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›› LETTERS Fascists—liberals in black-shirt-sheep’s clothing... I’m writing to object and bring correction to the Sun’s “editor’s note” that accompanied my Letter to the Editor earlier this month [“Stop Vilifying Us, You Commies!,” July 1]. The tree-hugging leftie, circa While it is true 1920s. that fascism has frequently been characterized as right wing, that characterization is a false one, deliberately designed to deceive the general public and to conceal the reality that there are other forms of government that provide greater freedom and liberty and less intrusion into individual’s lives than any form of socialism. I am referring, of course, to a Constitutional Republic and limited government, that has been miscast by our mainstream media and educational institutions for the past 50 years as “hopelessly out of step with our more enlightened era.” It is time that the principles undergirding the founding of America 235 years ago were taught and understood by our citizens across the political spectrum so that we can have an intelligent debate over what form of government truly benefits the majority of America’s citizens. There are few issues that are more important for all

of us to debate together today, once we are properly informed of the facts and the real choices. Furthermore, I take strong exception to the editor’s observation that the “concepts of dictatorships, coercive force, propaganda and mind control have... found a home on both sides of the political spectrum.” That is simply not true and is predicated on a false, misleading and disingenuous characterization of the political right and left designed to deceive and confuse the general public. I refer you to Gary Allen’s and Larry Abraham’s book entitled None Dare Call it Conspiracy, published in 1971, which illustrates and explains the very concepts I am explaining here. The authors’ observations are even more relevant today than they were 40 years ago; and just as accurate. The far bigger issue we all must ask and answer is who stands to benefit by a further move to the left of the political spectrum in America? I can assure you that it is not the poor and the disenfranchised. Follow the money and the power and you will get your answer. It has nothing to do with right vs. left. It has everything to do with Right vs. Wrong, Good vs. Evil and Truth vs. Lies. If you dig, as I have, what you will discover will make you disgusted and sick to your stomach. Americans have been betrayed and deceived by our media, schools, church and government leaders who have lined their pockets at the expense of the American citizens and taxpayers. The proper response to this reality is outrage at the theft and deceit done to us right under our noses! The first response to this reality ought to be to get informed of the facts and the truth. That is the purpose of this letter: to start that process and to bring


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK The Sweet sound of success Mill Valley tycoon to get Sweetwater flowing again... new $3 million nightclub and cafe, located in the old Masonic Auditorium in downtown Mill Valley, is scheduled to open in... Bus stop, or danger zone? Marin County officials are hoping to shine a light on a spate of Marin City bus stop robberies—literally. Meat fork melee at Marin City barbecue Attendees of a Marin City memorial barbecue got more than tasty baby backs this weekend, when a woman allegedly attempted to assault her husband with a cookout utensil.

Your soapbox is waiting at ›› correction to lies—unintentional or deliberate. Either way, lies hurt and deceive those they are directed at. You can’t solve a problem you don’t understand. David Curtis, Mill Valley

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, again, David. Your dedication to the truth is indeed admirable. However, we must point out that the far right has for years been trying to shake the Hitler/fascist specter—typically by claiming the Nazis were actually socialists because they used the then-trendy word in their National Socialist German Workers Party name. Unfortunately, the link to the left stops there. History’s most renowned fascists—Hitler and, before him in Italy, Il Duce—came to power goose-stepping with unabashed far-right-wing ideologies: nationalism, militarism, corporatism, xenophobia, etc. Just because they were dictators (i.e., absolute authority over government and citizenry) doesn’t make them Big Government socialists, which carries with it an implicit promise of shared effort and collectivism—two things not to be found in fascism by a long shot. Truth is dictators usually drop any claims to consistent political ideology at the tyrannical door and use all sorts of politically hypocritical ways to stay in power. We’ll stand by our observation that “concepts of dictatorships, coercive force, propaganda and mind control have... found a home on both sides of the political spectrum.” We doubt any credible historians would disagree.

Art-house cinema is no place for wimps! In response to your “Zero” article by Nikki Silverstein from June 24 [in which Cheryl from Corte Madera and her two Rafael Film Center companions were rebuffed in their quest for three empty seats in the middle of an aisle by a seated couple blocking the way], I would like to offer a different slant. (For the record, I’m not part of the couple she wrote about.) As we all know, some people will arrive early for events and some will arrive late. Recently my boyfriend and I attended a film at the Rafael Film Center, which we suspected would be sold out. We arrived 45 minutes early and chose two seats on the aisle. During those 45 minutes, we endured endless Q&As and coming

attractions on the screen. I read cover-tocover the four-page Film Center brochure by the dim theater lights and even got up and went to the restroom. When people came later and wanted to sit in the center seats we gladly let them scramble across us. This is the price one pays for being an early bird and liking aisle seats. If I had been part of Cheryl’s trio seeking the last three seats in the theater on that day, I would have gotten the attention of the couple on the aisle, excused myself and walked across them. A lot of people are totally unaware and one should not be that timid. But that’s just me. Joana Nemanich, San Rafael

Heavy is the head that mis-characterizes the ‘Crowne’ Who you callin’ a ‘fat cat,’ Stafford?!

Wrong again Stafford. Larry Crowne is not “the story of a downsized corporate fat cat.” Tom Hanks plays a regular guy, a low-level employee who gets fired from a Walmart-like store. Go see it sometime. J.T., Corte Madera

Maybe you should take something for that... I’ve had a cloud hanging over my head these days. Why? It’s all those depression medications being hawked all over TV constantly. Now I really am depressed. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

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Three votes and the truth SMART gets $8 million of traction, despite TAM voting debacle


by Peter Seidman

he Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit project cleared yet another roadblock, but the route ahead still presents serious challenges. In an unusual set of circumstances, the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) approved, by a slim margin, transferring $8 million to help SMART meet a budget deficit now pegged at about $43 million. Unlike many other transportation projects in general and rail projects in particular, the main source of income for the SMART train is generated by the quarter-cent sales tax approved in 2008 by voters in the rail project district of Marin and Sonoma counties. The sales tax must, to a large extent, cover costs to operate the rail line and pay for debt that will be incurred when SMART goes out for bond revenue. Critics have said the quarter-cent hike cannot generate enough revenue to do that double duty, and an inevitable shortfall will become the responsibility of North Bay taxpayers. They say the system always needed a politically untenable half-cent hike to generate sufficient income. But supporters counter that revenue projections and operating costs have been the subject of numerous intensive investigations by multiple sources showing that SMART can make it down the tracks. Deliberations at TAM concerning that $8 million mixed a pinch of policy with a

dash of politics and more than a smidgen of controversy. The single largest contributor to the financial shortfall occurred as a result of the 2008 economy crash and its deleterious effect on sales tax revenue. This situation arrived virtually on the heels of Measure Q’s success—Marin voters had rejected the measure three times in earlier elections. The flush of success at finally passing the sales tax was almost immediately tempered by the reality of declining sales tax income. Faced with budget shortfalls, SMART made some tough decisions, one of which was to delay the ultimate vision of running commuter trains from Cloverdale to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. SMART had hoped to garner federal funds to help build and run the train, but the funds never became reality. After reorganizing the railplan timeline, SMART decided to build the project in segments. The first piece as now envisioned will run from Railroad Square in Santa Rosa to downtown San Rafael. A stop to connect with Larkspur ferries will have to wait, as will rail service to the north of Santa Rosa. But even that plan will cost more than SMART projected it could cover from a combination of sales tax and other income. The diminished tax revenue and related bonding capacity meant that SMART was coming up short, and the project 10 >


by Jason Walsh

Marin City bandits scream for ice-cream Not even Eskimo Pies are safe these days in Marin City, as yet another armed robbery—this time of a ice-cream truck vendor—has taken place in the beleaguered ‘burb. According to the Marin County Sheriff’s office, in the early afternoon on July 12, three African-American males between the ages of 15 and 20—donned in black hooded sweatshirts and black pants—confronted the driver of an ice cream truck parked on Terners Drive and held him at gunpoint, demanding cash. The suspects fled into a public housing area after making off with $160. A suspect was detained by Sheriff’s deputies, but subsequently released when the driver couldn’t positively identify him as one of the robbers. The recent string of Marin City robberies has frustrated police since, as the Sheriff’s Department notes,“approximately 70 percent of the males seen in the area have been wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black jeans.”The prevalence of this clothing style, say Sheriff’s deputies,“has complicated the investigation of these crimes and frustrated the identification of suspects by their victims.” Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s office at 499-7265 or remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800222-TIPS. Novato hires firm to oversee new headquarters The city of Novato has chosen architects to oversee its return to the downtown—RMW Architecture and Interiors of San Francisco will lead the $12-plus million project to construct a 21,000-square-foot building on Machin Avenue, adjacent to the police station. The town’s former headquarters surrounding the iconic 19th-century Presbyterian church on Sherman Avenue have been vacant for the past six years, as city employees were shuffled off to 75 Rowland Boulevard, east of Highway 101 near the Sutter hospital in 2005, after the old city facilities—comprised largely of century-old homes originally owned by town founders—were deemed seismically unsafe and condemned. RMW will be paid $813,846 for its work on the new building, which is expected to be completed in 2013. Officials expect to pay for the construction through the $17 million in redevelopment agency bonds, which the city has from funds it loaned to the redevelopment agency in 2004. Rah, rah sis-boom-bah, says San Rafael Chamber It’s runners on first and second for the proposed professional baseball team at Albert Park—with a runner in scoring position, will the San Rafael City Council drive the deal home? 10 >

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by Howard Rachelson

1. What is the largest island in San Francisco Bay? 2. In which countries would you find the historic regions known as Bavaria and Bohemia? 3. Pictured, bottom left: Identify this husband and wife who starred in the 1989 film Earth Girls Are Easy. 4. What is the primary flavor in cream soda? 5. What seed or nut that we eat as a snack food is surrounded by a shell that contains urushiol, the same potent skin irritant found in poison oak? 6. Pictured, bottom right: Whose image is shown on the front of the U.S. $1 bill, and what artist painted him in 1796? 7. What oil and gas companies were responsible for these famous oil spill disasters? 7a. 1989, in Alaska 7b. 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico 7c. 2011, in the Yellowstone River 8. Pictured, right: Identify this actress, whose first starring role was in the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby; she married Frank Sinatra on July 19, 1966. 9. Does the nucleus of an atom have a positive, negative or neutral charge? 10. What 1951 novel begins,“If you really 8 want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me...”? BONUS QUESTION: Fill in the blank with a name: Walt Disney once said,“I loved ______ more than any woman I’ve ever known.”



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▼ We’re not sure how many thugs are involved in the crime spree around the Marin City bus stop, but we know all of them deserve our Zero award. Unidentified young men, wearing hooded sweatshirts, robbed six people in the last month, including four bus passengers and a 69-year-old man just arriving home. Sometimes the Zeros brandish a handgun and they often beat their victims after the robbery. These guys aren’t just muggers, they’re cowards and bullies. The booty seems hardly worth the effort—a wallet, two cell phones, an iPhone and backpack. Hey Zeros, focus your energy on school or a job. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a small room with a big roommate named Bam Bam, and your focus will quickly shift to trying not to drop the soap.—Nikki Silverstein


▲Lee was at a crowded Trader Joe’s in Greenbrae last Sunday afternoon when she noticed two small children with miniature carts blocking one side of the aisle and an adult blocking the other half. A woman was about to plow her cart into the two kids. Lee spoke up, but the woman abruptly bumped the children and disappeared around the corner. Fortunately, the little ones were unhurt. The pushy woman returned twice, yelling at a stunned Lee, who wanted to yell back. The children’s mother comforted Lee. “We have to forgive her. Something is going on in her life,” she said. Lee calls the mom her Hero. “She taught me that even in the heat of the moment, I’m capable of feeling sympathy for someone that wronged me.” We say mother knows best.

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< 8 Three votes and the truth faced a serious challenge, which the Metropolitan Transportation Commission helped the rail agency navigate. The transportation commission would contribute $32 million to help plug the funding gap if SMART agreed to run trains to an initial southern terminus in San Rafael. (An earlier plan called for a terminus at the Civic Center.) Further, its contribution would be contingent on SMART having a balanced (and vetted) funding plan. And the commission said TAM and its counterpart in Sonoma County must agree to chip in their contributions. Sonoma County already had contributed $11 million; under the agreement, Sonoma would kick in another $3 million. Marin’s contribution would be $8 million. This is where the trip gets a little strange: In June, the TAM board held a meeting to vote on whether to transfer Marin’s $8-million share of the shortfall. The vote deadlocked 7-7, leaving SMART on the track with no financial fuel from Marin to build the first phase of the rail line. Afterward, Larkspur City Councilwoman Joan Lundstrom, who serves on the TAM board, asked for a reconsideration of the vote. Even though the rail line will not go into Larkspur in the first phase, the city has a stake in the initial segment and funding for it, because Larkspur has long wanted to connect the Cal Park Hill Tunnel with a multi-use pedestrian and bike bridge that would go over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. The bridge would allow pedestrians and bicyclists to travel traffic-free from San Rafael all the way to the terminal. The 2001 Marin County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan identified the project as one of the top 25 most important projects because of its nexus in an alternative-transportation system. Larkspur raised a concern that if TAM failed to contribute to the budget shortfall, and SMART then abandoned its first-phase plans, the bridge connection project could be thrown into limbo because SMART owns the right of way. After considering the permutations, Lundstrom switched her vote and tipped the balance to transfer the funds to SMART. The proposal passed on an 8-6 vote. But by the time that second vote concluded, most of those who had attended the meeting were gone, thinking the measure to transfer the funds ended in the deadlock. Marin Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who serves as the chair of the TAM board, called a special meeting at which the board could revisit the issue in full public view and could rescind the 8-6 vote. There was no rescission. On July 7, the board voted to reaffirm the 8-6 vote to transfer the funds to SMART. Larkspur City Councilman Larry Chu cast one of the votes in favor of rescission. He attended the meeting as a substitute for Lundstrom, who was out of town. Earlier that day, the Lark10 PACIFIC SUN JULY 15 - JULY 21, 2011

spur council met to fashion a directive for its representative (Chu) at the TAM meeting. Lundstrom participated in the council meeting via a teleconferencing setup. The Larkspur meeting was just one of several that took place in Marin towns that day. The Larkspur council voted 4-1 to call for rescinding the June vote that granted the $8-million transfer. Councilwoman Kathy Hartzell was opposed. But what seems like an outright smackdown in Larkspur actually is more complicated—because of the ferry connector project. When TAM voted in June, it placed conditions on the $8-million transfer. One of those calls for SMART to agree “to negotiate an agreement that allows” the ferry connector “to proceed without any cost to SMART for design, construction or maintenance.” In other words, Larkspur wanted assurances that SMART would grant use of its right of way. “We wanted to make sure that if [TAM] was going to give them $8 million, they [SMART] would not do anything to impede the project,” says Chu. In addition, the Larkspur council wanted the $8 million put in escrow until all the conditions were met. Larkspur also wanted TAM to rescind the June vote, resume discussion and possibly place even stricter conditions on the $8 million. Other conditions TAM placed on the transfer include an agreement that SMART will use “no funds that were specifically assigned” to Marin projects as part of a regional transportation plan, and no local projects “currently programmed” would lose “their ability to proceed.” That stems from a promise SMART made to Marin that it would not seek to siphon local transportation money to help pay for SMART at the expense of local projects. The conditions also call for SMART to “keep a risk register that defines risk and manages them accordingly.” The register “shall be made available to the public on a semi-annual basis.” Those conditions are too loose for critics, some of whom have opposed SMART with an almost religious ferocity because they dislike train transportation and others who simply are frustrated by continual rejiggering of SMART revenue and cost projections. But, say proponents, projects as big as SMART, especially in the transportation field, have many moving parts. Farhad Mansourian, the county head of public works, is on loan to SMART while the train agency searches for a new chief executive. Mansourian is working on an assessment of revenue and costs that he will present to the SMART board in August. It is the latest in a long list of assessments and reassessments conducted since voters approved Measure Q. As a project like SMART proceeds, financial projections sharpen. The SMART system has completed about 30 percent of its design phase, according to Mansourian, and as that design process continues, it’s possible the rail agency can find cost sav-

< 8 Newsgrams The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce has now joined the city’s Park and Recreation Commission in support of a plan for a group called Centerfield Partnership to launch a new North American League ball club at San Rafael’s Albert Park in May of 2012. Several residents of the Gerstle Park neighborhood have cried foul over possible parking, noise and drunkard problems that they say inevitably accompany sporting activities at this level. Stay tuned. The City Council steps up to the plate at its July 18 meeting.

The treacherous transit hub Marin County officials are hoping to shine a light on a spate of Marin City bus stop robberies—literally. In the wake of a string of thefts at the Donahue Street bus hub over the past month, a $525,000 redesign to add lighting and cameras has been scheduled for September in order to improve the safety at a dimly lit Golden Gate Transit stop that has been plagued with crime for years. Five robberies have taken place in that bus area recently: On July 2 a pair of hoodied men stole a bus passenger’s cell phone at gunpoint; on June 29, two males attacked a man and robbed him of his wallet and cell phone under the 101 overpass; on June 26 a rider was beaten, and his smart phone stolen; and on June 16 a passenger successfully fended off an attack by multiple men. The latest incident occurred Monday when a Marin City senior citizen was robbed by an armed man. The Marin County Sheriff’s Department has even released an official warning for passengers to stay in groups and walk in well-lighted areas; sheriff’s patrols in the area have been increased as well. Meat fork melee at Marin City barbecue Attendees of a Marin City memorial barbecue got more than tasty baby backs this weekend, when a woman allegedly attempted to assault her husband with a cookout utensil. Typically a tool for turning over grilled meats and testing them for desired tenderness, a pronged barbecue fork became a “deadly weapon,” according to a sheriff’s report, when Carla Wade, 42, allegedly tried to settle an argument with her 57-year-old husband with the tri tip trident. The Cole Drive incident took place after 1am and the alleged victim reportedly emerged unscathed. Wade was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Third time’s a charm—TAM votes to give SMART $8 mil Vote late and vote often seems to be the strategy for the Transportation Authority of Marin when it comes to funding the SMART train. In its third vote in only two meetings over the last two weeks, the Transportation Authority of Marin voted yesterday to uphold its second vote of June 23, which broke the deadlock of the early vote it took that day. At stake was whether TAM would give $8 million to help balance the books of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rapid Transit project, which still has an over $20 million budget shortfall—even after shortening its initial scope, from Cloverdale to Larkspur, down to a shorter rollout from Santa Rosa to central San Rafael. The regional transportation body—the Metropolitan Transportation Commission—has pledged $10 million to fill the gap, if TAM would match up to $8 million (the remainder matched by Sonoma County). But at the June 23 meeting the TAM vote was originally a draw—at 7-7—whether to float SMART the $8 million. But later in the meeting, after most public attendees had left, TAM board member and Larkspur Councilwoman Joan Lundstrom had a change of heart and asked to switch her vote—the second vote, then, was 8-6 in favor of supplying the $8 million. TAM members then scheduled the July 7 meeting to vote a third and hopefully final time, with members of the public present. Voting in favor of giving SMART the funds were Alice Fredericks of Tiburon, Scot Hunter of Ross, Al Boro of San Rafael, Stephanie MoultonPeters of Mill Valley, Mike Kelly of Sausalito, and supervisors Steve Kinsey, Judy Arnold and Kate Sears. Voting against were Ford Greene of San Anselmo, Larry Chu of Larkspur, Diane Furst of Corte Madera and Larry Bragman of Fairfax. A lawsuit alleging TAM was in violation of the Brown Act open-meetings law when it voted a second time on June 23 has been filed by the group RepealSMART. Adams declares candidacy for Congress Marin Supervisor Susan Adams has officially thrown her hat—or nurse practitioner’s cap, as it were—into the ring to run for Congress. Adams joins state Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Inverness social activist Norman Solomon as declared candidates to replace retiring Lynn Woolsey as the 6th District representative in the House. In declaring her candidacy last Wednesday, Adams—a grandmother, registered nurse practitioner and currently the county supervisor for the San Rafael area—said she’ll bring her “healthcare expertise to Congress to keep patients, nurses and doctors in charge of healthcare decisions, not insurance company bureaucrats.” Adams lists her supervisorial accomplishments as including helping create “the first Community Choice Clean Energy Authority in the state,” providing services for chronically homeless veterans, alleviating recidivism in prisons by 85 percent through mentally-ill-offenders’ programs, establishing a

health-and-wellness campus in the Canal district and supporting local organic farming and sustainable agricultural practices. “My job will be to expand my philosophy of ‘healthy planet, healthy people’ by creating green jobs and growing our economy and by addressing a full range of healthcare issues in our new congressional district,” said Adams. The makeup of the 6th congressional district is still in limbo as the state Citizens Redistricting Commission is still redrawing boundaries—the current map on the table has the 6th District extending from Sausalito through all of Marin and up along the coast to the Oregon border. Lines won’t be finalized until mid-August. Adams currently chairs the Marin Board of Supervisors, the Marin Housing Authority, the Marin Transit District, the Disaster Council and the Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health task force.

ings it was unaware of in previous planning permutations. “Over the years, there have been some assumptions that didn’t bear out,” Mansourian wrote in a recent statement. “However, in the grand scheme of things, these are minor issues that can be solved through a combination of new leadership that the board has put in place and a more conservative approach to costs and revenues.” Chu says he has no confidence in SMART’s ability to “come up with good financial projections. They tended to look at the more optimistic outlook and come up short, and then they hoped the money would be there. Well, hope is not a strategy.” Chu says that Mansourian’s extensive experience in large infrastructure projects should provide SMART with the best perspective it can get at this stage in its creation. “And,” says Chu, “he has no stake in the game.” Although Mansourian’s temporary tenure as chief executive is inspiring confidence in some, SMART critics continue their attacks. After the June meeting, the group RepealSMART filed a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for full disclosure of costs and revenue projections. Then, on July 6, the day before the special meeting that decided the rescission question, RepealSMART and Novato resident John Parnell filed a lawsuit seeking a restraining order and temporary injunction to stop TAM from transferring the $8 million. Parnell, one of the RepealSMART leaders, says he supported the train project

until a series of those overly optimistic projections resulted in a succession of budget deficits. The lawsuit alleges that the transportation authority has no right to use sales tax revenue from Marin’s Measure A transportation sales tax coffers to help fund SMART. Parnell, and the lawsuit, says Measure A, which asked votes to approve a tax hike for local transportation and road improvements, prohibits the use of Measure A funds for rail projects. TAM says it won’t tap Measure A money but instead tap state funds. Critics counter that using the state money instead of Measure A funds is just shuffling financial cards, and whichever way they fall, Marin will have less money for local projects. The lawsuit also alleges that because some TAM members also serve on the SMART board, an inherent conflict of interests exits. And the lawsuit further alleges that an additional $30 million in deficits exists that hadn’t been fully disclosed in a timely manner before the TAM vote. Valerie Brown, chairwoman of the SMART board, rejects the conspiracy accusation and says all the numbers are under review and will be fully disclosed when Mansourian completes his analysis in August. She also says she has confidence in the county counsels of Marin and Sonoma who serve as the rail agenciy’s legal team. “I don’t see much about the lawsuit” that has merit, says Brown. ✹ Contact the writer at

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The Sweet sound of success Mill Valley tycoon to get Sweetwater flowing again... by G r e g Cahill


he Marin high-tech tycoon and environmentalist who razed the late rock impresario Bill Graham’s hilltop home, known as Masada, and replaced it with his own environmentally friendly “Guitar House,” is poised to rock the local music scene in a big way. According to a local press report published last week, Michael Klein of Mill Valley—the CEO of the Novato-based Modulus Guitars, a longtime associate of the Grateful Dead and a member of the board of the Rainforest Action Network—is the driving force behind a new Mill Valley music venue bearing the trusted name Sweetwater. The new $3 million nightclub and cafe, located in the old Masonic Auditorium in downtown Mill Valley, is scheduled to open in October. Other investors include Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and financier Warren Hellman, the banjo-plucking Bolinas resident who bankrolls the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. For the past couple of years, the historic Masonic Hall has hosted a low-key music hall known as the Woods, cooked up by Mill

Valley organic-pizza chef Ged Robertson of Small Shed Flatbreads. The Woods closed last year for renovations. Robertson, a founding partner in the new Sweetwater project, says his role in the venue redesign will continue and, when it opens, he’ll run a breakfast cafe there. “The city has been great with the Woods project,” says Robertson, and with Klein on board to spearhead the investing and the name chance, he feels the new Sweetwater could really take Marin’s live music “to the next level.” Original owner Jeanie Patterson and her ex-husband, Jay, started Sweetwater in the 1970s. For 20 years, the club’s tiny stage presented such names as Mark Knopfler, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Carlos Santana, Ralph Stanley, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello, to name a few. The bar rose to international acclaim after hosting a 1992 BBC-TV music special. In 1998, Patterson sold Sweetwater to Thom and Becky Steere. Nine years later, the Steeres lost the lease to the original site. The club moved to Larkspur, renamed as Sweetwater Station, but closed two years ago. Klein and Weir became major investors in

It’s all well and good the Masonic Auditorium on Corte Madera Avenue may be the new home of Sweetwater—but will they keep the kinda-cool/kinda-sinister Masons’ altar room on the second floor intact?

that last venture and negotiated rights to the Sweetwater name. According to the recent report in the Marin IJ, the new Sweetwater will have a state-of-the-art Meyer Sound speaker system and a video link to Weir’s sophisticated San Rafael-based TRI webcasting studio. Klein has been involved with Sweetwater since Patterson brought in investors in the 1990s when the internationally known nightclub first ran into financial problems. He made his fortune in the high-tech industry and later took the helm of Modulus

Guitars, a popular bass and guitar manufacturer known for its innovative use of sustainable woods as well as synthetic materials. Modulus instruments have been used by such well-known rock musicians as Les Claypool of Primus and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Modulus Guitars were featured at Sweetwater in 2001’s SoundWood Jam sessions, which were intended to entertain while raising awareness about the need to find sustainable materials to replace the endangered tone woods used on many wooden instruments. In 2002, after five years of construction, Klein completed work on his dream home located at 800 Corte Madera Avenue in Corte Madera. The site was formerly home to Bill Graham, who pretty much invented the concept of the modern rock concert. Graham was killed in a helicopter accident outside of Petaluma in 1991, not far from the spot where he hoped to build a North Bay amphitheater. Klein razed Graham’s house and built a sprawling 15,000-square-foot house, with 18-foot-thick walls, that he christened Guitar House. According to a 2006 Marin IJ report posted on the Grateful Dead website, the house was designed by fabled Marin architect Sim Van der Ryn, a pioneer in sustainable communities. The house boasts an arcade surrounded by 40 columns constructed of rammed earth (strengthened by recycled fly ash coal residue) and two winding entry staircases made from recycled stone from villages in central China. The IJ dubbed Guitar House the county’s “greenest house.” In 2006, Klein, a contributor to Democratic Party candidates, held a public open-house fundraiser there for Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. At press time, Klein could not be reached for an interview. ✹ Mull over music with Greg at Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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Weather report Freaky storms can be certifiable proof—or a complete headache—for climate-change scientists by Stan Cox

Cloudy? Sunny? Marinites haven’t known which way to turn with recent weather.


n June 28, it rained like cats and dogs in Marin. Three days later we had blistering 100-degree-plus for the Marin County Fair. This week’s been windy and overcast with even a drizzle of rain in northern Marin. It’s practically August and it doesn’t seem like we’ve closed the door on winter. Is this climate change—or just crazy weather? With improbable weather becoming routine, forecasters are in for another wild ride this year. There’s no way of knowing exactly when or where extreme cold or heavy snow is going to hit, but the forecast does call for a 100 percent chance of someone—most likely a Republican who wants to gut environmental regulation—seizing on weather, such as freakish snowstorms, as proof that the planet isn’t warming. In 2010, as the snow just kept piling up in Washington, D.C., Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and his family built an igloo down the street from the Capitol and labeled it “Al Gore’s new home.” And the Virginia Republican Party ran TV ads telling viewers to call legislators who supported climate-change legislation “and tell them how much global warming you get this weekend. Maybe they’ll come help you shovel.” Of course, the “Snowmageddon” jokesters had no way of knowing at the time that within less than five months the snowshoe would be on the other foot. By early July,

with other states in North America broiling in record-shattering heat, most climatechange holdouts were keeping a low profile. (But not Inhofe, who defiantly lectured a sweating ABC News team, “We’re in a cycle now that all the scientists agree is going into a cooling period.”) Meanwhile, some environmental groups pointed to the blistering temperatures of last summer (and in the Midwest so far this summer) as confirmation that we’ve headed over the cliff of global climate change. The National Wildlife Foundation rushed out a report supplement titled “Extreme Heat in Summer 2010: A Window on the Future,” filling it with pictures of sweating city-dwellers and hot-colored charts. The Natural Resources Defense Council put out a press release in which its climate-center director announced, “Welcome to what might be termed ‘the dark side of climate change.’” Back in the 1990s, the major environmental groups made a decision not to highlight extreme weather events as early signs of global warming. Should they have stuck to that policy? Carleen Cullen, director of the Kentfieldbased nonprofit Cool the Earth, sure thinks so. Cullen’s organization visits schools and youth organizations in an attempt to educate K-8 students and their families about climate change. And in dealing with so many young people, she’s used to the kind of misguided and uninformed summations about global

warming one might hear from an 8-year-old, or a conservative anchor on Fox News. “Climate change is definitely affecting weather patterns but the problem is,” says Cullen, “the patterns need to occur over a certain period of time in order for them to be considered consistent with the projections of global-warming outcomes.” Cullen says that linking extreme weather to climate change is “a double-edged sword.” “Most of our work is in educating children and they take information home to their families—and so we are very careful to not play with that sword. It cuts deep both ways,” warns Cullen. She says living in Marin makes it that much harder to get kids to view the weather from a broader perspective. “When huge droughts are expected [around the world] as a result of climate change and then here in Marin we experience an unprecedented amount of precipitation and people are still skiing at Squaw, it’s hard to look at the issues globally,” says Cullen. “We’re not really being affected in the same ways.” THE ODDS ON ODD WEATHER Given the complexity of climate science, it’s not surprising that the best way to get the attention of the media and the public is to talk about exceptional weather that’s happening right now rather than the bigger threat of long-term climate disruption. But that makes life difficult for those who study climate for a living.

One such researcher is Katharine Hayhoe, an associate professor at Texas Tech University. She sees a clear necessity to come back hard against fatuous arguments that, she says, go something like, “Well, you know, temperatures are cooling in the month of September in Erie, Pennsylvania, so how can the planet be warming?” But, she warns, climate scientists have to be careful themselves not to go beyond the data: “It is very tempting to seize on a single dramatic event, but we have to stay true to what we know, to stick to terms like ‘consistent with’ and ‘risk of.’” In public statements, most climate scientists are indeed careful to stress that we cannot draw conclusions from individual extreme weather events. But Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, is now thinking such caution may have gone too far. He says many of his colleagues, weary of being attacked by people like Inhofe, tend to “jump too soon,” starting their responses to reporters by discounting the relevance of individual weather events. But by understating the links, he believes, they are “erring in the opposite direction,” which in itself can be misleading. “Statistics show very much that these events really are part of bigger trends,” he stresses. To illustrate, Mann uses a metaphor popular among climate researchers these days: “Suppose you’re betting on dice, but that someone had replaced the five on 14 > JULY 15 - JULY 21, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

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this particular die with a second six. If you don’t know this, you might get cheated out of a lot of money. But when you demand your money back, can you point to any one roll of that die that you can prove lost you money? No, you can’t.” But, he says, it’s a fact that the size of your losses is a direct result of the change in the die. Similarly with the Earth’s atmosphere, he says, statistics tell us that shifts in climate have contributed to extreme weather: “As the numbers start piling up, you can say that the numbers have been shifted by climate change. A 1,000-year event becomes a 30-year event.” To follow year-to-year climatic trends through the centuries before weather data were being recorded, scientists like Mann can use indicators like tree rings. But it is usually impossible, he says, to detect trends in shorter-term climatic extremes that occurred in the distant past. On the other hand, daily weather data that have been recorded for 50, 100 or more years in many places can tell us a lot about extremes. And, says Mann, “When extreme events that actually occurred are the ones you’d expect based on climate-change models, you have a lot more confidence. “If we were seeing a lot of longer, more intense cold periods, we’d all be scratching our heads. But when you confirm what the hypothesis proposed, you have an increased degree of confidence.” And confidence is increasing. Last year, 15 climate scientists published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that contained this straightforward statement, based on the most recent Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): “It is now more likely than not that human activity has contributed to observed increases in heat waves, intense precipitation events, and the intensity of tropical cyclones.” Furthermore, even on a warming planet, regions with traditionally cold winters will still have plenty of below-freezing weather; when that cold air combines with moist air masses (in a generally warmer atmosphere that’s able to carry more water vapor than it used to), a lot of moisture can suddenly get dumped in the form of snow. Hayhoe helped write a June 2009 report published by the U.S. Global Change Research Program finding that the share of precipitation falling as snow rather than rain is increasing in the northeastern United States. Furthermore, said the report, “Heavy snowfall and snowstorm frequency have increased in many northern parts of the United States.” Six months later, with the northern and middle Atlantic coast paralyzed by record snowfall, Hayhoe and her co-authors could be even more confident that the trend they had observed was not a mirage.

But if climate models project with some assurance that present and future emissions of greenhouse gases will lead to rapid warming of the atmosphere and extreme weather, is it even necessary to continue digging into past climate and weather records for evidence of change? Do historical studies add any useful information as we plan for the future? Sixteen scientists who contributed to a 2008 report for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program stressed that while the past does not hold all the answers, it is important to learn what it can tell us. The first step, they explain, is “detection”—establishing that changes have occurred in some type of extreme, say heat waves, over time. Then comes the second step, “attribution”: Attribution further links those changes with variations in climate forcings, such as changes in greenhouse gases, solar radiation, or volcanic eruptions.... Attribution often uses quantitative comparison between climate-model simulations and observations, comparing expected changes due to physical understanding integrated in the models with those that have been observed. Such a comparison can be seen in graphs plotted by University of Oklahoma researchers. In them, an index including several kinds of extreme climate events can be seen increasing over recent decades in a way that can’t be explained by natural variation. But when greenhouse emissions are included in climate models, observation and theory align very well. WHEN EXTREME HEAT BECOMES ROUTINE If last summer’s brain-cooking heat seemed to be unusually persistent, it wasn’t just your fevered imagination. Weather records show that occurrences of two-day and three-or-more-day-long runs of exceptionally high temperatures have been increasing steadily since 1960. The trend toward more extra-hot days, and especially extra-warm nights, has been strongest, as we’d expect, in urban areas where concrete and asphalt trap heat and vegetation is sparse. But rural areas and suburbs have also seen increases. A half-century ago, record high and record low temperatures occurred at approximately the same rate in the United States. Now record highs are happening at least twice as often as record lows, and the ratio might be as high as 4-to-1. One link between heat waves and humaninduced warming of the atmosphere is simply a matter of statistics. Daily temperatures are distributed like most phenomena, in a bellshaped curve, with most readings heaped up in the middle, near the average for the date, and the rarer extremes tapering away in both directions as “tails.” As the Earth warms, that curve tends to shift to the right, toward higher temperatures, with its right tail leading the way. Even if the bell curve stays exactly the same

shape as it moves, a small shift can lead to many more heat waves. Notes Michael Mann, “The 1-degree Celsius increase we have seen in average temperature, for example, appears to be leading to a doubling of the rate at which record-breaking temperatures occur.” That happens because as the curve moves right, the “fatter” part of the tail moves into “extreme” territory. The graph below, by IPCC via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, illustrates the effect of the shift:

But there may be more to the story. The monster heat wave that killed tens of thousands of Europeans in 2003 was off the charts—impossible to explain by a simple shift in the bell curve, according to a Swiss climate team. The group reported a few months after the disaster that even considering the increase in average temperatures in Europe from 1990 to 2003—but assuming no change in the shape of the curve—a heat wave like that of 2003 could be expected to occur only once every 46,000 years. The fact that the 2003 event really did happen led them to search for other explanations in greenhouse climate models. Those models, they discovered, predict a large increase not only in average temperature but in variability as well—a flattening of the bell curve would make killer heat waves much more common in, say, Switzerland. Indeed, the Swiss scientists’ models suggest that in Central Europe “toward the end of the century—under the given scenario assumptions—about every second summer could be as warm or warmer (and as dry or drier) than 2003.” While not as wildly unpredictable as Europe ’03, the 2010 killer heat wave in Russia went well beyond anything else yet experienced and might also be an indicator of a flattening bell curve. “The heat in Russia and the floods in Pakistan in the past year were not just weather flukes,” adds Mann. Greenhouse models, he points out, projected that sinking dry air would migrate from northern Africa and southern Europe toward Central Europe and Russia in summer, and that moist air would move north from the tropical Indian Ocean toward subtropical Pakistan. “Those events were part of a larger circulation pattern,” he says. EXTREME RAINS, EXTRAORDINARY SNOW In recent years, precipitation patterns appear to have gone haywire, not just in

'/).''2%%. Pakistan but on every continent. Katharine concluded it is “more likely than not” that Hayhoe has seen this up close: “In the five humanity’s emissions have influenced tropical years I’ve lived in West Texas, we’ve had a cyclone activity, this study found that “despite 111-day rainless stretch—the longest ever some suggestive observational studies, we recorded—and two ‘100-year’ rainfalls”— cannot at this time conclusively identify” a ones so heavy that such an event occurs only human fingerprint on the increasing intensity once per century on average. of tropical cyclones. However, “a substantial “But,” she says, “it all makes sense from a human influence on future tropical cyclone basic physics perspective. The atmosphere is activity cannot be ruled out...” holding more water vapor. Storm systems, when they come, have more to work with.” NO NEWS IS BAD NEWS Warmer air is capable of holding more waWhatever happens on the ground, in the ter vapor than is cooler air. As a consequence, sea and in the atmosphere in coming decades, the concentration of moisture in the atmoit is very likely that public discussion of the sphere also has been increasing since the ’60s, climate will tend to focus on events like heat both in the United States and across the globe. waves, floods and storms more than on the A comprehensive 2007 study led by Katharine invisible, and ultimately more important, Willett, now at Yale University, concluded that transformation of the planet-wide climate. the increases in humidity observed planetIn a 2007 essay, Andrew Revkin of The New wide can be attributed York Times explained to human influence why storms make and that natural forces headlines but climatic alone cannot explain disruption does “not the change. constitute news as we With more moisture know it”: in the air, an increasing The incremental proportion of precipinature of climate tation is coming in the research and its unform of more intense certain scenarios will rainstorms around the continue to make the world. Over the past 30 issue of global warming Is human-induced climate change creating more years, the southeastern cyclones? Scientists suspect so. incompatible with the United States has seen news process. Indeed, simultaneous increases in droughts, wet years global warming remains the antithesis of what and strong rainstorms. These big swings in is traditionally defined as news... Journalism precipitation are related to the continuing rise craves the concrete, the known, the here and in Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures and now and is repelled by conditionality, distance, the increasing variability of those temperaand the future. tures. The ocean temperature increase has But could it be that the kind of energetic been attributed to greenhouse emissions; the public discussion we saw following 2010’s degree to which emissions affect variability in Snowmageddon can actually help remedy the surface temperatures is less well understood. situation, by introducing more people to the Numbers of years with extremely high complex forces that are taking our climate on snowfall totals have declined since the 1950s this wild ride? Do more people now know, over much of the country. That was to be exfor example, that if there is extraordinary pected, because with climate change, weather weather again this winter, it can be entirely cold enough for snow is now even more rare consistent with what we’d expect when living in warm regions like the Southeast. in a warmer, moister atmosphere? Will more However, extremes follow a different of us see in next summer’s heatwaves the roll pattern from totals. There has been a slight of loaded dice? upward trend in strong snowstorms over For Cullen and Cool the Earth, the best the past century in the United States. What strategy is to stop discussing the weather patpart of that trend you see depends on where terns in terms of “global warming” and stick you live. Warmer areas of the country are to what it’s really about: “climate change.” seeing fewer big snowstorms, but the upper “The best thing for people to do is to look Midwest and the Northeast are getting hit at the weather when it is really hot or when with more of them. we experience flooding,” Cullen says, “These Meanwhile, that most media-friendly of are often the result of a warming planet.” all extreme weather phenomena, the hurAnd is the thought of frequent extreme ricane, is probably also the least informaweather conditions enough to convince tive when it comes to the climate debate. climate change deniers? Authored by a group of hurricane experts, a Perhaps, says Cullen. 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ann v. Ford opens in the woods. Under a canopy of trees, a stream ďŹ&#x201A;ows and children swim, chase chickens, swing on ropes. Then comes a warning: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let the sounds of the birds fool you.â&#x20AC;? The Ramapough, a small tribe of Native Americans, has called the forest home for more than 225 years. But in the late 1960s, Ford Motor Co. used the land and its abandoned iron mines as an industrial dump for paint sludge and other toxic waste from its neighboring manufacturing plant in Mahwah, New Jersey. The lead-based paint blanketed the woodlands, says Wayne Mann, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the automobile maker. As a boy, he and his unsuspecting friends and relatives spent summers sliding on the colorful sludge. The children covered themselves in it. They made rainbow-colored pies out of it, sliced them up and ate them. The pies tasted sweet, Mann says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have nose bleeds,â&#x20AC;? he adds. During a recent screening at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, Peter Coyote watched the documentary ďŹ lmâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; which HBO will air Monday, July 18, at 9pm. The Mill Valley actor called the Ramapoughs canaries in the iron mines and urged audience members to demand that government regulators regulate industry. Coyoteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friend, James Redford of Fairfax, produced Mann v. Ford. He and co-producer Maro Chermayeff, who also directed the movie, appeared onstage after the San Rafael showing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think everyone should go home and do a little homework,â&#x20AC;? said Redford, a dead ringer for his father, actor Robert Redford.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to come down to individual action at the citizen level. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count on the EPA or the justice system.â&#x20AC;? The Ramapoughs certainly could not. The current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa P. Jackson, who appears in the ďŹ lm, holds up the Mahwah site as evidence of her agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure to do its job to safeguard public health. When the tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members began dying off prematurely, and even children fell ill with asthma, cancer and other deadly and chronic illnesses, the Ramapough hired lawyers and sued Ford. The movie details the legal ďŹ ght. It ended after Mannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorneysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;terriďŹ ed while watching the cost of doing battle escalating at the same time the automotive giantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stock was divingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;settled for a pittance. The out-of-court settlement came in 2009, when Ford was reportedly losing billions of dollars a year. But by the end of 2009, after the case was closed, Ford had turned the loss to a $2.7 billion annual proďŹ t. The EPA did list Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Jersey dumping ground as a Superfund cleanup site in the 1980s. But after the car manufacturer hurriedly and ineffectively removed some of the toxic waste, in the 1990s, the federal agency declared the site clean and removed it from the Superfund list. High levels of arsenic, lead, benzene and other contaminants continued to plague the area. Ultimately, Mann and other community organizers convinced the EPA to put their land back on the federal Superfund list. Theirs was the ďŹ rst site in the nation that the EPA returned to the list after deeming it clean. The relisting, however, could not heal the sick or save the dying. It could not reduce the

'/).''2%%. off-the-charts miscarthorough cleanup. riage rate. It could not â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe EPA has hurt render the polluted water the American people,â&#x20AC;? drinkable nor the vegetaBoxer said during the bles the natives planted hearing in a clip that is on their own soil ďŹ t for part of the documentary, consumption. â&#x20AC;&#x153;made them less safe the Today, despite several last eight years.â&#x20AC;? cleanup attempts and alâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about us,â&#x20AC;? though Ford has removed one of the Ramapough 45,000 tons of contamitells Jackson at the end of nants, the sludge remains the hearing. buried in the land. When Not long after, Mann environmental activist and more than 500 othBob Spiegel ďŹ nds a chunk ers settled their lawsuit of colorful sludge in the James Redford, left, with Peter Coyote, at last against Ford out of court ďŹ lm, he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s screening of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mann v. Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in San Rafael. for $11 million. Most miss something like this? of those injured by the Even Stevie Wonder could ďŹ nd this.â&#x20AC;? dumping collected an average of $8,000. At A newspaper reporter ďŹ nds a rock covered most, they got $35,000. in red paint on the site and holds it next to one â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more bitter than sweet,â&#x20AC;? Mann says. of Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paint chips from the 1960s. The paint â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliberately poison people and continues to shine as walk away. It was no less brightly as a 1966 â&#x20AC;&#x153;canthan a hate crime.â&#x20AC;? dy apple redâ&#x20AC;? Mustang As part of the outwhen it rolled off the asof-court settlement, the sembly line. court sealed the records The New Jersey site uncovered during the may be one of the most legal investigation. polluted areas in the Because the plaintiffsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; United States. That the attorneys had already natives are ďŹ rmly rootshared the information ed on their land with with the documentary neither the means nor ďŹ lmmakers, they were the desire to leave comprivy to 45,000 pages of pounds the problem. now-sealed documents. They have spent their Ford refused to speak lives eating, breathing Ford Motor Co. refused to speak with ďŹ lmmakers with the ďŹ lmmakers, and and drinking Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regarding the Ramapough, but for years they the company has repeatwere happy to use the tribeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land as an industrial edly refused to speak toxic waste. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very unique cul- waste dump. to New Jersey journalturally, the way Native ists who have reported American communities are exposed, the intri- extensively on the Superfund site. cacies of identity tied to land,â&#x20AC;? Redford said. During the question-and-answer period â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a double whammy in that regard.â&#x20AC;? following the San Rafael screening, direcâ&#x20AC;&#x153;They should have all moved,â&#x20AC;? Chermayeff tor Chermayeff said of Ford, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They would never dream of moving.â&#x20AC;? no idea thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s footage of people digging Where would they move? According to and playing and drinking that water. They the ďŹ lm, 74 million Americans live within absolutely dumped on them because they four miles of a Superfund were poor and voiceless. site. Though there are The only thing left really none in Marin County, is outrage.â&#x20AC;? COMING SOON they dot the Bay Area. Michael Colacchio, a Mann v. Ford, produced by Senator Barbara Boxer, 53-year-old Fairfax busiJames Redford and directed by D-Calif., who lived in nessman, felt outrage too. Maro Chermayeff and Micah Greenbrae for more than He grew up in Mahwah, Fink, airs Monday, July 18, at 30 years, heads the Senate New Jersey, swam in the 9pm on HBO. Check Committee on Environwater and played in the com for additional showtimes. ment and Public Works. mountains. He watched Her committee interviewed the documentary, horJackson for her EPA post in riďŹ ed to learn about the 2009, after President Barack Obama nomi- death of his elementary school classmates nated her. Mann and three other Ramapough and the destruction of the land. Uncommunity leaders attended the hearing to like Mann and the other Ramapough, show their support for Jackson, who as Colacchio left the area in 1976 to attend head of New Jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental agen- college. â&#x153;š cy helped them push the EPA for a more Contact Ronnie Cohen at


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are ďŹ ne appetizers, snacks, bar food and accompaniments to soups and salads. Tuscans adore their chicken liver pate crostini; in the southern regions bright tomatoes and strong cheeses top them. There are no hard and fast rules for building these quick bitesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they even become desserts with the proper toppings. Making a panino (panini is the plural of the word) involves two slices of bread or, commonly, a small roll or a slice from a large loaf or from a focaccia, cut in half. It is more like an American sandwich but maintains the Italian respect for ingredients: only the best and never too much, so that true ďŹ&#x201A;avors prevail. Toasted, pressed panini are only one way to go. Untoasted round or torpedo-shaped rolls are popular, served cold, a handy portable snack or picnic item. Other sandwiches include tramezzini (tram-etz-eeni), elegant square versions of panini made from white bread, crusts removed, holding sophisticated ďŹ llings to serve at tea or cocktails, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;toast,â&#x20AC;? a thin, grilled cheese sandwich found at casual spots like coffee bars and lunch counters. We are limited only by our imaginations. Sandwiches can be made quickly or in a meditative way; they can be a singletonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supper or a buffet with several assorted choices for family or guests. In the last couple of weeks I experimented happily, going through the supplies in my kitchen until I was down to what Italian food maven Arthur Schwartz calls crostini fantasia del frigoriferoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;crostini fantasy of the refrigeratorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mixing the last scraps of cheese and tads of cold cuts atop the last slices of bread. The recipes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve selected require no cooking at all, save for toasting or quickly grilling the bread. Even when the weather becomes more tolerable they are great additions to the repertoire; meanwhile, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re lifesavers.

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Crostini con Ricotta e Frutti Serves 2 1 ripe peach or pear, or 3 ripe apricots 4 ounces fresh ricotta, about 1/2 cup 4 slices toasted baguette-size bread Fine-quality honey

Peel and pit the fruit and puree in a blender or use a fork to mash it into a puree. Blend together the ricotta and fruit puree until the mixture is smooth. Spread the crostini with the ricotta mixture. Drizzle honey over the top.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;adapted from Verdura (Morrow, 1991), Viana La Place = = = =

Summer Sundays mean outdoor family gatherings at the home of Lidia Bastianich, author/television celebrity/chef/ restaurateur. While the rest of the meal is cooking she serves these bruschette, reminiscent of the ďŹ g sandwiches she ate as a child in Italy.

Bruschette di Prosciutto e Ficchi 6 servings 10 to 12 ripe fresh green or black ďŹ gs 6 slices, 1/2-inch thick, of ďŹ rm white country-style bread 2-1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 6-8 long, thin slices prosciutto di San Daniele Freshly ground black pepper

Wipe the ďŹ gs clean with a damp cloth or paper towel. Slice them crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Prepare the bruschette: Heat a grill pan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Grill the bread slices in batches, turning once, till golden brown and crispy (3-5 minutes). As they are removed from heat, brush lightly with olive oil. Cover the bruschette with overlapping ďŹ g slices. Drape prosciutto to cover the ďŹ gs. Grind some black pepper over the prosciutto and serve immediately.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;adapted from Lidiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Table (1998), Lidia Matticchio Bastianich = = = =

Tangy goat cheese backs up smoked salmon in this panino, with color and flavor from other ingredients. (Be sure your sun-dried tomatoes are plump and tender.)

Cut the rolls in half. Spread the goat cheese on the bottom half of the rolls. Sprinkle with capers, sun-dried tomatoes and chives. Cover with slices of smoked salmon. In a small bowl, beat together olive oil and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon a little of the dressing over salmon slices. Top with lettuce. Drizzle with more dressing. Cover with remaining bread. = = = =

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This may be the ultimate tomato sandwich, perfect on a hot day with some chunks of cheese and a glass of chilled wine. This recipe and the two that follow are from Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini (Hearst Books, 1994), by Viana La Place.

Country Style Tomato Panini For each sandwich: 2 slices Italian-style whole grain bread Extra-virgin olive oil Fresh lemon juice or imported red wine vinegar Salt and freshly ground black pepper Chopped basil and mint leaves Pinch dried Mediterranean oregano, such as Greek oregano Touch of ďŹ nely chopped garlic 1 medium ripe but ďŹ rm tomato, cored and sliced

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Smoked Salmon and Caprino Panini Makes 2 panini 2 crusty sandwich rolls 3-4 ounces goat cheese, softened at room temperature 2 teaspoons capers 4 segments sun-dried tomatoes, cut into small pieces 2 teaspoons snipped chives 3 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon, without preservatives or artiďŹ cial color 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper Small handful mixed baby lettuce leaves

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paninoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is the Italian word for sandwich; though panini dates back to the 16th century, its pressed ďŹ&#x201A;atbread incarnation became uber trendy in the 1970s.


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es.” The early-Hollywood prototype was the ash-spilling, keyhole-peeping wiseacre with he last days of the newspapers the bottle in his desk drawer and the press seem to be rushing toward us pass in his hatband impersonated by Clark with frightening speed. This Gable in It Happened One Night, Spencer last week both the Examiner and the Mir- Tracy in Libeled Lady, Fredric March in ror disappeared into limbo and news from Nothing Sacred and (best of all) Robert Wilthe outside world is shrinking... I predict the liams in Platinum Blonde. Over the years the time is rapidly coming when there will be but movies’ love-hate relationship with the ladies one newspaper in the United States and that and gentlemen of the press has resulted in will be published around Emporia, Kansas.” several highly entertaining, easy-to-find clasGroucho Marx wrote those words to colum- sics. A few examples: His Girl Friday, Howard Hawks’ whirlnist Earl Wilson in 1962, back when a newswind of a screwball comedy powered by paper’s only rivals were rat-a-tat-tat overlapping radio, TV and another dialogue, Cary Grant’s newspaper, decades bedazzling performance as fore an indolent and gulla smooth-talking, manipible public would opt for ulative ogre of a newsunsubstantiated, easy-topaper editor and gleeful swallow blogs and tweets verbal potshots thrown over the depths, checks at everything from the and balances of print nuclear family and police journalism. Today, New corruption to psychiatry, York’s nine daily newspaTypical day in the newsroom, Hollywood style. capital punishment and pers have shrunk to three, anti-communist hysteria. one of them the Times, and the struggles of (One bored reporter phoning in a story: this 160-year-old journal to stay solvent and “The sheriff has put 30 more relatives on the relevant in today’s taffy-brained world is the subject of Page One: Inside The New York city payroll to hold off the Red Army, which Times, a new documentary currently playing is leaving Moscow in a couple of minutes.”) Call Northside 777, starring James Stewart at the Rafael. as a Chicago reporter who doggedly pursues Director Andrew Rossi spent nearly a year among the Times’ writers and editors as, in the evidence that will release an imprisoned true old-school tradition, they collected, as- man wrongly accused of murder. Based on sembled, wrote, confirmed and edited “all a true story, this noirish 1948 thriller was the news that’s fit to print” at a crucial, pos- filmed, postwar neorealist style, in the streets, sibly lethal, turning point in the paper’s his- tenements, office buildings and saloons tory. To those of us who make a living in the where the actual events took place. Lee J. newspaper biz, the prospect of a totally wired, Cobb, John McIntyre and Thelma Ritter add newsprint-less world is especially poignant, some gritty verisimilitude of their own, and and makes one wonder if the cancer-causing, Stewart is, as always, terrific. All the President’s Men obesity-inducing conveis the best behind-theniences of personal comscenes newspaper drama puter, iPad and CrackBerof them all, capturing (in ry are really worth the jobs dramatic form) Ameriand businesses the digital can journalism’s glorious age has rendered obsolete. apex: the slow, steady The prospect becomes expose of the crimes especially dire when reand misdeeds behind porter David Carr takes the Watergate caper and over Rossi’s movie. This the subsequent downfall media desk newshawk has of a criminal president. so much presence, such ‘President’s Men,’ and the power of the press. What makes the movie retro Hecht & MacArthur grit and so much city room star power, he so terrific, though, is the crackling suspense, makes you mourn a vanishing breed of pro- Gordon Willis’ dazzling cinematography, fessional, the First Amendment’s staunchest the Felix-and-Oscar dichotomy of Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman and one of champion. the best supporting casts ever assembled (esCarr was preceded on celluloid by several variations on Nellie Bly, H.L. Mencken, Ernie pecially Hal Holbrook as the weary, caustic Deep Throat). ✹ Pyle and other real-life “ink-stained wretch-


In this “Bogie’s-eye-view” from the classic 1947 film noir Dark Passage, Lauren Bacall has picked up hitchhiking San Quentin escapee Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart) and their car is emerging from the Waldo Tunnel to descend the Waldo Grade in a shot familiar to just about every Marin resident since the opening of the tunnel and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The first half hour of Dark Passage is seen entirely through Parry’s eyes; he’ll eventually undergo plastic surgery to ensure his successful escape from the authorities—and from then is depicted in the film as Bogart. The famous tough-guy actor was apparently no stranger to this part of Marin—he is said to have been a semifrequent guest at Sally Stanford’s Valhalla restaurant in Sausalito.—Jason Walsh

COMiNG SOON The full Monte Monte Hellman is probably the least-likely “legendary” filmmaker to make a 21st-century comeback. Heck, he often takes a decade (or two) between films and then it takes about another decade before critics begin appreciating them. But Hellman—who’s back with his first film since 1989 and is the focus of a career retrospective this month at the Rafael Film Center—has done more for the American inde- Perkins and Nicholson, in the brutal, pendent film movement than just about anyone else godless ‘The Shooting,’ 1966. you’ve never heard of. Hellman practically invented the existential Western, redefined the American road movie and helped launch the career of Jack Nicholson. Not too shabby for a guy who currently teaches filmmaking classes at the California Institute for the Arts. His new movie, Road to Nowhere, is an intentionally ambiguous thriller with a film-within-a-film plot that, if not quite on the level of Mulholland Drive, is at least worthy enough to be talked about in the same conversation as the Lynch film. (Opens July 22; Hellman in person on July 23). The place to start, though, is 1966’s cult Western, The Shooting (screening July 23), which finds the revenge-seeking Millie Perkins leading the great Warren Oates, sinister Jack Nicholson and naive Will Hutchins on a mysterious journey through the desert toward a destination of death and existentialism, not necessarily in that order. Two-Lane Blacktop (July 24) is considered Hellman’s masterpiece; it’s another existential allegory about the myth of the American Dream in an age of Nixon-era decay and counterculture detachment. Lastly is Ride in the Whirlwind (July 25), another Western from 1966, filmed at the same time as The Shooting and featuring some of the same cast. It’s less stark than its companion piece, but offers the same bleak, unjust and cruel vision of the American West that had, to that point, been depicted as heroic Manifest Destiny by the John Waynes in Hollywood. Pretty much all of Hellman’s films were financial disappointments, as audiences just weren’t ready for what he had to say, and how he had to say it. Probably still aren’t. —Jason Walsh

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Friday July 15 -Thursday July 21

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

Film Night in the Park presents ‘Despicable Me’ Friday at 8pm at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center; info, 272-2756 or

● Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (1:35) Documentary portrait of the influential New York hip-hop group. ● Beginners (1:45) Christopher Plummer forges a fulfilling new friendship with son Ewan McGregor when he emerges, triumphantly, from the closet at age 75. ● A Better Life (1:37) “Bicycle Thieves” revisited as an illegal immigrant and his estranged teenage son work together to find the pickup truck essential to the man’s livelihood. ● Bridesmaids (1:29) Lovelorn Kristen Wiig endures the barbaric rituals of modern matrimony when her BFF Maya Rudolph gets hitched. ● Buck (1:28) Documentary follows cowboy and real-life horse whisperer Buck Brannanman as he shares his gift for communicating with equines through instinct and compassion. ● Captain America (2:04) Yet another comic book superhero hits the big screen, this one a 98-lb. weakling transformed into a Nazi-smashing World War II ultra-soldier. ● Cars 2 (1:53) The gang heads to Europe to compete in le Grand Prix and gets caught up in international espionage; Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave and Eddie Izzard are among the jet set. ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2:10) The supernatural epic’s grand finale finds Harry facing down the wicked Lord Voldemort for all the marbles. ● Horrible Bosses (1:40) Comedy follows three office-mates as they plot to off the higher-ups (Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell) who make their lives miserable. ● Kung Fu Panda A doofus panda defends his fellow jungle critters against marauding leopards; Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman supply the voices. ● Larry Crowne (1:39) Tom Hanks writes, directs and stars in the story of a downsized corporate fat cat who starts a new life among the offbeat denizens of a community college; Julia Roberts costars. ● The Metropolitan Opera: Tosca (3:00) Diva extraordinaire Karita Matilla stars in the Met’s dazzling production of Puccini’s saucy thriller. ● Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who dis26 PACIFIC SUN JULY 15 – JULY 21, 2011

covers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. ● Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1:35) Richard Atwater’s classic kids’ book hits the big screen with Jim Carrey as a suave Manhattan money man whose life is turned upside down when six penguins take up residency in his Park Avenue penthouse. ● Monte Carlo (1:49) Three American tourists find themselves in a world of jetsetters, costume balls and jewel thieves when they’re mistaken for an English socialite and her posse. ● My Reincarnation (1:40) Jennifer Fox’s documentary examines the relationship between Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his son Yeshi and the cultural differences that help define it. ● Page One: Inside The New York Times (1:28) Inside-the-newsroom glimpse at the Manhattan daily as it grapples with the economic decline of print journalism and the rise of blogs, tweets and other inconsequentia. ● Project Nim (1:33) Edgy documentary looks at a 1970s experiment in which a chimp was raised as a child to test the lower primates’ linguistic potential. ● Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2:00) Two childhood friends keep their age-old bond alive by gleaning the secrets hidden in an antique fan. ● Super 8 (1:52) J.J. Abrams’ Zapruderesque thriller about a group of kids who inadvertently film an ultra-spooky conspiracy-laden catastrophe. ● Tabloid (1:28) Errol Morris’s latest documentary looks at 1960s scandal-sheet icon Joyce McKinney, the high-IQ beauty queen whose romantic obsessions led to jail, kidnapping and plenty of whoopee. ● Terri (1:41) An awkward, overweight teenager bonds with two other high school outcasts; John C. Reilly offers tough love and counsel. ● Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2:37) Shia LeBeouf and his robotic comrades are back, saving humankind from total destruction for, what, the third time? ● The Tree of Life (2:18) Terrence Malick’s lyrical, meditative family portrait (winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or) stars Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain. ● The Trip (1:47) Rollicking comedy follows two British comics as they motor through Northern England in search of fine food and literary inspiration, gibe-ing and pattering all the way. ● Winnie the Pooh (1:03) A.A. Milne’s affable ursa is back, joining Eeyore and Tigger in search of Christopher Robin plus any honey that happens to be around. ● X-Men: First Class (2:20) Prequel reveals exactly what went down to turn Professor X and Magneto from BFFs to sworn enemies. ● Zookeeper (1:44) Lonesome zookeeper Kevin James gets lessons in courting the ladies from his (totally verbal!) animal pals. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES A Better Life (PG-13) Century Regency 6: 11:25, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45 Wed 11:25, 2:10 ❋ Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (R) Century Regency 6: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Beginners (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 6:55, 9:20 Bridesmaids (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:10, 1:55, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20 Buck (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Sat 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 8:45 Sun 1:45, 4:30, 6:45 ❋ Captain America: The First Avenger (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: Thu 11:59pm Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm Cars 2 (G) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:40, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05; 3D showtimes at 10:30, 1:20, 4 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:40, 1:30, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:40, 7, 10:10 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 10 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30, 8, 9, 9:30, 10:45; 3D showtimes at 10:25, 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 Thu 11, 2, 5, 8, 10:45; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Sun 10:45, 11:30, 1:45, 2:30, 4:45, 5:30, 7:45, 8:30, 9:15, 10:45; 3D showtimes at 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 10, 10:45, 1, 1:45, 4, 4:45, 7, 7:45, 9:15, 10, 10:45; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 CinéArts at Marin: 1, 4, 7, 10 Sat-Sun 10, 1, 4, 7, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 4, 7, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 12, 3, 6:10, 9:10

= New Movies This Week

Horrible Bosses (R) ★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Sat-Sun 12, 2:25, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Regency 6: 12:40, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 10:05, 12:30, 3, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Tue 12:30, 3, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Thu 12:30, 3, 5:25, 8, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:20, 9:35 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 2, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30 Sun-Thu 2, 4:40, 7:15 Kung Fu Panda (PG) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Mon, Wed 10am Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue 11:30am Larry Crowne (PG-13) ★★ Century Northgate 15: Fri- Wed 2:40, 7:40 The Metropolitan Opera: Tosca (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 8, 10:15 SatSun 12:30, 2:45, 5, 8, 10:15 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Regency 6: 11:30, 1:55, 4:25, 7, 9:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5:15, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:20, 2:40, 4:55, 7:10, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1:45, 4:10, 7, 9:15 Sun-Thu 1:45, 4:10, 7 Monte Carlo (2011) (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:55, 5:05, 10:10 Mr. Popper’s Penguins (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 1:25, 6:40 ❋ My Reincarnation (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 (director Jennifer Fox in person) Page One: Inside the New York Times (R) Rafael Film Center: 7, 9 Sat 2:15, 7, 9 Sun 2:15, 8:45 ❋ Project Nim (PG-13) CinéArts at Marin: 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40

Sat-Sun 11, 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40 ❋ Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (PG-13) Century Regency 6: 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:20, 9:55 Super 8 (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35 Thu 11:50, 2:35, 5:15, 7:55 ❋ Tabloid (R) Century Regency 6: 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50 ❋ Terri (Not Rated) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri-Sat 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30 Sun 2, 4:30, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7 Transformers: Dark of the Moon (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7; 3D showtime at 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:15, 7; 3D showtimes at 3:35, 10:20 Mon-Thu 9:50; 3D showtime at 6:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12, 3:25, 7:05, 10:25; 3D showtimes at 10:15, 1:45, 5:10, 8:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 3:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at noon, 7 The Tree of Life (PG-13) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri 5, 8 SatSun 2, 5, 8 Mon-Thu 5:15, 8 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1, 4, 6:50 The Trip (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: 4:15 ❋ Winnie the Pooh (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:15, 1:10, 3:15, 5:15, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 10, 12:15, 2:25, 4:50, 7:10 X-Men: First Class (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 10:20, 3:45, 9:05 Zookeeper (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:20, 12:35, 1:50, 3, 4:25, 5:25, 7, 7:55, 9:25, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 SatSun 10:45, 1:15, 4:30, 7:30, 10:05 Wed 1:15 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 2:20, 4:30, 7 MonThu 4:30, 7

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F R I D AY J U LY 1 5 — F R I D AY J U LY 2 2 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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Live music 07/15: Cryptical Grateful Dead tribute. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 07/15: Fiver Brown,The Good Sinners Roots, Americana. 8 p.m. Seahorse Restaurant, # 305 Harbor Drive at Gate 5 Road, , Sausalito, . 331-2899. 07/15: HoneyDust Rock. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 07/15: Ken Cook Trio Jazz. 8-11 p.m. Osteria Divino, 37 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-9355. 07/15: Linda Imperial Band Vocalist. Originals. 8:30 p.m. $12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

07/15:Tim Weed and the Modern Mandolin Quartet Original classical/bluegrass fusion. 8 p.m. $20-25. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes. 663-1075. 07/16: Jimbo Trout Acoustic Americana. 2-4:30 p.m. No cover. Angel Island Cove Cantina, Angel Island State Park, Tiburon.

07/16: James Nash and the Nomads As at home with Bill Monroe as he is with Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, James digs the challenge of tapping multiple genres with joy and aplomb. Featuring Nash, guitar, vocals (Waybacks); John R. Burr, organ and piano (Maria Muldaur, Alison Brown Quartet); Dave Brogan, drums (ALO); Angeline Saris, bass (Narada Michael Walden). 9-11:30pm. $20. Call 899-9600 or visit www.thesouthernpacific. com. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato 07/17:The Royal Deuces Rock. 2-4:30 p.m. No cover. Angel Island Cove Cantina, Angel Island State Park, Tiburon.

07/20: Matt Eakle Band Jazz fusion with David Grisman quintet flutist’s ensemble. 8 p.m. No cover. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 07/23: English Beat With the Fixx. 8 p.m. $40-50. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. www. Fridays: DJ Jason Mitchell Late night DJ music and dancing. 10pm-1am. Free. Ghiringhelli’s Novato, 1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato. 713-6346.

Dance 07/20: Adanfo Ensemble West African music and dance from Ghana. 8 p.m. $12-16. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600.

Theater/Auditions 07/15-17:‘Once in a Lifetime’ Presented by Marin Summer Theater Company. Zany 1930s Hollywood film satire/musical. Shows at 8pm July 15-16; 2pm July 17. San Marin High School Theater, 15 San Marin Dr., Novato. 233-1552. 07/15-8/14 Table Manners Ross Valley Players presents part of the comic trilogy The Norman Conquests which follows a dysfunctional family around a house over a weekend. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. $25 adults; $20 seniors, children: $15, Thursdays Call 415-456-9555 or visit Ross Valley Players Barn Theater, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross 07/16:‘Murder Me Always’Murder mystery dinner theater. Every Saturday through August 27.

Get the royal treatment from the Deuces this Sunday on Angel Island. 6:30-8:30pm. $44-68. Call 306-1202 or visit www. San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael

07/16: Chaucer Theatre Medieval Feast “Chanticleer and the Fox: Nun’s Priest’s Tale” from the Canterbury Tales in modern English, musical whimsy along with a medieval feast. Family friendly. 6-8:30pm. $12-80. Call 491-0818 or visit www. Red Hill Church, 921 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo

Through 07/31:‘The Petrified Forest’

Through 07/15: Marin Arts Exhibition

Comedy 07/15: Scott Capurro “Who Are the Jocks?”

Through 07/20: Summer Group Show 2011 Giancarlo Bertini, Phoebe Brunner, Carlos

Standup. 8pm. $15-18. Call 383-9600 or visit 142 Throck28 PACIFIC SUN JULY 15 - JULY 21, 2011

Art “Pop Art.” Exhibition featuring a variety of pop art in various mediums inspired by pop culture and popular music. 11-6pm. Free . Marin Arts Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael . 666-2442. Through 07/16: ‘Acts of Volition’ Susan McCormick, large and small abstract landscape paintings. 10am-7pm. Free. NH2 Salon/Gallery, Upstairs across from Old Navy, Vintage Oaks Center, Novato.

Robert E. Sherwood’s classic drama tells a poignant social tale of longing, disillusionment, class struggle and gunplay. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat; 3 p.m. Sun. 8pm. $20-24. Call 883-4498 or visit . Novato Theater Company Playhouse, 484 Ignacio Blvd., Novato

HoneyDust will wake the Sleeping Lady this weekend in Fairfax.

morton Theatre , Mill Valley 07/16: Will Durst “2012: Are the Mayans Right?” 8pm. $15-18. Call 383-9600 or visit 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley

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BEST BET Go Far West, young man! A green event with 100 percent recycling, zero-waste and no plastic packaging on-site, FAR WEST FEST is more than just an eco-friendly musical extravaganza for West Marin festival lovers and supporters of radio station KWMR. With a wide array of musical talent—ranging from blues to folk to reggae and blue grass, rock and jazz with North Bay favorites like the Jazz Mafia, the Shotgun Wedding Quintet and Brothers Comatose—the festival is a fundraising event for local nonprofits and offers extensive kid activities and locally grown organic bites for hungry bellies. Saturday, July 16, 11am-7pm at Love Field, 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. $15-$25, kids under 10 are free. $150 for VIP passes, which include two tickets, snacks, parking, shade and toi- Give a hoot, festival goers. lets instead of hot stuffy porta-potties!—Dani Burlison

Leonard, Susan McDonnell, Lorenzo Moya and Greg Ragland, new paintings. Gallery Bergelli, 483 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 945-9454. Through 07/21: 2011 Spring Exhibit Features quilts by Gail Retka Angiulo and a Group Show by Marin MOCA members Bernard Healey, Janet Bogardus,and Terri Vereb. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, in office of Tamalpais Community Services District, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393.

Through 07/27: Solo show by Alan Babbitt An eight-year Parkinson’s disease sufferer uses the distinctive Parkinson’s tremor to create beautiful images, which allows the photographer to present an entirely new world and “feel” in his art. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 383-1370.

Through 07/31: June/July Exhibitions Wolfgang Bloch & Lawrence La Bianca, Stephen Galloway, Michael Porter, new works. 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. Through 08/20: ‘RE: Value’ Plexus Art Group mixed media exhibition on the many interpretations of the theme of “value.” To further explore the topic, approximately one-third of the artwork will be available for barter. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 148 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328.

Through 08/30: ‘Black Power-Flower Power’ Rare and historically significant exhibition of photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones documenting the Black Power and Flower Power movements of the late 1960s. 9-5pm. Free. Marin Community Foundation , 5 Hamilton Landing, Suite 200, Novato. 666-2442. Through 08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. Through 10/15: ‘Washed Ashore’ A temporary exhibition at The Marine Mammal Center which features 15 artworks made of plastic trash by Angela Haseltine Pozzi. Free, docent-led tours available for a modest fee. Marine Mammal

Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Marin Headlands, Sausalito. 289-7325.

Readings 07/15: Sheila Kohler Kohler discusses her novel “Love Child.” 7pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 07/16: Agatha Hoff The truly inspiring Agatha Hoff talks about her semi-autobiographic novel “Burning Horses: A Hungarian Life Turned Upside Down.” 4pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 07/16: Christian Parenti The author discusses “Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.” 7pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 07/16: Ellen Sussman “On a Night Like This” author presents her novel “French Lessons.” 7pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit www.bookpassage. com. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera

Shutterbug Alan Babbitt presents his Parkinson’s-inspired works through July 27 at the Mill Valley Community Center.

Me’ Super-villain who prides himself on his evilness discovers his softer side when he must care for three children. 8pm. Free. Call 272-2756 or visit www. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo 07/16: Met Opera Summer Encore Series “La Fille du Regiment.” Donizetti. Laurent Pelly’s hilarious new production features Natalie Dessay’s fearless coloratura and impeccable comic timing and Juan Diego Flórez’s remarkable musicality. 10am. $10-15. Call 924-5111 or visit The Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia, Larkspur

07/17: Women’s World Cup Soccer Final Live big screen HD Broadcast. Includes popcorn, pizza or hot dog, soft drink, and dessert. 11am. $10-15. Call 924-5111 or visit Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave,, Larkspur

07/18: Monday Night at the Movies “Suddenly Last Summer.” (1959). Based on the play by Tennessee Williams, a psychiatrist evaluates a female patient who is now a lobotomy candidate after witnessing the death of her cousin. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift. 7:30-9pm. Free.

Call 389-4292 or visit Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley

Community Events (Misc.) 07/15-17: San Rafael Gem Faire Noon-6pm July 15; 10am-6pm July 16; 10am5pm July 17. Gems, beads, rocks, minerals and more. $7 weekend pass. Visit Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

07/16-17: San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival Live music on two stages, kids zone, wine tasting, fine arts booths, costume and trivia contests. 10am-6pm. Free. Call 454-2510 or visit Downtown San Anselmo, San Anselmo Ave. between Tamalpais and Bolinas St., San Anselmo

07/16: ‘An Evening in Puerto Rico’ Live bamba, rhumba with Plena Libre. Dinner by Sol Food. Pre-event dance class. 7-10pm. $25. Call 444-8000 or visit Osher

Hollywood gets the screwball treatment in Marin Summer Theater’s production of ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ in performance this weekend at San Marin High in Novato.

07/16: Penny Warner and Diana Orgain Warner mystery “How to Survive a Killer Séance.” Orgain discusses “Formula for Murder.” 1pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit www.bookpassage. com. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 07/17: Geoffrey Dunn Award winning investigative reporter talks about “The Lies of Sarah Palin: The Untold Story Behind her Relentless Quest for Power.” 7pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera 07/18: Alice LaPlante The author talks about her mystery novel “Turn of Mind.” 7pm. Free. Call 927-0960 or visit Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera

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Sponsored by Mill Valley Parks & Rec. Browsers and buyers find new treasures and collectibles. 9am-3pm. Free. Call 383-1370 or visit Mill Valley Community Center. Flea Market Extraordinaire, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

07/19: Brainstormers Pub Trivia

07/16: July Book Sale

07/19: New Moms Support Group

Featuring paperback fiction, health and poetry. Plenty of fiction in hard cover, soft cover and â&#x20AC;&#x153;tradeâ&#x20AC;? soft cover with great selections in many genres. 9am-4:30pm. Call 389-4292 or visit www. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley

Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by Newborn expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. 11am-12:30pm Donation. Call 608-8308 or visit UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael,

07/16: Marin Gray Panthers Garden Picnic Potluck picnic with local author, anti-war and environmental activist and congressional candidate Norman Solomon. 1:303:30pm. Free. Call 453-1550. The Redwoods, Scott Garden, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

07/17: Green Sangha Marin Monthly Retreat Meditation and awakened environmental action with guest speaker San Rafael Citizen of the Year Carolyn Lenert. Please bring eco-friendly snack to share (no plastic). 10am-1pm. Donation. Visit www.greensangha. org. Rotary Valley Senior Community Center, Community Room, 10 Jeannette Prandi Way, San Rafael

07/17: Second International Geoengineering/HAARP Awareness Day Manmade weather, weather modification, chem-

Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Call 899-1516 or visit Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato

Kid Stuff Through 08/19: San Anselmo Library Summer Reading Program â&#x20AC;&#x153;One World, Many Stories.â&#x20AC;? Children explore the world through stories, songs, crafts, author visits, and special weekly performances by puppeteers, magicians, storytellers and world musicians. Sign up for the Summer Reading Game. Families with children too young to read independently are welcome to join the read-to-me portion of the program. For a complete list of free programs call or visit the website. Free. San Anselmo Public Library, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. 07/16: Alex Ramon Magic Fresh from mes-


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Going medieval on Marin... What better way to start the kiddos out with literary tales of days of yore than to whisk them away to a kid-friendly and highly entertaining production of classic lit from the 14th century? Youngsters and their adult counterparts are sure to learn a lesson or two about the nature of dreams and the question of free will at the Chaucer Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical production of CHANTICLEER & THE FOX: NUNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S PRIESTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TALE (if that Geoffrey Chaucer, 1343 - 1400, is considered the Father of English literature. sounds heavy, fear notâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kidfriendly Chaucer told through the eyes of chickens). Now in its 15th year of bringing Canterbury Tales to Bay Area stages, Chaucer Theatre hits Marin County only one more night this summer before leaving us until the fall. Chanticleer & the Fox: Nunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Priestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tale graces the stage this Saturday, July 16, at 6pm at Red Hill Church, 921 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. $12-$25, kids under 6 are free and costumes are welcome but not required; $80 for family tickets. Bring your appetitesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a medieval feast is on the menu as well!â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dani Burlison

izing millions around the world, master magician Alex Ramon returns to his native Bay Area to astonish and amaze. $25. Call 499-6800 or visit www. Marin Center Showcase Theatre, , 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

07/19-20: Little Music Circle for Toddlers Small instruments, bubbles, songs, movement, bubbles and laughter. Music is live, classes are ongoing and drop ins are welcome. 10:15-10:45am. $10, drop in. Call 608-8308 or visit UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael

07/20: Mother Goose on the Loose

Storytime For children ages 0-3 and their parent or caregiver. 9:30-10am. Free. Call 332-6157 or visit Marin City Library, 1 64 Donahue St. , Marin City 07/20: Tam Valley Origami Through 08/24. Join Tia Smirnoff and learn the exciting art of paper folding. Turn a simple square of paper into a frog, butterfly,or box. All levels & ages welcome.Co-ed. 2-3 p.m. Free Call 388-6393 or visit The Cabin, 60 Tennessee Valley Rd., Mill Valley 07/20: Toddler Story Time Stories, rhymes and songs in the library with Molly McCall. For children 0-3 and their caretakers. 9:40-10am. Free. Call 2894121 or visit Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito

07/18-20 Parliamo Italiano Summer Camp (Ages 2-4.5)An innovative program where kids have fun and learn to speak Italian, â&#x20AC;&#x153;la bella lingua.â&#x20AC;? Explore Italian-style cuisine. Bring home super yummy recipes to share. Bring lunch. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $500twotimes/wk.$600three times/wk For more information, call Tamalpais Community Services District at 415-388-6393 or e-mail parkandrec@ or visit 205 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley


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Outdoors (Hikes & Bikes) 07/15: Moonshiners Hike and Picnic For ages 21 and older. Meet at Pelican Inn, then carpool to starting site. Bring picnic dinner. Meet guide John Benus (orange vest) for a fun evening. Rain cancels. 8-11pm. $15. per person Call 388-6393 or visit Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach

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Discover San Rafael history on a docent-lead walking tour of downtown San Rafael. Hear the stories behind many homes and buildings on Fourth Street and the nearby neigborhood. 10-11:30 a.m. $10 non-member $5 member For more information, call Jocelyn Moss at (415)454-8538 or e-mail Jocelyn@Marin or visit Marin History Museum, 1125 B Street, San Rafael


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) As one who typically doesn’t have a problem making snap decisions, you are likely somewhat bewildered right now. You decide one thing, and then immediately second-guess your selection. Obviously, this is not the best week to buy a car, dye your hair purple or sign up for drastic cosmetic surgery. On the other hand, if your sweetie is suggesting you need plastic surgery, it might be a good time to review your choice in mates... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The economy is tanking. If you own a home (and Taurus is a sign that likes owning property), you may have lost equity. In spite of these serious obstacles to your sense of financial security, you are able to keep a smile on your face. Optimistic Jupiter in your sign allows you to have hope for the future. He may even be keeping your assets safe from devaluation. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) A weekend with the Moon in the experimental sign of Aquarius could make you want to travel to places never before visited, or possibly enroll in an astrophysics course. Exploring the unknown is key to truly enjoying this. Meanwhile, reckless Mars, which remains in your personality house through July, has a tendency to make you impulsive and infuriatingly impatient. Theme parks with dangerous roller coasters and long lines are NOT recommended. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Traditional Saturn in Libra suggests that you settle down and take care of your domestic life. Progressive Uranus has exciting plans for your professional future. Fateful Pluto is determined to bring your soul mate into the picture. Mystical Neptune hopes that you will pay attention to the intuitive insights coming your way. You can’t please all the planets all the time—but you certainly can’t complain about being bored. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Saturday and Sunday are the bottom of your lunar cycle, which isn’t good for starting new projects. You should keep your schedule light and hope that your sweetie is in the mood to pamper you. If you don’t have a lover or you want to upgrade your intimate experiences, Wednesday evening’s celestial entanglement between kinky Uranus and the mushy Moon could ignite your passion with someone new or tried and true. Close the blinds. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Your desire to perfect others’ flaws can sometimes get you into trouble. You are trying to “be of service,” but are instead accused of being critical. Lucky for you, this is your week to lovingly provide advice to your friends without being taken the wrong way. Your friend on his way to the tattoo parlor to permanently ink the name of his new (untrustworthy and unfaithful) lover on his shoulder? Do an intervention. He really will thank you later. LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Your ruler (sociable Venus) occupies your career house. If you need to charm someone into giving you a promotion, or you need to convince potential clients that you’re the one they need, you can make a certain amount of progress this week. Naturally, you will have to get past Saturn’s confidence-squelching influence in order to succeed, but you can do it. Really, you can. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) The contact between your ruler (perceptive Pluto) and philosophical Jupiter has provided you with an in-depth understanding of what is happening in the world. While the rest of us are befuddled by the actions of big government and big business, you are able to, if not foresee the future, at least visualize what sort of transformations are ahead. So, what’s the story, Scorpio? Feast, famine or something in between? SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Certain aspects of your romantic life continue to be rather volatile. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127110 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ZE BEST TOURS, 57 TAMALPAIS AVE. APT #11, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ADAM DAN FERDMAN, 57 TAMALPAIS AVE. APT #11, 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 June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127107 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MAPLE GRACE; PURE LINENS, 133 BRETANO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: PURE HOME PRODUCTS, LLC., 133 BRETANO WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127113 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KIRBY OF MARIN, 121 PAUL DR. SUITE A2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: THE 144 GROUP, INC., 121 PAUL DR. SUITE A2, 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 June 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127111 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TRIMTAB MEDIA, 30 CASTRO AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ILIANI MATISSE, 4777 HESSEL RD., SEBASTOPOL, CA 95472; MISCHA HEDGES, 49 VALENCIA AVE. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a co-partners. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127031 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JW MOBILE-COOLCATS-HOSE DOCTOR, 3115 KERNER BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JIM WILLIAMS, 33 SAILMAKER CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; PEGGY VAUGHN, 5084 LAKEVILLE HWY., PETALUMA, CA 94954. This business is being conducted by a limited partnership. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 6, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127005 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTHBAY MESSENGER, 801 BUTTERFIELD RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: STEVEN C. ROEMER, 801 BUTTERFIELD RD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 16, 2001. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 126998 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OUTWARD HOUND, 131 VALLEY VIEW AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PETER KALAT, 131 VALLEY VIEW 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 June 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127116 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY EQUIPMENT, 4 CREEK RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: KYE BREWER,

4 CREEK 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 June 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127184 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LA SELVA, 555 E. FRANCISCO BLVD. #20, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ARMANDO SAGULA, 2551 GOODRICK AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94801. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 27, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 27, 2011. (Publication Dates:July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127139 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INNERLITE DESIGN, 124 LAUREL PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOCELYN J. KONARSKI-BARNETT, 124 LAUREL PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 21, 2010. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on June 21, 2011. (Publication Dates:July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127199 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN CRUISE LINE, 915 EAST BLITHEDALE AVE. SUITE 8, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: VERA L. TYLER, 915 EAST BLITHEDALE AVE. SUITE 8, 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 June 27, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 28, 2011. (Publication Dates:July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127229 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAN RAFAEL SMOG, 36 LISBON ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JEREMIAH D. JOHNSON, 4397 MUIRWOOD DR., PLEASANTON, CA 94588. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 21, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127007 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AMERICAS BEST VALUE INN OF NOVATO, 7600 REDWOOD BLVD., NOVATO, CA 94945: SIMON MA, 7600 REDWOOD BLVD., 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 June 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127187 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALFA PROMOTIONS, 223 PHELAN AVE., VALLEJO, CA 94590: CITLALLI ZEPEDA, 223 PHELAN AVE., VALLEJO, CA 94590. 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 June 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011)> FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127190 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ELECTRON BEAM MEDICAL IMAGING, 608 LAGUNA ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: E-SOURCE SOLUCTIONS LLC, 608 LAGUNA ROAD, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127173 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DIA NORTH PRODUCTIONS; EXPERT IN A BOX, 18 DOLPHIN ISLE, NOVATO, CA 94949: DIA NORTH, 18 DOLPHIN ISLE, 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 June 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127277 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHAMPOOCH, 223 CALEDONIA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: GREEN SHAMPOOCH LLC., 223 CALEDONIA ST., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127233 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMF CLEANSWEEP; SPORTSMIND, 861 DEL GANADO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: PHILIP HALLSTEIN, 861 DEL GANADO RD., 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 February 22, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127122 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NUTRITION SOLUTION, 110 LOCHINVAR RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BARBARA LISS, 110 LOCHINVAR RD., 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 July 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 2011)

997 All Other Legals SUMMONS Family Law (CITACION Derecho Familiar): Case Number (Numero De Caso): FL 204609. NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso Al Demandado): MARTINA SCHMITZ-BENNETT: YOU ARE BEING SUED (LO ESTAN DEMANDANDO). PETITIONER⠙S NAME IS (Nombre Del Demandante): WILLIAM E. BENNETT. 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 ( selfhelp), at the California Legal Services web site (, or by contacting your local county bar association. NOTICE: The 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. The name and address of the court are (El nombre y direccié n de la corte son): LAKE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT, 255 N. FORBES STREET, LAKEPORT, CA 95453. The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner⠙s attorney, or the petitioner without an attorney, are: WILLIAM E. BENNETT, 3390 13TH STREET, CLEARLAKE, CA 95422, (707) 9949416. Date (Fecha): August 30, 2007. Mary E. Smith Clerk, by (Secretario, por) Mary Ann Padilla, 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: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011) CITATION TO APPEAR SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. FL 1102290. IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF: RAUL BAUTISTA on behalf of VANESSA NICOLE COLLAZO LOZANO. THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA: TO MANUEL COLLAZO: By order of this court you are hereby cited to appear before the judge presiding in courtroom O of this court (Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903) on August 2, 2011, at 9:00AM. to show cause, if any you have, why the petition of RAUL BAUTISTA for the adoption of VANESSA NICOLE COLLAZO LOZANO, your minor child, should not be granted. Date: May 6, 2011; Kim Turner Court Executive Office; By: D. Taylor Deputy (Pacific Sun: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 2011)

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Public Notices Continued from Page 34 NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1103146 Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent creditors of the above-named decedent, that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Superior Court, at 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, and mail or deliver a copy to Winifred L. Murphy, as Trustee of the Owen J. Murphy and Winifred L. Murphy Revocable Trust dated April 11, 1995, of which the decedent was a Settlor, c/o Robert Elliott, Attorney at Law, 22 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, California 94112. Claims must be filed within the later of four(4) months after July 1, 2011, the date of the first publication of the notice to creditors, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in Section 19103 of the Probate Code. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. Date: June 16, 2011; Robert Elliott, Esq. (SBN 114829) Attorney for Trustee, Winifred L. Murphy, 22 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112; Telephone: (415) 586-3600 Telefax: (415) 4493572 (Publication Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 2011) AMENDED NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: EVA BONGE. Case No. PR-1102887. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of EVA BONGE. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: STEVEN BONGE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that STEVEN BONGE be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. 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: July 18, 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 94913-4988. IF YOU OBJECT to

the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court 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: DAVID Y. WONG, ATTORNEY AT LAW, 100 SHORELINE HIGHWAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. (415) 860-1749. (Publication Dates: July 1, 8, 15, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103350. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner SERGEY PAVELOVICH NIKEYENKOV filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: SERGEY PAVELOVICH NIKEYENKOV to SERGEY PAVELOVICH HANUKOVICH. 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: August 18, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 7, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 2011) SUMMONS - UNIFORM PARENTAGE PETITION FOR CUSTODY AND SUPPORT Case Number: FL - 1102723 (Numero del Caso) NOTICE TO RESPONDENT (Aviso al

Demandado): ALEJANDRO ARELLANO. YOU ARE BEING SUED (A usted le estan demandando) PETITIONER’S NAME IS (EL NOMBRE DEL DEMANDANTE ES) MARIBEL JIMENEZ. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this Summons and Petition are served on you to file a Response to Petition to Establish Parental Relationship (form FL-220) or Response to Petition for Custody and Support of Minor Children (form FL -270) at the court and serve a copy 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 custody of your children. You may be ordered to pay support and attorney fees and costs. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the clerk for a fee waiver form. If you want legal advice, contact a lawyer immediately. Usted tiene 30 DIAS CALENDARIOS despues de recibir oficialmente esta citacion judicial y peticion, para completar y presentar su formulario de Respuesta (Reponse form FL-220) ante la corte. Una carta o una liamada telefonica no le ofreceri proteccion. Si usted no presenta su Respuesta a tiempo, la corte puede expedir ordenes que afecten la custadia de sus hijos ordenen que usted pague mantencion, honorarios de abogado y las costas. Si no puede pagar las costas por la presentacion de la demanda, pida al actuario de la corte que le de un formulario de exoneracion de las mismas (Waiver of Court Fees and Costs). Si desea obtener consejo legal, comuniquese de inmediato con un abogado NOTICE: The restraining order on the back is effective against both mother and father until the petition is dismissed, a judgment is entered, or the court makes further orders. This order is enforceable anywhere in California by any law enforcement officer who has received or seen a copy of it. AVISO: Las prohibiciones judciales que aparecen al reverso de esta citacion son efectivas para ambos conyuges, madre el esposo como la esposa, hasta que la peticion sea rechazada, se dicte una decision final o la corte expida instrucciones adicionales. Dichas prohibiciones pueden hacerse cumpliren cualquier parte de California por cualquier agente del Orden publico que las haya recibido o que haya visto una copia de ellas. The name and address of the court is: (El nombre y direccion de las corte es) SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA - COUNTY OF MARIN, 3501 CIVIC CENTER DRIVE P.O. BOX 4988, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903-4164. The name, address, and telephone number of petitioner’s attorney, or petitioner without an attorney is: (El nombre, la direccion y el numero de telefono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado es): MARIBEL JIMENEZ, 41 WHARF CIRCLE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; (415) 261-1620. Date (Fecha): May 31, 2011. Kim Turner Clerk (Actuario), R.Smith, Deputy. (Pacific Sun July 15, 22, 29; August 5, 2011)


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I’ve been married for over 20 years, and though my wife and I have a very good relationship, she has a low sex drive and never initiates sex. She used to make snide remarks about my sex drive, but I pointed out my options (no sex, self-service, her or someone else). She knew I wouldn’t cheat, so rather than let this cause a rift, she said she wanted me to come to her for my sexual needs. We now average two to three times a week. A couple times a month, we have mutually mind-blowing sex, but other times, she does it just for me. I never get the feeling she really wants me, and it’s deflating when I sense she’d rather do laundry, watch TV or water the plants. I’ve tried holding back and waiting for her to make the first move, but that seems like a head game to her and makes her feel something’s wrong. Is there a way to get her more interested?—Frustrated


You poor darling. After 20-plus years of marriage, you only have sex three times a week. And only a couple times a month is it “mind-blowing.” What’s next on your list of complaints, “There’s a cracked tile in my Aspen ski house”? Or maybe “My Ferrari has a small scratch under the bottom left side of the bumper. If you crawl under the car, it’s very apparent.” Every month, I get a slew of letters from married people—mostly men— whose spouses haven’t had sex with them in this century. Of course, it’s got to sting a little to feel you’re competing with houseplants for your wife’s attention (“Not tonight, honey, I have a ficus tree”), but if you look at this another way, you’re writing to complain about how good and healthy your marriage is. There was no dragging your wife off to years of marriage counseling or therapy weekends. You simply explained your needs, and she set about meeting them. Sure, sometimes you get the sense that she’s jumping your bones when she’d rather be getting a jump on the week’s laundry, but if she might not always be in the mood for sex, it seems she’s often in the mood to make you happy. Both men and women are prone to what evolutionary psychologist Donald Symons calls the human tendency “to imagine that other minds are much like our own.” This causes us to project our sexual psychology onto the opposite sex and expect them to think and act as we would. So, your wife thinks you’re oversexed because you want it more than she does, and you’ve diagnosed her with a “low sex drive.” (Basically, you’re expecting her to make love to you like a wife named Bob.) I suspect that many marriages and relationships that have tanked have done so because of the assumption that male sexual desire and female sexual desire play out the same way. They actually don’t. Sexual medicine specialist Dr. Rosemary Basson discovered this after she wondered about data suggesting that a third of women were pretty uninterested in sex. She began to suspect that the problem wasn’t in the women themselves but in how male sexual response, with its spontaneously occurring lust, was held up as the female sexual norm. This led to couples sitting around waiting for desire to strike the woman like they were waiting for aliens to beam down into their front room. Basson discovered that in the early stages of a relationship, or if a woman is away from her partner for days or weeks, she’s more likely to experience the “spontaneous sexual desire” and “conscious sexual hunger” that men typically do. But, once a woman’s in a relationship, the desire for sex may be there, but it often needs to be physically activated. Basson calls it “triggerable,” meaning that the couple start fooling around, kissing, whatever, and the woman gets aroused, which makes her want to get it on. Basson’s findings suggest that for many women, initiating sex doesn’t come naturally. So, your “holding back and waiting for her to make the first move” and then getting pouty that she isn’t reading your mind is a particularly bad strategy. Seeing as she made an effort the last time you told her what you needed, there’s a pretty good chance she’d do it again. Just tell her you think it’d be really hot if she’d initiate sometimes. You might also try to appreciate what you have. You two are probably somebody’s parents and you’re still doing it—regularly and even “mind-blowingly”—20 years in. You’ve got a lot to be happy about—even if when the wife’s looking for “The Big O,” she’s probably wondering where she left that magazine that always has that really famous black woman on the cover. ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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