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›› LETTERS No pleasure in Dems’ self-abuse An open letter to Senator Boxer and Congresswoman Pelosi: Thank you for expressing your support for President Obama’s stance in Libya. This is the right thing to do for many reasons. First, it’s a humanitarian mission—the U.S. should never stand by while innocents are slaughtered by a tyrannical leader. Second, it’s vital to our standing in the world that we be consistently supportive of democratic movements—particularly in the Middle East. For too long, we’ve been viewed in that region—rightly—as being on the side of the tyrants. For the sake of world peace and our own homeland security, we should do everything in our power to try to correct both the image and the reality. Finally, it’s just plain stupid on the part of Democrats to pile on with attacks against a Democratic president— especially this one who, against all odds, has been doing a bang-up job of hauling us out of a brutal recession, starting the process of reforming healthcare and goading us toward a more environmentally sensible future. Haven’t the Dems noticed that self-abuse doesn’t win elections? Jill Kramer, San Anselmo

Suddenly the song ‘Black Squirrel’ takes on whole new meaning... I’m responding to Jason Walsh’s recent profile of Metallica singer James Hetfield [“And the Abandoned Played On,” Feb. 25]. Hetfield is quoted as praising the “beautiful landscape” of Marin, something I, as a Lucas Valley resident, agree with. That’s part of the reason why I’m so troubled by Mr. Hetfield’s pre-appli-

cation to build a sprawling subdivision off of Lucas Valley Road, something that will significantly alSteward of the land, or developer ter the pastoral from hell? landscape of our beautiful valley, not to mention have untold effects on the environment and animals who will be affected by this project. A recent community meeting demonstrated significant concern among residents about the impact of this proposed development on the Lucas Valley community. In the article, Mr. Hetfield seems interested in portraying himself as “one of the people.” I hope that he is willing to listen to his neighbors and consider how his plans will affect the people and environment surrounding him. H.S., Lucas Valley

You condone always get what you want... Kimberly Clark’s latest letter [“Short, Yes... Not So Sure About ‘Sweet,’” March 18, in which she questions letter-writer Eric Fransen’s defense of Tea Party rhetoric] states that if I was honest I would admit to secretly not complaining about Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting. I resent her a priori implication that I am not honest (“if he was honest, he would...”) and it is fact that the Tea Party never condoned her shooting and publicly condemned it. To support my point shortly and sweetly, I Googled “tea party condones giffords shooting.” Google returned alternate results for “tea party condemns giffords shooting.” The Tea Party must be paying Google off to keep “secret” all of the “condones” results

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Trials where trial belong The President of the United States is not stupid, nor is Attorney General Eric Holder so there has to be some other explanation for their bizarre attempt to try war criminals ... Single: The half-plus-seven-year itch Apparently, the article about Don growing up hit a nerve, because disgruntled men wrote me to protest. Calm down, Peter Pans. If you don’t want to grow up and need to recaptur... Ethnic diversity evades Marin, says census Marin’s the whitest county in the Bay Area, according to the just-released 2010 census figures—and it’s only getting whiter.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› pacificsun.com and get all of the “condemns” results to the top of the pile... Speaking of the “violent rhetoric” Ms. Clark mentions, anybody catch in late February Democratic Rep. Gordon Hintz yelling “You’re f---ing dead!” in the face of Republican Rep. Michelle Litjens on the floor of the Wisconsin House? Eric Fransen, San Rafael

Yes, but upgrade does include free flight to nearest store... A short time ago I was at Borders buying a CD, and the cashier invited me to upgrade my membership. For $20 a year, I What good is 20 percent could get further off at a store that’s 100 discounts besides percent closed? the occasional 20-percent-off coupons, plus other bonuses from time to time. It sounded good, so I signed up for it. Two days later, Borders made the announcement that there would be many store closings, including the store on Union Square. Last month, I was at Borders again, and asked whether the San Rafael store was in danger of closing. I was told that they do very good business, and they would stay open. Then the other week, I saw on the news that the San Rafael store would be closing in May! Now, I can see a company having to close some stores and lay off some people if business isn’t great, especially in these hard times; but to promote a bogus “upgrade” just before you make this announcement, and make the unsuspecting employees into shills to promote such a sleazy business practice, is completely disgusting to me. So I went back to Borders, with my Borders card (which I cut up and threw into the garbage when I got home), and demanded and received, from some poor harried employee, a full refund (she had only been told last night). I assured her that I had nothing but sympathy for her and the other employees who unwittingly assisted in this bogus scheme and, as a reward, are soon to be laid off. I suspect that this store was targeted for this fake “upgrade” because Borders knew that it would be closing soon. It’s obvious that the Borders CEO has learned a lot from such good teachers as Madoff, Abramoff

and other greedy and unscrupulous sleazeballs. When I unsubscribed online, I was asked to give a reason, and I happily wrote in the box “sleazy business practices.” I hope some other soon-to-be-laid-off employee gets to see it and gets a laugh out of it. Folks, buy your books at neighborhood bookstores, like Book Passage in Corte Madera, Booksmith in San Anselmo, Rebound on Fourth Street in San Rafael, etc. Borders doesn’t deserve your business! Lil Walters, San Rafael

›› Oops! (Welcome to the Dollhouse edition) In this year’s rousing Best of Marin salute to the flapper era [“Roaring Marin,” March 25], we must have been so busy brewing up our own homegrown bathtub gin—for research purposes only, we swear—that we overlooked Easy Street Cafe’s induction into our Best of Marin Hall of Fame. Easy Street was named Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant by our readers five times in a row—earning it a place in the vaunted hall for two years—and we can’t think of a better place for families to go for a relaxing meal. Aside from tasty food at reasonable prices, Easy Street’s true inspiration is its “kids’ section”—a giant dollhouse at the center of the restaurant—where the young ones stay entertained while Mom and Dad watch quietly from their tables a few blessed feet away. Quality time, indeed. Way to go, Easy Street!

›› Oops! (Toys in the Attic edition) On page 73 of our recent Best of Marin issue we incorrectly credited the current Hall of Fame business in our Best Toy Store category. The 2011-2012 Hall of Fame toy store, A Child’s Delight, has been delighting children for years—in fact, it’s delighted Pacific Sun readers so much they’ve voted it top toy store for five years in a row, placing it in the BOM hall for this year and next. Way to keep the kids (and parents) smiling, A Child’s Delight!

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hortly after midnight on March 24, Shawn Marshall sent out an email. “I want to share the good news about an organization, LEAN Energy US, that my colleague Megan Matson and I have launched to support the replication of community aggregation models like Marin Clean Energy around the country. Energy aggregation is a powerful tool in the acceleration of local energy independence, green power supply, and consumer choice.” The next morning, Marshall left for Lake Tahoe to join Supervisor Charles McGlashan and some of his colleagues for a ski getaway. On Sunday, McGlashan, the guiding light of Marin Clean Energy (MCE) and chair of the Marin Energy Authority (MEA), died of an apparent heart attack. “The last thing I did before leaving was send the email,” says Marshall, who serves on the Mill Valley City Council and is vice chair of the MEA, the joint powers agency that oversees MCE, the first community choice public power agency in California to go live and supply power to customers. The new organization is a natural outgrowth of the road McGlashan followed to create MCE. During the sometimes tortuous process, McGlashan often noted the numerous calls and inquiries from around the country seeking information about the experience. LEAN continues McGlashan’s

vision of offering Marin as a guide. While McGlashan’s colleagues on the clean-energy front mourn his loss and pay tribute to him, they also are pushing forward with his vision for public power. The board of MEA and the MCE staff also remain dedicated as well, says Marshall. McGlashan was a founding member of the LEAN board of directors. The genesis of LEAN took place last summer, shortly after MCE started supplying power. A group from Oak Park, Illinois, came to San Rafael to meet with the group who had bucked an investor-owned monopoly utility. Marshall, McGlashan and MCE staff met with the Illinois team, which included a sustainability director and, among others, John Kelly, the deputy director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative. Kelly had worked with Oak Park on a public power program. “They were coming to Marin to do some reconnaissance,” says Marshall, “to see what we were up to. At that meeting, Charles said to John, ‘You know, we have this idea about launching a national organization that would be focused on the expansion of community choice [public power] across the country, and Shawn is working on a white paper, and maybe you guys should talk.’ That’s the seed of the connection between LEAN and the Galvin Initiative.” 10 >

Local stores can ‘adapt’ to Target, says study A “community impact study” on the potential economic effects of bringing a Target store to eastern San Rafael was released by the city Wednesday—and it says that local stores should be able to “successfully adapt” to increased competition from the Minneapolis retail-grocery giant. The study, commissioned by the city of San Rafael and conducted by AECOM consulting firm, found that the city would enjoy a net increase of 3.6 percent in retail sales by 2015 and generate about 164 new jobs. The study estimates a $646,000 annual fiscal benefit to the city. It found that “general merchandise” stores are lacking in San Rafael and a Target store— proposed at a site near the Home Depot—would alleviate the “significant under supply” to meet community demand. The study acknowledges a detrimental effect on existing grocery and drug stores— estimating a 2.9 percent decline in sales and a loss of about 36 jobs by 2015. The consultants interviewed planning staff and chambers of commerce members in six similar-sized cities that had approved a Target: Novato, Davis, Livermore, Napa, San Mateo and Walnut Creek. None of the interviewees from those towns could directly attribute local store closures to Target. The study offered helpful advice to stores feeling the Target squeeze: Lengthening store hours was mentioned by a Novato interviewee; offering high-end products not found in Target was advised in Davis; while folks in Livermore and Walnut Creek denied that downtown retailers compete with Target at all. Read the full report at www.cityofsanrafael.org. Crime low at Novato’s low-income units Novato’s affordable-housing debate concerns several issues—but crime shouldn’t be among them, according to the Novato Police Department. Novato’s need to provide more than 300 low-income housing units in the community— in order to fulfill workforce housing requirements imposed by the Association of Bay Area Governments—has been the hottest issue in town since last summer when the Planning Commission made public a number of sites under consideration to be rezoned for housing. But instead of welcome mats, many folks in the community put up Not In My Back Yard roadblocks—citing urban blight and crime that they say accompanies affordable housing. But in a presentation before the Novato City Council Tuesday, Police Chief Joseph Kreins said that the 10 already existing multi-family apartment complexes in town accounted for less than 4 percent of the crime last year in Novato. Kreins agreed that some lower-rent apartment complexes have more crime than others—Wyndover Estates at Center and Diablo was named—but he said those problems can be successfully addressed through management’s cooperation with neighbors and police. Kreins added that overall crime in Novato is down by about 1 percent from where it was three years ago. Ethnic diversity evades Marin, says census numbers Marin’s the whitest county in the Bay Area, according to the just-released 2010 census figures—and it’s only getting whiter. Seven of the 10 whitest communities in the Bay Area are in Marin—including San Anselmo, Ross, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, Kentfield, Inverness and Black Point-Green Point. Topping the list is Belvedere, whose population of 1,940 people is 94 percent white. Several communities’ ethnic diversity has even dropped in the last decade, including Ross, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls and Black Point-Green Point, the area northeast of Novato, which has gotten 13 percent whiter since the 2000 census. The county has already agreed to take action to increase accessibility to the county for minorities and other lower income groups. A year ago the U.S. Department of Urban Housing and Development castigated Marin for having “failed to comply” with anti-discrimination statutes within the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Marin, as a whole, is about 85 percent white, but, as HUD points out, African-American and Latino residents are largely segregated to two communities—Marin City and the Canal area of San Rafael, respectively. For Marin, whose citizenry by and large presents itself as a community that supports diversity, there is little good news in the census demographic numbers. That being said, a couple of the county’s whitest communities have made small strides in a diverse direction: San Anselmo has lowered its percentage of white people from 91.8 percent down to 90 percent since the 2000 census; Kentfield has gone from 92.6 percent down to 91 percent. And while Belvedere may be the whitest town in the Bay Area, its 94 percent whiteness is an improvement over its 99.8 percent count in 2000. Based on its current population, that means Belvedere had only 3.8 non-white people in 2000. Bike numbers shifting to high gear, according to report Marin is putting its pedal where its mouth is, according to a recent study by the Marin County Department of Public Works, which shows that weekday county cycling rates increased about 46 percent from 2007 to 2010. On weekends, the survey found cycling jumped 85 percent since the count began four years ago and 159 percent since the first count 12 years ago. Not only that, but 11 > according to the findings, biking numbers have increased 135 percent since 1999.

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1. A bronze statue of a cartoon character and his dog stands in downtown Santa Rosa. Name these characters, and the Santa Rosa resident who created them. 2. In which hand does the Statue of Liberty hold her flame? 3. What four instruments make up a string quartet? 4. The body and head of what animal is encased in bony plated armor? 5. Can you name the two U.S. presidents who were grandfather and grandson? 6. What two U.S. states were named after Queen Elizabeth I? 7. Pictured, below: All these films were directed by well-known actors. Who are they? 7a. 1990: Dances with Wolves 7a 7b 7b. 1994: Quiz Show 7c. 1995: Dead Man Walking 7d. 2005: Good Night, and Good Luck. 8. The Amish, who live a very simple life, are members of what Protestant denomination? 9. Twenty thousand residents of Pompeii and Herculaneum died in 79 A.D. after the eruption of what volcano? 10. The Rubik’s cube 7c 7d was invented in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a sculptor and professor of architecture from what Eastern European country? BONUS QUESTION: This musical artist has a geographical name; her 1985 album became the best-selling debut album of all time. Who is she? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the ‘Pacific Sun,’ we’ll give you credit!

▲ Diane Alper of Sausalito dropped off her dull knives and gardening tools at Kelly’s Edge Sharpening on the frontage road in Strawberry. The next afternoon, when she stopped by to pick up her belongings, she didn’t have enough cash to pay the tab. As trusting proprietor Len Kelly handed her the knives and tools, he said, “Just stop by when you can.” Though Alper didn’t return to pay him the almost 10-buck difference until three weeks later, he wasn’t concerned. She reports that Kelly’s sharpening work was excellent, the prices reasonable and the customer service was “WOW.” Len Kelly of Kelly’s Edge Sharpening, your way of doing business makes you our Hero and it’s the reason we think locals should go out of their way to patronize Marin’s local shops.

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▼With the high demand and restricted supply of the iPad 2, customers line up at Apple locations. Raymond of San Rafael arrived at the Corte Madera store at 1am a couple of weeks ago, waiting in the heavy rain. With only two people ahead of him, he thought he’d get the model he coveted. The two turned into six, the others were waiting in the car. Folks behind Raymond explained that the six were first in line every night, buying the max of two each, which they exported to China. Undaunted, Raymond stuck it out until 7:30am, when the purchase tickets were passed out. The group in front of him took the allotment of the model he wanted and Raymond left empty-handed. Sure, Apple set it up this way, but that doesn’t make it right. It just makes greedy resellers nothing more than a bunch of Zeroes. —Nikki Silverstein

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simple enough, cautioned the writer— think again. Because in “each corner of the screen is a flashing energy dot!” Wait, there was more. “You control a yellow circle that looks years ago like a happy face except that it has a mouth that constantly moves in a munching motion,” reported the journalist. “The enemy consists of four different-colored ghosts Marin had Pac-Man fever 30 years ago that chase you around this week. trying to gobble you It was April of 1981 up—but when you and the nation was reach one of the transfixed by such flashing dots and eat world-changing events it, the bad guys all as the launch of the turn blue and you space shuttle Columhave a few seconds bia, the first reports to gobble them up.” of weakened immune Adding to the systems in L.A.-area confusion, lamented gay men, and assasthe reporter, “a piece sination attempts on of fruit appears in U.S. President Ronald the middle of the Reagan and Cathoscreen and you’re lic Pope John Paul II. supposed to gobble Marin residents, howthat up, too.” Each ever, were preoccupied level of play featured with more pressing a more prize-worthy matters—like escaping edible. from a rudimentarily Doelger felt it constructed labyrinth was important to before being devoured consider Pac-Man by a band of relentless from a sociocultural poltergeists. perspective. It had been less “If the last than a year since the Through a maze, darkly—Novato Billiards, 1981. electronic game you first “Pakkuman” played was Pong, machines got the you’re in for a serious jolt of future shock,” pachinko kicked out of them by an unimshe wrote. “Games today talk to you. Now pressed Japanese population—but it took for your quarter, you can be frustrated, little time after its October release in the defeated and verbally abused.” Novato BilStates for Pac-Man to gobble its way into liards manager and avid Pac-Man aficiothe hearts of Reagan-era Americans. With nado Lee Simon estimated that a person its emphasis on mindless, unremitting could spend $75 and play the game 300 consumption enabled by the scarfing of precious stimulants, Me Decade Marinites times before even getting to the intermediate level. “Of course,” cautioned Simon, exposited a particular fondness for the while pausing to eschew a ghost named game. From Greenbrae Lanes to Novato Clyde, “that’s if you’re coordinated.” Billiards to Straw Hat Pizza, it was virtu“That means,” contextualized Doelger, ally impossible to bowl, shoot stick or re“someone might spend $400 and never quest extra cheese without being tempted make it past strawberry.” by the pizza-shaped seducer. In its effort But as groundbreaking as the game to codify why such a simple video game was, paying good money to help a crudely had cast a stranglehold upon the nation’s drawn yellow circle eat up a bunch of youth, the Pacific Sun dispatched writer white dots could one day seem like a pretty Susan Doelger to the area’s roughest and clear waste of a person’s precious time, toughest arcades in order to properly admitted Simon—who then turned back diagnose this new affliction known as to the machine, polished off a power pill “Pac-Man fever.” and gobbled up both Inky and Blinky in She began with the basics. “The playing one fell swoop. field is a maze of paths,” explained Doel“Yes!” cried Simon. He’d just made it to ger in her story “Life After Pong.” “And grape. ✹ along each path is a trail of little white Do the Donkey Kong with Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com. dots called energy dots.” If that sounds “I got a pocket full of quarters, and I’m headed to the arcade—I don’t have a lot of money, but I’m bringing everything I made!”— video-game-song duo Buckner and Garcia

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< 8 LEAN on MCE The Galvin Electricity Initiative launched in 2005. Founder Robert Galvin served for more than 30 years at Motorola, Inc., where he was CEO and chairman when he departed. The idea grew out of the massive blackouts in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada in 2003 that left about 50 million people in the dark. The core is the Perfect Power System, which promotes consumer control over an energy grid rather than ceding control to monolithic utilities. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an idea that parallels what could be the ultimate result of community choice aggregation (public power) in California. Marshall released the LEAN white paper in January with the title, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forming a National Community Choice Aggregation Network: Feasibility, Findings and Recommendations.â&#x20AC;? After submitting the paper to the Galvin Initiative, Marshall and her founding partner in LEAN, Megan Matson, learned that Galvin liked it. That led to an infusion of funds from Galvin to the tune of â&#x20AC;&#x153;a couple of hundred thousand dollars,â&#x20AC;? says Marshall, the executive director of LEAN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They deďŹ nitely saw the value [of the proposal] because they are very engaged in expanding [community choice] in the Midwest and on the East Coast. It was a great alliance to try and go national.â&#x20AC;? Matson played an important role in getting LEAN out of the starting gate, working with Marshall to accomplish all the tasks needed to form a nonproďŹ t organization.

Matson, LEANâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategy and policy director, is a grassroots political consultant who founded another nonproďŹ t organization, Mainstreet Moms Organize or Bust, which grew out of dissatisfaction with the Bush administration. In 2006, Matson and her organization began investigating climate change and looking for solutions. MCE was an obvious candidate, says Matson, and the group started focusing on outreach and advocacy efforts with the goal of spreading the public power model across the Bay Area, the state and the country. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the goal at the Galvin Initiative, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;had been researching best practices that really empower consumers and communities to take charge of their energy future,â&#x20AC;? says Kelly; he, along with Marshall and Daniel Douglass, is on the founding LEAN board of directors. Douglass is a principal in Douglass & Liddell, a ďŹ rm that specializes in energy law issues. (McGlashanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seat will be ďŹ lled eventually, and the board will expand to seven members.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have concluded that there are [some] basic market transformations that need to occur,â&#x20AC;? says Kelly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One is empowering consumers through pricing, net metering and other policy reforms that value consumer participation in the marketplace. The second area we identiďŹ ed was that cities are really a critical partner for both utilities and for clean-power procurement. We have been working on policies that empower communities. Community choice aggregation start-

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< 8 Newsgrams The public works department has been surveying cycling numbers annually for the past four years, as part of the county Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. The most recent count prior to that was 1999. The study, released at the end of March, includes data from 23 locations throughout Marin. Walking rates experienced slower growthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;growing on weekdays by 10 percent since 2007 and on weekends by 34 percent. Supervisor Susan Adams said the numbers confirm that putting county funds toward projects that promote bike and pedestrian travel â&#x20AC;&#x153;are paying dividends in improving mobility and enhancing our communities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seeing the increases in walking and bicycling confirms that our investments in walking and bicycling facilities are paying dividends in improving mobility and enhancing our communities.â&#x20AC;? Public Works Director Farhad Mansourian simply said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pleased the county has the financial resources from the Nonmotorized Transportation program to go ahead with such big projects as the recent renovation of the Cal Park Tunnel bike-and-pedestrian pathway linking San Rafael with Larkspur Landing. The Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program is a federal program to study whether construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, in addition to public outreach, can effectively encourage cycling and walking in place of automobile travel. As part of the program, Marin receives $25 million toward such projects.

Live venue for Dead bassist? Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh confirmed Tuesday that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead set on purchasing a local building in order to open a new live music venue in Marin. Posting on his Philzone.org fan site, Lesh called it a â&#x20AC;&#x153;longtime dreamâ&#x20AC;? to open a comfortable gathering place for the community to â&#x20AC;&#x153;commingle and enjoy good music.â&#x20AC;? The ostensible name being bandied about for the venue is Terrapin Landing, a nod toward the Deadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1977 album Terrapin Station. A source at Good Earth Organic and Natural Foods store in Fairfax said the health food storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s building at 1966 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. has been mentioned as a possible siteâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Good Earth is moving to new digs at 720 Center Blvd. in the autumn. Still, most folks are pretty much â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the darkâ&#x20AC;? about plans as, according to town officials, the 71-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet filed any permits or made any official inquiries with the town. Lesh was part owner of a Fairfax music venue called River City in the 1970s. These days the bassist splits his time between his Ross residence and touring with fellow former Dead member Bob Weir in a band they formed called Further.

McGlashan shared. debatable. But providing cleaner renewable Matson has been doing just that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;staypower in a quantity greater than the utilities ing in touch with emergent communities, is not. Nor are the ďŹ nancial beneďŹ ts to local learning from the different resources they communities that create their own versions are pulling together, learning how to support of MCE. LEAN is dedicated to spreading the the diversity of communities looking atâ&#x20AC;? word and forming alliances. public power. Last week she went to Sonoma One of the next steps for LEAN is County, where an effort called Sonoma creating a public power startup fund to Clean Power contemplates a public power help communities through the vulnerable operation similar to MCE. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most speakers time during public power formation. The paid tribute to Charles and see the work they LEAN plan would seek private money are doing now as honoring that local governments can what he built.â&#x20AC;? match to fund the planning The currently positive The LEAN White Paper and development before a business model at MCE Read the white paper and public power agency goes scores points in other com- learn more about LEAN at live. That process took munities. The Clean Energy http://leanenergyus.org/ about $2 million in Marin Alliance in the East Bay is County, notes Marshall, but on a public power track. that amount paid at least in The Sierra Club has backed renewable part for the cost of trailblazing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not public power as a major tool to combat likely to cost quite as much in the future greenhouse gas emissions. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a move because templates have been established,â&#x20AC;? afoot. says Marshall. Creating templates is a But at the local level, down in the weeds, LEAN goal, one that McGlashan shared. as politicians like to say, the issue of money Marshall says LEAN would like to name is omnipresent. To pass political muster at the public power expansion fund in honor of city councils and boards of supervisors, a McGlashan. It would be a ďŹ tting tribute. â&#x153;š public power proposal must meet or beat Contact the writer at peter@pseidman.com. the ďŹ nancial reality of the investor-owned Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your county, speak up at utilities. Whether public power can do that â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ csun.com at every twist and turn of rate adjustments is

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A mid-level Presbyterian appellate court has upheld the Rev. Jane Spahr’s conviction on charges she violated her ordination vows and the church constitution when she officiated at 16 legal same-sex weddings. The 68year-old minister plans to appeal the ruling to her church’s highest court. “I see it as an educational opportunity,” Spahr told a group of supporters, including some of the couples whose marriages the church attacked, as they gathered to discuss the ruling in San Rafael last week. “We’re part of the curriculum.” At the conclusion of Spahr’s August trial in a Napa church, a panel of ministers and church elders grudgingly rebuked the lesbian evangelist for performing the 2008 statesanctioned gay and lesbian weddings and simultaneously pronounced their love for her. Last week, an ecclesiastical appeals court decision also highlighted the church’s conflict over homosexual marriage. Now that five states and the District of Columbia recognize same-gender marriages, clergy have been forced to choose between the Bible’s directive for inclusiveness and possible sanctions for violating hazy and evolving church rules. Sitting as the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Pacific, nine ministers and church elders from throughout the western United States heard Spahr’s appeal in a makeshift courtroom in an Oakland motel last month. In a written ruling issued last week, the commission called on the church’s highest court and its legislative body to clarify its position on the role ministers may play in gay and lesbian weddings. Ironically, based on an earlier decision in another same-sex marriage case against Spahr, the commission ruled she lacked authority to perform same-

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gender church weddings. But the commission wondered if Presbyterian ministers may perform same-gender civil marriages. “Our concern is for those [Presbyterian Church] USA clergy who wish to officiate at a same-gender civil wedding,” the ruling says. “What would such a minister need to do to faithfully perform a civil wedding while conforming to PCUSA polity regarding ecclesiastical weddings? Would a Minister of Word and Sacrament be faithful to PCUSA polity, for example, if they officiated in a civil wedding outside a church plant...? Or, is it a violation of church polity for PCUSA clergy to officiate at a civil same-gender wedding in all circumstances?” In an unusually bold move, the commission took the church’s highest court to task for overstepping its bounds in disciplining ministers who perform gay marriages. The synod commission found that the church’s high court “appears to have usurped the legislative province of the General Assembly when it created a new basis for discipline” in the earlier same-sex marriage case against Spahr. The church’s high court acquitted Spahr in April 2008. But it did so in a tangled decision—one that continues to haunt her and the gay and lesbian Presbyterian community. The first decision exonerated Spahr of charges related to her officiating at the weddings of two lesbian couples, one in New York in 2004 and another in Mendocino in 2005. But the ruling neither slammed the church door shut for gays and lesbians who want to marry, nor did it open it. The high court said Spahr did not violate church law prohibiting same-sex marriages because the 2004 and 2005 lesbian weddings were not and could not be marriages. At the time, same-gender marriage was not legal in New York or California. Just two weeks after Spahr’s confusing acquittal, while Presbyterians were still struggling to figure out its implications, the California Supreme Court handed down a completely different ruling. It unequivocally gave gay and lesbian couples the legal right to marry. Spahr’s lawyers immediately asked the church court to clarify its position in light of the California court’s landmark ruling. But the church court refused to elaborate, and Spahr began performing weddings for her gay and lesbian friends. Sara Taylor and Sherrie Holmes of Novato were first in line. Taylor, a lawyer who attended seminary but could not be ordained as a minister after disclosing her sexual preference, worked as Spahr’s attorney for four years during the minister’s first round of ecclesiastical marriage trials. Instead of serving as Spahr’s

Rev. Spahr, ministering at the 2008 Civic Center wedding of Holmes and Taylor.

attorney in the Napa trial, Taylor testified as one of the brides. But in March, wearing her thick gold wedding band, she was one of the attorneys defending Spahr during the Oakland hearing before the synod commission. “Please make no mistake,” Taylor told the commission, “the Rev. Spahr believes these marriages to be holy in the eyes of God.” Scott Clark, a lawyer and Presbyterian minister who lives in San Rafael with the partner he married in 2008, recounted how the trial judges who convicted Spahr apologized to the gay and lesbian couples who testified about their marriages. Clark told the synod commission that the trial judges implored the appeals courts to read a transcript of the couples’ testimony. Each of 10 couples recounted the humiliating discrimination they experienced, their joy about being able to legally marry and have their marriages recorded in church and state record books and their dismay that the church charged their beloved minister with performing their ceremonies. Clark argued that nothing in the church’s constitution prohibits a minister from blessing a same-sex marriage. He also said that the trial court erred in believing that the prior Spahr decision set the law. The prosecutor, Mendocino County retired attorney and church elder Joan Blackstone, argued that the 2008 Spahr decision does prohibit Presbyterian ministers from performing same-sex marriages. She likened the prohibition to a prior prohibition against divorced people remarrying in the church. When she married the first time, in 1950, Blackstone told the commission she could not be wed in her own church because her husband had been divorced. “The church can still welcome the family, can still baptize the children after their civil marriage,” Blackstone said. “Under the laws of our church we cannot recognize as marriage a marriage between two same-gender people.” Blackstone called Spahr a “dear, longstanding friend.” The prosecutor and her late second husband, San Francisco police sergeant

Elliott Blackstone, both sat on the board of directors of a nonprofit Spahr started in San Rafael in the early 1980s to help gays and lesbians. The San Francisco gay community lionized Elliott Blackstone as a hero for his role as a liaison between them and the police. Joan Blackstone argued that a Presbyterian minister would violate church rules simply by signing a same-sex marriage license. Anne Towler and Virginia Thibeaux listened carefully to the arguments in the Oakland makeshift courtroom about ministers being allowed to marry gays and lesbians in civil ceremonies. Their Presbyterian pastor obtained a civil license to perform weddings for a day and married the lesbian couple civilly in a ceremony in their San Anselmo church in August 2008—when same-sex marriage was legal, before voters narrowly approved Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban. Nevertheless, Towler said, “The fact is she’s a Presbyterian minister, and you can’t not be a Presbyterian minister for a day.” “You want me to be in the closet first about my sexuality, and then you want me to be in the closet about my faith,” Spahr said after the Napa trial. “You will not bifurcate me anymore. “Don’t take away our joy. You can’t take away our joy.” Spahr’s attorneys expect their appeal to be heard late this year or early next year in the church’s headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. Until then, the preacher who a few years ago moved from her home in San Rafael to San Francisco to devote herself to the care of her granddaughter, is praying for change. Spahr ended last week’s gathering at her friend’s San Rafael home to discuss the appellate decision with a prayer: “We pray for all those who don’t understand that their hearts may be open.” ✹ Contact Ronnie at ronniecohen@comcast.net.

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Meet the Marinites who won’t stop pestering the pesticide industry Mother Nature’s little helpers: Bottom row from left, Yannick Philips, Debbie Friedman, Ginger Souders-Mason, Sandy Ross, Kraemer Winslow, Marie Chan; top row from left, Carolyn Cohan, Jeanice Skvaril, Maggie Sergio, Stacey Weinberg-Dieve, Andrea Sumits, Debbie Raphael, Valerie Wynn. by Annie Spie ge lman

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n early 2009, Marin resident Paul Apffel meticulously combed through Marin County public records. But unlike most who visit the recorder’s office, the former prosecutor wasn’t on the hunt for dusty old certificates or proofs of parcel. He was scouring for evidence of the county’s illegal use of pesticides—pesticides classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as “possible human carcinogens” or, in other words, possibly cancer causing. The records revealed that such pesticides, which by law are banned for use by all Marin County departments, were sprayed frequently in local parks and public places between 1999 and 2009. One particularly gnarly pesticide, Oryzalin, an herbicide that doubled and tripled the rate of breast tumors in animal tests, persists for months in the soil after each application—and is especially toxic to dogs. Isoxaben, another possible carcinogen, was also shown to have been sprayed frequently. According to the EPA, Isoxaben’s primary target organ in animals such as rats, mice and dogs is the liver. Apffel discovered that the county had

sprayed illegal pesticides 269 times over the course of a decade—or, about 27 times a year—in such places as McInnis Park in San Rafael, Stafford Lake in Novato, McNears Beach in San Rafael, Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon and the Civic Center. OK readers, please put down your 100 percent recycled, organic, free-range pitchforks and listen up! That’s the bad news. However, the story has a happy ending, I swear, thanks to a group of vigilant, informed and gutsy moms. ●

OVER THE PAST few decades, Marin County has actually been at the forefront of environmentally responsible pest management, reducing its pesticide use by more than 75 percent since the 1980s. This is due, in part, to the efforts of folks like Sandy Ross and Ginger Souders-Mason. It all started more than two decades ago when, after organizing representatives from 45 different environmental organizations, this dynamic duo created Marin’s original Integrated Pest Management Ordinance. By the mid-’90s, an 11-member

IPM Commission was created to oversee implementation of a county law that bans the use of any ingredient classified by the EPA as a human carcinogen, “probable” human carcinogen or “possible” human carcinogen on county-maintained land. (The law allows exceptions, but first requires the approval of the IPM Commission.) Marin’s first official IPM Ordinance went into effect in 1998. Just what is IPM, or integrated pest management? It is a pest-control decision-making process that looks at the entire ecosystem instead of just isolating one plant or pest. In other words, it’s an effort to see the forest for the trees when planning longterm pest control. Integrated Pest Management started buzzing nationally in the 1970s in response to farmers’ health concerns, pest-resistance issues and the high costs associated with synthetic pesticides. IPM programs combine a variety of scientifically proven measures such as precise monitoring, adding compost and mulch to the soil, choosing native species, releasing beneficial insects, setting traps and barriers and, as a last resort, spraying the least-

toxic pesticide in site-specific areas. “Every city, town, district or public agency should have an updated IPM ordinance and policy, especially all of the schools,” says Ross, former president of the Marin Health Council. “We saw at the county that without strict, accountable guidelines, one or more persons can precipitate major violations and hide them from the public and governing bodies.” After Apffel found the alarming number of violations of the original 1998 law, a group of concerned women joined forces from a broad ensemble of citizen groups. These included Mothers of Marin Against the Spray, Sustainable Novato and Fairfax, Teens Turning Green, Pesticide Watch, EcoMom Alliance, Pesticide Free Zone, Mothers Advocating for Children’s Health and Moms for Clean Air. This collection of lawyers, doctors, activists and scientist-moms banded together to update Marin’s 10-year-old IPM Ordinance, which needed considerable strengthening. The group attended multiple county meetings with the 11-member IPM Commission, which had been working closely with Supervisor Susan Adams to rewrite and 14 > APRIL 8 - APRIL 14, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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Bride of the spray Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside... The California Department of Food and Agriculture, the same agency that sprayed Santa Cruz with pesticides from airplanes in 2008 to eradicate the light brown apple moth (LBAM)—but was stopped by public outrage from spraying in the North Bay— has hired a contractor to prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). If approved, this would authorize the state to undertake any tools available—for any bug it considers a danger. The state would not be legally required to notify the public of: (1) the true threat from each particular insect; and (2) the health implications from the chemicals in proposed pesticide sprays. Californians would have no chance of stopping a program that is unsafe and/or unnecessary, like the one planned for LBAM. Here’s a quick recap for those not familiar with this humdrum moth: The CDFA has recently admitted in its own reports that the LBAM has not caused any serious damage. The National Academies of Sciences report on the LBAM program, along with many

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of Supervisors.” The new IPM Ordinance and Policy also eliminates all carcinogens from the county’s “approved list.” This virtually eliminates the use of endocrine disruptors— those attack the body’s hormones; DDT and PCB are two infamous examples—and creates benchmarks for reducing the use of other harmful products used in pest control. There is now a new “approved pesticides” list and a “special use” list, which is vetted by the IPM Commission and the public, and must be approved by the Board of Supervisors annually. There is also greater transparency, oversight and public access to detailed information about county pesticide use. The controversial weed killer Roundup is thankfully being phased out and has been replaced with AquaMaster. But a future goal is to eliminate the use of all glyphosate herbicides, including AquaMaster. “It is far better to have weeds in our medians and yards than to expose ourselves and our children to these harmful glyphosate products, which have been linked to birth defects,” says Carolyn Cohan, clinical psychologist and MOMAS board member. The appointment of an independent IPM Coordinator, separate from the overburdened Department of Agriculture, is another critical change. The board designated Ed Hulme of the Parks and Open Space Department as the county’s interim IPM coordinator to manage the many challenges of reducing the use of harmful pesticides while controlling and preventing pests. “New science is progressing and there are many new less-toxic products that we have had success with on a wide scale. It’s very positive,” says Hulme. “Compared to the original 34 sites that the county managed, we now manage 129 sites. The astute Board of Supervisors leading scientists, insists the program, as well as the government’s response to it “is not based on current science.” Ouch! UC Davis entomologist James Carey, who has been working with exotic pests since 1980 and was a key scientist in the decades-old battle against the Mediterranean fruit fly explained, “The light brown apple moth is not a serious pest. And even if it was a more serious pest, there is zero chance to eradicate it. There are millions of pockets of these.” Encouraging a shift to sustainable agriculture by incorporating IPM practices would make farms more resilient to all pests from the soil up. Other countries have done just that in dealing with this particular pest and have successfully demoted this attentionstealing moth’s starring role down to a movie-extra, sitting around eating doughnuts, where it belongs! Contact Karen Ross (CDFA phone: 916/654-0433 fax: 916/653-4723 email: secretary.ross@cdfa.ca.gov) and Gov. Brown (phone: 916/445-2841 fax: 916/558-3160 or http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php). Tell them a PEIR is not appropriate, and that aerial spraying is so 2008... —Annie Spiegelman

created more funding to the IPM program to of the stuff for each and every one of us. Acmake this possible. I don’t know anybody who cording to Kristin Schafer, associate director with Pesticide Acdoes it better, or tion Network, new cares more, than us scientific studies are in Marin County.” finding that pestiAdds Hulme: cides can damage “My advice to the human nervous home gardeners is system in ways we to always read the haven’t understood label on gardenbefore. ing products and “Children and the to wear protecelderly are especially tive safety gear. vulnerable, with I’m tired of seeing both autism and gardeners out on Parkinson’s increastheir lawns sprayingly linked to ing toxic chemipesticide exposure,” cals while wearing says Schafer. In a only shorts and Marinites will soon start seeing these little reminders on 2005 U.S. study cited flip-flops. And, if county maintained land. by the Pesticide Aca closed container of a gardening product, sitting on the shelf in a tion Network, the Centers for Disease Control garden center, smells really bad—think twice, (CDC) found pesticides in 100 percent of the 9,000 people who had both their blood and maybe three times, about buying it.” urine tested. The average person in this group Homeowners use up to 10 times more carried a toxic cocktail of 13 of the 23 pestichemical pesticides per acre on their lawns cides that were analyzed. “Our bodies were than farmers use on crops, according to the not designed to handle all of these chemiU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. cals—especially the bodies of young children ● ● ● ● or pregnant women,” says Debbie Friedman. ANOTHER LANDMARK PART of the “The scientific data linking pesticides to seriupdated law is the first ever protections for ous health issues such as cancer, birth defects, wildlife. “There are secondary poisonings asthma, skin problems, fertility issues, etc., [owls, hawks, foxes, coyotes] that WildCare continues to mount.” has treated over the years,” says Maggie Sergio, According to Ted Steinberg, environmendirector of WildCare Solutions, the San Rafael tal historian and professor of Law at Case wildlife-protection agency’s program to assist Western Reserve University, “Active ingredicommunity members in dealing with local ents that work to kill plants or insects must be wildlife. “When these animals consume poiidentified on pesticide labels, but not the sosoned rodents, they too die a horrible death. called inert ingredients, which are used to ease Our beloved dogs and cats are also at risk. the application or preserve the product. The Now the use of rodenticides will be strictly term ‘inert’ has been befogging consumers controlled on county property. Manual for decades. Consumers believe it to be water snap traps will be used when necessary.” In or other harmless ingredients. In fact, as the June, national EPA restrictions will limit EPA notes, inerts may be more toxic or pose consumer access to the harmful poisons greater risks than the active ingredients.” found in rodenticides. Steinberg writes in his book American As you read this, you may be asking yourGreen, “It’s almost as if the EPA believes the self—or not—“Self, why don’t these women American public is made up of a bunch of just trust the MAN? Chemical corporations pantywaists unable to swallow the brutal would never be allowed to sell for profit ‘postruth implied by a more accurate phrase like sibly,’ ‘probably’ or ‘big, fat, DEFINITELY’ car- ‘other potentially hazardous ingredients.’” cinogenic products to an unsuspecting public Pantywaists? Harrumph! The American who would then unknowingly sprinkle, spray public may be naive, but we’re sure as hell not or spread them into the soil, air and water. sissies. It’s just that we’re too trusting. I think That would be preposterous!” Well, cinch up it would behoove all of us to start thinking your gas mask and zip up your contamination like skeptical and paranoid New Yorkers. “Yo, suit, fellow pilgrim, and read on. I don’t trust NOBODY, ’specially you. You In the fall of 2010, the president’s Cancer wanna piece of me?” should be our collective Panel, for the first time, assessed the effects of new mantra when it comes to pesticides and environmental exposures on cancer risk. An public safety. Here’s why. There are roughly elite group of doctors, selected by both Presi17,000 pesticide products on the American dent Obama and former President George market. According to the Natural Resources Bush, reported, “The entire U.S. population is Defense Council, 70 percent of those sold exposed on a daily basis to numerous agricul- in stores are under “conditional registratural chemicals, some of which are also used tion” with the EPA. That means these in residential and commercial landscaping. products are allowed to be sold to consumMany of these chemicals have known or susers before all of the required safety data on pected carcinogenic or endocrine-disrupting the product’s effects on our health or the properties.” A conservative estimate of pestienvironment is complete. cide use in American agriculture is about 1.2 Referred to by some as the chemical cartel, billion pounds annually—about four pounds there are 10 giant companies that control 90 Annie Spiegelman

update Marin’s IPM laws. They then brought their proposals to the Marin Board of Supervisors asking for two parallel and interrelated documents: 1) An ordinance outlining goals and general structure, and 2) a policy to fill in the details of implementation. “The original IPM Ordinance was very good, but there were efforts by some to remove the ‘teeth’ of the laws, making most of the rules suggestions, rather than requirements,” says attorney Debbie Friedman, chair of MOMAS (Mothers of Marin Against the Spray). “There was also very little transparency required with the original ordinance, and no reporting of pesticide use—which allowed serious violations of the law to occur for many years, resulting in repeated spraying of carcinogenic chemicals in areas where children play.” Because of the group’s determination and perseverance, there are now “PesticideFree Zones” in and around county parks, playgrounds and athletic fields—and the violations that had transpired over the last 10 years, have now mercifully come to an end. (Or at least they have in theory. In June of 2010, a county-hired contractor, Bauman Landscaping, applied more than 100 pounds of Ronstar G along the median of Alameda del Prado Blvd. in Novato while putting the finishing touches on a new bike-lane project. The weed killer is banned under the IPM Ordinance update. A spokesman for Bauman Landscaping claimed he was unaware of the ban and expressed shock that Ronstar G, a weed killer sold in gardening stores, was part of the ordinance.) “Marin’s IPM Ordinance and Policy is a statewide model,” says Supervisor Judy Arnold. “This was a grassroots effort, led by moms, and they convinced the whole Board

Our chemical romance A very brief history of pesticides... 1. First off: Pesticides are poisons. They were speciďŹ cally manufactured during World War II to kill plants, insects and animals by attacking their nervous system. DDT was used to kill mosquito-borne diseases, mainly malaria and typhus, which were a threat to the troops. After the war, American chemical companies were left with huge DDT production capabilities but no market to sell them to. Despite concerns raised by the scientiďŹ c community, DDT was used for 30 years all across America to kill garden pests before it was banned because of its toxicity. 2. 2,4-D, short for dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, is a synthetic chemical that disrupts the hormone process of plants. It was one of the active ingredients in Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War to clear jungle foliage. The long-term effects of exposure are non-Hodgkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lymphoma, neurological impairment, asthma, immune system suppression, reproductive problems and birth defects. It is the most widely used herbicide in the world. (Read Slow Death by Rubber Duck by biologist Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie, chair of the board of Environmental Defense Canada.) 3. Atrazine, sold by Syngenta, is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most widely used weed killers. Ironically, it is illegal to use in Switzerland, the country where it is made, and was banned in 2004 in most of the European Union. In 2010, 16 cities in the Midwest sued the company

percent of the global pesticide market. Their corporate science is rarely available for public review. These same companies commonly sit on panels that advise government regulators. â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;? â&#x2014;?

MARINâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEW IPM Ordinance and Policy is now widely considered to be one of the most child-focused, health-focused and progressive in the nation. Late Supervisor Charles McGlashan, an environmental champion who, sadly, died of an apparent heart attack March 27, had said that even the SMART project is using Marin Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s model for its own IPM policy for the rail and path right-of-way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This would be the ďŹ rst rail operation in the state or perhaps the nation, to use such a policy to guide precautionary approaches for right-of-way clearing and maintenance,â&#x20AC;? said McGlashan. Friedman admits the process was not easy by any means. Yet, meetings at the county about pesticide issues are now productive working sessions where the public, professionals and staff collaborate and work together as a team. Though there are still some differing opinions, and Friedmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization continues to push for even stronger laws to protect the health of children and future generations, she is grateful for the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support and believes there is now mutual respect for one another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is now an understanding that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all working toward the same goal. This is an incredibly gratifying result in itself. We know change will

for contaminating their drinking water. According to a recent study from the UC Berkeley, it wreaks havoc with the sex lives of adult male frogs.â&#x20AC;&#x153;It emasculated three-quarters of them and turned one in 10 into females,â&#x20AC;? said Tyrone Hayes, professor of integrative biology. (Science Daily, March 2010) 4. Each year, homeowners apply at least 90 million pounds of pesticides to their lawns and gardens. Are we nuts? If you simply add a layer of compost and mulch to your garden and lawn twice a year, your soil will be full of microbial life. These microbes and underground insects slowly feed your soil (for free!), which in turn nourishes your plants for months. As UC Berkeley soil scientist Stephen Andrews passionately spouts, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Soil is a living treasure. Nix the chemicals. Mulch, mulch, mulch; compost, compost, compost.â&#x20AC;? Visit www.safelawns.org for organic lawn tips. 5. Yes, even we tree-huggers have the occasional desire to chase some hairy insect with 19 eyes with a spray bottle. But, it should always be with the least toxic substance and only when safer methods have failed. If you have a plant or insect problem, come to the Master Gardener desk in Novato for free advice:1682 Novato Boulevard, 415/499-4204.Then visit www.ourwaterourworld.org to research safer garden products. Purchase these at your local nursery where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll ďŹ nd a knowledgeable, botanically trained staff. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Annie Spiegelman

take effort and creativityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but we believe our health is worth it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;says Friedman, who adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always looking for volunteers and/or donations at www.momasunite.org.â&#x20AC;? For anyone wanting to work to reduce pesticide exposure in other counties, Paul Apffel suggests to ďŹ rst meet with the local city, county or school district. Ask for a list of the pesticides they are applying, as well as where and when they are applying them. They may ask you to write up a more formal Public Records Act request. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they do, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be intimidated,â&#x20AC;? says Apffel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go here: www. theďŹ rstamendment.org/publicrecordsact. pdf. Next, study the health concerns associated with those pesticides by referencing information at www.pesticide.org/ get-the-facts/pesticide-factsheets and www. pesticideinfo.org. Try to enlist the assistance of like-minded citizens within your community and within the state.â&#x20AC;? Then, make an appointment with your local city councilmember, county supervisor or school board member to discuss what you have found. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you ďŹ nd them unresponsive, consider growing your group further and applying more grassroots pressure to more elected ofďŹ cials. Where there is a will, there is always a way. I do believe that the more mothers we involve in the political process, the better off we will all be.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š Visit Annie at dirtdiva.com.

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f you want to call yourself a true garand you will feel as if you’ve gone back in dener, you better head on over to the time. (Or, straight to heaven, if you’re a cardseedy goldmine we have just up the road carrying flower junkie.) You’ll see selections in Petaluma. Baker Creek Heirloom Seed of seeds from the 19th century including opened its “Seed Bank” doors in 2008 at the many Asian and European varieties like Tete corner of Petaluma Boulevard and WashingNoire cabbage, Flat of Egypt beets, Painted ton Street in the magnificent historic buildLady runner beans and Aunt Ruby’s German ing that once housed the Sonoma County cherry tomatoes. You’ll find Fig-Leafed HolNational Bank. The company has two other lyhock, a variety that is not bothered by rust, stores and farms; one in Mansfield, Missouri, as well as the heart-throbbing cottage garden and the other in the historic Comstock, Ferre must-have Persian Red Love-in-a-Mist. OK, & Co. in the town of Wethersfield, Connectione more temptation before you jump in cut. Founder and owner Jere Gettle, known your car and drive north like a love-crazed to many as the “Indiana Jones of seeds,” hortiholic: the smoky, misty pinkish-orange planted his first garden at age 3. By 17, he had shades of Mother of Pearl poppies. Drivers, printed the first Baker Creek Heirloom Seed start your engines! catalog. That was 13 years ago. Today the Gettle comes from a family of farmers catalog ships to 250,000 gardeners nationally and has concerns for farmers nationally. He and offers the largest selection of heirloom believes we all should be thinking about who varieties in the U.S.A. really owns our gardens, our seed supply What’s even more distinctive about this and our food. “There’s the issue of farmers company is that it generously donates seeds not having the rights to what is on his or her to many of the farm. One of the world’s poorest big threats is from countries as well seed corporations, as locally to school a patent holder, gardens, prisons, who believes if community gartheir seeds are dens and orphanpassed by wind ages. On top of that, onto your land, all of the seeds are the company non-hybrid, nonnow owns your GMO, non-treated crops,” says Gettle. and non-patented. “Monsanto and a Baker Creek does few other corporanot buy seed from tions have a goal Monsanto or any to own as much of other gene-altering, our food supply as Frankenfood-hug- The ‘Indiana Jones of seeds’ and family. possible through ging companies. “We seed.” There are feel that food and life are rights that should not now hundreds of lawsuits or attempted be controlled, manipulated and polluted by a lawsuits affecting small farmers. Farmers few multinational corporations,” says Gettle. nationally, both conventional and organic, are “Genetic engineering is even starting to scare already losing their seed strains and possibly the farmers who grow it. Scientists are find- their livelihoods to a few giant agrochemical ing these manipulated genes showing up in corporations. “Farmers shouldn’t have to pay ground animals and insects. Sadly, we humans because they get contaminated. It shouldn’t are the ultimate ‘guinea pigs’ of the chemical be that hard for farmers to farm.” corporations who engineer many crops so Wondering what flowers to grow if you’re farmers can spray nearly unlimited amounts a new gardener? “Most flowers love the of the same corporation’s herbicides. More climate here. I’d choose nasturtiums for both and more studies are showing links to human new and skilled gardeners. They taste like wahealth risks and the older varieties of seeds are tercress,” says Gettle. “Both flower and leaves disappearing due to cross pollination.” are edible. Great in salads. It grows almost Wander through this 1920s-era corner like a weed in coastal climates. Also sunflowbank building, with its 30-foot-high ceilings, ers.” As for vegetables, “Melons, tomatoes, full of jaunty seed packs alongside hundreds peppers all love the heat here,” says Gettle. “I of locally produced home and garden items recommend the smaller varieties of tomatoes

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and the Russian varieties are faster.” Some recommendations: Gypsy, Black Prince, Purple Russian. Gettle’s favorite early tomato variety for everywhere, not just the Bay Area, is Violet Jasper. It’s a purplish red tomato with light green stripes, and is the size of a salad tomato. “Gorgeous and really productive.” He recommends the smaller tomatoes like cherry or currant, which are more resistant to disease if you have fungal issues in your soil. Also, “stake your tomatoes if you’re concerned about disease. Don’t crowd them. Make sure there’s lots of breathing space, and plant them near a sunny wall.” Gettle and his wife, Emilee, recently signed with Hyperion Publishing to write their first book tentatively titled Heirloom Life, which will be out in October. “The book is for new gardeners who want to learn all there is to basic vegetable gardening in particular; seed saving, growing, recipes, canning, preserving, tips on what to avoid,” says Gettle. “It will also be informative for gardeners who have been gardening for a while but never got into seed saving or canning. It will be a quick guide, not an encyclopedia.” I asked if the book will include the eye-catching farm photographs he has included in the seed catalog over the years

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DIRTY HANDS UNITE! The National Heirloom Exposition Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa September 13, 14 and 15, 2011 The World’s Fair of Heirlooms is coming this fall to Santa Rosa and will feature a plethora of seed companies, farmers, gardeners, chefs and food organizations. It will likely be the largest event for heritage agriculture ever. Come enjoy workshops from America’s top growers, demonstrations from food celebrities, garden authors, slow food advocates and great music. (Yes, I will be speaking there. Did she just plug her organic gardening book, Talking Dirt, in her own article? What the hell is wrong with her?) To join as an exhibitor, speaker or beloved sponsor, contact Petaluma Seed Bank store manager Paul Wallace: seeds@rareseeds.com, Also, let him know if you’re interested in planting seeds at your school or community garden this summer to show at the National Heirloom Exposition. He’ll hook you up!

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food booths and a dramatic parade on Post Street. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two-weekend event (April 9-10, 16-17) has an even more important meaning to the JapaneseAmerican community after last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disasters. The Grand Parade is April 17, beginning at City Hall at 1pm and winding its way (with taiko drums, sake kegs and costumed dancers) to Japantown. For a complete schedule of activities, go to www.sfcherryblossom.org. A PERFECT AFTERNOON Looking for a nearby spring getaway? A sybaritic day at Matanzas Creek Winery, Get Zen promises an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yoga class, Drakes Bay oysters with new-release wine, plus chair massages by therapists using the wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lavender productsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a virtual spa experience. Hours are 11am-4pm, cost is $20 per person. Reserve at 800/590-6464, ext. 7030 or www.matanzascreek.com... For something altogether different, the Tomales Town Hall Pig Roast on April 17 is an afternoon of local music (1-4pm) followed by a pig dinner with food donated from the surrounding community. Tickets are $25 ($12 for those under 12). This is a fundraiser for improvements to the town hall, built in 1874. Advance tickets: 707/878-2539. THEIR ANNIVERSARYâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;BUT YOU GET THE GIFT For 30 years Jessie and Laurent Boucher, industry pioneers, have delivered meals to Bay Area homes. Starting small in Marin, they now turn out 1,400 orders per day for destinations as far away as San Jose. On April 16 (11am-3pm) the couple will be hosting an anniversary party at their San Rafael commissary with a buffet lunch and live music. Invitations for the ďŹ rst 100 replies are available by email, Jessie@jessieetlaurent.com, or at 415/485-1122. Jessie et Laurent Culinary Service is also offering new customer deals and special freebies for regulars during April (www.jessieetlaurent.com). â&#x153;š Contact Pat at patfusco@sonic.net.

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Grateful live Lesh planning local music venue—but where will Terrapin plant its shell? by The Space Cowb oy

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he entire North Bay music scene is buzzing with the news that formerGrateful Dead (and current Further) bassist Phil Lesh is looking for a space in Marin to open a “barn-like music venue” called Terrapin Landing. Although the Good Earth building in Fairfax has been mentioned (Good Earth is moving to the old Albertsons across town), a sale or lease has not been consummated and the project is a long way off from reality. That being said, if Fairfax wasn’t already the heart of the Marin music scene, it will be when and if this club does open. We will keep our fingers crossed. Keyboardist and vocalist John Allair has a right to be called “Marin County’s original rock ’n’ roller.” He and his longtime drummer, Pete Lind, began entertaining crowds in Marin County over 55 years ago, when Allair was only 16 years old. Since then he has toured and recorded with Van Morrison for more than two decades, joined forces briefly with the Dead’s Lesh and Terry Haggerty of the Sons of Champlin in a band called Toulouse Ta Truck and worked with artists such as Boz Scaggs, Steve Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Taj

Mahal and Joe Louis Walker, to name a few. After more than five decades neither his talent nor his enthusiasm has waned. Allair and his passion for music are now the subject of a documentary in the making by Academy Award-winning director John Korty. Titled Allair Digs In, the 30-minute film—which features interviews with Huey Lewis, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur and longtime S.F. Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin, among others—examines his life, his music and the enormous influence he has had on some of the most famous musicians in the Bay Area over the last half century. “These are the best days of my life—period,” says Allair. “As you get older you get to know yourself better. I simplify my life and love my freedom, creative and otherwise.” There are two opportunities to see John Allair play locally this month. His swinging organ trio plays Servino Ristorante in Tiburon on Saturday, April 23; Saturday, April 30, Rancho Nicasio hosts another of his famous ’50s dance parties. If you would like to see a five-minute trailer of the film and help support it, visit Kickstarter.com and type in John Allair.

John Allair’s lifelong musical feast is being served on celluloid by Marin’s Academy Award-winning filmmaker John Korty.

The folks at Murphy Productions continue to bring great shows to the Palm Ballroom at the Seafood Peddler in San Rafael. This month they host Jackie Greene Friday,

April 15; New Monsoon on Saturday, April 16; and Melvin Seals and JGB Saturday, April 23. Jeb Harrison and his talented friends, Kevin Hayes, Frank Bohan, Lloyd Meadows (Zydeco Flames) and others, will reconvene for another sure-to-be-rockin’ Twangfest at Peri’s Bar in Fairfax on Saturday, April 9. Shelley Champine (of Marin Local Music) and Chelsea Healey (Bombshells & Rockstars) will celebrate their birthdays together at George’s Nightclub Saturday, April 16, with music by Cup o’ Joe and Vinyl (with other special guests). Rock supergroup Elephant Listening Project (profiled in this column last month) will headline at Peri’s Bar in Fairfax Friday, April 15, along with opening band Anime Bangs featuring Biambu Garrett in their debut show. Samuka and his Brazilian Carnaval will thunder into Sausalito’s Seahorse Restaurant Saturday, April 23. As if Zepperella weren’t rockin’ enough, bassist extraordinaire Angeline Saris joins the lineup Friday, April 15, at Petaluma’s Mystic Theatre. Local hard rockers Orchid have been getting great reviews on their second album, Capricorn, which has been available since Feb. 15; they’ll be touring Europe in October! Soul/funk disciples Monophonics play George’s Saturday, April 23. Honeydust leaves the amps in the van and goes acoustic at The Sleeping Lady Friday, April 8. Congratulations to Petty Theft on being voted Best Band in a Sonoma County readers’ poll! Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at marinbeat@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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en like baseball. My girlfriends and I like men. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we played hooky from work last week and spent the afternoon at a Giantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; preseason game. Sitting in the stands, bathed in sunshine and surrounded by men, we were four happy sports fans. As Melissa and Kate nibbled daintily on bratwursts overďŹ&#x201A;owing with every available condiment, I chatted with Melissaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend from work. Ariel is 28, perky and pretty, though deďŹ nitely not a Mensa candidate. Maybe she wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be my new Scrabble opponent; however, she possessed something I wanted even moreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the goods for my next column. Seth, Arielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new boyfriend, has only one testicle. Melissa gave Kate and me the scoop before we picked up her young co-worker. After ďŹ ve years of writing Single in the Suburbs, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never before come across a single testicle. I just needed to ďŹ gure out how to slip the subject into casual conversation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ariel, tell me about your boyfriend,â&#x20AC;? I said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What makes him special?â&#x20AC;? She dutifully rattled off a list of assets, albeit the most pedestrian: cute, fun, nice, good at his job, a people person. Oy, she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t making this easy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good qualities,â&#x20AC;? I reply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially the cute part. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s he look like?â&#x20AC;? Seth is tall. Seth has hazel eyes. Seth has a nice smile. Seth has light brown hair. Seth is muscular. Blah, blah, blah. Ariel mentioned practically every physical characteristic, except the one I was groping for. I looked at Melissa for help. She rolled her eyes, shook her head and then leaned over me toward Ariel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nikki wants to know about his testicle,â&#x20AC;? Melissa said. Turns out, Seth never mentioned his condition to her. In fact, Ariel didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ nd out until he disrobed during their ďŹ rst sexual encounter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ gure out why he looked lopsided down there,â&#x20AC;? Ariel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kind of ruined the moment.â&#x20AC;? She conďŹ rmed there are no performance issues. Unless youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staring at or touching the area, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice. Sounds like a non-issue to me, aside from her colleaguesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When someone at work ďŹ nds out weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re together, they say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dating Seth? He only has one testicle.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Everyone knows, because his condition is a result of an accident witnessed by his co-workers. A few years ago, at a company volleyball game, a powerful spike sent the ball right into, ah, well... With no cup to protect him, he writhed in pain a while, then stayed on the sidelines. Soon after, he missed a week of work to have his right testicle removed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ouch,â&#x20AC;? said the man sitting in front of us. Anyone within earshot laughed.

We gals discussed the non-disclosure aspect of the situation. What and when do you reveal personal information to your partner? Some stuff is simply uncomfortable to share, but some details could be deal breakers. For instance, Melissa has no interest in an uncircumcised penis. She thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclean. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen one, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Jewish, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prefer notice before exposure. More laughter from the crowd around us. One man offered to show me his. I politely declined, explaining I could use Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iPhone to see crisp, color, close-up photos of foreskin-clad penises. (I did peruse photos of one testicle. Looks ďŹ ne to me.) After the game, my gal pals and I had a few cocktails and came up with hard-andfast rules about when and what men should disclose. Adhering to the list should save all of us time and angst. Prior to Date 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Announce youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a cheapskate and expect the woman to pay for half the date. Non-applicable if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a gentleman. Date 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Past, present and any known future wives. Date 2 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Upcoming prison sentencing date. Probation/parole history. Date 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The three Aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s: addictions, allergies and adultery committed. Date 4 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tattoos, extra-small penis size, bankruptcies, missing testicle(s), fetishes, circumcision status, compulsions, STDs and last time you were tested, anyone who has any reason to believe sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your girlfriend, current medications, anyone youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re currently schtupping, mental health conditions, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had sex with a man at any time in your entire life (including college) and gnarly scars. Date 5 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Your reproduction capabilities and your true intentions for this relationship going forward. Date 6 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Assets, and we do mean ďŹ nancial. (Disclosure from me: Kate and Melissa made me include the money thing. Hey, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still single at 40ish, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so fussy anymore.) Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not quite ďŹ nished with what and when women should disclose. Our sticking point is whether we need to admit to cellulite. Seriously, I look thin and ďŹ t, but I think my next partner will go screaming into that good night after getting a gander at my cottage cheese thighs. Kate and Melissa claim no man will kick you out of bed for a few dimples and jiggles. Readers, please weigh in and help us ďŹ rm up our lists. Next time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll provide the ďŹ nal requirements and for the sake of full disclosure, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll share my own personal confessions. Well, some of them anyway. â&#x153;š Email: nikki_silverstein@yahoo.com

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Bill Cunningham snaps le couture in ‘Bill Cunningham New York,’ opening Friday at the Lark.

The Adjustment Bureau (1:39) Senate candidate Matt Damon defies fate to hook up with a hot ballerina…much to Fate’s potentially lethal disapproval. ● Arthur (1:49) Remake of the Dudley Moore hit comedy stars Russell Brand as the tippling zillionaire and Helen Mirren as his valet, Hobson. ● Battle: Los Angeles (1:56) An invading force of flying saucers finds Earth’s great cities easy pickings…until they meet up with a platoon of LA-based army grunts. ● Bill Cunningham New York (1:26) Loving portrait of the New York Times’ octogenarian fashion photographer, pop anthropologist and all-around man about town. ● Certified Copy (1:46) Two antiques experts adept at discerning the imitation from the authentic embark on a love affair, but is it real or is it Memorex? ● Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (1:36) Greg Huffley is back and wimpier than ever, especially when bullying big brother Rodrick is on the warpath. ● The Economics of Happiness Enlightening documentary about the global grassroots movement to fight globalization and preserve cultures and communities at the most local level. ● Hanna (1:51) The teenage daughter of an ex-CIA assassin takes up the family business, heading across Europe in search of an elusive target. ● Hop (1:30) Facing the prospect of following in his father’s footsteps, the Easter Bunny’s teenage son hippity hops it to Hollywood to join a rock band. ● I Am (1:18) Documentary follows Hollywood moviemaker Tom Shadyac as he searches for meaning after a life-altering experience. ● Insidious (1:42) Typical American family moves into typical American home complete with typical American bloodthirsty poltergeist. ● Jane Eyre Adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s novel about a young woman’s infatuation with a brooding squire stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane. ● 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. ● Limitless (1:45) Failed author Bradley ●

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Cooper pops a new wonder drug to coke up his talents and before he knows it he’s a whiz at trigonometry, linguistics, seduction and the stock market…and attracting the attention of cops, gangsters and Robert De Niro. ● The Lincoln Lawyer (1:59) Crime thriller stars Matthew McConaughey as a bottomdrawer ambulance chaser who gets more than he bargained for when he takes on the case of a wealthy playboy accused of murder. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Le Comte Ory (3:20) Rossini’s witty, tuneful tale of love, deceit and more love is presented live from New York in big-screen high definition. ● National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (2:30) Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle stages a spectacular new version of Mary Shelley’s horror classic, broadcast from London on the big, big screen. ● No Eres Tu, Soy Yo (1:45) Romantic comedy (en Español) stars Mexican megastar Eugenio Derbez as a lovelorn doofus who won’t give up on the girl of his dreams. ● Paul (1:44) Snarky “E.T.” update about a wiseass alien who escapes from his New Mexico compound with help from two clueless Brits in a rented RV. ● Poetry (2:19) An aging housemaid reinvents her life when she joins a poetry group and contemplates the world from a fresh new outlook. ● Potiche (1:43) Catherine Deneuve stars as a trophy wife who takes over her ailing husband’s business and embarks on an affair with union leader Gerard Depardieu to boot. ● Queen of the Sun (1:23) The inner mysteries of the beehive and the alarming worldwide disappearance of its denizens are the subjects of this captivating documentary. ● Rango (1:47) Cartoon comedy about a suburban chameleon who finds himself in the Wild West, grappling with ornery desert critters. ● Soul Surfer (1:46) True story of a Hawaiian surfer girl who overcomes a debilitating shark attack to rise to the top of her craft. ● Source Code (1:33) Government agent Jake Gyllenhaal takes over the body of a man on a bomb-rigged commuter train in the hopes of preventing the deaths of thousands. ● Sucker Punch (2:00) A spunky institutionalized teen on the verge of a lobotomy conjures up a dreamscape of samurais, serpents and grrrl power to plot her escape. ● Tiburon International Film Festival The 10th annual fest offers a week’s worth of seminars, parties, in-person tributes and hundreds of films from around the globe. Call 381-4123 or visit tiburonfilmfestival. com for schedule and showtimes. ● Win Win (1:46) A down-on-his-luck high school wrestling coach hopes to strike it rich at the betting window when he recruits a talented ringer; Paul Giamatti stars. ● Your Highness (1:42) Swords and dragons spoof about two mismatched brothers embarking on their first mishap-laden quest; James Franco and Natalie Portman star. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES 2011 Tiburon International Film Festival (Not Rated) Tiburon Playhouse 3: visit tiburonfilmfestival.com for showtimes The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10 ❋ Arthur (2011) (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: 11, 12:20, 1:40, 3, 4:15, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:30, 7:25, 10:05 Sat 11:10, 1:45, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05 Sun 11:10, 1:45, 4:30, 7:25 Mon-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1:15, 4:15, 6:50, 9:25 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40 ❋ Bill Cunningham New York (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 3:30 Sat-Wed 6 Thu 5:20 Certified Copy (Not Rated) ★★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4:15, 6:30 Thu 6:30 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (PG) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 1:45, 4:20, 9:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40 ❋ The Economics of Happiness (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 5:40 (live Skype interview with director Helena Norberg-Hodge) Sat 4:10 Sun 2:15 Mon-Wed 4:20 Thu 3:40 ❋ Hanna (PG-13) Century Regency 6: 11:05, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Sat 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 Sun 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:30 Hop (PG) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:35, 10

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Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:35, 10 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:10 Century Northgate 15: 12:50, 3:10, 5:25, 7:50, 10:10; digital projection showtimes at 11:40, 2, 4:15, 6:35, 8:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:20, 2:35, 4:50, 7:05, 9:30 I Am (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Thu 8:45 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2, 8:45 Insidious (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Jane Eyre (2011) (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 Sat 4:20, 7:15, 10:10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 The King’s Speech (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 5:15 Limitless (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:20, 10:10 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 10:10 Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sat 11, 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 10 Sun 11, 1:30, 4:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 2:15, 4:50, 7:40 The Lincoln Lawyer (R) Century Northgate 15: 11, 1:40, 4:25, 7:10, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 9:50 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 4, 7, 9:50 Sun 1:15, 4, 7 Mon-Thu 1:45, 4:30, 7:20 ❋ The Metropolitan Opera: Le Comte Ory (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 10am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 10am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 10am Lark Theater: Sat 10am Sun 11 National Theatre Live: Frankenstein (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Thu 7:30

❋ No Eres Tu, Soy Yo (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 9:50 Paul (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:55, 10:25 ❋ Poetry (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4, 7 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7 Mon, Wed-Thu 7 Tue 6:30 Potiche (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 12, 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon, Wed-Thu 6:45, 9 Tue 9:15 Queen of the Sun (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sat, Mon-Wed 8 Sun 4 Rango (PG) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:45 ❋ Soul Surfer (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 2:10, 4:55, 7:45, 10:35 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:35, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 Source Code (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Sun 12, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20 Century Regency 6: 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:35 Sucker Punch (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 2:30, 8:10 Win Win (R) ★★★ Century Regency 6: 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 ❋ Your Highness (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:05, 12:25, 1:50, 3:15, 4:40, 6, 7:30, 8:55, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4, 6:40, 9:15

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 • 461-4849 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

‘Driving Elodie’ is just one of the cinematic highlights of this year’s Tiburon International Film Festival.

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

F R I D AY A P R I L 8 — F R I D AY A P R I L 1 5 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar Even Paula Poundstone is intrigued by her April 9 appearance at the Osher Marin JCC.

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information. www.pacificsun.com/sundial

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04/08: Bonnie Hayes, Brad Brooks Grammy

9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

nominated singer/songwriter. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

04/08: Corinne West and Kelly Joe Phelps Original Americana duo. 9-11pm. $20-25. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. www.murphyproductions.com 04/08: Fishtank Ensemble Original improvised Roma roots. Ursula Knudson, vocals/violin; Fabrice Martinez, violin; Doug Smolens, guitar; Djordje Stijepovic, bass. 8pm. $17-20. Bolinas Community Center, 14 Wharf Road, Bolinas. www.bocenter.org 04/08: Freddy Clark Blues/world. 8pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www. sausalitoseahorse.com 04/08: Madeleine Peyroux Jazz vocalist. 8pm. Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St., S.F. 866920-5299 . www.sfjazz.org 04/08: Unauthorized Rolling Stones Tribute band. 8:30pm. $15. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 6622219. www.ranchonicasio.com 04/08: Wonderbread 5 Funk. 9 p.m. $15. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 04/09: Kenny White Original acoustic. 8pm. $23. Studio E, Sebastopol. www.northbaylive.com 04/09: Lady D Jazz. With Alex Markels, guitar; Jack Prendergast, bass; Jimmy Hobson, drums. No cover. Servino’s, 9 Main St, Tiburon. 435-4079. www. servino.com 04/09: Jon Korty and Friends Funk/rock. 9pm. Smiley's Saloon, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311.

04/09: Luce, Billy Schafer Singer/songwriter. 04/09: Mary Mack and Livin' Like Kings Rock/blues. 8pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 04/09: Micheal Joe Kirkbride Hawaiian slack key. 7-10pm. Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, 2009 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-1512. www.saylorsrestaurantandbar.com 04/10: Chris Hanlin Original acoustic. 3-6pm. Free. Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma, 691 Broadway, Sonoma. www.hopmonk.com 04/10: The Shots Irish, old-time, country, Cajun. 5pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 04/12: Noel Jewkes Jazz. 8pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2899. www. sausalitoseahorse.com 04/12: Pamela Joy Jazz. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com 04/13: Laura Benitez Band Country classics. 8-10:30pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub , 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. www.ironspringspub.com

04/13: Ray Simpson Big Band Dance with Tony Rizzi “30th Anniversary Performance.” 8-10pm. Free. Corte Madera Recreation Center, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 927-5072. www. ci.corte-madera.ca.us 04/14: Lady D Jazz Thursdays. With Alex Markels, guitar and Jack Prendergast, bass. 9pm-midnight. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Novato, 1535 S. Novato Blvd, Novato. 878-4977. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com

04/14: Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

BEST BET Egrets, they have a few “When the herons return to Martin Griffin” doesn’t have the same melodious ring as “swallows to Capistrano”—but it’s far more interesting. Just like spring itself, the birds were late to arrive this year at the MARTIN GRIFFIN PRESERVE. Formerly known as the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch, the canyon has one of the West Coast’s great heronries, where egrets and great blue Heron today, gone tomorrow. herons rendezvous to select mates, build nests and raise chicks. All of the avian drama is on view at the preserve with eight miles of hiking trails, three ponds, a bookstore and restrooms. Docents are available at viewpoints to talk birds and nature and help out with a half-dozen new, powerful scopes. Open weekends through July 10, 10am-4pm, rain or shine, and weekdays by appointment. 4900 Shoreline Highway 1, Stinson Beach. Free; donation suggested. See egret.org or call 415/868-9244 for more information.—Julie Vader

“Mladi: Celebrating Youth.” Performance includes a rarely performed woodwind sextet by Leoš Janáček. 8pm. $15-20. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 04/14: Wanda Stafford Trio Jazz. With Si Perkoff and Hal Solin. 7-10pm. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. www.panamahotel.com

Concerts 04/08: Novato Music Association Chorus “Wonderful Songs.” Sunday matinee on April 17 at 3 p.m. 8-10pm. $15-18. Unity Center of Marin, 600 Palm Dr., Novato. 892-6553. www.uumarin.org

04/10: San Domenico Virtuoso Program Spring Concert Ann Krinitsky conducts a program including works by Haydn, Louise HeritteViardot, Therese Blangini, and Mendelssohn. 3pm. $20, suggested donation. Santa Sabina Chapel, 25 Magnolia Ave., San Rafael. 457-7727. www.santasabinacenter.org

04/10: SingersMarin Just Voices Ensemble “Centuries of Song.” Professional a cappella mixed vocal ensemble. 5-7pm. $18 -20. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Dr., Tiburon. 383-3712. www.singersmarin.org Through 05/02: Winifred Baker Chorale All are welcome to sing Faure’s “Requieum” and Schubert’s “Mass in E Flat” with the chorale. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening. Performances on April 29 and May 2. 6:30-9:30pm. $30, for music. Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia, San Rafael. 485-3579. www.duwbc.org

Theater/Auditions

Through 04/17:‘Quilters’ Patchwork of stories experienced by a family of pioneer women. See website for showtimes. $20-30. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com Through 04/24:‘Fuddy Meers’ Ryan Rilette directs this absurdist comedy by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. See website for show time details. $15-53. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

Comedy 04/09: An Evening of Comedy with Paula Poundstone The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts at the Osher Marin JCC presents Paula Poundstone, famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. 7:30pm. $30-65. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org

04/13: Comedy Wednesday with Geoff Brown, Bob Fernandez and Friends Bay Area Black Comedy Competition winner and 1994 Star Search Comedy Champion. 8pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com

Art 04/08-05/25: Gallery Route Exhibitions “Life Is Tricky.” Vickisa, new works. “Far From Home.” Shane Weare, paintings. Zea Morvitz, new works. Opening reception 3-5pm April 10. 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. www.galleryrouteone.org

04/08:‘Take Another Little Piece of My Art’ 04/08-09: An Evening of Jesus Christ Superstar Rock opera performed by Stage Academy Marin. 7:30-10pm. $10. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 531-6879. www.stageacademymarin.com

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Through 04/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;In Honor of Earth Day Everydayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Alicia Retes, Painting, featherwork, photography. Art from Hawaii,Panama,Australia. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org Through 04/29: Sunila Bajracharya Recent paintings and fiber sculpture. Opening reception 4-7pm April 10. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org Through 04/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Points of Arrivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Milla Ruane, mixed media paintings. Free. Noci Gelateria& Gallery, 17 East Blithedale, Mill Valley. 388-2423. Through 04/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Season of Waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; The mutability of water is the theme for a series of 2011 Outreach exhibitions on the theme of water by 45 Bay Area Artists curated by Claudia Chapline & Etta Deikman. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. army.mil/bmvc/index.html

Through 04/30:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Treasures from the Vaultâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.marinhistory.org

Through 04/30: Marin Society of Artists Spring Rental Show Exhibit of artworks available for rental. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561. www.marinsocietyofartists.org.

Through 04/30: Tuesday Painters at Fairfax Library Opening reception 3-5:30pm April 9. Landscape and still life paintings in oil and acrylic. 10am6pm. Free. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151. www.marinlibrary.org

Talks/Lectures 04/09: Creating Habitat with Natives for the Natives CNPS Marin gardener Charlotte Torgovitsky will speak on creating a garden habitat with native plants. This is part of the 35th annual plant sale celebrating our native plant flora. 11am-noon. Free. Marin Audubon Sancutary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. 388-2524. www.marinaudubon.org 04/11: Mary Tuthill Lindheim â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art and Inspiration.â&#x20AC;? A program which looks at her creative output, work on behalf of the community and the sources of inspiration for her sculpture, ceramics, and activism. 7-8:30pm. Free. Sausalito City Hall, Council Chambers, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 2894121. www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=388

04/13: The A List Series: A Conversation w/ Pulitzer Prize Winner Leon Litwack Litwack has devoted himself to the advancement of American history. 7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600 . www.142throckmortontheatre.org

Readings 04/08: Billy Collins Introduced by Kay Ryan.The former Poet Laureate presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

den Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Tickets required. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/09: Meg Wolitzer â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Uncoupling.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/09: Patricia Volonakis Davis Left Coast Writers Launch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harlotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sauce.â&#x20AC;? Memoir. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/09: Susie Bright â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/10: Henning Mankell Acclaimed Swedish novelist talks about his latest noir tale â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Troubled Man.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/10: Margaret George â&#x20AC;&#x153;Elizabeth I.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/10: Rye Barcott â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Happened on the Way to War.â&#x20AC;? With the help of locals and a community organizer in Nairobi, Kenya, Barcott established the organization, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Carolina for Kibera.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/11: Geneen Roth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lost and Found: Unexpected Revelations.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/11: Wayne Pacelle The resident and CEO of the Humane Society Wayne discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/12: Alexi Zentner â&#x20AC;&#x153;Touch.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/12: Scott Miller Photographer Scott Miller shows images and talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;My First Summer in the Sierra.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/13: Caroline Kennedy Kennedy presents her new collection of poetry â&#x20AC;&#x153;She Walks in Beauty: A Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Through Poems.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. $35, which includes an autographed copy. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 9270960. www.bookpassage.com/writing-mamas-salon 04/13: Kenji Yoshino Yoshino brings a fresh perspective to Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved plays in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plays Teach Us About Justice.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/13: Philip Connors Connors discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/14: Marc Freedman â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Big Shiftâ&#x20AC;? offers a recipe for how we can transform Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coming midlife crisis into an opportunity for individuals and society. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com

04/14: Why There Are Words Literary Reading â&#x20AC;&#x153;Better.â&#x20AC;? Authors Seth Fischer, Molly Fisk, Leah Griesmann, Michael Lukas, Tracey Seeley read from their works. 7-10pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. www.whytherearewords.wordpress.com 04/15: Ashley Judd The actress presents her memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;All That Is Bitter and Sweet.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 04/15: West Marin Review West Marin Review and The Marin Poetry Center are cosponsors of an evening of poetry in honor of National Poetry

04/13-14: Remembrance Writing 101 for Older Adults Discover easy ways to write and share the stories of your life. Bring a 3 ring notebook, paper, pencil to class. 2-4pm. $5. Whistlestop Senior Center, 130 Tamalpais, San Rafael. 479-2993.

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The Marine MammalCenter, PG&E and Kaiser Permanente team up for a Community Wellness Fair. 2-6pm. Free. The Marine Mammal Center, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 289-7348. www. marinemammalcenter.org 04/14: Kosher Nation Author Journalist/ author Sue Fishkoff will discuss why 86 percent of the 11.2 million Americans who regularly buy kosher food are not observant Jews but rather Muslims, Seventh-day Adventists, vegetarians and other consumers. Deborah Newbrun, Bay Area Director of Hazon, explains eco-Kashrut. 7pm. $12-15. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 444-8000. www.marinjcc.org

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04/09: Larkspur Past and Present Book Sale Author signing and book sale. Slideshow of historic Larkspur and display of artifacts and memorabilia for the Centennial time capsule. 1-4pm. Free. City Hall, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. www.larkspurheritage.org 04/09: Sausalito Barkers By The Bay Includes the Second Annual Cutest Canine Contest, K-9 Karnival and Biscuit Trail. Benefits Marin Humane Society, Sausalito Remington Dog Park and Chamber of Commerce. April 6 deadline for contestants . 3-6pm. Free to attend; $50 to enter your pet. Gabrielson Park, downtown , Sausalito. www.sausalito.org

04/10: Italian Speaking Dinner/Social Mixer Meet and network with local Italian expats and culture lovers at a monthly social meetup. 6-9pm. $ 40, includes dinner. Piazza Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Angelo, 22 Miller Ave. , Mill Valley. 420-4622. www.meetup.com

04/11: Re-imagining the California Lawn Waterwise plants education and information on how to plan, install and maintain an attractive landscape will be presented. 7:30-9:15pm. Free. Redwoods Auditorium, Camino Alto, Mill Valley. www.Marincnps.com

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126321 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DAUTH HOBBIES, 224 GREENFIELD AVE. SUITE 2, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: CARYN GUTHRIE, 206 SOLANO ST., 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 March 17, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126314 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BC DESIGN PARTNERS, 452 OLD QUARRY RD. NORTH, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: JAMES E. BROWN, 452 OLD QUARRY RD. NORTH, LARKSPUR, CA 94939; ROBERT L. COPANI, 452 OLD QUARRY RD. NORTH, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2004. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 10, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126182 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUZZCUTS.TV, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS P. SCHWEEN, 262 WOODLAND 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 February 25, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126326 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A SECOND OPINION, 177 FRUSTUCK AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: JOHN OWENS SERVICES, INC., 177 FRUSTUCK AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126298 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INSIGHT BUILDERS, 3980 GLEN ALBYN DR., SANTA BARBARA, CA 93105: CHARLES EWARD WARNER JR., 3980 GLEN ALBYN DR., SANTA BARBARA, CA 93105. 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 March 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126140 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as A SELF STORAGE, 101 RENAISSANCE RD., NOVATO, CA 94945: JOHN E. KENNEY JR., 32 GREENWOOD BAY DR., TIBURON, CA 94920; KH WU KRUEGER, 29 FERN CANYON RD., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126329 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINE BEST BUYS, 70 HERITAGE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ROBERT J. COOK, 70 HERITAGE DR., 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 5, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126231 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSE FLOWER MASSAGE, 1006

TAMALPAIS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: YAO Y. CHE, 1006 TAMALPAIS 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 March 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126226 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ROSE SPA, 247 SHORE LINE HWY #B-6, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: YAO Y. CHE, 247 SHORE LINE HWY #B-6, 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 March 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN ALTERNATIVE MOTHERS GROUP, 18 BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DANIELA O. OZKAY, 18 BELLE 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 March 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126201 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as HILLHOUSE ELECTRICAL, 10 SPRING GROVE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: RONAN WHELAN, 10 SPRING GROVE 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 February 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126344 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EXECUTIVE SUPPORT SOLUTIONS, 320 CHANNING WAY #234, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: KAER SOUTTHARD, 320 CHANNING WAY #234, 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 March 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126357 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRUE CAD ARTWORKS, 154 INDIAN HILLS DR., NOVATO, CA 94949: THOMAS R. RIEKERT, 154 INDIAN HILLS DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126347 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INET ENTERTAINMENT, 136 OAK AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GENE BERMAN, 136 OAK AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126376 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KITCHEN STUD, 11 BRIGHTON BLVD. #1, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: LISA ROGERSON, 11 BRIGHTON BLVD. #1, 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 March 17, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126202 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PETITE MOLLIER, 1214 SAN ANSELMO AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: MOLLIE J. CUMMINGS, 8 WESTBRAE 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on February 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126222 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DESIGN ATELIER, 1410 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ANNE AND SANDY, INC., 1410 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 23, 2008. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126362 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YIASOU, 800 TAMALPAIS, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOUKAS PAPANASTASIOU, 18 ASHLAND DR., NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126391 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GRAZIE RESTAURANT, 823 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94947: RENEE LEE NORMAN, 8 SADDIEBROOK CT., NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 March 21, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126162 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ECO-VET, 321 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JASON SKERIK, 321 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; WALTER YOUNG, 321 MESA VERDE WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on February 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126382 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OSOS SECURITY SERVICES, 55 MILLAND DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JULIANNE E. OSOSKE, 55 MILLAND DR., 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 March 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126433 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PK AUDIOVISUAL, 339 BOLINAS RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: PAUL KONIKOWSKI, 339 BOLINAS RD., 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 March 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126290 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SUITER FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, 250 BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD. C2, NOVATO, CA 94949: VICKI SUITER, 250 BEL MARIN KEYS BLVD. C2, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 09, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126467 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PAULS HOME REPAIR/DESIGN, 1133 THIRD ST., NOVATO, CA 94945: PAUL DOIRON, 1133 THIRD ST., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s)

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Week of April 7-April 13, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your zodiac celebration continues in a lively fashion as excitable Uranus, daring Mars, jolly Jupiter, the playful Sun and restless Mercury occupy your sign. You don’t have to go to a party; you ARE the party. Don’t expect your sweetie to approve of your shenanigans since judgmental Saturn is overseeing the relationship sector of your chart. For the headstrong ram, life’s little challenges are what make the world go round. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. You can hold your own; against anyone who openly disagrees with you. However, when enemies are sneaky, the situation is not so easy to handle. This week, your efforts are thwarted by underhanded methods, which may lead to confusion rather than clearheaded solutions. Now you know how it feels to be in the U.S. Congress... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Creative ideas abound this week as your ruler (clever Mercury) falls under the influence of the expressive Sun and enthusiastic Jupiter. Making big plans for the future is on the agenda, no matter how often you are accused of being impractical or impulsive. While Mercury retrograde does cause the occasional communication breakdown, it is brilliant at giving you a different perspective on life. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Fiery Aries energy continues to rule, leaving the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) in an overheated state. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em—indulge in spicy dishes, hot tub soaks and warm embraces with your sweetie. A tropical getaway would also bring a high level of satisfaction. Meanwhile, passionate Pluto comes to a standstill in your relationship house over the weekend. Can you feel that? Yet another spike in the temperature... LEO (July 22 - August 22) If April showers are a problem, you might want to consider visiting a drier climate. You really are ready to pick up and go, which is only a problem if you have a job without a telecommute option. As long as you don’t let your co-workers know (jealousy can spoil the best laid plans), then you’re all set. Laptop? Check. Sunglasses? Check. See how easy it is? VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Inquisitive Mercury is your sign’s ruler. You can’t help but be curious. That’s your excuse this week when you are prone to pry into whatever piques your interest. This may include anything from questioning whether your co-worker’s recent absence involved a plastic surgery procedure to trying to figure out if your neighbor has a new lover. This could be the start of your new career as a private eye—or the reason someone gives you a black eye. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Although you continue to deal with opposing forces, you are not inclined to be confrontational. Your ruler (peaceful Venus) remains in the emotionally sensitive sign of Pisces all week, gently reminding you that you are a lover not a fighter. (Venus in Pisces may also suggest a weeklong exploration of either meditation classes or happy hour establishments.) Now you just have to convince the opposition to put aside your differences and cuddle. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Your work environment is likely to be somewhat upsetting, as every business associate insists on being the one in charge. Of course, you understand on a deeper level that you are the one with the actual power. But you probably shouldn’t bring that up to your boss who is sending you to Peoria for a meeting, the officer giving you a speeding ticket on the way to the airport or the TSA agent giving you a pat-down. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Nothing like a planetary party in your house of romance and entertainment to put you in a happy mood, right? Rain or shine, you’re delighted that springtime is here. If only your financial situation weren’t worrying you. Monday is not a good day to deal with any financial issues—especially investments. Gambling is also not recommended. So if you decide to escape from a rainstorm by entering a casino, don’t take out your credit card. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Intense Pluto focuses on your personality house this weekend. Compulsive or obsessive behavior may crop up, no matter how reasonable you believe yourself to be. Be especially wary on Sunday and Monday when the moon in emotional Cancer leaves you vulnerable to moodiness. Oh, let’s face it. With five planets opposing your ruler (realistic Saturn), everything makes you irritable right now. Sigh. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The weekend starts out on a lively note, thanks to the moon in the stimulating sign of Gemini. With witty Mercury moving retrograde in your communication house, you might not always be clearly understood, but you are certainly entertaining. Tuesday and Wednesday are the bottom of your lunar cycle, which gives you a good excuse for your lack of energy. And a great reason to order pizza instead of cooking... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) With empathetic Neptune and affectionate Venus both in your sign, you are particularly tenderhearted right now. Saturday night and Sunday, when you fall under the influence of the sentimental Moon, you may have a hard time saying “no” to anyone (or anything) who knows how to tug on your heartstrings. Chances are, you’ll end up letting your unemployed cousin move in, adopt a puppy or agree to join a country band. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at cosmicclues@gmail.com or check out her website at www.lyndarayastrology.com 30 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 8, 2011 – APRIL 14, 2011

listed herein on March 28, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126434 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WEBSTER TECH WRITERS, 324 EL FAISEN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: DOROTHY J. WEBSTER, 324 EL FAISEN DR., 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 March 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126443 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FRANCIS NAILS, 1815 4TH ST. #4, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: XUAN TRANG NGUYEN, 15 SONOMA ST. #B, SAN RAFAEL, 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 March 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126451 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EAGLE SURVEILLANCE, 3665 KERNER BLVD. #C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAVID MARTINS, 3665 KERNER BLVD. #C, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126431 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS, 230 ALDER RD., BOLINAS, CA 94924: GREGORY D. SCHANK, 230 ALDER RD., BOLINAS, CA 94924. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 23, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126345 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARK PLACE SALON, 206 TAMALPAIS DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: TATIANA MARGITA CHASE, 15 MANDERLY RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; RENEE KATIE SIMPSON, 215 BOLINAS RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126423 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AES ELECTRIC, 1241 ANDERSEN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ADVANCED ELECTRIC SOLUTIONS INC., 1241 ANDERSEN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corpoartion. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 23, 2010. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126464 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TECHMARIN, 11 MERRYDALE RD. #11, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: TED POTTER, 11 MERRYDALE RD. #11, 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 March 28, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on March 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126348 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BIGBUSINESS.COM; BIG BUSINESS, 35 GROVE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHARLES S. HINSDALE, 35 GROVE ST., 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 February

1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126340 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WINCHMATE; RUBICON PROPERTY INSPECTIONS, 110 LOCH LOMOND DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DAVID M. LEITCH, 110 LOCH LOMOND 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 March 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126446 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FEDERATED TRUST DEED SERVICES, 16 ANDREAS CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94945: TOMMY R. LEE, 16 ANDREAS CIRCLE, NOVATO, CA 94945. 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 March 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126518 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TINY KISSES, 1540 CENTER RD. #161, NOVATO, CA 94947: MAYA WEISSENSEE, 1540 CENTER RD. #161, NOVATO, CA 94947. 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 April 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011126499 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE KARAOKE LOUNGE, 1579 S. NOVATO BLVD. #201, NOVATO, CA 94947: WILLIAM R. DOUGAN, 1579 S. NOVATO BLVD. #201, NOVATO, CA 94947; TALIA M. DOUGAN, 1579 S. NOVATO BLVD. #201, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on March 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126521 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WEST COAST WINGS, 1350 LAS RAPOSAS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: CONAN FONTENOT, 1350 LAS RAPOSAS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; CEDRIC ALFORD, 1350 LAS RAPOSAS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 13, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on April 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101151. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner JORDAN MATTHEW STONE filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: JORDAN MATTHEW STONE to GEORGE WASHINGTON WEAVER JUNIOR. 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: April 29, 2011, 8:30 AM, 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: March 4, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE

COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101295. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner GREGORY JOHN KRIEGER filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: GREGORY JOHN KRIEGER to BLESS GREG KRIEGER. 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: April 22, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. B, 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: March 11, 2011 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101360. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MANY BORNHOR ESPAILLAT filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MANY BORNHOR ESPAILLAT to ISABEL BORNHOR ESPAILLAT. 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: April 26, 2011, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, 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: March 15, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 2011) SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 085844. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): DONALD BAKER: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER’S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): BEATRICE GATHARA-BAKER. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this SUMMONS and PETITION are served on you to file a RESPONSE at the court and have a copy served on the petitioner. A letter or phone call will not protect you. If you do not file your RESPONSE on time, the court may make orders affecting your marriage or domestic partnership, your property, and custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you can not pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. You can get information about finding lawyers at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp), at the California Legal Services web site (www.lawhelpcalifornia.org), or by contacting your local county bar association. Tiene 30 dð©as corridos después de haber recibido la entrega legal de esta Citacié n y Peticié n para presentar una Respuesta (formulario FL-120 é FL-123) ante la corte y efectuar la entrega legal de una copia al demandante. Una carta o llamada telefé nica no basta para protegerlo. Si no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede dar é rdenes que afecten su matrimonio o pareja de hecho, sus bienes y la custodia de sus hijos. La corte también le puede ordenar que pague manutencié n, y honorarios y costos legales. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario un formulario de exencié n de cuotas. Si desea obtener asesoramiento legal, pé ngase en contacto de inmediato con un abogado. Puede obtener informacié n para encontrar a un abogado en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (www. sucorte.ca.gov), en el sitio web de los Servicios Legales de California (www.lawhelpcalifornia. org) o poniéndose en contacto con el colegio de abogados de su condado. NOTICE: The

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PUBLIC NOTICES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 restraining orders on page 2 are effective against both spouses or domestic partners until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. These orders are enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of them. (AVISO: Las é rdenes de restriccié n que figuran en la página 2 valen para ambos cé nyuges o pareja de hecho hasta que se despida la peticié n, se emita un fallo o la corte dé otras é rdenes. Cualquier autoridad de la ley que haya recibido o visto una copia de estas é rdenes puede hacerlas acatar en cualquier lugar de California.) NOTE: If a judgment or support order is entered, the court may order you to pay all or part of the fees and costs that the court waived for yourself or for the other party. If this happens, the party ordered to pay fees shall be given notice and an opportunity to request a hearing to set aside the order to pay waived court fees. AVISO: Si se emite un fallo u orden de manutencié n, la corte puede ordenar que usted pague parte de, o todas las cuotas y costos de la corte previamente exentas a peticié n de usted o de la otra parte. Si esto ocurre, la parte ordenada a pagar estas cuotas debe recibir aviso y la oportunidad de solicitar una audiencia para anular la orden de pagar las cuotas exentas. 1. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccié n de la corte son): SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Post Office Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 949034164. 2. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner’s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: (El nombre, direccié n y número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante si no tiene abogado, son): BEATRICE GATHARABAKER, PO BOX 424, KENTFIELD, CA 94914, (415)925-1409. Date (Fecha): December 1, 2008. Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Kim Turner, S. Hendryx, Deputy (Asistente). NOTICE TO THE PERSON SERVED: You are served (AVISO A LA PERSONA QUE RECIBIÓ LA ENTREGA:

Esta entrega se realiza)as an individual (a usted como individuo). (Pacific Sun: April 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO SELL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. Date of Filing Application: MARCH 28, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of Applicant(s) is/ are: JEFFREY ALAN BARNES. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 2130 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-2693. Type of license(s) Applied for: 41 – ON SALE BEER AND WINE – Eating Place. (Pacific Sun: April 8, 15, 22, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: FRANCES E. CASNER. Case No. PR-1101642. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of FRANCES E. CASNER. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: JOHN H. CASNER in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that JOHN H. CASNER 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: May 9, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, 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: JOHN H. CASNER, 123 Bretano Way, Greenbrae, CA 94904; (415)265-2137. (Publication Dates: April 8, 15, 22, 2011) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: MINI STORAGE SAN ANSELMO. In accordance to the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment having expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at a public auction at the MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960, at 2:00pm WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 454-5710, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: WARREN LORENTE: UNIT #120; ROSEANNA LEONARD: UNIT #372; VEDA FLOREZ: UNIT #23; ANNIE STODDARD: UNIT #249. Pacific Sun: (April 8, 15, 2011)

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I’m an older woman (almost 50) in a six-year live-in relationship with a 25-year-old guy. The problem is he wants to sleep with other girls. I understand his need to be with other girls, especially at his age. Although I consented, I love him and cannot bear the thought of this. When he slept with two girls, he told me right away and said he’d used protection. I said, “I don’t want you feeling guilty about exploring a natural aspect of human behavior,” and I suggested taking a break from the relationship. He responded that he loved me and couldn’t see his life without me. (He’s financially stable, so money isn’t a consideration.) Sometimes, I want to say, “This isn’t working, and I want to move on.” But, that would be far from the truth. I left a financially and emotionally stable 20-year relationship to be with him, and I haven’t regretted a minute of it.—Tormented

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“I understand his need to be with other girls,” you say. Right. So, he’ll come home and say, “I slept with these two girls. And I have five more scheduled for next week.” What do you do, say “You kids have a good time” then pack his World of Warcraft lunchbox with condoms and a cookie? Not many women in their 40s can find their way into barely legal bliss. (What did you do, park outside prom and hand out Tootsie Pops and cans of Schlitz?) Unfortunately, the age-mismatched relationship has some pitfalls; for example, having one’s youngster stud pop up in bed, six years in, and say, “Hey, wait! I forgot to have drunken hookups!” Even if you are the hottest thing this side of menopause, you can’t compete with all the Hottie McBody 20-somethings he’s never had. In theory, you can be all modern and evolved and say, “I love you enough to give you your sexual freedom.” In practice, while he’s off learning a thing or two from Amber and Tiffany, the position you find yourself in is the fetal one, with bouts of explosive sobbing. There’s much that’s unrealistic about pledging eternal monogamy, but sexually open relationships don’t work for a whole lot of people. Even the late Nena O’Neill, who co-authored the ’70s best-seller Open Marriage, came to that conclusion, writing in The Marriage Premise that these arrangements often leave the participants feeling jealous, resentful, insecure and abandoned—“sometimes as strongly as they do when a clandestine affair is discovered.” Being with a much younger guy is a bit like being with a rock star. “The power of the least interested” comes into play, meaning that the partner who can walk the easiest calls the shots (like by announcing that he needs to have his cake and his cupcakes, too). Because you left a lot to be with him, there’s probably temptation to stay with him at all cost. That’s easy to say yes to in the abstract. And then, some night you’ll have no calls from him for a block of hours and start flashing on all the horrible scenarios: fiery car crash... or did he bump into a hot pair of twins? Think about the emotional cost of living this way, day after day, and consider whether it might be time to give him that final teary kiss and part as friends with some wonderful memories. (In Bogie’s words at the end of Casablanca, “We’ll always have Chuck E. Cheese.”)

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My husband and I are friends with several couples. He hangs out with the men of this group once a week, and I occasionally join them. Recently, for one of the guys’ birthday, the plan was dinner and a movie, but when my husband got off the phone with the birthday boy, he said I wasn’t invited. (None of the wives was, including the birthday boy’s.) Am I wrong for feeling angry and hurt?—Excluded

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Think how angry and hurt men must feel when they’re excluded from the wives’ mani-pedi night. (“Hey, Frank, should I have her do Blushing Bride or Nudist Colony on my toes?”) You’re actually taking it personally that guys want a guys’ night out? We all know men talk differently when there are no wives around. (Especially to the stripper.) You have some warped ideas about what you’re entitled to as somebody’s spouse. You got married, not conjoined. On the appointed evening, let your husband off his leash and smile and wave as he goes. Allowing him his freedom should leave him feeling less compelled to take it—along with half of the house and everything you two own. If you can’t quite manage to ease up, you might want to get a jump on deciding which half of your kid is your favorite and whether you’ll be asking for the front or the back of the dog. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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