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›› LETTERS Only thing America No. 1 in these days As a result of the Tucson massacre, I was amazed to hear some advocate that students and teachers should carry guns, that there was a run on gun stores in Arizona and that a former FBI agent was quoted as saying there was no way of preventing this from happening again! Statistics from other developed countries (with strict gun laws) show otherwise. In 2003 there were 65 gun murders in Australia, 68 in the U.K., 165 in Canada, 255 in France and 11,127 in the U.S.! There is no doubt in my mind that more recent statistics are even worse. I think we should all watch Michael Moore’s film about violence in America, Bowling for Columbine, then meet with neighbors and friends to discuss how we can put an end to this senseless carnage. Ann Troy, San Anselmo

God should copyright image, sue us all for infringement... Michelangelo’s image of God on the Sistine Chapel, circa 1510.

If Nikki Silverstein’s confession about pulling Santa’s beard at Christmas as a child was gauche [Christmas? Bubkes Humbug! Dec. 24], how should we judge letter writer Richard Huber’s response [“Bet She’d Unmask the Lone Ranger Given Half a Chance!” Jan. 14]?

What can media self-examination or political anguish about poisonous rhetoric this week hope to accomplish? Unless those who hold different opinions on any subject can argue with civility, our free speech society will continue to fail. No human being has lived without ever feeling like the “other” at some time in life. Jew or Christian, Muslim, Buddhist—if we are all made in the image of God, let’s show some respect for “intelligent design.” Marian Blanton, San Rafael

‘The Miser Brothers proudly armed with shot glasses’ Upon seeing the cover to the Dec. 24 edition of the Pacific Sun I could not help but notice that some of my favorite childhood characters were not only intoxicated, but just plain wasted. Santa Claus was sitting in a pile of his vomit, the Miser Brothers proudly armed with shot glasses, and a clearly underage child from Frosty the Snowman had his eyes closed showing nothing but belligerent bliss. These characters are not only sending the message that drinking to that extent is OK, but welcomed among young people. This cover obviously lacks some much-needed discretion and shows nothing but a complete demoralization of childhood characters while sanctioning drinking among youth. Within a county where underage drinking is a major problem, you are doing nothing but enabling the issue. Being a youth myself and living in Marin County where I see firsthand the issues that our county is facing around alcohol use among minors, this issue is especially relevant to me and not only was I extremely disturbed by the



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Editor’s note: Thanks for writing Zoe. It’s encouraging to see today’s Marin youth taking an active interest in such issues as underage alcohol abuse— Now, if you want to make and voicing their the argument that Frosty opinions with the is shilling for Big Tobacco, that’s another story... county’s major media outlet. But, for the record, we’d like to correct a few things. First, the character in the illustration enjoying “belligerent bliss” is not a child, but the elf “Hermey” from the 1965 TV special Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer. While short in stature, the elves working so tirelessly at Santa’s workshop are all adults—either that or Kringle Inc. is in serious violation of international child-labor laws. Second, there were no characters depicted from the 1969 Christmas cartoon Frosty the Snowman; while our image was an homage to the iconic Rankin/Bass classics from the 1960s, we felt that even Marin’s family-friendliest of alehouses were no place for Karen and Hocus Pocus. As we explained last week, the drawing accompanied a story about the many public houses in Marin where county adults could unwind and decompress following another stressful holiday season—and we see nothing wrong with the idea that Santa and his workforce might toast the New Year, as well.

‘Ruining lives,’ it’s what we do... I confess that I miss a few issues of the Pacific Sun here and there. Still, I’d like

to comment on last week’s Letters page: Regarding the letter from Paul Smith [“Now Italians Pack Their Groceries in Giant Tubes of Cannelloni...”] who wrote, “I guess I have to re-think my opinion of Marin.” Great idea, Paul! Will you let us know what you come up with? Regarding Richard Huber who wrote, “I don’t hate Jews, but...” He may not be anti-Semitic, but he is definitely an a--hole. Regarding Liza Stuhlbarg [“Why Are the Elves Drinking?”] who wrote, “Thanks to this cover [image of Rankin/Bass cartoon characters at a bar], I had to have an awkward conversation with my niece.” The first of many, I hope. It seems the common thread among these letters is a strange sense of entitlement. Gosh, forced to reassess your subjective opinion of an entire county? Forced to talk to children about important issues? Oh the humanity! If only the Pacific Sun would stop ruining their lives! Lol. Still, better than the typical screed from that angry troll, Marcia Blackman... Nat Seligson, San Rafael

With apologies, Nat... For all the voters who voted to tax themselves for the SMART train [“Is the SMART Train Still on Track?” Dec. 31], I have a bridge to sell them in Brooklyn; as soon as I stop laughing. For all the voters who believed the rhetoric, “We’re from the government and we’re going to make your commute a breeze, just give us more $$$,” you’d probably believe that Bernie Madoff was your good friend and will show you how to invest and get rich. Do the voters ever learn? When do they stop believing in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus? Government’s job is to blow sunshine up your asses and get you to pay them for it... and when you start understanding that, you’ll start voting “no” when it sounds too good to be true. Since they distort the truth about everything, I just vote “no” on everything—that way I don’t feel like the fool they think we all are. Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at ›› JANUARY 21 - JANUARY 27, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 7


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ajor sewage spills in the Ross Valley Sanitary District late last month polluted Corte Madera Creek and uncovered a breakdown in communications and notification procedures that for days left many people unaware a major event had occurred. The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the cause of the spills. “While the investigation is underway, the district is not at liberty to further discuss the spill events,” according to a press release issued by the district Jan. 5. A request for information not directly related to the spills went unanswered by district staff. According to reports the Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) filed with the state Water Resources Control Board, the first spill occurred on Dec. 18 in Kentfield. It totaled 842,630 gallons. The district recovered some of the spill, but 737,278 gallons flowed into stormwater drains that empty into Corte Madera Creek and then into the bay just north of the Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve. That spill was caused by construction debris blocking the sewer. How the debris got into the system is under investigation. A second and much larger spill occurred Dec. 22 at Bon Air Road and South Eliseo Drive when a pipe failure in a berm along Corte Madera Creek spewed 1.84 million

gallons of sewage. The district recovered a portion of the spill. According to the RVSD report to the Water Resources Control Board, 1,529,155 gallons flowed into the creek. A third spill also occurred on Dec. 22 in a different location on South Eliseo. It sent 8,650 gallons of sewage into the creek. That much raw sewage—2,275,083 gallons—flowing into a creek that rowers and kayakers regularly use should warrant immediate notification. But many who live along the creek and boat on it say they were unaware of the hazards for days. The state has strict requirements for reporting what the Water Resources Control Board calls “sanitary sewer overflows.” Sanitary districts are required to notify the state Office of Emergency Services, the local health department and the regional water board “as soon as possible, but not later than two hours after becoming aware” of an incident the size and nature of the three spills in the Ross Valley district. The district says it met all of the requirements, including sending notification to the local health department. But Rebecca Ng, deputy director at Marin County Environmental Health Services, says her office didn’t receive notification from the sanitary district until two days after the Dec. 18 spill. And it was another day before anyone in her department was aware the district had 10 >

›› NEWSGRAMS Mobile Home park in the headlights Folks living at the Contempo Marin mobile home park in San Rafael are under renewed heat from landlord Equity LifeStyle Properties, as the nearly 400 residents have been told bring the park up to meet safety code standards by Jan. 20, or face eviction. Contempo Marin was the target of a recent state Department of Housing and Community Development inspection—its second in a little more than two years—and was found to have nearly 200 violations that need fixing—from cracks in cement to electrical dangers. The state has given mobile home owners and park managers until the end of February to fix the problems—if violations persist, the DHCD may suspend the park’s operating permit. Contempo homeowners and Equity LifeStyle have been feuding for years over a San Rafael mobile-home rent control ordinance that keeps the fee for their parcels at less than half the going rate. Residents allege Equity could use the DHCD violations as an excuse to evict those mobile home owners still under the rent control. Another inspection was scheduled for Jan. 20.—Jason Walsh Seafood watchdogs trawling for mercury violators Buying swordfish and tuna at California grocery stores is like swimming with sharks, says the Forest Knolls-based mercury-in-fish watchdog group The group says it spent 2010 purchasing seafood from various markets across the state and then took its haul to an independent mercury-testing lab, Micro Analytical Systems, Inc., to evaluate the levels of the neurotoxin. Mercury is common in fish, but levels can elevate due to the plethora of human-made toxins in the oceans. Its report, released this week, found swordfish and ahi and yellowfin tuna to be most often in violation of state-mandated mercury levels of 0.5 parts per million—swordfish averaged 1.47 ppm and the tunas averaged a hair above 0.4 ppm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements aren’t as strict as California’s—the FDA says fish must remain below a level of 1 ppm. “Perhaps the most significant point of this sampling,” the report states, “is that nearly one-third of the fish purchased at grocery stores contains levels of mercury the United States has deemed unsafe for consumption and more than half the retailers did not post mercury advisory signs.” The Marin markets taken to task in the study for not posting advisory signs include Safeway in San Anselmo, Trader Joe’s in San Rafael and United Market in San Rafael. Whole Foods in San Rafael and United Markets in San Rafael and San Anselmo were among the stores that the study alleges contained higher levels of mercury in its swordfish and tuna than the state recommends. Critics of GotMercury have said the study is masking its real agenda—to ultimately limit commercial fishing, as a benefit to the Forest Knolls-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project, which is fighting to prevent sea turtles from being swept up in giant fishing nets.—JW

Mystery writer Joe Gores, 1932-2011 Acclaimed San Anselmo crime-fiction author Joe Gores died Jan. 10 at the age of 79. Gores’ writing career spanned four decades and included 16 novels and 10 > 8 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 21, 2011 - JANUARY 27, 2011


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1. What Marin County town, sometimes referred to as “the hidden jewel of Marin,”covers only 3.2 square miles of land and 1.2 square miles of water? 2. We have seven vertebrae in our necks. Giraffes have how many: seven, 12 or 16? 3. Traveling in Scotland in 1885, Philadelphian James Fox witnessed a sporty activity that impressed him so much, he brought it back to America, promoted it and it really caught on. What is it? 4. The last time this consumable product was advertised on American television was Jan. 2, 1971. What is it? 5. Pictured, left: Last Sunday (Jan.16), these actors won Golden Globes for their TV roles portraying actual people. Name them all. 5a. He won the Best Actor award for playing a controversial doctor. 5b. She won the Best Actress award for playing an autistic woman who is an animal advocate. 6. What kind of rock, whose name comes from the Latin word for fire, is formed from cooling magma or lava? 7. Who are the only two non-presidents whose faces are shown on U.S. paper currency—in what denominations? 8. Fill in the missing word in the titles of these literary classics: 8a. Jane Austen wrote Pride and __________ 8b. Charles Dickens wrote The Old ________ Shop 8c. Somerset Maugham wrote Of Human _______ 9. In 1997 Dr. Joseph Vacanti and his team in Boston made history when they grew what human body party on the back of a mouse? 10. Mount Everest, the world’s tallest, lies on the border of what two countries? BONUS QUESTION: Someone who studies “pistology” is interested in which of the following: guns, plants or theology?

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± Debbie Hanks, eighthgrade teacher at Hill Middle School in Novato, had her class read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. To give students a better understanding of WWII and its impact, Hanks invited Simon Spiegelman, grandfather of Hill Middle School student Jack Buzian, to speak to the class last month. Spiegelman recalled his family’s perilous escape from the Nazi occupation of his hometown in Antwerp, Belgium. Just 11 years old, he and his family hid in small towns throughout France and Spain before immigrating to the United States in a crowded ship filled with refugees. Spiegelman encouraged the students to always vote, question leaders and practice tolerance. We name Simon Spiegelman our Hero of the Week for sharing his story and teaching our young people important lessons.

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if they don’t want to. “My answer was that if a woman has squeamish feelings about things like that,” noted Randy, “she shouldn’t be in the business.” But such taboo subjects were only foreplay leading up to what the younglings really wanted to know about—lesbians. “Another little girl asked, ‘Are lesbians hookers, too?’” recounted the county courtesan. “And all I said was that some are and some aren’t—I’ve got no hang-ups.” But what really peeved the procuress was the press’s insinuation that she talked about specific encounters with clients; “I really thought that was the most unjust,” Randy told the reporter, “because I did not.” In truth, the guest lecturer/fallen woman had discussed specific encounters with mass murderers—such as the time she was almost picked up by a man, but caught “bad vibes” from him when he propositioned her in a bar. “Several days later he was arrested for decapitating nine people,” Randy told the students, as a warning against hitchhiking. As for the allegation that she distributed pornographic material to the classes, scoffed the sensuous speechifier, that was an outright lie. “I took pamphlets along about COYOTE that [founder] Margo St. James stuffed in my hands before I came, so that I could refer to for statistics,” explained Randy. But it wasn’t her intention, she said, to distribute them to the children. But after her titillating Q&A, she said, so many students bum-rushed her for phone numbers that she lost track of the pamphlets—which soon ended up in the hands of the innocent. On one of the pamphlets instructing people how to get in touch with COYOTE, she explained, “there was this cartoon where there’s this vice squad officer and obviously a prostitute in a hotel and, well, he’s undressed or something...” In the end Randy chalked the whole ordeal up to the hypocrisy of society, which says, “Yes it’s all right to let the prostitute speak... but don’t show a picture of that thing that’s supposed to be disgusting.” Concluded Randy: “I felt they made me sound like a frivolous fluff, when my presentation was very educational.” ✹



Charges that Tam High students get all the county education perks were pretty hard to deny 35 years ago, years ago especially after students were treated to an afternoon with a high-priced prostitute named “Randy.” It was the Career Day to end all Career Days, in January of 1976, when the late-night seductress had been invited to address Marin youngsters on behalf of COYOTE, the San Francisco-based “loose women’s organization” that was lobbying for public awareness of prostitution issues. Randy had come to talk about her work with COYOTE (Call Off Your Tired Old Ethics) to students in what she assumed were feminist-friendly c l a s s e s — ” Wo m e n Then and Now” and “Women in Literature.” But little did she expect that of the thousands of encounters she’d had over the years, this is the one that would leave the 31-year-old siren feeling so used. The “lady lecturer Randy, 1976. of the evening” had come to debate such serious, hot-button issues of the day as the decriminalization of prostitution, sexworkers’ rights and gender discrimination in solicitation arrests. But the one-trackminded Tam students had other ideas. “These kids just snowballed,” Randy lamented to Pacific Sun reporter Debra Ghiringhelli following her rendezvous with more than 100 students. “The part that makes me feel bad about what happened is that I was not out of line, I didn’t use any foul words—and I did not say what they accused me of in the IJ paper.” Randy was referring to an editorial that ran in the Independent Journal following her appearance that asked, “Should parents be forced to send their daughters to a public school where they may, in effect, be recruited for prostitution?” While the IJ debated the pros and cons of indoctrinating county lasses into sexual servitude, Randy wanted to set the record straight about a few things. To begin with, she did not talk about oral sex. Or, at least, she didn’t talk about it very much. “My whole conversation about oral sex was three entire sentences,” defended the fish-net-stockinged strumpet. Randy related the alleged exchange—it seems one “little girl,” as Randy awkwardly described her, asked whether prostitutes have to perform oral sex

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² When a bad guy robs an adult in idyllic Marin, we feel uneasy. But, when a criminal goes after a kid, we feel downright huffy. Last Sunday night, police arrested a 32-year-old Novato man, Richard Wayne Lewis Jr., for allegedly stealing a video camera from a 16-year-old boy. Right there on Grant Avenue, the man reportedly threatened the boy and snatched his camera. Police caught the suspect, who was already on probation, near the location of the shameful incident. Hey Accused Robber, if you’re going to steal, at least pick on someone your own size. Jeez. The kid’s half your age. You’re not only our alleged Zero of the Week, you’re also our alleged Bully of the Year. —Nikki Silverstein

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< 8 Sanitary district mucks up response sent the notification. “We did not get any phone calls, no voice mails, emails, anything until something was faxed to our office.” Ng says the fax was dated Monday, Dec. 20, and it was sent just after 5pm. Her office closes at 4pm. “We do have some people who stay later, but clerical isn’t here, and whoever is here doesn’t always look at the fax machine because it’s in a corner.” No one saw the fax until the following morning, Dec. 21, three days after the spill. That demonstrates the hazard of a fax notification: The sending party cannot be certain anyone on the other end has read the material, unless the sender follows up with a phone call. The same breakdown in communications happened in Larkspur, when the sanitary district notified the city about the larger spill, according to Larkspur Councilman Len Rifkin. “I saw in my [council meeting] packet that there was a fax from the sanitary district at [about] 11:30 at night on Dec. 24 [two days after the spill]. Come on. That’s Christmas Eve. That’s just wholly inadequate.” Rifkin and his fellow councilmembers have asked the Larkspur city manager to meet with RVSD staff to develop notification procedures, “so if you guys have a spill, you let us know.” Ng says the fax her office received Dec. 21 stated the spill was a “thousand gallons, and it did not talk about going into any water body.” Based on that, the county thought most of sewage had been recovered. On Dec. 22, RVSD called county environmental

health services. Ng asked for a clarification of the “thousand gallons.” She was told the fax actually said “thousands of gallons.” Ng said that information was illegible on the fax. Ng asked if all of the sewage had been recovered, and received an answer that the district had vacuumed it. In the course of that conversation, Ng learned about the second and larger spill on Bon Air and South Eliseo. She was told the district was “in the process of containing it and vacuuming it.” When she asked about the volume of the second spill, she received an answer that it was “thousands of gallons.” The fax and the phone calls from RVSD left environmental health services with the impression that the spills were relatively minor and the creek unaffected. It wasn’t until Ng received a phone call from a reporter that she learned the situation was much worse. “We were not given accurate information” by the sanitary district, says Ng. In addition to notifying county agencies, sanitary districts must notify the state. The California Emergency Management Agency usually would send a report to the county regarding a major sewage spill—but days passed and no word from the state was forthcoming. “The county Office of Emergency Services called up there and asked why we had not received a report,” says Ng. It turned out the state had not acted quickly because according to the information the sanitary district provided, the spills were minor and no water body had been affected. The state emergency agency

< 8 Newsgrams many short stories. In 1969, Gores received an Edgar Award (as in Edgar Allan Poe) from the Mystery Writers of America for best debut novel for his first book, A Time of Predators. His most recent effort may have been his best—Spade & Archer, a prequel to The Maltese Falcon that was given the green light by the descendants of Dashiell Hammett. The book featured famed detective Sam Spade searching for clues to a murder throughout the mean streets and dark alleys of Marin County. Reports are that Gores died of a stomach hemorrhage.—JW

Sheriff won’t enforce SmartMeter moratorium In an effort to put muscle behind a moratorium on the installation of PG&E’s controversial SmartMeters, county supervisors were hoping to authorize a citation for violation of the ban on the meters. But county Sheriff Robert Doyle says the moratorium has no teeth and his office won’t enforce it. Regulation of utility meters falls under the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission—thus any county or city moratorium is largely symbolic. But supervisors were hoping the creation of the citation would bring the matter to the courts—and at the very least slow, perhaps even temporarily halt, the installation of the meters, which have stirred up the community over the possible adverse health effects from exposure to the radio frequencies emitted from such wireless meters. The sheriff quarreled with the supervisors over the matter earlier this week in a closed-door meeting; Supervisor Steve Kinsey is said to have been particularly frustrated by Doyle’s unwillingness to support the moratorium. Kinsey’s district includes much of West Marin, where recent acts of civil disobedience by SmartMeter foes have led to sheriff intervention when residents tried to physically block meter installers from several properties in Inverness.—JW EXTRA! EXTRA! Post your Marin news at ››

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“thought it was no big deal,” says Ng. It was a big deal for people who row and kayak on the creek. Sandy Armstrong, executive director at the Marin Rowing Association, says the association heard about the Dec. 18 spill only when Larkspur Councilman Larry Chu contacted the association Dec. 24. “We didn’t hear anything until then,” says Armstrong. Chu sent an email that said, “Information is trickling out about the sewage spill from last Saturday.” Chu, the city of Larkspur and the Rowing Association would learn later about the larger Dec. 22 spill. The Rowing Association immediately alerted its members to row at their own risk—but that was a week after the first spill. After learning about the Dec. 22 spill, the Rowing Association went to a “no one is allowed to row” status. Signs along the creek appeared after the weekend. That was days after the second spill. “Ross Valley never contacted us directly,” says Armstrong. This isn’t the first time that faulty notification procedures have hampered sanitary districts in Marin. In 2008 a major winter spill in southern Marin drew attention to breaks in communications. And Garril Page, who lives in the Ross Valley district, filed a lawsuit charging the district, under a previous board, with inadequate repair and replacement of aging infrastructure, allowing sewage to flow into streams leading to the bay and failure to report sewage spills. The district signed a consent decree and agreed to create plans to ameliorate the problems. The district has embarked on a major pipeline rehabilitation program. It was one of the pipes the district planned to replace next year that blew out last month. Improving the notification process for spills apparently still needs work. The delay in posting notification signs concerns Rifkin. “I was riled about the lack of adequate notice to the public. People were literally walking their dogs, and there was toilet paper on the ground. And along this lovely creek, they had little, teeny signs.” The county has notification protocols for sanitary agencies, but because RVSD underreported the spills, county oversight was delayed. Ng says feedback about the signs may lead the county to consider asking for larger and more prominent signage after a spill. Ultimately, however, it’s the responsibility of a sewer district to post signs. Ng says county staff went out after the spill to determine whether enough signs had been posted and to post more if needed. “The overall message,” says Rifkin, “is that we are not at war with the Ross Valley Sanitary District. I want to be a partner with Ross Valley Sanitary District to help get the word out when they have a problem.” Ng says she already has met with sanitary district staff to discuss notification protocols. The district has been under a microscope in recent years. The Board of Supervisors wanted to examine costs. Litigation

with the city of Larkspur is coming to a close after a long legal battle over a dispute regarding permits for a facility. And there is controversy over proposed consolidation of sewerage agencies. “They are fairly defensive in their responses,” says Rifkin. “That has to change. I want them to see us as a partner with them. I am going to work really hard at that. We both serve the public.” Rifkin serves on the Marin County Disaster Council. He’s chairman of the Public Disaster Education and Preparedness Committee. In the disaster preparedness realm “everyone talks to everyone,” says Rifkin. “It’s imperative that every sanitary district has a protocol of how they will notify when there is a sewage spill.” Ng says there are protocols, but RVSD failed to adhere to timely notification and distribute clear information. Frank Egger was appointed to the sanitary district board to complete the term of Sue Brown, who left for personal reasons. Egger, former longtime councilmember of Fairfax, says a neighbor swims in the bay every day. “He said no one told him [about the spill] and he saw no notices.” Egger points out that the Marin Rod and Gun Club, around the point from the creek’s mouth, is conducting a native-oyster restoration program, and no one alerted the club about the spills. Egger says he believes the district met state notification requirements, but they “are woefully inadequate.” Egger and Rifkin both say sanitary districts should consider using a reverse 911 system to call residents in areas affected by major sewage spills. Egger also says creating a database of names and email address for notification would be a wise idea. Looking at the size of notification signs also should be on the agenda. “Our board is open to looking at all of it.” On Jan. 10, the county sent out a release stating the bacterial levels in the creek had “reduced significantly” and had stabilized. That’s the good news. The bad news: “Bacterial levels have not consistently reached compliance levels.” Even in the best of times, Corte Madera Creek is polluted. Armstrong says the Rowing Association routinely advises boaters to cover cuts and if they come in contact with the water to wash. Sandy Guldman, president of Friends of the Corte Madera Creek Watershed, says, “There’s a lot of water volume in the creek, and it’s fairly deep. And at the time of the spills we had rain, so it got flushed. The rain and tidal flow both aided the flushing action. Obviously it’s not good to have raw sewage in the water, but I don’t think it had a dramatically bad effect” on marine life. Unless you were a kayaker unaware of the spills and you fell in the water. ✹ Contact the writer at

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just-released report from an indecontinuing to base acceptable human pendent panel of scientists raises RF exposure limits on currently proven more questions than it answers scientific and engineering findings on about the safety of so-called SmartMeters known thermal effects, rather than on and wireless technology in general. general concerns or speculation about The 26-page California Council on possible unknown and as yet unproven Science and Technology report concludes non-thermal effects.” that no definitive evidence links radio Rollin Richmond, president of Humboldt frequency emissions from the digital State University, chaired an eight-member meters with health problems. But the committee of academics, scientists and busidraft report released Jan. 11 urges regula- ness people who prepared the report. tors and policymakers to call for more A coalition of health and environmenresearch into potential health impacts tal advocates opposing the meters critifrom SmartMeters, cell phones, laptops cized the report for not going far enough. and other wireless devices. “Thousands of people are getting sick Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San right now in California after SmartMeters Rafael, asked the council to prepare the are installed, presenting with the exact report last summer, when activists and lo- same symptoms reported in the scientific cal municipalities began questioning Pa- literature—ringing in the ears, headcific Gas and Electric Co.’s plans to replace aches, nausea, fatigue,” said Joshua Hart, analog meters with so-called smart ones. director of Stop SmartMeters. “If there Huffman said the report is potential non-thermal validates his effort in The CPUC has received biological damage happroposed Assembly Bill as the report more than 2,000 reports pening, 37 to allow PG&E cusadmits, shouldn’t we tomers to choose hard- of illnesses related to find out exactly what it is wired meters instead of the rollout of the digital first, or is it acceptable to wireless ones. experiment on the genmeters. “The benefits of Smarteral public without their Meters and a smart grid knowledge or consent?” do not require wireless The Fairfax Town technology, and consideration should be Council and the Marin County Board of given to providing alternative hard-wired Supervisors have imposed moratoriums on meters for consumers who continue to be the installation of SmartMeters. The effort concerned about potential health risks,” is largely symbolic because the California Huffman said in a press release in response Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has to the draft report. ordered PG&E to install the SmartMeters as The report distinguishes between therpart of a conservation effort. mal and non-thermal effects from wireThe CPUC has received more than less devices. Thermal effects result when 2,000 reports of illnesses related to the tissues heat and absorb energy from radio rollout of the digital meters. frequency emissions. Less understood are The report says emissions from Smartnon-thermal effects—headaches, nausea, Meters are less likely to harm people fatigue and other symptoms growing than emissions from common electronic numbers of people are reporting from a devices, such as cell phones, laptops and thickening blanket of electrosmog. wireless networks. SmartMeter oppoThe Federal Communications Comnents, however, argue that they can do mission has set guidelines for thermal without cell phones, laptops and wireemissions, and the report says Smartless networks, while PG&E insists upon Meters emit permissible levels of radio installing wireless meters in their homes. frequency or RF. The council will accept comments on “There currently is no conclusive the draft report through Jan. 31. ✹ scientific evidence pointing to a nonTo view a copy of the report, go to thermal cause-and-effect between human news/2011/20110111smart.php. exposure to RF emissions and negative Contact Ronnie Cohen at health impacts,” the report says. “For this Plug into the SmartMeter debate at reason, regulators and policy makers may ›› be prudent to call for more research while






Specter has been named one of California’s top 100 lawyers two years running.

New San Quentin inmates are sent first to a holding cell where they receive physical and mental evaluations. Specter estimates 20 percent of the prison population is mentally ill.

Specter has spent his entire legal career fighting on behalf of the state’s least sympathetic population: prison inmates. For him, it’s about saving lives. Many of us, on the other hand, don’t care if convicts live in filth with untreated diseases as long as they stay locked up somewhere. We pass increasingly draconian laws to put away more and more people, stuff our prisons to bursting, then build more lockups only to fill those to overflowing as well. We do this, at tremendous expense, in the belief that we’re reducing crime. It’s a belief that has no basis in fact, as Specter has shown in court time and again. So while hearts may not bleed for the inmates—even the thousands who are mentally ill and de-


In California state prisons, 155,000 inmates are crowded into a system designed to house 80,000. This shot is of the San Quentin gym, where new prisoners stay from one to three months before moving to a cell.

velopmentally disabled—in a state that runs a $25 billion budget deficit, Specter contends that our present policies make no fiscal sense either. But the state, Specter has found, does not respond to logic. He has been battling a series of California administrations in court for more than 30 years in the course of his work at the Prison Law Office. He began volunteering there while still a law student, served as staff attorney for four years, then took over as director in 1984. Since then, he’s expanded the staff from one attorney to 10, keeping the nonprofit organization afloat with grants and monetary awards from the raft of cases the group has won. The Buck Trust funded the operation for a period of 10 years. Now based in Berkeley, the Prison Law Office was housed for most of its existence just outside the gates of San Quentin. That antiquated, medievallooking structure has been the object of Specter’s lawsuits numerous times. “When I first started working there, there weren’t even windows,” says Jeanne Woodford, who started as a correctional officer in 1978 and served as warden from 1999-2004, when she became director of the state Department of Corrections. She’s now on staff at the UC Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice. “The windows were all knocked out of the housing units. It was freezing cold. Staff and inmates were constantly sick with pneumonia. There were sewage spills constantly. The conditions were unbelievable. And as a result of [Specter’s] lawsuits, the state was forced to renovate much of the infrastructure.” For the last two years, Specter has been named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California. He was California Lawyer Magazine’s Attorney of the Year in Constitutional Law in 2009. He recently returned from arguing a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court concerning overcrowding in California prisons, where 155,000 inmates are crammed into a system designed to house 80,000. The teeming overpopulation has made it impossible to provide prisoners with basic healthcare. Inmates are dying at a rate of one every six or seven days due to suicide, neglect or medical malpractice. I went to see him on a drizzly Decem- 14 > JANUARY 21 - JANUARY 27, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13


< 13 He fought the law ber day. He showed me into his office, took a chair next to me and propped his boots up on the back of his desk. His hair and beard are gray. He wears wire-frame glasses and jeans. He speaks softly, has a low-key manner and gentle smile that make him appear somewhat tentative. He isn’t. ●

You’ve been fighting the state of California in court for 20 years trying to get [officials] to improve prison conditions caused by overcrowding. You’ve been winning just about every case but they’re kicking and screaming every step of the way. At the same time, they’re desperately looking for ways to reduce the budget deficit. It seems it would be in the state’s financial interest to reduce the prison population. Right. But it’s not in their political interest. They’re all worried about appearing soft on crime and having that used against them in an election. The current governor [Schwarzenegger] had an opportunity at least twice to settle the case and both times he got cold feet. He acts like he’s the Terminator, like he’s not afraid to do the right thing no matter what the consequences, but on this issue he just chickened out. Could you talk about what other states have done to reduce overcrowding and how much money they saved? Some states have sentencing commissions to look at their sentencing structure and make sure that only the highest-risk prisoners are the ones who go to prison. But in California, that is far from the truth. You’re saying we’re not imprisoning the highest-risk criminals, we’re just taking up space with low-risk people? Definitely.

years. Explain this to me. The crime that you commit doesn’t necessarily equate to how high a risk you are. So, for example, you have a guy who committed a murder when he was 17 years old. Under current practices, he is still in prison 30 years later, when he’s 47, completely rehabilitated and he has the lowest risk of all of committing another crime. Murderers are historically at the lowest risk of committing another crime. Lower risk than, say, somebody who commits a carjacking?

Yes, because the guy who commits a carjacking when he’s 17 will spend a couple of years in prison, gets out, he has no job, no income, he’s still in the age range that commits the greatest number of crimes...

They don’t even give him an education and that’s correlated with reducing crime, too. If they could teach him how to read he’d be less likely to commit another crime because he’d be more likely to get a job.

Which is what age? I think it’s like late teens to late 20s. The guy who’s 47 years old is way past it. So they let the carjacker out and they haven’t given him any tools when he was in prison to be successful when he gets to the street and he probably has a drug problem and they haven’t given him any substance-abuse treatment. So he gets out and commits another drug-related crime.

Is that why California has such a high recidivism rate? We send 70,000 people back to prison on parole violations every year. We send them back for only a short period of time, so they take up an enormous amount of resources and only stay for an average of 60 days, which does nothing to rehabilitate them or deter them or keep them 16 >



That’s nuts! Yeah. And they’ve been doing this for 30

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[Laughing] OK. When was the first time that you argued in front of the Supreme Court? 1998. I argued a case called Yeskey v. Pennsylvania and the issue was whether the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to prisoners. And they held a unanimous opinion that it did. Written by Justice [Antonin] Scalia. Written by Scalia! That’s interesting! Who was the chief justice at that time? [William] Rehnquist.

Free time in the North Block—inmates can talk, hang out, play cards and give each other haircuts.

And Justice [Samuel] Alito said pretty much the same thing, based on no evidence? Right.

< 14 He fought the law off the street for any significant length of time. So there’s a lot of things the state could do to reduce the prison population, cut costs and make the public safer.

It’s my understanding that that’s not what a justice is supposed to do. [Shrugging] That’s what happens. You got it exactly right. All judges are supposed to take the evidence that was presented at the trial and review that. And when a judge at a lower court makes factual findings as our judge did, you’re not supposed to disturb those findings unless they’re arbitrary—unless they’re not supported by any evidence. And there’s no claim that our findings aren’t supported by evidence.

And other states have done these things—how much money have they saved? Well, the marginal cost of keeping a person in prison in California for a year is around $25,000. The average cost is more like around $40,000. So if you reduce the population by 30,000 prisoners, you’d save like half a billion dollars. It’s a lot of money that you could give to the counties for intermediate sanctions and other kinds of programs that actually have a chance of reducing recidivism and increasing safety.


And other states have done this without seeing an increase in crime? Yeah. Almost universally. New York actually has reduced its prison population significantly and seen a reduction in crime. And many of the ex-correctional professionals testified at the trial that they have reduced prison populations in other states and there has been no increase in crime. That doesn’t mean that a guy who gets, say, an extra two months’ good-time credits and gets released early is not going to commit any crimes. It just means there are not going to be any more crimes committed than if he had been in prison two months longer.

So the Supreme Court justices are not supposed to reverse the lower court’s findings. But sometimes they do because they don’t like the result.


When do you hear the decision? Some time before June. The thing that impressed me about the Roberts court is that they all asked really good—except the one who didn’t ask any questions, [Justice Clarence] Thomas— [Laughing] You were going to say... ...they all asked really good questions, they all appeared to have studied the briefs and were exceptionally bright and insightful. The level of discourse was really high. So it was a wonderful experience. Did Justice Thomas stay awake? I don’t know, I don’t think I even looked at him once because I was just focusing on the people who were asking questions at the moment. It’s a long bench, there are

Yikes! It’s very rapid-fire. They often don’t let you finish an answer. But I like that. I enjoyed it. So you weren’t intimidated. You know, it is an intimidating experience because so much is at stake, but you just kind of get in the zone. After I got started, all I was thinking about was whatever they were asking and I wasn’t really nervous. It was stressful beforehand because the stakes were so high and it’s such a public experience. I had a knot in my stomach for about a month. And at certain points I was thinking, why am I doing this to myself? But in the end it all worked out. We’ll see what the opinion is, but the arguments seemed to go OK. I’d like you to talk a little more about the various remedies to prison overcrowding. One of the ways it seems nobody is arguing with is releasing the elderly. And they’re not doing that, either. But, yeah, that’s certainly one of the groups that pose less risk than others. Another group is the technical parole violators—people getting sent back to prison for missing an appointment or failing a drug test. They’re not committing any kind of serious crime. Also, there are a lot of people who go to prison for less than a year and prison is designed to keep people for a longer period of time—so why even send them to prison in the first place? They could stay in the county jail, they could go to work in furlough programs or halfway houses. Is county jail also the option for technical parole violators? You could do that, or you could make them do community service, you could put them on electronic monitoring. Or, if they failed a drug test, maybe you should give them treatment for their drug addiction rather than sending them back to prison—that would be a radical notion [sarcastically]. And would these alternatives be more or less expensive than prison? Prison is the most expensive alternative. During the trial a couple of years ago, probation officials and sheriffs all testified that if you gave the local officials the money you would save by not incarcerating these people and let them develop programs for substance abuse, day treatment centers and increased parole supervision, they could reduce the prison population that way, too.

This was testimony at the lower court, not the Supreme Court, right? Right. I read that Carter Phillips, the attorney who’s representing the state at the Supreme Court, told the justices that crime would go through the roof and there’d be blood in the streets if the lower court order to reduce overcrowding were implemented. But he presented no evidence to back this up?

Could you talk about your experience with the Rehnquist court versus the [John] Roberts court? It was a little more formal. They were both very active questioners. And they were both really wonderful experiences because it’s something very few lawyers get to do and I got to do it twice. You prepare really, really hard for it and they both turned out well, so I’m told. And in the Yeskey case we won, so we’re hoping to win this one. It would be really great to be a prison lawyer and win two cases in a conservative Supreme Court. But we’re not there yet, so we have to see how it goes.

nine people and I was just going [swivels head from right to left and back again]. You have to recognize their voice because you’re looking at one person when you hear somebody else asking another question.

And it would be cheaper. Much.

This tiny cell in the SQ North Block is ‘home’ to two prisoners.

OK, we’re talking about groups of people who don’t seem to belong in prison— drug addicts, the elderly...

Mentally ill... JAMES HALL

...mentally ill, developmentally disabled. If you took all of those people, what percentage of the prison population are we talking about? Well, I don’t know what percentage don’t belong in prison, but I could tell you that about 20 percent of the prison population is mentally ill. And if you provided them with good treatment in the community, some percentage wouldn’t be there. I don’t think anybody argues with that.


And the developmentally disabled? Right now, about 1 percent of the population is developmentally disabled and they suffer terribly in prison. It’s doubly bad for them because they’re made fun of, they’re discriminated against, they live horrible lives because they don’t get the help they need to function properly. Developmentally disabled prisoners can’t fill out sick call slips because they can’t read or write. There’s no staff that will help them. They get robbed and beaten because they’re vulnerable.

Volunteer-run sports programs are among the few highlights to a San Quentin inmate’s day.

Every which way but loose ‘Inside, Outside, Upside Down’ highlights San Quentin’s diamonds in the rough by Dani Bu rlison While the masses wind down Highway 101 and fight traffic across the Golden Gate Bridge or cruise the Larkspur Ferry to engage in the thrill of major league mayhem in our friendly city to the south, a smaller and more unlikely population goes wild for its home team in a more elusive and far less appealing location—San Quentin State Prison. With overcrowding, poor living conditions and a lack of funds for adequate substanceabuse treatment programs and mental health services in the California state prison system, it’s no wonder that many offenders—particularly nonviolent offenders—find themselves trapped in the endless cycle of addiction and crime. Times are bleak for those seeking a second chance. Yet, a simple, cost-effective and unique approach to offering tools of recovery and conflict resolution can be found behind the gates of San Quentin. In his short documentary film, Inside, Outside, Upside Down, San Rafael-based filmmaker Kramer Herzog explores the various benefits of volunteer programs from outside the gate— from the sports leagues that provide inmates with a physical and psychological outlet to classes designed to warn troubled youth about the consequences of crime—that have made San Quentin a model of correctional innovation. “The state of California asked if I could take some videos,” Herzog told the Sun.“And this is what I came away with.” Housing the largest death row population of any prison in the nation, one would imagine that San Quentin’s sports would consist of Hannibal Lecter-style, all-bets-are-off melees. Instead, the inmates at San Quentin are regularly engaging in team sports like baseball (the San Quentin Giants wear authentic SF Giants jerseys that were donated by our favorite World Series champs), basketball and even—on occasion—a relatively bourgeois match of tennis. One tennis player in the program says the athletics give him an outlet for the “anger” that he lives with in stir. “We are for the most part violent men that came to prison for violent crimes,” he says.“Tennis is a tool, it’s like a therapy.” Herzog, whose background includes working as an advocate for substance abuse programs in addition to documentary filmmaking, offers a sneak peek at an overlooked solution that provides an alternative to anger-fueled aggression and the racially motivated violence that is prevalent in the prison system. Though many of the sports coaches continue to enter the prison walls with various levels of trepidation, the film’s featured tennis coach, Loretta Conway, says her fears and misconceptions about working with a mostly violent inmate population were set at ease.“There’s lot of different stories that are in this prison and I know that sports are helping people.” In his film, Herzog is careful to highlight the voices of not just the prison “experts,” but of the very people the inmate sports programs have transformed—the prisoners themselves. “It’s not jut a game,” says one tennis-playing con,“we’re growing up as men.” ✹ Check out ‘Inside, Outside, Upside Down’ at

No, it doesn’t. [long pause] Maybe he’ll learn. [Editor’s note: Since taking office as governor, Jerry Brown has, according to the San Jose Mercury News, proposed “sending thousands of low-risk convicts, and all youth offenders, to county lockups” to save the state money and reduce overcrowding—exactly what Don Specter recommends.] Do you ever get discouraged? Yeah. Everybody here is sort of in a perpetual state of frustration. But our litigation is really successful and we’re very well respected and when we do these big cases, we’re very rarely wrong. We did a case about Death Row at San Quentin a few years ago, where the conditions were just awful. The cellblock was about 100 years old, it was in complete disrepair, there was standing water all over the place. The tiers were five high and the water from the showers would drip down and stalactites of muck and slime were hanging from the rafters.

My God! There were birds and rodents in the building, so the tier was covered with bird feces. It was Andyou’vebrought incredibly unsanitary cases like these? and the transmission of We just finished a disease was a problem. trial in May in which A converted cell serves as an office, its door a And the state wouldn’t fix the court found that bookshelf, in the SQ cell block for prisoners under it until we got an order this treatment I just protective custody, such as pedophiles. from the federal court in described is pervasive San Francisco. The judge throughout the system. The judge issued didn’t believe how bad it was until he toured an order to improve the situation and we’re the prison himself and he was horrified. The working with the prison system now to de- conditions are still pretty pathetic, but they’re velop a better system to help these people. at least tolerable now. We’re responsible for saving lots of lives and preventing serious It seems like it just takes forever to injury. It’s hard to measure all the lives we’ve make any changes. saved over the years, but it’s in the hundreds, Yes, you’re right. Until recently, the state if not thousands. So while it’s frustrating, it’s was fighting us tooth and nail every bit of also very gratifying. the way. Once the judge issued his order, they became more cooperative. But until then I’ve known a few people who have they denied the problems even existed. They volunteered at San Quentin in various caassured us that everything was fine. Even pacities and they all seem to get a lot of after a neutral expert had investigated and satisfaction out of working with prisonfound that there were problems, they still ers. It’s surprising to me. denied it. We had a trial that lasted two weeks Well, these guys are regular people that and it’s costing the state millions of dollars have done bad acts. And I know a lot of peoto litigate and the result was that after all this ple who aren’t in prison who have done bad money and time have been wasted the judge things, not criminal things, but bad things. validated what I told a very high-ranking state So some of them are nice, some of them are official six months ago. At that same time, not, but a lot of them are very grateful for the I also spoke to Jerry Brown’s chief of staff services that anybody coming in can provide. and told him there’s no reason to litigate Especially the ones who have been there for this case, you’re going to spend all this a long time and want to improve their lives. money and you’re going to lose, let’s just When you talk to some of them after they’ve work together to solve the problem. And gotten out and made productive choices, it’s they just said, no, we’re going to continue to very gratifying to see. ✹ litigate. So they did and they lost. Email Jill at Well, that doesn’t bode well for Jerry Brown taking over the governorship.

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nce upon a time there was a woman writer who lived in a house up in the hills of Mill Valley. Books were her passion, especially cookbooks. She filled shelves with them, built more shelves, stacked them in corners. When her children grew up and moved away from home she had even more room for her collection. She bought books at bookshops, at garage sales, at library sales; publishers sent her books to review, friends and family gave her books as presents. Of course she didn’t cook from each and every one of them. Some were used for reference or subject ideas, some for their illustrations alone. Quirky subject matter and regional recipes appealed to her, so spiral-bound charity cookbooks were mixed in among scholarly treatises on single subjects and chefs’ sophisticated works; thriftconscious Depression-era books lay atop the latest collections from haute restaurants. A day came when she had to deal with her addiction: She was moving to a smaller house. It was obvious that not all of the books would fit into her new home. As painful as it was, she had to go through the stacks and decide which would be kept—and what to do with those to be discarded. Donations were made to the library, a few went to trustworthy booksellers for their shops, others were passed on to friends. Still, there were so many to move, and they were so heavy. Help arrived when a friend of hers, a chef who lived way up the coast, borrowed some of the more esoteric volumes. He could use them as he wanted in creating new dishes and she had fewer to transport. Several years went by before she finally


took those books back. They had been carefully stored and when the chef returned them it was like a late arrival of holiday gifts in midJanuary. Titles she had almost forgotten, g llustrations, big covers with fabulous illustrations, books and little ones were unpacked. all house durAnd there, in her small ing gray winter days, she read them for inspiration. She was drawn to recipes that promised foods with bright colors against the season’s darkness, warmth against the cold, flavors and d scents to wake up tired appetites. The books piled up around her, old friends iin a sweet reunion. Recipes from some of them are right here, waiting to be tasted. ---------------------Back in the ’80s, before “California cuisine” became a familiar culinary term, Diane Rossen Worthington published her first book, The Cuisine of California (Tarcher, 1983). A student of Jacques Pepin, James Beard and Giuliano Bugialli, she was an instructor and culinary consultant who specialized in the new styles of dining and cooking. A well-worn copy of her book contains the recipe that follows, a salad that can be served as an appetizer or lunch entree, warm or cold. Its fresh-tasting ingredients are especially appealing in winter.

The word scallop comes from the Old French ‘escalope,’ meaning shell.

Warm Scallop Salad Dressed with Tomato, Mint, and Lime Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as appetizer For dressing: 1/3 cup olive oil 2 medium shallots, finely chopped 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/2 teaspoon each salt and coarsely cracked black pepper 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint Scallops: 1 pound sea scallops, well drained and patted dry 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 teaspoon salt Pinch coarsely cracked black pepper 3 bunches watercress, large stems removed

For dressing: Heat olive oil in medium skillet. Add shallots and saute 2 minutes or until soft. Add lime juice, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add tomatoes and mint. In another medium skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add scallops and saute over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, turning o often. They should be slightly trans translucent in the middle. Remove from heat. Pour half ha of the dressing mixture over warm scallops, add salt and pepper, and mix. Divide watercress evenly Di among individual plates. am Spoon scallops with some dressing in center of each plate. Spoon additional tomato mint dressing aaround scallops. Advance preparation: A If desired, it may be prepared up to 6 hours ahead through step three and served cold on the bed of watercress. ---------------------Huge, lavishly illustrated productions made up a series of cookbooks from Collins Publishers starting in the ’90s. Impractically sized for the kitchen, they are a literary combination of travel and cookery, with photographs so alluring the reader is tempted to run away to any of the destinations (China, France, Tuscany). While that’s hardly possible for most, a virtual visit to a country is possible through cooking its foods. Mexico the Beautiful Cookbook (Collins, 1991) is a compilation of authentic hat recipes from the regions of that country, created by Susanna Palazuelos with text by Marilyn Tausend n color and heart-stopping images in l by Ignacio Urquiza. The recipe b below is a specialty of Guerrero and comes to the table in a bright red sauce.

Pollo al Chipotle Chicken with Chipotle Chiles Serves 4 1 chicken, about 3 pounds, cut into serving pieces Salt and pepper 3 cloves garlic 4 black peppercorns 2 whole cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 small onion 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons oil 2 onions, sliced 5 small tomatoes, thinly sliced 3 canned chipotle chiles

(The number of smoky chiles can be reduced if you want flavor without the heat.)

Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a blender, puree the garlic, peppercorns, cloves, cumin and onion quarter with half of the water and set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the sliced onions and cook for 3 minutes or until transparent. Add the puree, stir and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and when the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and cook, covered, for 5 minutes. In a blender, puree the chiles with the remaining water and add to the skillet. Boil for 2 minutes and correct the seasonings. Add the chicken, cover and cook over low heat for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is tender. ---------------------One of the most famous restaurants in America is New York’s Four Seasons, and it was Albert Stockli who brought the kitchen to its pinnacle. The great chef, a native of Switzerland, shared some of his more accessible recipes in Splendid Fare: The Albert Stockli Cookbook (Knopf, 1970) at a time when cooks were just beginning to add quiche and crepes and other French numbers to their menus. The book’s inclusion of recipes from Stockli’s personal memories is more interesting now than those for the souffles and other fancy dishes. Below is a simple side dish about which he said, “Every Swiss can remember the aroma of apple roesti fresh from the oven, golden and crisp—a wonderful cold weather dish and a tart accompaniment to a baked ham or roast chicken or pork.”

Apple Roesti Serves 4 to 6 3 or 4 hard, ha crusty rolls 3 tart, g green apples (about 1 pound) Juice of 1 lemon Juic 3 tablespoons butter 1/2 onion, thinly sliced Pinch each of salt, cinnamon, ground cloves 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut rolls lengthwise into paperthin slices, spread slices on a baking sheet and bake until they are light brown— about 5 minutes. Remove. Increase oven temperature to 375. Peel and core the apples. Slice thin and sprinkle immediately with lemon juice. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the sliced apples and onion, the salt, cinnamon and cloves, and saute for 5 minutes. Add the slices of rolls and mix with the apples and onion. Beat together the eggs, milk and sugar, pour over the apple-and-bread mixture, toss lightly and transfer to a buttered ovenproof baking dish. Bake until the top is crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. ✹ Contact Pat at

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The Thai that bores Love may trump bullets, but it’s got nothing on pompous Marin men by N ik k i Silve r ste in


o you know the meaning of the word suffer? I do. So do my single gal pals. Laurie, especially, knows. Here’s the definition from my dictionary: Suffer[suhf-er] when a woman is forced to endure a seemingly endless date with a boorish man she met on or some other website. It only afflicts women, because men never listen to what we say anyway. Unless they think it will help them get in our pants. Then, men glean a few words here and there to regurgitate later, thereby fooling us into believing they hung on our every word during dinner. Don’t even bother writing to me denying it. I have too many men on record admitting to this self-serving behavior. Why do women suffer through long, drawn-out, agonizing dates? Simple. Our mothers taught us to be polite. We would never dream of interrupting a man boasting about being a maverick in the insurance industry. It would never occur to us to end his ranting about his ex-wife taking everything he owned. Of course, we wouldn’t be complete without hearing his detailed account of the day he won the intramural Frisbee golf tournament—in 1985. We are respectful, waiting until the busboy clears the last plate and we pay our half of the check. Only then do we feel it appropriate to make our getaway. Alone in the car, driving home to our dogs, we realize that we wasted four hours. If we want to squander the precious little time we have left to reproduce, we’d prefer to stay home and play Scrabble on the Internet with strangers in New Zealand. But, we know we have to kiss those frogs. Last Friday night, Laurie stood at a lookout point on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Thai, her companion, was a good-looking guy she met recently on OK Cupid. Some of us were concerned that he asked her to rendezvous at the bridge for their first date, but Laurie thought it was romantic. Unfortunately, it was anything but. The wind and cold were almost as insufferable as Thai, who seemed oblivious to Laurie’s discomfort. He talked about himself for a half-hour. Not one question for Laurie and he never let her ask him anything. Describing himself as a powerful attorney who grew a conscience, he claimed he sacrificed his high income to become a political activist.(Never mind the prison stint in Oregon that forced him to give up his legal practice, which we found out about later when we Googled him.) Laurie eventually interrupted Thai. It was difficult, because he talked over her. Nudging his shoulder, she got his attention. “Do you


realize you’ve been talking about yourself for more than 30 minutes?” she asked. “I find that sharing my stories helps people open up,” he replied. Though she had mentioned she grew up in Marin, he began pointing out landmarks across the bay. Again, Laurie couldn’t get a word in. After 10 more minutes, she decided this frog wasn’t going to croak at her any longer. She pulled her keys out of her jacket pocket and dangled them in front of Thai’s face. “Goodbye,” she said. Without looking back, she got in her car and drove away. The next morning, he sent her this email: I’m sorry our meeting wasn’t what you’d hoped and if I seemed too self-absorbed for the moment. There are absolutely no hard feelings on this end. I truly wish you the best in finding the connection(s) that will keep you smiling, giggling, and alive in the notion that capitalism is a soulless venture, regardless of the souls within. I am not disconnected with humanity. Rather, my thoughts have been with a Congresswoman whom I’d never heard of until last weekend. And, the man who loves her. Theirs is something so strong that when he asked her two days ago to give him the “thumbs up” (an indication of cognitive and motor recovery), she, instead, reached out to the ring finger of his left hand where his wedding band is worn. She grasped and held it for a moment, and in a magnificent display of “over and above,” she showed him how she’s really doing in there. Way better than “thumbs up.” Monday is the observance of MLK. “One more in the name of love.” I think it’s worth noting that love cannot be felled by sudden lead poisoning. I’m positive that the reverend would have agreed. Laurie forwarded the email to the single sisters on the hill. Kim called him a sociopath and I gushed that Laurie was courageous to walk out on the date. “I guess I didn’t need to worry about you meeting him at the bridge at night,” Abby said. “That guy wouldn’t get far enough from a mirror to abduct you to thick foliage.” We continued to make fun of Thai and congratulate Laurie. Then, the gals on the hill made a pact to end our suffering quickly forever more. Thirty minutes is now our politeness limit for sanctimonious blowhards. Gentlemen, you may want to shut up every now and then, or you’ll be taking in the view all by yourselves and we’ll be sitting at home becoming Scrabble masters while the last of our eggs overcook. ✹

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21 Elk Fever There’s a cure for that. It involves watching Bambi five times in a row. Versus. 6pm. Mamma Mia! A bride invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding in hopes of learning which of them is her father. It would probably have been cheaper and easier to get a spot on the The Tyra Banks Show. (2008) TBS. 8pm.

by Rick Polito

delities, tragedies and maudlin extremes. Then they cry. Remove all sharp objects from house before viewing. (1983) TV Land. 9pm. Being Human A new series about three young attractive roommates: a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf. It’s like Friends but more realistic. SYFY. 9pm.

SATURDAY, JAN. 22 High Hitler A report on the Fuehrer’s taste for drugs, as previously covered in “Benito and Adolf Go to White Castle.” History Chan- TUESDAY, JAN. 25 State of the Union Address Barack Obama stands before nel. 7pm. Congress to talk Dark Knight The about the challenges best of the Batfacing the nation. The m a n m ov i e s, i n winner of the GOP which Heath door prize gets to Ledger makes Jack shout out a profanity. Nicholson’s Joker Networks and cable portrayal look like news channels. 6pm. Central Valley dinThe Incredible Hulk ner theater acting. This is the newer one (2008) TNT. 8pm. that has more action Blades of Glory and less angst than B a n n e d f r o m Giving drug addicts a bad name, Saturday at 7. the 2003 version. In the ice, two male figure skaters exploit a loophole that this one, he just gets mad and turns into allows them to skate as a pair. When you the Hulk. He doesn’t schedule a session reach a certain density of sequins, gender with his therapist first. (2008) FX. 8pm. Most Extreme Airports These are becomes unimportant. (2007) ABC. 9pm. airports in remote locations with challenging conditions, SUNDAY, JAN 23 tricky weather and no Hawaii Five-O The Starbucks. History Chandirector of the island’s nel. 8pm. Tsunami Warning Center disappears. And they WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26 can’t find his surfboard NOVA scienceNOW either. CBS. 7pm. Researchers discuss Challenge This week, how science might prethe cakes are supposed vent the breakdown of to “tell a joke.” How do cells and allow people you get two cakes to to live forever, or at walk into a bar with a least long enough to rabbi? Food Network. pay off their credit card 8pm. debt. KQED. 8pm. Mean Girls 2 How is it Criminal Minds This that the original Mean week it’s a pair of young Girls only came out We thought New Yorkers disowned him lovers on a killing spree. seven years ago and after ‘Scoop.’ Monday, 8pm. It’s nice when a couple Lindsay Lohan already can share a common looks old enough to play interest but it’s only a matter time one of the moms in the sequel? (2011) before they start arguing over whose ABC Family. 8pm. turn it is to take out the garbage and Hogs Gone Wild We didn’t know that hogs even went on spring break! Discov- hide the body. CBS. 9pm. Brad Meltzer’s Decoded The team ery Channel. 9pm. investigates stories about the Bohemian Grove, a Sonoma County compound MONDAY, JAN. 24 How I Met Your where powerful right-wing leaders Mother Robin wants to catch a glimpse gather in the redwoods to decide the of Woody Allen so that she can declare fate of the Western World. And make herself a “real New Yorker.” We thought all you had to do was survive a mugging s’mores. Don’t forget the s’mores. History Channel. 10pm. and know how to scowl in five languages. CBS. 8pm. Critique That TV Guy at Terms of Endearment A dysfunctional Turn on more TV Guy at Midwest family endures a series of infi››


Straight outta Marin Marin—the birthplace of gangsta rap? by G r e g Cahill


those recordings through a far-flung indeeady for a bit of local music pendent distribution network that included trivia? Here’s a footnote you probably mom-and-pop record stores around the won’t find in the annals of Marin’s rock country, helping to set the stage not only for Too Short’s subsequent success, but also such history museum—in the mid-’80s, San West Coast innovators as NWA and Tupac Rafael’s City Hall Records, an indeShakur (a former Marin City resident). pendent music distributor located in I worked there at the time, coding City the Canal district and owned by Robin Hall’s extensive catalog, and used to watch Cohn, played a major role in helping to Too Short unloading the boxes from his car nurture the West Coast rap scene. trunk. Before Too Short beNone of us knew at the came the first successtime where all this would ful West Coast rapper, COMING SOON lead. thanks to a 1988 major Too Short performs label deal that turned The L.A.-born rapper— Saturday, Jan. 22, at 10pm, at his Born to Mack into nee Todd Anthony Shaw— 19 Broadway in Fairfax. $25. a gold record, the Oakwas raised in East Oakland land rapper used to and started recording in drive across the Rich1985 with the debut release mond-San Rafael Bridge, hop off at Don’t Stop Rappin’, which featured an early the Andersen Drive exit, cruise past the version of his classic “Playboy Short.” yuppie shoppers at the now-defunct The beats were simple, the raps raw. Whole Earth department store and The mean streets of Oakland—immortalback his car up to the City Hall load- ized in his song “City of Dope”—provided ing dock to deliver boxes of vinyl and plenty of fodder for his rhymes. In 1993, cassette tapes of his earlier hard-hitting he brought that street-smart image to the self-produced rap songs. big screen when he landed a bit role in the City Hall personnel would then distribute

Todd Shaw, above and inset circa 1985, has come a long way since those horizontally challenged days self-distributing his rap records in the Canal.

hood flick Menace II Society. He went on to influence Snoop Dogg and collaborate with Tupac, the Notorious B.I.G. and others. And while his music is often associated with the pimp lifestyle and gangsta rap (he is credited with popularizing the term “bitch,” or be-yatch), Too Short’s lyrics often urge fans to forsake the gangsta life, embrace family and make it through hard honest work. His own work ethic is legendary: In 1996,

he retired only to return in 1999 with Can’t Stay Away, a solid set of crunk. He gained a wider audience in 2004 when his song “The Ghetto” was included on the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. In 2008, he was feted on VH-1’s fifth annual Hip Hop Honors, along with Cypress Hill and Slick Rick, among others. More recently, his music has veered toward a hyphy sound. His most recent album, last year’s Still Blowin’, was hailed as one of his best and featured guest appearances by Jazze Pha and Birdman, Silk E and SNL. Since his salad days, the 44-year-old Too Short has sold more than 11 million albums—and it all started with a lot of hard work and determination on his part and the help of a nondescript Marin business tucked among the auto body shops and offices that line the streets of the Canal. ✹

›› SPiN OF THE WEEK Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen to You (Riverside/Concord) Chet Baker Looking for a hip soundtrack to a romantic evening? Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker croons in his signature ultra-cool style—that has been imitated by Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr.— in a set of standards recorded in 1958 and newly remastered with four bonus tracks added. The all-star band features pianist Kenny Drew and an ace rhythm section. Baker sounds more world-weary here than on his earlier quartet sessions, but, hey, this ain’t kids’ stuff.—GC

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Three West Marinites learn to get along in ‘August to June,’ playing at the Rafael Jan. 27 with filmmakers Amy and Tom Valens in person.

● August to June (1:28) Loving look at a Lagunitas grammar school that ignores the get-ahead mentality of the new millennium and focuses instead on chicken-raising, poetry, social interaction and other aspects of the great world. ● Barney’s Version (2:12) A tapestried look back at the life of a lovable doofus-mensch (Paul Giamatti); Dustin Hoffman costars as his papa. ● Benji (1:26) The adorable adventures of an adorable pooch and two relatively adorable children. ● Black Swan (1:43) Darren Aronofsky’s gripping drama about a driven prima ballerina (Natalie Portman) facing an uncertain future. ● Blue Valentine (1:54) A married couple on the brink try to rekindle those old feelings with a night of bittersweet passion. ● Casino Jack (1:48) Kevin Spacey stars as reallife high roller Jack Abramoff, whose descent into high-stakes crime and mayhem brought him international fame. ● The Company Men (1:53) After top execs Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Chris Cooper lose their cushy corporate jobs, they embark on a potentially amusing odyssey of self-actualization, life coaching and menial labor. ● Country Strong (1:52) Three country music stars embark on a national concert tour fraught with romantic passions and personal discord. ● The Dilemma (1:58) Vince Vaughan spies buddy Kevin James’ wife out with another man and tries to uncover the truth in Ron Howard’s slapstick comedy. ● The Fighter (1:54) Biopic of “Irish” Mickey Ward stars Mark Wahlberg as the street-smart world champion boxer and Christian Bale as his brother, trainer Dick Eklund. ● The Green Hornet (1:48) Seth Rogen stars as the newspaper tycoon/undercover crimefighter, battling LA’s number-one gangster with considerable help from his chauffeur, Kato. ● Gulliver’s Travels (1:25) Modern-day take on Jonathan Swift stars Jack Black as an ego-bound travel writer who finds himself on a mystical island populated by teeny tiny people. ● The Illusionist (1:20) Hand-drawn French cartoon (with a script by Jacques Tati) follows an aging magician and his young charge as they tour the Scottish Highlands. 26 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 21 – JANUARY 27, 2011

● Inside Job (1:48) Gripping documentary about the unbridled capitalism and political hanky panky that led to the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. ● The King’s Speech (1:51) True tale of George VI of England, a reluctant, ill-prepared sovereign who turns to a cutting-edge speech therapist to cure his nervous stutter. ● Little Fockers (1:38) De Niro’s back as the father-in-law from hell; Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Alba, Harvey Keitel and Deepak Chopra costar. ● Made in Dagenham (1:53) Miranda Richardson, Rosamund Pike and Sally Hawkins star in the true story of a group of female factory workers at Ford’s London assembly plant who led the fight against sexual discrimination and reflected the upheavals of the Swinging Sixties. ● The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West (3:50) The California Gold Country comes alive in Puccini’s rousing saga of Wild West romance, greed and mayhem. ● No Strings Attached (1:50) BFFs Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher embark on a guilt-free, no-expectations, nonromantic sexual relationship and love every minute of it. ● Rabbit Hole (1:31) An unexpected tragedy wreaks havoc on a happy and content suburban couple; Nicole Kidman stars. ● The Social Network (2:00) Caustic Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher biopic of computer nerd Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, history’s youngest billionaire and “friend” to many (500 million at last count). ● Somewhere (1:38) Pill-popping, bedhopping Stephen Dorff has to mend his ways when his estranged 11-year-old daughter turns up at his Chateau Marmont digs; Sofia Coppola directs. ● Tangled (1:32) Disney musical version of the Rapunzel story in which the extensively tressed princess breaks out of her castle with a little help from a wanted bandit, a gang of thugs and an extremely dependable steed. ● Tron: Legacy (2:07) Legendary video game genius Jeff Bridges has to fight his way out of the cyberkinetic universe he’s been imprisoned within for the past two decades. ● True Grit (2:08) The Coen boys bring Charles Portis’s classic novel to the big screen with Jeff Bridges as drunken one-eyed triggerhappy U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. ● Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (1:51) Acclaimed biopic of the 12th century poet/playwright/composer/physician/ scientist/nun and her struggles with her German Benedictine order. ● The Way Back (2:13) Amazing true story of a group of WWII POWs who escape from a Siberian gulag and embark on a thousand-mile trek across mountain and desert; Peter Weir directs. ● Yogi Bear (1:22) The pic-a-nic-lovin’ grizzly saves Jellystone Park from real estate developers with a little help from Ranger Smith and, of course, Boo-Boo. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ August to June (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 (filmmakers Amy and Tom Valens in person) ❋ Barney’s Version (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7 ❋ Benji (G) Lark Theater: Sat 3 Black Swan (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45 Sun-Thu 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:25, 7 Blue Valentine (R) ★★★★ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:15 Casino Jack (R) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 ❋ The Company Men (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05 Country Strong (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2, 4:45, 7:25, 10:10 The Dilemma (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:25, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7:05, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 12:25, 1:50, 3:05, 4:30, 5:45, 7:15, 8:30, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:20, 5, 7:35, 10:15 The Fighter (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:35 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 2:10, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 9:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:05 SunThu 1:10, 3:50, 6:30 The Green Hornet (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Cinema: 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 10 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 3:10, 5:55, 8:45; 3D showtimes at 11:10, 1:55,

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4:40, 7:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:35 SunThu 1, 4, 6:50 Gulliver’s Travels (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Sat-Thu 11:55, 5:10, 9:45 ❋ The Illusionist (2011) (PG) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9 SatSun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9 Mon-Thu 7, 9 Inside Job (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4, 8:45 Mon-Thu 8:45 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:40, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:40, 10:25 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:10, 1:55, 5, 7:55 Sun-Thu 11:10, 1:55, 5 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10 Sun 2:15, 4:55, 7:35 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:55, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:30, 7:10 Little Fockers (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 2:30, 7:20 Sat 2:30, 7:20 Made in Dagenham (R) ★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri-Sat, MonWed 5:30 Sun 3 Thu 3, 5:30 The Metropolitan Opera: La Fanciulla del West (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 ❋ No Strings Attached (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 12:45, 2:20, 3:30, 5, 6:15, 7:45, 9, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55 Sun 2:05, 4:40, 7:20 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:40, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7

Rabbit Hole (PG-13) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:55, 4:30, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:55, 4:30, 7 Mon, Tue, Thu 5, 7:40 The Social Network (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Lark Theater: Fri, Sat, Tue, Thu 8 Sun 5:30 Wed 3, 8 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Mon-Wed 6:45, 9:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sat 1:20, 4, 6:40, 9:20 Sun 1:20, 4, 6:40 MonThu 4, 6:40 Somewhere (R) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45 Tangled (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:15, 4:35, 7, 9:25 Tron: Legacy (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:35, 5:20, 8:05 True Grit (PG-13) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:50, 2:35, 5:20, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 1:50, 4:45, 7:30, 10:20 Sun-Thu 11:15, 1:50, 4:45, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2, 4:35, 7:15, 9:55 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:45, 4:20, 7:10 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:50, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:10, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:30 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4:15, 6:50 Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 6:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 6:30 The Way Back (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 4, 7:10, 10 Yogi Bear (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:45, 5:05, 7:05, 9:10

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

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oubt canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but bring to mind the big questions plaguing the Catholic Church. But playwright John Patrick Shanley is after bigger game. He wants to skewer charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defenses until they bleed, and have audiences leave the play with doubts of their own. If audiences walk out convinced of any charactersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; guilt or innocence, then Doubt hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t worked. Ross Valley Players director Cris Cassell keeps the stakes high but the obsessive Sister Aloysiusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rage doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow us to feel the genuine concern Mike Daisey, a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;large man with excessive appetites.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she has for the children in her care, which ultimately unbalances the drama. Chris Macomberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sister Aloysius is teller with strong and unassailable opinions. consistently tight-lipped as she accuses the In The Last Cargo Cult, Daisey has money popular Father Flynn (Jamie Dawson) of on his ranting mind. He takes the proverb having improper relations with a young â&#x20AC;&#x153;money is the root of all evilâ&#x20AC;? and runs with boy. That the 12-year-old is the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Although he is quick to point out that it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t money that ruins all only black student brings our lives but â&#x20AC;&#x153;wantingâ&#x20AC;? what up more doubtful quesmoney can buy. Not a new NOW PLAYING tions. And the age-old adthought, but after listenDoubt runs through Feb. vantage that male priests ing to Daiseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-hour, 13 at the Ross Valley Players have always had over feintermission-less show, you Barn Theatre, Marin male nuns brings in more Art & Garden Center, Ross; wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to look at a doubt about Sister Aloy415/456-9555, greenback the same way. siusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intentions. Father Part Spalding Gray and Flynn canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t defend himself a whole lot Michael Moore, against her allegations, The Last Cargo Cult runs Daisey is still his own man. which she says are backed through Jan. 20, then Feb. He sits at a desk with boxes â&#x20AC;&#x153;by instinct as well as ex1-6 and 15-20; The Agony... containing all the junk in the perience.â&#x20AC;? The war, fueled runs Jan. 23-30, then Feb. world formed into a pyraby rumors and personal 2-13 and 22-27 at Berkeley mid (Seth Reiser designed prejudice, ends in a draw, Repâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Thrust Stage, 2025 the striking set and lights Addison St., Berkeley; the charges prove not that go from friendly to 510/647-2949, provable and no one wins. terrifying), and begins with There is, however, much his growing up in Maine collateral damage as young, (â&#x20AC;&#x153;like Mexico but full of enthusiastic teacher Sister white peopleâ&#x20AC;?). He continues James (Shannon Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill with his account of going off to a liberal arts Creighton) loses her love for teaching, for the college, seeing wealthy roommates with stateChurch and for life. Mrs. Muller (Clara Kamunde), the young boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, only wants of-the-art stereos and portable fridges, and her son to make it through this prestigious starting to want things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go back,â&#x20AC;? school and she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care how. Life has taught he says, and the answer to want is money. His her that everything has consequences. Both story takes him to a small rock of an island Kamunde and Macomber bring an intense in the South PaciďŹ c that was ruled by the energy to the scene where they meetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a high French and the English (â&#x20AC;&#x153;you could drive on point in this production. Macomberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sister both sides of the road,â&#x20AC;? he tells us). He is a Aloysius drives the play, but her unspoken rage funny man and his expressive face and hands doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow any humor or humanity to come make his points. But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just funny, he through. This allows Dawsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Father Flynn is on a mission: He wants to make us think to stand fast and have Sister James (and audi- about how money can be, and has been, used ences) believe that he is an innocent victim. It by â&#x20AC;&#x153;ďŹ nancial terrorists.â&#x20AC;? He warns of dire gives advantage to Father Flynn but ultimately consequences for the sheep-like people on the damages Shanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama, which begins and streetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;usâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ask questions because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the answers. ends with questions of Doubt. Daisey continues his diatribe with The â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, opening January 23. Four hours of Mike Daisey? onologist Mike Daisey, a selfIt may change your life. â&#x153;š described â&#x20AC;&#x153;large man with excessive Share your doubts with Lee at appetites,â&#x20AC;? is also a marvelous story-



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Live music 01/21: Chrome Johnson Americana. 10 p.m. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 01/21: Michael Joe Kirkbridae Hawaiian slack key. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www. 01/21: Mike Dowling Grammy winning, roots musician. Acoustic slide and swing guitar. 8-10:15pm. $15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 01/21: Mwanza Furaha Band Furaha, vocals; Si Perkoff, piano; Wayne Colyer, sax; Michael J. Ilnicki, drums. 6:30-9:30pm. No cover. Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Pkwy., San Rafael.

01/21: Stuart and his Scirocco Jazz Band Jazz. 8 p.m. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 01/21: Tim Hockenberry Modern day troubador. 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/21: Windshield Cowboys Rancho debut. In the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

01/22: Big Ben and his Snakeoil Saviors Original Western Swing 8:30pm. $12. Rancho

Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219.

01/22: Doc Kraft Dance Band Dance music. 8:30pm-12:30am. $5. Seahorse Restaurant & Bar, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 601-7858. 01/22: Hemispheres African, Middle Eastern, Asian and South American instruments blend in more traditional Jazz instrumentation, With Ian Dogole, Paul McCandless, Bill Douglass, Frank Martin and Dave Tidball. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 01/22: Orquesta Borinquen Salsa dance lesson at 8:30pm. 8:30pm-1:30am. $15. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr., San Rafael. 601-3685. 01/22: The Hooks, The Hustlers Irish rock. 8:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/22: The Jammists Jam band. 9:30 p.m. No cover. Nave’s, 20 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 457-3220. 01/22: Too Short Rap. 10 p.m. $27. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. 01/22: Turning Point Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/23: Roberta Donnay Trio Jazz. In the bar. 4pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www. 01/24: Blue Monday Jam Gail Muldrow and

BEST BET BAEER essential Nope, its not yet another microbrew festival with a minor misspelling, but rather a festival dedicated to teaching and creating an environmentally conscious future. Now in its 34th year, BAEER FAIR—or, Bay Area Environmental Education Resource Fair—continues to educate the educators—from classroom teachers to parents concerned about raising eco-conscious kids—through the workshops, exhibitions and networking opportunities featured at this inspiring gathering. Whether your interests lie in expanding your child’s organic school garden program, identifying native plants and animals in your community or reducing toxins in your home, classroom and surrounding environment, the BAEER Fair is a great place for all earth lovers who are concerned about the future of the planet to gather information. The BAEER Fair takes place Saturday, Jan. 22, 10am-4:30pm at the Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $8-$12, children under 6 are free. 510/657-4847.—Dani Burlison

More bad press for Rome means more good theater for Ross, as the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Doubt’ sets up shop in the Barn, through Feb. 13. Jesse Kincaid, hosts. 8-11pm. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr at Gate 5, Sausalito.

01/25: Bob Gordon and Sandy Bailey Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/25: Noel Jewkes Quartet Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., gate 5, Sausalito. 945-9016. 01/27: Jimi Mitchell Trio Jazz. 8 p.m. Caffe Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355.

01/27: Natalie John with james Harman Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/27: Pop Rocks Original rock. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/27: QuartetoTelurico Latin. 8 p.m. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 3312899. 01/28: Cryptical Jam band. 8:30 p.m. $5-7. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 01/28: Gentry Bronson Band Rancho Debut. In the bar. 8pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. 01/28: Late Night Jazz Madeline Sheron

with the Larry Vuckovich Duo featuring Buca Necak on bass. 9:30-11:30pm. Chianti Cucina, 7416 Redwood Blvd., Novato. 497-1186. www. 01/28: Lauralee Brown & Company Jazz. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. 01/28: Vinyl Funk, Latin jazz, dub and reggae. 9pm. $13-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.

Concerts 01/21: Julian Waterfall Pollack Jazz piano. 8pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. 01/21: Timothy Dixon Piano, hammered dulcimer, didgeridoo and Native American flute. 5:30-6:45pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/25: Winifred Baker Chorale Come sing Faure’s “Requieum” and Schubert’s “Mass in E Flat” with the chorale. Tuesday evening rehearsals. 6:30-9:30pm. $30, for music. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 485-3579. 01/28: Capriccio Chamber Orchestra Alex JANUARY 21 - JANUARY 27, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29

Aisenberg conducts works by Mendelssohn, Pablo Sarasate and Leo Brower. With Jack Kwan, violin; Yuri Liberzon, guitar. 7pm. $15-20. Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 806-1510.

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perform. 6:30pm. $18. Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 388-6786. 01/22-23: RoCo Dance Teen studio students perform. 8pm. $18. Marin Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 388-6786.

Photography, fine art printmaking and documentary film exhibition. No charge. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272. Through 01/31:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Quilt Artistryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Textile art by Pat Dicker, Loretta Armstrong, Joanne Berry and Sandra Harrington. Free. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.


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Image Flow, 401 Miller Ave., Suite F, Mill Valley. 3883569. Through 02/02:Winter Group Show Exhibition of paintings by Phoebe Brunner, Linda Cosgrove, James Leonard, GR Martin, John McNamara, Greg Ragland, Daniel Tousignant. 10am-4pm. Free. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 02/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Old Hero Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Photography exhibit and book release by Miguel Farias. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 02/12: Michael Joe Kirkbride Oil paintings. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.

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Through 02/20:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mark Chatterley: New Worksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Features large-scale ceramic sculptures

wright, performer and former KQED host, brings his new one-man show. 8pm. $16-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 02/13: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Doubtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Ross Valley Players present John Patrick Shanleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. 8-9:30pm. $15-25. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555.

Amos, Michael Bossier, Debi Durst, Dan Spencer, Jim Cranna, Chris Pray, Judi Nihei under the musical direction of Dick Bright. 8pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 3839600.

01/26: Marvin Deloatch Jr., Myles Weber High-energy humor. 8pm. $10. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/26: Offensive Women Standup comedy with Julie Goldman, Betsy Salkind and Andre the Wonderwoman. 8pm. $18-23. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

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Art 01/21-02/20: 26th Annual January Juried Show Oakland Museum curator Rene de Guzman, juror. Works by 34 artists. Opening reception: 3-5pm Sunday, Jan. 23. Open 11am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays. Free. Gallery Route One, 11101 Highway One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. 01/21-03/12:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can Doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Artworks made from cans or reference â&#x20AC;&#x153;canâ&#x20AC;? in some way draws attention to issues of waste and recycling. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

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placed throughout the garden terraces surrounding the gallery. 10am-5pm. Free. A New Leaf gallery|sculpture site, 23588 Highway 121, Sonoma. 707-933-1300. Through 02/25: Edythe Bresnahan Paintings by the former art dept. chair at Dominican University. 10am-5pm. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. www. Through 02/27: Peter de Swart Sculpture. Lukas Felzmann, photography; Tom Soltsz, plein air paintings. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

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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. 9am-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation, 5 Hamilton Landing # 200, Novato. 666-2442 .

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Strecher whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Time Magazine and Washington Post. 3pm. Free. Osher Marin JCC, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8066.

Exhibition celebrating the Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75 years of collecting and caring for artifacts from the local community. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. www.

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Talks/Lectures 01/22: History of the Bay Model What was it that brought about the need for the Bay Model? How did the Bay Model help save San Francisco Bay from being developed into a mere puddle of water surrounded by giant freshwater dams? 12:30-1:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.

01/23: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weaving Your Narrative and Emotional Arcâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Memoir writing workshop with author Linda Joy Myers. 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/23: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Issue?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Panel discussion on how to turn a topic of interest to you, into a fictional or non-fictional article or book that captures the interest of other readers. With author Ethan Watters. 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/23: Remote Viewing Russell Targ will discuss how to separate the psychic signal from the mental noise of memory, imagination, and analysis. 6:30-9:30pm. $5-20. Novato Oaks Inn, Oaks Room, 215 Alameda Del Prado, Novato. (650) 349-2651. 01/26: World Affairs Council UC Berkeley professor Steven Vogel analyzes Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turbulent political scene, troubled economy and rivalry with China. Reservations required. 7:30-9pm. $6-9; students free Creekside Room, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 293-4600.

01/27: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Buddhism: Religion or Philosophy?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; College of Marin instructor John Marmysz, PhD discusses Buddhism and Nihilism and the distinction between religion and philosophy. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Ave., Mill Valley.

Readings 01/21: Mike Garcia, Shahram Bijan and Leslie Harlib Chef Mike Garcia, restaurateur Shahram Bijan, and food writer Leslie Harlib talk about â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Toast to the Home Cook,â&#x20AC;? recipes for hearty, comforting American creative cuisine. 7pm. Free Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera.


01/22: Ellis Weiner and Barbara Davilman The authors discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Jewish Book for Jews: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Really Jewish Jew.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/22: Kim Edwards Edwards presents her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lake of Dreams.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www. 01/22: Martin Rossman Dr. Rossman talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Worry Solution: Using Breakthrough Brain Science to Turn Stress and Anxiety Into Confidence and Happiness,â&#x20AC;? a plan for taking control of your reactions to stress. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/23: California Writers Club â&#x20AC;&#x2DC; Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Your Issue?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; With authors Ethan Watters; Meredith Maran; Elizabeth Rosner; Cynthia Omololu. Fourth Sunday of each month. 2-4pm. $5-10. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/23: Joan Gussow Gussow discusses her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing, Older: A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/23: Neil Fiore The author talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Now Habit at Work: Perform Optimally, Maintain Focus, and Ignite Motivation in Yourself and Others.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/25: Bill Shore The social entrepreneur discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men: Inspiration, Vision, and Purpose in the Quest to End Malaria.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/26: Jaimy Gordon The author talks about her 2010 National Book Award-winning novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lord of Misrule.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

01/27: Book Passage and The JCC Present Erica Brown Brown discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things,â&#x20AC;? in which she addresses practical ways to strengthen ethical behavior and to engender greater self-respect and respect others. 7pm. Marin Osher JCC, 200 N San Pedro Road,

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Kid Stuff 01/22: Chinyakare Ensemble Zimbabwean music and dance. 11 a.m. $7-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 01/22: Fish Feeding Frenzy Help Ranger Bill feed the hungry inhabitants of our fresh and saltwater tanks. Watch the different feeding styles of perch, crabs, sea stars, and steelhead trout. 3-3:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.

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01/21: Marin Moonshiners Hike and Picnic Four mile hike with mid hike picnic

of our Bay Area and the affects of it on our way of life. 1:30-2:30pm. Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.

overlooking the Bay as the Sun Sets & the Full Moon Rises. Bring your favorite beverage and picnic dinner. 7:15-10:30pm. $15. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Mill Valley. 331-0100. www.

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01/22: Loving Spoonfuls: Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Soup and Dessert Challenge Unique and scrumptious all-ages fund raiser in which restaurants, service groups, and corporations will chop and dice their way to compete for your vote in this first annual event. Noon-3pm. $15-20. Mill Valley Community Center, Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 459-5999 x101. 01/23: Momsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mini Retreat Join a group of busy moms in the New Year by relaxing and unwinding together, without the kids. Wine & cheese reception, 6-9 p.m. N/A St. Paul Episcopal Church, 1123 Court St., San Rafael. 454-1133. 01/28-30: Gem Faire Fine jewelry, gems, beads, crystals, silver, rocks and minerals. With over 70 worldly exhibitors. Noon-6pm Friday; 10am-6pm Saturday; 10am-5pm Sunday. $7 Marin Center/ Exhibit Hall, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 32 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 21 - JANUARY 27, 2011


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Week of January 20-26, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) This is one of those weeks when sitting at a desk may drive you mad. Not only do you not want to follow any rules, you also do not want to be physically stuck in one place. Your desire for action, challenge and adventure takes over, so that by Saturday you are trying to figure out how you can make a living without being tied down to a job. Now that lucky Jupiter is returning to your sign, this is not an impossible dream. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) As the fame-loving Sun now stands at the top of your chart, this is your week to promote whatever professional progress you have made in the last year. Forget being shy or modest. Present yourself like you’re about to be on the cover of Time. Motivating Mars also gets in on the action as the planet most likely to help you take charge of your future success—but this only lasts a month. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) No matter how vast your knowledge or how well versed you are in the ways of the world, you now want to broaden your horizons. Some of you may do this via reading or studying; some may decide that an extended trip would round out your background research on your next novel. In any case, you are confident, brave and ready to start a new chapter—in your life AND in your novel. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Jupiter’s entry into the enthusiastic sign of Aries is both good and bad news. On one hand, Jupiter boosts your chances of getting ahead in your career by expanding your confidence. On the other, Jupiter’s over-the-top optimism can sometimes inflate your accomplishments beyond their actual value. It’s all a matter of balancing your inner idealist with your inner realist. LEO (July 22 - August 22) One is a lonely number. It is the time of year when you accept that sometimes you benefit from relationships with others. Yes, you are the king or queen of the jungle, but even you need someone to watch your back. This applies to both personal and professional endeavors. It’s not that you must give up your throne. You’re only expected to move over a little so that you have room to share. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) If you established a positive romance in the last year, you can advance it a step forward as opportunities for expanding your intimate life appear. If you are involved in a relationship that is more obsession than true love, you can now find a way to break free. As for work, you are now able to stand on your own. This is encouraging for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. It is also helpful for those who have been assigned two extra jobs due to downsizing. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) This is your month to lighten up and have a good time. You are free to express your romantic nature, your creative talents and your pleasure at being entertained. The playful Sun and boisterous Mars have joined forces to ignite a passion for fun. Just because responsible Saturn keeps insisting you have work to do doesn’t mean you have to actually do it this week. This is why procrastination is referred to as “an art.” SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Home and family can satisfy your current desire for familiarity—getting in touch with your inner feelings is more important than the outer world this month. It’s a good time to check in with loved ones from your past in order to understand what effect those relationships have had on your current sense of emotional well-being. Many of you hide parts of your psyche away. Now that the illuminating Sun is shining on those secrets, it’s time to bring them into the light. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Your ruler, the ever-jovial Jupiter, leaves the sensitive sign of Pisces to enter the assertive sign of Aries. Hence your determinations to conquer hearts, explore uncharted territory and win the lottery. Meanwhile, the demanding duo of the Sun and Mars is insisting that you spend more time with your siblings and/or develop better communication with your neighbors. It is bound to be a busy week. How fortunate that you’re ready for it. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Now that the spotlighting Sun has moved out of your sign, you can get back to business. You are now motivated to figure out new and fast ways of making money. Clever Mercury is providing nonstop ideas while vigorous Mars is providing the necessary energy to execute your goals. As for your romantic life, it may be taking a temporary hiatus. Alert your sweetie. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your birthday cycle has officially begun. And, thanks to the added attraction of energetic Mars in your sign, you are ready to reboot, recharge and rebel against boredom. You are sexy and adventurous in your upcoming year. Your friends admire you. Your neighbors are generous. Your psychic powers are growing. Hey, if you’re not happy with your forecast, you can always turn in your old sign and get the new one... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Lucky Jupiter is leaving your sign on Saturday and going to your MONEY house. You can expect opportunities to pop up that can help you fatten your wallet and increase your net worth. Jupiter may not bring you a winning lottery ticket, but he may bring you an invitation to display your art at a hot new gallery, or a series of gigs at a prestigious live music venue. Now is the time to benefit financially from your talent. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 21, 2011 – JANUARY 27, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125699 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN HOME CARE, 1500 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2123, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: BLUE AND GOLD HOLDINGS LLC., 1500 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2123, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 27, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 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 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 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125603 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PURHAUS, 199 SANTA ROSA AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: RENEE RECH DESIGN INC., 199 SANTA ROSA AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: December 31; January 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125728 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NATURAL AIR BUREAU, 106 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: NORMAN BAUTISTA, 106 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125708 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN MOTO WORKS, 44 HARBOR STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MUCKY LLC, 201 D ST. #13, 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 December 28, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125734 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as XBLUEX, 900 REICHERT AVE. #537, NOVATO, CA 94945: ALP EREN SIMSIR, 900 REICHERT AVE. #537, NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an indi-

vidual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 30, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125607 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EYE OF THE DAY - NORCAL, 825C WEST FRANCISCO BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBERT E BARTEL, 1976 INDEPENDENCE WAY, PETALUMA, CA 94952; ELLEN BARTEL, 1976 INDEPENDENCE WAY, PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 10, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201025695 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN LAW CENTER, 101 LUCAS VALLEY RD. SUITE 380, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: GREGORY R. BROCKBANK, 35 ST FRANCIS LANE, 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 July 1, 2002. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125725 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CALIFORNIA AUTO 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125685 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUCCESS SIGNINGS, 179 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: KELLY WOODALL, 179 OAK MANOR DR., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. 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: January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125769 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as STONE CONSULTING, 2500 DEER VALLEY ROAD APT. 224, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SUEZEN STONE, 2500 DEER VALLEY ROAD APT. 224, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125696 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MULBERRY CLASSROOM, 70 SKYVIEW TERRACE BLDNG C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: MULBERRY CLASSROOM, 70 SKYVIEW TERRACE BLDNG C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2007. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125707 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IPRINT TECHNOLOGIES, 980 MAGNOLIA AVE. #5, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: MTS PARTNERS, INC., 980 MAGNOLIA AVE. #5, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125724 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZOLLNER PRECISION CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS INC., 4380 REDWOOD HWY. #B6, SAN

RAFAEL, CA 94903: ZOLLNER PRECISION CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS INC., 4380 REDWOOD HWY. #B6, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28; February 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125694 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MIT OUT SOUND; M.O.S., 1801 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: REN KLYCE, 802 EVEREST CT., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 23, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125835 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOON HILL VINEYARD; BURNING BENCH CELLARS, 275 NICASIO VALLEY ROAD, NICASIO, CA 94946: DAVID H MEASE, 275 NICASIO VALLEY ROAD, NICASIO, CA 94946. 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 January 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125750 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOGAN BIOTECH, 383 PINEHILL RD. APT. D, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RICK HOLMES, 383 PINEHILL RD. APT. D, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on January 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011125749 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MYETRAVELPLAN, 34 FLEMINGS CT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MICHAEL WALL, 34 FLEMINGS CT., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. 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 January 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125755 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HEALTH & WEALTH, 211 BELVEDERE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: ALEXANDER MALSAYLO, 211 BELVEDERE DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WELLNESS THAI MASSAGE, 607 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: SAOVANEE CONLEY, 5640 CARLOS AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94804. 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 January 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2010125722 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COLLABORATIVE CONSULTING, 521 BROWNING ST., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LORI PETERSON, 521 BROWNING ST., 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 May 1, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 30, 2010. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011)


PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 34 FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 125816 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COMPASS ECONOMICS; HAVEMAN ECONOMIC CONSULTING, 35 TWIN OAKS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JON HAVEMAN, 35 TWIN OAKS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 13, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on January 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011)

997 All Other Legals NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: TIMOTHY MCMAHAN, AKA TIMOTHY MALTZAHN. Case No. PR-1006514. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of TIMOTHY MCMAHAN, AKA TIMOTHY MALTZAHN. A PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT WITH LIMITED AUTHORITY has been filed by: KAREN MALTZAHN in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION AND AUTHORIZATION TO ADMINISTER UNDER THE INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES ACT WITH LIMITED AUTHORITY requests that KAREN MALTZAHN be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: January 18, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: Isidoor Bornstein Esq. SBN 4008, Bornstein Law Office, 100 Larkspur Landing Circle, SUITE 110, Larkspur, CA 949.9. (415) 461-3401. (Publication Dates: January 14, 21, 28, 2011) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: December 23, 2010. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/are: ELIO GARCIA SANCHEZ, ALVARO VALLE HERNANDEZ. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 927 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Type of license(s) Applied for: 41 â “ ON SALE BEER AND WINE â “ Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: January 14, 21, 28 2010) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100181. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HILARY NICOLE OLMSTEAD filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HILARY NICOLE OLMSTEAD to HILARY NICOLE GOODMAN OLMSTEAD. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause,

if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: March 9, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. K, Room K, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: January 12, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1100125. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JIMMY RAY MCCULLUM filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JIMMY RAY MCCULLUM to JIMMY RAY STANFIELD. THE COURT ORDERS that all persons interested in this matter shall appear before this court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any, why the petition for change of name should not be granted. Any person objecting to the name changes described above must file a written objection that includes the reasons for the objection at least two court days before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must appear at the hearing to show cause why the petition should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed, the court may grant the petition without a hearing. NOTICE OF HEARING: February 22, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. K, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: January 11, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011) STATEMENT OF NON-RESPONSIBILITY: “I, Dean G Patyk for D.P. Builders Lic. #434041 and Charles C. Berger for Vision Builders sole proprietorship Lic. #698906 (contractors) hereby and declare that we acted as general contractors under the name of D/P/ Builders and Vision Builders sole proprietorship, J.V. at 39 Caledonia for Matts’ Place, Matts’ Place LLC., Plate Shop and Sean Ivery as an individual (Client/Tenant) starting on or about August 2, 2010 and competed 80% of the project for Permit #B09-680. The Contractor(s) have withdrawn from the work at the above address and vacated the premises due to consecutive non-payment(s) as of on or about November 5, 2010. NO WORK BY CONTRACTOR HAS GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY. The contractors(s) hereby affirm and declare that no work performed by the contractor any and all warranties and or guaranties, written or implied for property damage, labor, and work by subcontractors, materials or and all workmanship typically extended to the client and Building Owners are hereby and forever null and void and do not apply. The contractor(s) further declares and affirms that they are not responsible for any debts and or obligations to subcontractors, material(s) or other incurred liabilities on or by Matts’ Place, Matts’ Place LLC., Sean Ivery project after November 5, 2010 or their affiliates, contractors, workers or others. Any and all work done by others after the vacation of the contractors has been done without his knowledge or control.” Pacific Sun: January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 2011

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When you gave advice to the woman complaining about her husband surfing the Internet for porn and swimsuit photos of Serena Williams, you seemed to have missed a word in her question. That word is “husband.” I doubt people get married with it being OK for another man or woman to be involved in their marriage. Pornography causes great harm to marriages. It’s not OK. It’s not normal. It’s a selfish and destructive choice.—Appalled Wife

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It’s hard to have a rational conversation about porn because people’s first reaction is so often knee-jerk hysteria. I got a lot of that in response to this particular column; for example, as one guy wrote, “Porn focuses on body parts, not on sex. This is how bestiality develops.” Yes, we see that all the time: One week, a guy’s surfing the net for busty blondes; the next, he’s got the hots for the neighbor’s labradoodle. While you seem to be under the mistaken impression that I missed the word “husband” in the woman’s question, you seem to have missed most of the words in my answer. Serena Williams isn’t “involved” in this couple’s marriage; the guy was just using pictures of her to ring some doorbell in his brain. As I explained: “Seeing pictures of hot women activates the ‘reward centers’ in men’s brains— the parts that go ‘Yeah, baby!’ to stuff like drugs, beer and money.” Just as the guy isn’t connecting emotionally with a can of Bud, he isn’t emotionally involved with Serena, who “might as well be a big, tennis-playing ham sandwich.” Not only is it “normal” for men to look at porn, so many men do that what would qualify as deviant behavior would be not looking at it. Men also ogle hot women on the street and everywhere they go, but a man’s forehead doesn’t come with a browser history. If it did, it would likely reflect what one female reader wrote: “My husband once told me that he thinks about having sex with every woman he sees. That’s Every. Single. One.” She keeps this in perspective: “I have absolutely no doubt that he has been completely faithful to me. None. I don’t care (about these thoughts), just like I don’t care that he watches porn on the Internet. My only request is that he keep his anti-virus software up to date.” Sure, porn can pose problems in a marriage or relationship—when used to excess. The same goes for golf clubs, credit cards and Hostess Ding Dongs. Of course, when there are problems, people love to blame the thing being used instead of the person doing the using. This thinking is fed by the damaging contention that addiction is “a disease.” Multiple sclerosis is a disease. You can’t decide to not have multiple sclerosis. You can decide to stop engaging in some behavior. You might not want to stop, it might be terribly hard to stop, but if the stakes are high enough, you will. Just ask some guy who tells you he can’t stop looking at porn. Sorry, but if his house catches fire, he’s not going to sit there at the computer simultaneously getting off and getting crispy. The hysteria about porn is reminiscent of the hysteria surrounding pot from early on, ever since the propaganda classic Reefer Madness depicted it as a demon weed that causes rape, murder, suicide, crazed piano playing and hit-and-run driving. Of course, if you know any potheads, you know the stuff is far more likely to cause them to lieFrom onpage a beanbag chair polishing off the collected works of 9 Sara Lee. Similarly, shrill ravings about porn keep the facts about it from being heard, keeping people from being able to differentiate between porn as a problem and porn as a pastime. This woman’s husband hadn’t stopped showering, going to work or having sex with her to lock himself in a room with the naked sex workers of the World Wide Web. In fact, she described him as a sweet, loving, “deeply caring” man who only watches porn when she’s out and he’s bored. The actual problem in her marriage was her unfounded fears about his porn consumption—which led to her feeling resentful and shutting down between the sheets. This sort of sex and affection strike can compel even a man who wants to be faithful to expand his horizons from sightseeing in the virtual world to getting naked with co-workers and rent-a-booty in the real one. So, as I advised this woman, no man “only has eyes for you,” but if you’d like to keep the rest of your husband’s body parts from wandering, you should see to it that your bedroom isn’t the one place in the world that he can’t get sex. ✹

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