROMS, 5 PINE CT., KENTFIELD, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 14, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 9, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011)

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125646 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PORTER CAPITAL MANAGEMENT CO., 300 DRAKES LANDING RD. STE. 175, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: JEFFREY PORTER, 300 DRAKES LANDING RD. STE. 175, GREENBRAE, CA 94904; SEAN LAMB, 300 DRAKES LANDING RD. STE. 175, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 3, 1993. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 15, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125640 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTISANS/ ARTISANS ART GALLERY, 67 OAKMONT AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ARTISANS (A CALIFORNIA BENEFIT CORPORATION-NONPROFIT), 67 OAKMONT AVE., 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 1978. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 14, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125691 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as C.L.O.U.D. CONNECTION, 141 RAFAEL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOEL MICHAEL TOTH, 141 RAFAEL DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 22, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125681 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CHEF MANUELA SCALINI, 2269 CHESTNUT STREET #250, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123: MANUELA SCALINI, 2269 CHESTNUT STREET #250, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94123. 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 December 21, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125693 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN THRESHOLD CHOIR, 12 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JANE ROCKWOOD CHAUDHURI, 12 HILLVIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an indi-

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997 All Other Legals PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO 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. SAUSALITO 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: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011 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) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: RENA CHEZKIAN: UNIT #427; DONNA HICKEY: UNIT #208; STANLEY HUDSON: UNIT #D-104; CRIS & ROGER NOTEWARE: UNIT #231; RAY GORDON: UNIT #533; SALLY ALLEMANG: UNIT #RA02; SANDRA SMITH: UNIT #D-49. Pacific Sun: (December 24, 31, 2010) STATEMENT OF WITHDRAWAL FROM PARTNERSHIP UNDER FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File Number 201127 The following person(s) has/have withdrawn as a general partner(s) from operating under the following fictitious business name (s). The information give below is at is appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME(S): ELEMENT DESIGN GROUP, 3 JESSUP STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 FILED IN MARIN COUNTY ON: 1/6/09 UNDER FILE NO. 119500 REGISTRANT’S NAME(S): BENJAMIN DUTRO, 176 PERALTA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on Decermber 14, 2010. (Pacific Sun: December 24, 31; January 7, 14, 2011)

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›› TRiViA CAFÉ ANSWERS From page 8 1. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the region’s worst in 200 years 2a. Kathryn Bigelow, whose film The Hurt Locker, won Best Picture 2b. Sandra Bullock 2c. Gabourey Sidibe 3a. New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 3b. Men’s: Duke Women’s: University of Connecticut 4. Volcanic ash after the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull (pronounced just as written) 5. Deepwater Horizon oil rig 6. Jan Brewer 7. Pablo Picasso 8. To provide aid and supplies for Gaza; Israel had tightened the border after months of rocket attacks from Gaza. 9. Elena Kagan 10. Apple, the maker of iPods, iPhones and iPads 11. Bruno Mars 12. Afghanistan (surprise!) 13a. Chicago Blackhawks 13b. The LA Lakers 13c. Serena Williams and Spain’s Rafael Nadal 14a. South Africa 14b. Spain defeated Netherlands 1-0 15. China 16. Sarah Shourd 17a. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg 17b. Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right 17c. Toy Story 3 17d. Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland 18. Copper and gold 19a. Katy Perry and Russell Brand 19b. Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky 19c. Prince William, son of Charles and Diana; they met at University of St. Andrews in Scotland 20.Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers 21. John Boehner of Ohio 22. Bristol Palin 23. “Don’t ask, don’t tell”

I’d love your take on a bizarre first date. I suggested happy hour drinks, but he wanted to take me to dinner, and picked a really nice restaurant. When we were ordering, he suggested we play “a fun game,” which entailed closing our eyes and picking a number (the entrees were numbered). I said OK, then he said I couldn’t pick numbers between 20 and 25 because those entrees were expensive. Completely disenchanted, I opened my eyes and chose something cheap. Later, the bill came, and sat and sat. He finally picked it up, muttered audibly about who had what, and eventually put his card out. Obviously, I turned down his request for a second date.—Not Into “Games”

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Just think of the “fun game” he had in store for date two—probably something like “Close your eyes, Babe, and pretend we aren’t under a bridge waiting in line for free soup.” It’s a tough economy, and people are increasingly worried that they’ll be dining on Fancy Feast casserole at 80 (or 45). More than ever, men need to be wary of gold diggers. But this guy had good intel that you aren’t one of them. The girl who suggests happy hour drinks is not the girl who orders the lobster dinner— and then adds, “Oh, and can I get another one of those to go?” He’s the one who chose to up the price tag of getting to know you. The reasonable assumption would be that he was inviting you, not you and your Visa card. Assuming he didn’t lose his job between “Pick you up at 8?” and appetizers, he’s either a pathological cheapskate trying to pass himself off as Mr. Big Spender or is convinced that all women are out to milk ’n’ bilk him. Either way, a date with him seems like a twist on “L’Oreal—because you’re worth it.” His motto: “Don’t even think of incurring the $2 substitution fee for onion rings— because you’re not.” The ironic thing is, even if you’d picked one of the pricier entrees, how much more would it have cost him...$10 plus tip? He ended up spending a whole bunch of money on a girl who now never wants to see him again—charming as some may find it when a guy mutters over the check, “Let’s see, you had that extra packet of ketchup—that’s probably two cents right there...”

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I sympathize with “On Hold,” the guy sick of girls saying they wanted to see him again and then not returning his calls. Why do women think it’s OK to ignore a guy—the guy they let buy them dinner...the very same guy they agreed to see again when he walked them to their car?!—Been There, Resented That

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When a woman isn’t returning your call, you want to hope for the best— that it’s because she died, is still in a coma or was kidnapped by Bolivian terrorists while picking up a prescription at the drugstore. But, you know—we all know—what no callback almost always means. And it isn’t that women think it’s OK to ignore a guy. It’s just that lying and saying they’ll see him again seems kinder and less awkward than being honest to his face. Sure, a woman could say something vaguely honest, like “I just don’t think it’s going to happen for us.” But, the guy could end up pressing her for what’s really on her mind: “You aren’t as cute as I thought you’d be, and you chew like you’re bad in bed.” By the way, it isn’t just women who’ll say whatever it takes to close the door on a date. Men will pledge a sincere-sounding “I’ll call you!” while thinking “You sucked the oxygen out of the room. Couldn’t you hear the sound of my brain cells dying?” Shaking your fist at the sky because rejection doesn’t come in your preferred form won’t make it any less a rejection; it’ll just make you increasingly bitter, making you increasingly unattractive to women. Understand that not getting a promised callback is a common side effect of modern dating—especially if it was a first date, especially if it originated on the Internet. When you’re just getting to know a woman, make dates cheap, short and local—drinks rather than dinner. Hope for the best, but until a woman’s getting into your car to go on date two, think of “I’d love to see you again” as an announcement akin to “I’m going to go home and give birth to a litter of squirrels.” ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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