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Happy chemtrails to you... I’m writing in about the recent letter from Lynn Scott of Forest Knolls [“Barium Heads in the Sand,” Aug. 5]. The problem with Scott’s beliefs (and that’s what they are) about “chemtrails” is that no amount of contrary evidence from many sources (not just the military) can change those beliefs. In fact, any attempt to do so will be seen as part of the conspiracy. I looked up information on HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) and found a credible, straightforward explanation of the program. One source made the point that the HAARP site near Gakona, Alaska, is open to scientists without security clearances, even foreign nationals. Not only that, but each summer visiting students are able to come to the site to do research using the high-tech instruments there. Pretty strange for a super-secret, sinister project that can “cause earthquakes and tornados.” What I hear in Lynn’s fear is the same disgust and distrust of our Congress, and government generally, that makes us want to open up our windows and scream, as did Peter Finch playing Howard Beale in the film Network: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Maybe it’s better to have something concrete to focus on than to try to come to terms with the totality of man’s activities that are even now contributing to what is very likely our extinction as a species. Chemtrails in the atmosphere, even if they exist and were put there by a “hidden” government that is “running the world,” are the least of our worries.

Jim O’Callahan, Larkspur

Since we’re now invaded by coyote-eating cats here in bucolic Marin—please, please direct them to my neighborhood, Santa Venetia, where they can A ‘coyote-eating’ beast stalks happily feast on lots another innocent victim in of loose cats that the marshlands of Santa are using everyone’s Venetia... garden as their litter box. Don’t print my name, for obvious reasons: the jerks who love cats become vicious and violent when you say anything negative about pets.

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TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Samuel P. Taylor park to close Sept. 5 On Aug. 17, the Marin Community Foundation is hosting a meeting with locals and state parks officials to present ideas about how to keep Marin’s parks open. Read the full st... Native remains found at new Good Earth site When Good Earth Natural Foods broke ground on its new location it never dreamed it was breaking American Indian burial ground. No Clean Air Without Clean Cars With summer holidays upon us, Marinites are making travel plans. This year, more than last, many must factor in the high cost...

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Anonymous (to you irresponsible pet owners), Santa Venetia

Allow me to make ‘anonymous’ from Santa Venetia seem the epitome of reason... The knee-jerk liberals are crying in their lattes about how the poor have been destroyed with less government assistance, and the rich are now richer because they won’t be taxed more than they already are. Well shut the f--- up. Taxing the rich—the people who work hard/create the jobs/give to charity/ keep the economy moving by their spending money—is a dumb plan thought up by the Democrats. The “poor” come in many sizes and shapes. Yes, some of them need a hand-out (mentally challenged, disabled, sick, etc.) but not everyone who is “poor” needs anything more than a temporary helping hand and a kick in their butt. We’ve already given anyone who wants it: a free public education, meant to prepare them for the job world. Where were they when everyone was

Here are a few of America’s hard-working, job-creating, economy-moving rich guys who shouldn’t have to pay more taxes—testifying in 2009 before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.

listening in school? We have many ways of giving needy people a hands-up until they are able to support themselves; and anyone who is able to work, should be working and supporting themselves. We have free Planned Parenthood/condoms/abortions for those who can’t afford a child but already have four. No need to keep on supporting those decisions made by “poor” people who made themselves poorer by poor choices. We’ve embraced every ignorant, destitute criminal from countries who don’t want them and we have given them “the good life” here... at the expense of our “good life.” I applaud the government for cutting off the feeding at the trough and trying to get things in order with less spending/not raising taxes... and let’s see where it all leads.

Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

Peramaculture going down the toilet in West Marin... I’m writing about Peter Seidman’s story on the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas and permaculture [“The New Environmentalists,” July 29]. Regenerative Design Institute lessons aren’t being applied in Marin, despite the “greenest master plan in the country.” Three hundred affordable housing units were banished from West Marin by the Coastal Commission with no consideration given to where these people would move in five years. The affordable access to the coast they enjoyed for decades was yanked away by the commission tasked with providing it. The units were trailers, and Marin hates trailers—although the county is spending a hundred grand to study “green” trailers for ranch workers. Despite 20 percent fewer residents since the last census, good luck find-

ing affordable housing in West Marin. Unless you’re milking cows. Even the former director of the county “development” agency, with a quarter-million dollar pension, couldn’t afford to build a second unit in Pt. Reyes. Ironic, that Mark Riesenfeld’s former agency ensures unaffordable housing, while charging $50,000 fees for an “affordable housing” slush fund. Composting toilets are far more affordable and environmentally safer than hundred-grand double-mounded septic systems, but the county won’t permit one for a residence. Maybe for ag workers, if their green trailer project is ever approved. So, Lawson’s Landing’s remaining housing and visitors will have to pay for a new $120 million sewage system. Even when sewer systems aren’t failing due to heavy rains, clogged or cracked pipes, they disgorge chemicals, pathogens and nutrients toxic to marine life. For a fraction, every trailer could be “deep green,” retrofitted with composting toilets creating methane for heating, powered by solar and mini-windmills, with gray water aquaculture systems growing food in their attached greenhouse. And fund a human-powered transportation system and dune protection. Composting toilets don’t use drinking and bathing water to flush away feces, but the county health department has neglected to permit them, a goal of Marin’s master plan and a fundamental permaculture principle.

Stephen Simac,Stinson Beach

›› Oops! Last week’s issue highlighting winners of the Pacific Sun’s fifth annual photo contest [“Hot Shots!” Aug. 5] was certainly one for framing—though we’d like to make one simple brush-up. A mis-credit was given to the cover image—an awe-inspiring shot called “Lone Oak” captured out on the Rush Creek Trail in Novato by first-place winner K.D. Stevens. K.D. sure kept her focus with that snapshot; we’ll try to do the same with our cover-image credits.

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The tide is high ‘Retreat’ from rising bay waters could send developers under—literally by Peter Seidman

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he state mandated agency that formed to deal with the implications of San Francisco Bay getting smaller is now looking at the implications of the bay getting larger. Between 1850 and 1960, the bay lost about one-third of its surface area due to dikes, fill and reclaimed land. Projections estimated that by 2020 as much as 70 percent of the remaining bay could be lost if the course continued uncorrected. The California Legislature took action in 1965 and created the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Three years later, the commission produced its San Francisco Bay Plan, containing recommendations to form the basis for regulatory decisions concerning development along the bay shoreline. The focus then was on protecting public access and maximizing environmental quality, while at the same time remaining cognizant of the economic advantages the bay provides. In 1969, the Legislature adopted the Bay Plan as state law. Since then, BCDC has used the Bay Plan as a framework on which to hang its policies. In 1987 BCDC released a report, “Sea Level Rise: Predictions and Implications for San Francisco Bay,” as part of its mandate to keep the Bay Plan current. The anticipation of future challenges made BCDC one of the first public agencies in the country to tackle the subject.

As the reality of climate change took hold in the public consciousness (at least among the part of the public consciousness of realitybased science), the implications of sea level rise led to the California Climate Adaptation Strategy. The state has used work compiled by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to assess local impacts. That and other work on climate change present some startling and—to all but a minority of skeptics—undeniable conclusions: Sea level rise this century means big changes are coming to communities along the bay. How best to deal with the rising waters is the subject of a series of amendments to the Bay Plan, which BCDC has been working on for about two years. It’s widely accepted that rising water level in the bay will result in serious consequences, along with huge costs for the public and private sectors to mitigate those consequences. The facts are stark: Water in the bay could rise by as much as 16 inches by mid-century and 55 inches by the end of the century, according to information on which the BCDC is basing its Bay Plan amendments. About 180,000 acres of bay shoreline could be subject to flooding by mid-century and 213,000 acres by the end of the century, according to a BCDC staff report. “The economic development at risk from a 55-inch rise in sea level is estimated at $62 billion,” the staff report states. “An estimated 270,00 people 10 > in

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San Anselmo, Twin Cities cuffed together For years, community members and officials in San Anselmo and Fairfax have been calling for a police department consolidation between the two towns—an idea squarely shot down by both departments. But now it looks as if San Anselmo is finally ready to consolidate—only it’s with the Twin Cities police of Larkspur and Corte Madera. The San Anselmo Town Council on Aug. 9 unanimously approved an agreement between the San Anselmo police and the Twin Cities police to share detective resources and dispatch services in a move that could save about $240,000—funds sorely needed in the cash-strapped town. Earlier this month San Anselmo councilmembers voted not to place a half-cent sales tax measure on the November ballot. The San Anselmo-Twin Cities consolidation would join together both departments’ dispatchers, relocating San Anselmo’s dispatch center and two detectives to the Twin Cities Police Authority on Paradise Drive in Corte Madera. San Anselmo’s Capt. Nicholes Valeri will lead the departments’ internal affairs and communications systems. County Parks department seeks nom de plumage “Henry.” No, how ‘bout “Hercules”! Well, whatever name you think best befits a member of the Accipitridae family, Marinites had better decide by Sept. 30—that’s the deadline for Marin County Parks’“Name the Hawk” contest. Marin County Parks’ announcement of the contest comes in light of its new name and logo. The former Marin County Parks and Open Space agency’s new signage features a formidable looking raptor perched on a fence post—whoever’s name is chosen will win a one-year family membership to the California Academy of Sciences. Marin Parks officials say the hawk was chosen for the logo because of its “symbiotic relationship” with the county open space district. “The hawk is a benevolent observer of humans and landscapes, a common sight on fence posts and treetops throughout Marin,” parks officials write on their website. “She thrives in both human and wild environments. Unlike other wild animals that live near human settlements, the hawk maintains complete autonomy.” We guess that trumps the turkey vulture’s scavenging, carcass-devouring ways, at least as far as suitable mascots go. Official entry forms can be found at http://maringov.org/depts/pk.aspx. Kids under 18 need the written consent of their guardians. Email entry forms to open space planner Cristina Torresan at ctorresan@co.marin.ca.us. Label the subject line of the email “Name the Hawk Contest.” Don’t forget to include your name, address, phone number and a proposed name for the hawk. Winner will be announced Nov. 1. And don’t steal our sure-fire winner: Hermione Hawk. Dancin’ on Sir Francis Drake? The Grateful Dead sang “Dancin’ in the Streets” on their 1977 album Terrapin Station—now Dead bassist Phil Lesh is hoping to bring a little dancing back to Sir Francis Drake Blvd. with Terrapin Crossroads, the live music 10

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Happy hooker goes to Marin Roadside hussy can’t believe how screwed up Marin women are... by Jason Walsh

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Marin was leaving its to mold myself to be the kind of person I money on the nightstand 35 would like to be—an emotionally capable years ago this week. and well-adjusted person. I know that It was the summer of ’76 sounds really corny. years ago and America was knee-deep in Me Decade decadence. What led you to hooking? Following the astounding corruption of the Well, actually, it came to me. I just kept Nixon administration, the trail of violence getting propositioned. I was a late bloomer left by the Symbionese Liberation Army at 18 and my second lay was a trick. and a horrifying resurgence of Klan brutality in the South—suddenly the nation’s How long do you see yourself hooking? filles de joie didn’t seem all that ill reputable I’d like to quit by the time I’m 26. I think by comparison. that something really special is going to hapNot only that, but after such star-studded pen to me when I’m 26. I don’t know if it’s hit films as Klute, Midnight Cowboy, Mcgoing to be big, but it’s going to be different. Cabe and Mrs. Miller and Taxi Driver, being Right now I’m breaking in a new girl to the a prostitute wasn’t merely conventional—it business. I took her out and showed her the was practically all the rage. area today and explained the situation to her. According to Pacific Sun writer Ryan Thom- She’s really a far out chick. as, in 1976 there were about 70 streetwalkers working their trade “on the Has she started hookmajor roads of the county ing yet? from Sausalito to Fairfax and Not actually. She’s just points west.” Thomas intergetting herself warmed viewed a 22-year-old “vetup to it, so she can feel eran” of Marin’s mean streets comfortable about it and called “Gloria.” She’d been go out and do it. raised in an Illinois orphanage; in her teens she’d underWhat sort of men come gone electric shock therapy to you? in various psychiatric wards. I hope for guys 30 and She’d been turning tricks in older. I’m more comfortMarin men’s cars for about able with them. Men unthree years. der 30 like to play punk On a typical day hooking little games and stuff. in Marin she’d earn $50— mostly, to put it delicately, What kind of games? for “oral services.” Her faSome of them are vorite TV show was All in ‘Gloria’ had found her true calling in Marin. more like hippies and the Family. Here are highthey say stuff like, “How lights from the interview: about some h--- for a bag or lid of grass?” I say if I want grass What are your feelings about the sex I’ll buy it. I want money. And they’ll get that you’re selling? really cocky and snotty. But the majority I feel that sex can be a total, spiritual, of men who come to me have been from almost religious union. I look at it as a very 30 on up to 65, maybe older in some beautiful connection. Here is the woman cases. Usually they’re married, probably and the way she’s made. Here is the man with kids. and the way he’s made. They are made to unite. And it is a full expression of the total How does having sex with so many fulfillment of the love that can be expressed different men affect your own love life? with each another. But I definitely don’t I don’t even really have a personal sex experience that with my tricks. life. Not that I’m not interested, it’s just that the one with the type of values I’m looking How do you look at sex with your for hasn’t come around yet. And I’d just as tricks? soon forget it. Basically it’s just business. But I can have a good time. Sometimes it’s less satisfying Do you ever accidentally run into than others. past customers who cause public embarrassment? Do you enjoy hooking? Yes, I run into customers all the time. I would say that 70 to 80 percent of the time I do. Because it’s a lifestyle with me. What do you do when you’re hitchhikIt’s not just a business. And it’s helped me ing and you see a cop car coming?

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1. The oldest street in San Francisco, originally called Dupont Street, was later renamed after the 18th U.S. president. What street is this? 2. What former popular TV show name is also a singing voice? 3. Who served as prime minister of the United Kingdom for 10 years, starting in May 1997? 4. Pictured, right: What volcanic Pacific islands are known for their rare tortoises, iguanas and penguins? 5. Which of these Los Angeles suburbs is named for the Roman goddess of fruit and fruit trees: Pomona, Glendora or Pasadena? 6. Pictured, right: When this pope died in 2005, over 4 million people traveled to the Vatican to mourn and pay respects. This past May he was beatified, the last step before sainthood. Who was he? 7. Today’s New York City, when founded by the Dutch in 1624 as a commercial trading post, was given what name? 8. What elite team killed Osama bin Laden? 9. In what 2004 film did Don Cheadle play a hotel manager who gives asylum to fleeing refugees during a civil war in an African country? 10. Pictured, right: Name the romantic couple featured in Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind.

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I do nothing. [Laughs] Wave to them. Do they know what you’re up to? Oh, I know they know. I know half of them. As cops or customers? Not as customers. Firemen are the customers. Do many of the men talk about bad sex at home? I would say there were a lot. Do you play a sympathetic role? Yes, but it’s not a phony sympathy. I have customers in their 60s and they haven’t gone to bed with their wives in seven or eight years. They have separate bedrooms—I think that’s a sympathetic situation. I would hope that would never happen to me... but it seems that women hit a certain age and they become very disinterested. I would say between 50 and 65.

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Are you ever asked for kinky sex? Almost all of it isn’t kinky. A lot of guys just want comfort. Last week I had a client whose wife passed away two years ago. This guy just paid me and he just wanted to lay next to me and cuddle, and feel like he was wanted. He hadn’t had any of that for a long time. So mainly men want to be close? Yes. A long time ago I used to think that women were special and had men beat by a mile. It was kind of an ego trip. Women can have babies, women are pretty, women can do this or that, have emotions and men can’t. But I’ve often found that women can have a selfish love life a lot of the time. When a man truly loves, he loves from the bottom of his heart. Unless he’s a crude beast, of which I don’t think there are too many around... It’s always women, women, women. Women want this. Women want that. Women’s Lib. They never think about the man. ✹ Email Jason at jwalsh@pacificsun.com. AUGUST 12 - AUGUST 18, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9

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venue he’s planning to build in the lot next to the Good Earth Natural Foods store in Fairfax. Lesh filed a use permit application with the town last week to construct a barn-like building on an 18,000-plus-square-foot parcel at 2000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., an old gas station now used as an office by managers of Good Earth, which is relocating to 720 Center Blvd. early next year. Lesh’s application is for a two-story glass building with a community room, a kitchen, two bars and concert area. The 71-year-old Ross resident is no stranger to live music in Fairfax; in the mid-1970s he had a stake in a popular downtown Fairfax club called River City. If the application process goes through smoothly, construction of Terrapin Crossroads could begin in summer 2012.

Samuel P. Taylor park to close Sept. 5 Campers at Samuel P. Taylor State Park are waking these days to the sound of birds chirping, the smell of fresh redwood needles towering from above and the sight of signs near the bathrooms announcing the park’s closure—official as of Sept. 5 at noon. The popular campground and day-picnic spot at the west end of the San Geronimo Valley is among four state parks—including Tomales Bay, China Camp and Olompali—set to close this year as part of the state’s $33 million parks budget cut. Statewide, 70 parks are on the list for closure. On Aug. 17, the Marin Community Foundation is hosting a meeting with locals and state parks officials to present ideas on how to keep Marin’s parks open. Samuel P. Taylor State Park plays host to about 130,000 visitors a year and, in 2010, cost the state nearly $750,000 to operate. Still, with less than 40 “tent sites” and another couple dozen RV and group sites, Samuel P. Taylor isn’t one of the state’s revenue generators—it was more than $200,000 in the red last year. Still, there’s hope the s’mores will continue roasting into the near future. Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman’s AB 42, a bill that would allow qualified nonprofits to assume responsibility for the parks, passed unanimously in the state Assembly in May; it is currently awaiting action in the state Senate. And a few local businesses have stepped forward to offer assistance—from both a management and financial standpoint—to keep the parks running. Lagunitas Brewing Co. president Tony Magee, for instance, is reportedly open to covering operating losses at Samuel P. Taylor and staff the park with a mix of paid workers and volunteers. Though one Samuel P. Taylor park ranger told the Pacific Sun last Friday that any outside group accepting responsibility for the parks would likely be required to maintain the facilities at a minimum of state-parks standards—which may not pass muster on a shoestring budget that would replace full-time trained park employees with volunteers and youth. Update on Hal Brown battle with cancer Marin Supervisor Hal Brown announced last week that he has completed treatment for cancer and is hoping to return to work as the Ross Valley’s county representative—but if he can’t regain enough strength in the next 60 to 90 days, he’ll likely step down.

▲Lisa Cohen of Larkspur saw a wild turkey standing in the middle of traffic on South Novato Boulevard. Noticing the bird’s wing jutting out from his body, she knew he was injured. Lisa stopped traffic, scooped up the hurt turkey and carried him to safety. She was sure his leg and wing were broken and it looked like he had other wounds as well, but she was unsure of what to do for him. Within a few minutes, three people—a businessman, a cowboy and a young woman named Meagan—stopped to assist her with the dying turkey. Lisa says these good folks are her Heroes. We concur and also name Lisa Cohen a Hero for her compassion and generosity of spirit. Sometimes it takes a village.

▼Depending on where graffiti is placed, it could be considered art or vandalism. For instance, it’s art when schoolchildren paint a wall as part of a community cleanup. Let us assure you that when someone defaces a 9/11 memorial, it’s not only a crime, it’s monstrous. The memorial in downtown San Rafael at Lauren Place commemorates the life of Lauren Grandcolas, a passenger who died on United Flight 93 when it was hijacked and crashed in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001. Ms. Grandcolas was a San Rafael resident who was loved and admired for her adventurous spirit. Tagger Zeros, get a clue, not all of your spraypaint pranks are merely an expensive nuisance, sometimes you actually insult and hurt good people. Shame on you. —Nikki Silverstein

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the Bay Area would be at risk of flooding from a 55-inch rise in sea level, 98 percent more than are currently at risk.” In Marin the risks are obvious for Sausalito, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, San Rafael, Novato and all of the bay shoreline in the county. Although there is little disagreement that this poses major challenges for the Bay Area, that same unanimity doesn’t extend to how Bay Area communities should meet the challenge—and who should pay for measures to protect developed and undeveloped shoreline. The BCDC has been wrestling with this since it began creating its Bay Plan amendments. A fourth iteration of the amendments was released July 29 and will be the topic of a BCDC meeting in September. Commissioners are expected to vote on the amendments in October. “While we respect and appreciate what [the BCDC] is doing in making these amendments to its Bay Plan, we still feel that there is more that needs to be done,” says Roger Salazar, spokesperson for Protect Our Bayside Communities. “Our bayside communities and the region as a whole need a plan of action—not just a reaction.” Salazar’s organization lists about 100 stakeholders in what the group calls its “concerned alliance.” Among those are the Marin County Building Trades Council, the North Bay Agricultural Alliance, the North Bay Leadership Council and the executive director of the Marin Builders Association. The bayside cities of Alameda, Suisun City and Richmond also are on the list. The preponderance of stakeholders in the organization represents commercial and business interests. “We’re very concerned about the tone” the BCDC was taking,” especially in the initial drafts of the amendments, “where they were talking about surrender and retreat as opposed to protection,” says Salazar. “Obviously that would have a big economic impact. That’s still a concern, but we need to temper that with some praise” for the BCDC. In responding to criticism from business and commercial interests, the BCDC has toned down some of the language in the amendments. “But, we’re still watchful and mindful that we have to have the types of solutions that weigh the risks of sea-level rise with the solutions, along with all the other environmental and economic objectives in the region.” Development and business interests have been nervous that issuing policies at the state level and at the BCDC could result in unfunded mandates that would hamper economic development. Will Travis doesn’t see it. He’s executive director of the BCDC. In a Protect Our Bayside Communities press release issued just a few days after the latest draft of the Bay Plan amendments, Salazar listed three objectives for the BCDC. The first is a call to gather representatives from all levels of government and the private sector “to craft a comprehensive regional adaptation strategy.” That’s one of the policies the BCDC is recommending, says Travis.

Protect Our Bayside Communities also wants the BCDC to “support and coordinate vulnerability assessments by local authorities” of properties that sea-level rise could threaten. The BCDC and its amendments already are moving down that road, says Travis. Finally, Protect Our Bayside Communities calls for BCDC policies to “encourage environmentally and economically sustainable private investment and innovation and public/private partnerships in low-lying areas.” That’s also one of the commission’s policies, says Travis. The “watchful and mindful” scrutiny Protect Our Bayside Communities has undertaken is reasonable considering the large stake development and commercial interests hold along the bay shoreline and the implications of sea-level rise in that area. The short version: What properties should get protection? What properties should be surrendered to rising waters? Who should pay? Marin Supervisor Susan Adams had been representing the county on the BCDC following the death of Supervisor Charles McGlashan. (Supervisor Kathrin Spears, appointed to fill out McGlashan’s term, has taken over for Adams on the commission.) Adams says the pushback from Protect Our Bayside Communities is about protecting development interests. “There are some big development proposals being worked on down in the Redwood City and Palo Alto area in the zone that is likely to be inundated in the next 50 years,” she says. “The science is in on climate change and sea-level rise. If you’re building developments right at the fringe of where the sea level is going to rise, you’re dealing with some incredibly high future costs for infrastructure to keep the people and homes and businesses out of the flood waters.” Adams cites an example in Marin in her supervisorial district. In Santa Venetia, homes were built at about sea level, but the community has dropped below sea level. A levee and pump stations protect about 850 homes, “but there are tens of millions of dollars worth of work to be done” to ensure continued protection. Those households comprise middleincome and some low-income families,” says Adams. They have little or no resources to cover costs of mitigation work “to fully protect them from flooding.” And, she continues, “There’s not a lot of money coming from state and federal sources for this.” Add dozens, hundreds, of other neighborhoods along the bay at risk of sea-level rise, and the problem is obvious. Add to the residential risks the Bay Area’s three airports and other commercial interests, including the Redwood Landfill along San Pablo Bay, and the problem reaches almost overwhelming proportions. The Bay Plan amendments attempt to set a framework for dealing with the challenges ahead. The idea is to set broad polices at the BCDC. Then it—along with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District—will craft a regional strategy. “I think [BCDC] has bent over backwards to find language to say there has to be a process and each project will be looked at

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for its own merits,â&#x20AC;? says Adams. She, Travis and other ofďŹ cials stress that the BCDC has no authority actually to dictate development decisions. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the purview of local governments that ring the bay. But Salazar says the concern among business interests is that the policies stated in the Bay Plan amendments could inďŹ&#x201A;uence the decisions made down the road at the other regional agencies and at local governments and their planning agencies. Although the Bay Area chapter of the Sierra Club has yet to take an ofďŹ cial position on the Bay Plan amendments, its chairman says the amendments disappoint him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There seems to be a heavy emphasis on development in undeveloped shoreline areas,â&#x20AC;? says Arthur Feinstein. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is much more language about when it is appropriate to build in areas that are going to be ďŹ&#x201A;oodedâ&#x20AC;? versus language that focuses on prohibiting development. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the kernel of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;armor and protectâ&#x20AC;? versus the â&#x20AC;&#x153;surrender and retreatâ&#x20AC;? debate. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re terms that will become all too familiar during the coming decades. On at least one issue, Feinstein agrees with Salazar: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the ďŹ rst agency that is saying what we should do.â&#x20AC;? But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the two part company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the very ďŹ rst agency, which is perceived by the public as being a very conservation-oriented agency created to preserve the bay, says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ďŹ ne to develop sites as long as they meet certain criteria [with regional agencies in a regional strategy], it makes us nervous about the process,â&#x20AC;? says Feinstein.

The thrust of a sea-level-rise strategy, he says, should be protections against allowing developers to plan projects for vulnerable sites, even if they offer to post funds to offset costs to combat rising water levels. That language makes Salazar and business interests nervous. Posting a mitigation plan that looks good on paper is one thing, but what happens when a developer builds a project, makes a proďŹ t and then moves on and the mitigation plan proves insufďŹ cient? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left holding the bag for the cleanup and the mitigations when things get ďŹ&#x201A;ooded? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local government and the community that remains,â&#x20AC;? says Adams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It behooves us to take a really good look at what could be coming at us and really plan for it, so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not left holding the bag.â&#x20AC;? One amendment that disturbs business interests is based on the state strategy that â&#x20AC;&#x153;recommends that state agencies should generally not plan, develop or build any new signiďŹ cant structure in a place where that structure will require signiďŹ cant protection from sea-level rise....â&#x20AC;? But the pushback from business interests led to including an acknowledgement in the amendments that areas holding â&#x20AC;&#x153;regionally signiďŹ cant economic, cultural or social value may have to be protected....â&#x20AC;? There it is again: Surrender and retreat versus armor and protect. â&#x153;š

â&#x20AC;&#x153;My intent has always been to beat this thing and get back to work; and that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t changed,â&#x20AC;? said Brown in a press statement issued Aug. 4. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Though successful, the treatments have been grueling. If I have not regained enough strength in the next two or three months to return full time, I will have to consider stepping down.â&#x20AC;? The supervisor of nearly 30 years said that although he has been unable to attend meetings during his treatment for pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed last December, he has continued to â&#x20AC;&#x153;confer regularly with top county staff and his colleagues, and meets with his own staff daily to review issues and constituent needs.â&#x20AC;? Brown was appointed to the supervisorial seat in 1983 by then first-time governorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and cousinâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Jerry Brown. He has gone on to re-election seven times since.

Thoroughly modern Milleys! People say Mill Valleyans are way too into themselvesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well this time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for good reason! Coming this October is the 17th annual Milley Awardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mill Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shout out to the Mill Valleyans who have made a difference. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honorees include: Eldon Beck, internationally known landscape architect and the visionary behind the 1965 remodel of Old Mill Park Katy Butler, National Magazine Award finalist, Pulitzer-nominated journalist (nominated by the S.F. Chronicle), writing teacher and Pacific Sun contributor Sue Carlomagno, art teacher and founder and director of Youth in Arts Italian Street Painting Festival Si and Max Perkoff, father and son jazz musicians, teachers and composers Sammy Hagar, businessman, grandparent and vocalist for a little-known band called Van Halen Larry Snyder will receive the Sali Lieberman Awardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a special award recognizing a lifetime of achievement in the artsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for his impact on the College of Marin music department and the Mill Valley Chamber Music Society. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Milley judges included Cassandra Flipper, executive director of Bread & Roses; Steve McNamara, longtime publisher and editor of the Pacific Sun; Bob Greenwood, former Tam High music teacher; Susan Landor Keegin, painter and graphic designer; and former Mill Valley Mayor Chris Raker. The award ceremony will take place Oct. 23 at the Mill Valley Community Center. Music critic Joel Selvin is slated to emcee the event, which is produced annually by a volunteer board of directors under the auspices of the Mill Valley Arts Commission.

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o Bully, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating schoolyard bullying, has received a grant from the Lynx Foundation, in affiliation with the Marin Community Foundation, that will allow it to take its Solution Team and Solution Coach training programs into schools in Mill Valley, Novato, San Rafael, Ross Valley, Larkspur and Sausalito. The timing could not be better, since teen suicide rates continue to climb, making headlines not only in less tolerant parts of the country, but in Marin County as well. The year 2010 saw a devastating spike in teen suicides, including middle-school children, several of whom are alleged to have identified as homosexual, or were bullied for being so. Though bullying does not always lead to suicide, it is one of the top factors involved in children taking their own lives.

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This is compounded by the fact that teachers and parents often don’t even recognize a behavior as bullying. “The first step [to preventing bullying] is training school staff,” says Kathy Grey, operations manager of No Bully, “so that everyone is on the same page with the same language, and the same primary intervention.” Bullying falls into four main categories, says Grey: relational, physical, verbal and cyber bullying. Girls tend to engage in relational bullying more than boys; this shows up in talking behind each other’s backs, variations on social exclusion—the whole clique mentality— general meanness and name-calling, w which is also a form of verbal bullying. Boys tend to engage in the physical form, f which refers not only to contact like pu pushing or punching, but also taking another student’s st belongings, or damaging a student student’s personal possessions. Both genders engag engage in variations of verbal bullying. And in Marin, Marin says Grey, “relational “relationa and verbal bullying bullyin are the larger typ types that take place, aas well as cyber bullying. bul Texting is really re easy for kids to do.” do Bullying pe peaks in middle school, schoo says Grey, because becau kids are no longer lon just developin developing their own personal perso identities, but negotiating the trickier tterritory of social/group identity, iden where the golden rul rule is conformity. “Bullying tends to focus on differences,” says No Bully director Nicholas Nicho Carlisle. “We live in a society that struggles struggle with racism, homophob homophobia and acceptance of individual indiv differences. Becaus Because bullying is so black-and black-and-white in its values, bully bullying is antithetical to diversity. di As you address bulb lying, you will n need to educate teach teachers, students and pa parents about how bullybul ing is an assault assaul on diversity. diversity.””

Sadly, many children are bullied for perceived, rather than actual, differences as well. Carlisle cites a study conducted in 2002 by the National Mental Health Association, based on actual or perceived sexual orientation: “78 percent reported that students who are perceived to be gay or lesbian are teased or bullied; 51 percent reported hearing everyday names like fag, homo and dyke, queer or gay. Many students who are targeted are in fact heterosexual: A broad-based study in Seattle schools found that 80 percent of students targeted consider themselves heterosexual. There is considerable distress in all students who are targeted for their sexual orientation, whether they are in fact straight, lesbian or gay.” No Bully’s answer to all these forms of bullying is Solution Team (and Coach), the “best practices for how to address student bullying,” says Carlisle. “They are based on the evolving research in neuroscience and evolutionary biology, which has uncovered the primacy that compassion and cooperative virtues hold for all humans from the first years of life onwards.” Solution Team engages the bully and the “target” child in a group of their peers along with teachers to discuss a solution to the bullying incident. Says Grey, “The first thing the kids are going to ask is: ‘Am I in trouble?’ They’re assured they are not, but that they are being called out of class to help solve a problem. They’re part of the problem, and part of the solution. Together they come up with a solution that will help the bully stop the behavior and help the target. Often what happens is the bully is the first

one to say, ‘I know what I can do.’” According to Grey, taking the blame out of the picture and having the students work toward solutions empowers them rather than shames them, and gets results. No Bully’s research cites an 80-90 percent efficacy rate in stopping further bullying incidents with those trained. “Solution Team works because it enrolls students in solving bullying,” says Carlisle. “The current generation of students has grown up with networking and crowdsourcing and has a mind-set that distrusts authority but responds to working collaboratively peer-to-peer.” No Bully not only helps students and trains teachers, but also administrators, counselors, nurses, bus drivers and any other staff member likely to interact with students, and therefore negotiate behavioral issues. No Bully’s research did reveal something unexpected about targets, according to Carlisle. “As No Bully trainees ran Solution Teams, it became apparent that the old paradigm of the target of bullying as innocent victim was flawed. Approximately half of all targets engage either in aggression or other non-adaptive social behaviors and Solution Teams were often vocal about the targets of bullying needing to change their ways.” Solution Coach was then developed to help “target” kids learn new skills to stop the behaviors that were leading to their bullying. Grey and Carlisle would like to see similar programs adopted nationwide. ✹ Contact Jordan at jordanwritelife@gmail.com.

Tips for parents from No Bully • Friends are the best protection against bullying and are also the best predictor of your • • •

child’s lifetime success. Ask your children who their friends are and what they do at recess. If you are concerned that your child is isolated, raise this concern with your child’s teacher. Have conversations with your children throughout their childhood about differences. Teach them to respect and value those who are different from them. Be mindful of how you talk about others in front of your children. If you gossip or put down others, you are teaching your children to do the same. Have a conversation with your children about social networking sites and the effect of posting false words, rumours and hurtful images. If your children want to join a social networking site, reach an agreement that gives you access, and ask that they restrict access to friends only. Don’t expect your children to tell you that they are being harassed or bullied. Watch for indirect signs that things are not going well for your child: stomachaches, headaches, irritability, depression, social withdrawal, sudden change in behavior, reluctance to go to school and, in the case of physical bullying, unexplained cuts and bruises.

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f Marin’s school districts were each a Greek legend, Sausalito Marin City School District would be the myth of Sisyphus. The gods had condemned King Sisyphus to forever push a huge boulder up a hill, only to have it continually tumble back down again. The point was that there was nothing worse, or sadder, than futile, hopeless labor. Over its history the small district tucked into the southern corner of Marin has been replete with one attempt after another to improve the downward spiral of academic achievement of its approximately 400 students—a preponderance of whom are Latinos and blacks from low-income families. There has been evidence of some improvement, but mostly this has been overshadowed by the bitter frustration of backsliding down the formidable hill of the district’s history. Which is not to imply that there have not been dedicated attempts to improve the district. Several years ago the then-board of trustees launched a multi-pronged attempt that it felt confident would turn the tide. A new superintendent, Deborah Bradley, was hired. She in turn brought in new principals for the district’s Bayside Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle schools. New teachers were hired. That is, all the pieces needed for reform and academic improvement took center stage. And in the next few years state standardized test scores improved, particularly at Bayside. A new program at MLK featured teachers from Mill Valley’s Tamalpais High School who taught part-time in an effort to more adequately prepare students for high school. This was important because adequately preparing its middle school students to succeed in high school was one of the district’s signature failures. This resulted in a large failure and dropout rate of MLK students during the first year or two at Tam. The boulder appeared to be successfully moving up the hill. Then a series of events stopped it in its tracks, and what progress there had been came to an abrupt halt. The boulder began inching back downward. Thomas Newmeyer is president of the district’s board of trustees and has been a board member for five years. He is articulate, frank and seemingly committed to the proposition that Sausalito Marin City does not have to be a perpetual victim of its history. But it appears clear that in Newmeyer’s mind success must include, at least in part, a stark look at the district’s most recent problems so that they will not be repeated. In an interview, Newmeyer talked of the retirement earlier this year of district superintendent Bradley—which, of course, left the district without a leader. (Following her “retirement” Bradley applied for an open posi-

tion as superintendent with the Salem, Mass., school district, though she did not get the job, according to an Aug. 9 report by the Salem News.) A ship with a shaky rudder at best was now without one altogether. Perhaps the biggest blow, in Newmeyer’s mind, was the abrupt midyear resignation of MLK’s principal, Stephen Strachan, a strong, charismatic, imposing figure. During his tenure at MLK, “We started to see improvement. He had a commanding presence.” His departure, said Newmeyer, was nothing short of “devastating for Marin City.” And, he added, “It was hard for the kids.” This was even more difficult for the kids because MLK had had four principals in four years. For the board, it meant “we had to scramble for a new principal.” Newmeyer said that the board sought the help of County Schools Superintendent Mary Jane Burke in dealing with the need for a new district superintendent. First and foremost, recalled Newmeyer, Burke told the board “not to panic.” Burke is a formidable force in Marin and when she puts her mind to something, the issue tends be resolved sooner rather than later. So it was in this case. Valerie Pitts, the superintendent of the Larkspur School District, was appointed to take on the part-time task of also running Sausalito Marin City schools. It’s not difficult to understand why Burke selected Pitts. Like Burke, she is upbeat and appears to have great faith in the future of Sausalito Marin City schools. “Scores are improving, the climate is improving, achievement is improving,” she said. “The challenge now is to build on these successes. We have to move forward; we’re not there yet.” Newmeyer said the board decided to have one person be the principal of both Bayside and MLK. Jonnette Newton already was principal at Bayside and it was believed her new dual principal role would aid in establishing continuity for the children as they progressed from elementary to middle school. One of the more perplexing issues faced by the district in recent years is that improvement in standardized achievement test scores was not traveling with students when they moved over to MLK. It was hoped that placing a single principal over the two schools might help solve this puzzling problem. Still, there was a period several years ago when steps to improve academic achievement at MLK seemed to be making headway. Much of this had to do with the Tam High instructors who were teaching part-time at MLK. Newmeyer was asked what happened to this program. “It fell by the wayside,” he said. Newmeyer said that he is optimistic about the future. As to why, he pointed to the fact that Newton, the principal of

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Bayside and MLK, had hired new teachers. And that a new extended-day program at MLK—funded by the Marin Community Foundation—will provide opportunities for students for academics as well as art and recreational programs. There have been some published reports that suggest the board also is looking into making Bayside and MLK charter schools, which, generally speaking, require parents to play an integral role in all school activities. In addition to Bayside and MLK, the district also now includes Willow Creek Academy charter school. The school is racially balanced—unlike the other two schools— and consistently has produced good scores on state standardized tests. And these might be among the reasons a mass conversion to charter schools would be considered. Willow Creek in no small way was created in hopes of attracting white students from Sausalito. Over the years white students typically have found ways to go to other predominantly white schools in other Marin districts or have gone to private schools. More charter schools might turn this around. Newmeyer, however, dismissed the idea that charter school conversion is being actively considered. “It is totally undecided at this point,” he said. Newmeyer, who lives in Sausalito, is the father of two preschool-age children. Asked whether they would attend Sausalito Marin City schools he said, “Absolutely.” Given similar familial considerations, one wonders how Sisyphus might have answered. ✹ Email Don at dfordonny@yahoo.com.

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itting quietly on Third Street, just blocks from trafďŹ c-jammed Highway 101, is the MYC, San Rafaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only public youth center. Though for nearly seven years the space has served a small population of Marin teens through culinary programs, a recording studio and a general hangout destination with concerts, dances and weekend art activities, the Marin Youth Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;also known as the MYC, or the â&#x20AC;&#x153;mikeâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;closes its doors Aug. 12. The importance of youth clubs is not a new concept. As a response to the Industrial Revolution, when tiny hands ďŹ lled factories to produce goods, the Young Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you know it as the YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; founded its ďŹ rst center in London in 1844. Sites soon sprang up to offer youth alternatives to labor or spending time alone while parents dedicated endless hours to the booming factory system. A century away from legal child labor and the introduction of the eight-hour workday in the United States, Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teens arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t faced with such grim alternatives to their primary occupation of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;hanging out. Yet much of the under-18 population faces other hardships and is considered ďŹ nancially and emotionally at-risk. And though it may not be visible in wealthy Marin, many young people remain in poverty. Some locals are outraged by news of the MYCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closure, while others are left confused about the Marin Community Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to end the programs housed in the foundation-owned building. Concern about where the teens will go and what programs will take the place of those

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The Marin Youth Center will end most operations Aug. 12, as the Marin Community Foundation refocuses its funding priorities on more urgent county needs.

this month ran the programs at the MYC; and again he points to shifting priorities as a reason for the closure. The decision to close the MYC also coincided with the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement it is distributing $6 million in grants to help close the education achievement gap in Marin. According to the foundation, about half of the funds will ďŹ lter into programs that provide after-school academic and social programs. Despite fears that the MYCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doors will close completely, Peters assures that the space will be put to greater use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This change is by no means indicating the demolition of our support for youth,â&#x20AC;? says Peters. To the contrary, one small component of the MYCâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Intel Computer Clubhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; will remain, serving youth and working on a plan to integrate a new organization into the building, a local nonproďŹ t called the Renaissance Entrepreneurial Center. REC plans to move in and begin implementing its vocational and employment programs at the site by the end of the calendar year. These programs will serve individuals and groups with aspirations of opening businesses in Marin. As Peters sees it, these businesses will not only be beneďŹ cial

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to the new entrepreneurs, but can potentially provide a range of new opportunities for employing locals. Aside from the new vocational programs, there is also talk of collaborating with the Marin County OfďŹ ce of Education and the Boys and Girls Club of San Rafael in order to provide further alternatives for youthbased programs. The OfďŹ ce of Education is considering using part of a $140,000 grant it received this year from the California Department of Education to fund the MYCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clubhouse programs. In the meantime, youth have alternative venues to visit for health concerns. Organizations such as Huckleberry Wellness Academy, which runs a Tuesday afternoon drop-in clinic in San Rafael, and the Novato Youth Center continue to conduct outreach and educate youth on health and safety issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our decision has more to do with increasing our commitment to our mission,â&#x20AC;? says Peters. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting our focus on getting people through this serious recession and our hope is that in the long run the center is even more thriving.â&#x20AC;? â&#x153;š

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School of on-the-rocks... UC financial woes give new meaning to the term ‘starving student’ by Zo e Br o ad

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nce able to rely on California public universities to provide quality education at an affordable price, Marin college students are suffering the repercussions of the economic downturn. While some struggle with the financial burden of increased tuition combined with smaller financial-aid packages, some are unable to get necessary classes and some are opting to pursue other educational paths entirely. Kim Mazzuca, president and CEO of 10,000 Degrees, a San Rafael nonprofit that helps underrepresented students get into and through college, said that the University of California budget cuts have affected students

she works with in all facets of their education—particularly financially. Many students have found themselves with financial-aid packages that do not meet their government-projected financial needs as a result of increases in UC tuition and decreases in state and federal financial aid. Despite qualifying for a complete tuition waiver, for example, one of Mazzuca’s students was left with $13,000 of unpaid expenses this year. “The average unmet need for students at a UC campus right now is $8,100,” says Mazzuca. “The year before, it was $7,600. So you see that the average unmet need is going up.” Budget cuts have even hit students with

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sufficient resources to finance their UC educations. Jordan Greene, a 2010 Novato High graduate attending UC Berkeley, said that as the university reduces its number of professors and increases its student population in an attempt to survive financially, he has been unable to enroll in classes he needs for his major. “I’m on track to graduate in four years,” Greene said. “But I have one more class that I have to take in order to get into my major. If I can’t get it, then I won’t graduate on time. “It’s a really desired class. So I don’t know if I’m going to get in.” Mazzuca said her students’ inability to get classes they need has contributed to the burden of funding to complete a University of California education because many students have found themselves forced to pay for a fifth year at a UC. “It is almost becoming the way of education that people are on a five-year track,” Mazzuca said. Nearly all students have seen the effects of the University of California budget cuts in one way or another. San Rafael High School graduate Jonathan Weeks, a rising sophomore at UC Davis, has felt the budget cuts in the form of subpar university housing. Freshmen ordinarily are placed in centrally located all-freshmen dorms to ensure a seamless transition into college life. However, Weeks was placed in a transfer-student dorm isolated from the rest of campus life and other freshmen. Weeks believes his unfortunate placement occurred because the university, in an effort to raise revenue from additional tuition, is enrolling more students. Therefore, the university is short on student housing. With financial shortages, however, funding for construction of additional dormitories has been cut. “New housing is taking longer than expected to build because the school is running out of money,” Weeks said. “Everything is under construction, but we don’t have the money to finish it.” For Mazzuca’s students, tuition and expenses at a University of California school would cost an average of 78 percent of their family’s household incomes. Rather than taking out staggering loans and incurring massive debt to fund a college education, many students have begun to consider other options. “More of our students are reconsidering entering a four-year university in their freshman year,” Mazzuca said. “Community colleges provide an excellent two-year education. We are seeing an increase in students going to community colleges to reduce that college price tag and then transferring after two years to a UC.” Swelling enrollments and shrinking budgets also are posing difficulties for California community colleges, including College of Marin. Private universities have begun to

provide another escape from the unsure future of the California public school system. Mill Valley resident Brittany Moffett is a sophomore majoring in civil engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). She began her college search convinced that the University of California, Los Angeles was her first-choice. But when she visited the campus and asked her tour guide how the economic downturn has affected the quality of education at UCLA, Moffett began to have second thoughts. “The tour guide said, ‘Well, my favorite Spanish teacher got cut. We’re still managing, but we notice it,’” Moffett said. “I asked the same question at USC and the response was, ‘it hasn’t.’” When Moffett was awarded USC’s Presidential Scholarship, a merit scholarship that pays half her tuition, she decided to attend the private university instead of UCLA. “I was told that I might have to spend five years at some of the UCs because it’s not easy to get all your classes,” Moffett said. “Five years at UCLA would have added up to more than USC with the scholarship. Especially with the cost of the UCs increasing.” With the UC system reeling from budget cuts of $650 million, approximately 20 percent of the system’s operating money from the state, many high school students have begun to modify their college searches. A rising senior from San Anselmo spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear that talking to a reporter could jeopardize her bright college prospects. She said that the less favorable student-to-teacher ratios at UCs combined with the tuition increases have led her to consider other options. “I think a UC education still is a good deal, but it’s not as good anymore,” the student said. “Jerry Brown says it will be $20,000 a year just for tuition when I enter college. If the UC tuition is $20,000, it will be the same as out-ofstate education prices elsewhere. It’s less of an incentive to go to a UC.” Despite the grim forecasts for the California public school system, many remain optimistic about the future of the California public universities. “The UCs are still quality schools,” Moffett said. “That’s what made my choice so hard— UCLA still is a great school.” Mazzuca added that it is the responsibility of California residents to ensure the public university system remains a quality operation. “It’s always my pitch that we need to care more and more and more about getting our students an education,” Mazzuca said. “And it is getting tougher and tougher with budget cuts. It has to be the entire community really advocating for equal opportunities for the entire population. We have to get involved.” ✹ Contact Zoe Broad at zbroad@wesleyan.edu.

Learning environment EEI program to turn school kids into nature children by Car o l I n ke l l i s

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ong before green beHonda, who admits came mainstream, she’s not nearly as comback when most of fortable speaking to adults us had no idea what a caras she is to 9- and 10-yearbon footprint was, Laura olds, explained EEI—and Honda was introducing discussed her experience ecology concepts in her piloting it—last month classroom at Manor Elat a meeting of the Marin ementary School in Fairfax. Children & Nature ConThrough engrossing handsnection, a coalition of on activities, her students environmental educators learn about the environin and beyond Marin. ment, and their effect on it, (Learn more about this by planting butterfly habigroup, its members and tat gardens; hatching trout their offerings at www.eeeggs and releasing the trout com.net.) One of Honda’s fry at a hatchery; recycling The Education and Environment Initiative is frustrations is the number and composting on cam- all about ‘thinking globally, acting locally.’ of county teachers who pus; and so much more. aren’t aware EEI exists. She While engaged in these projects, students most hopes that parents and community members likely aren’t even aware that they are also learn- will bring it to the attention of their school ing history and geography as well as honing district’s superintendent. their math, language arts and social skills. The curriculum is based on five broad Over the years Honda’s enthusiasm and principles: creative teaching techniques have earned s People depend on natural systems her accolades, including California Science s People influence natural systems Teachers Association’s Distinguished Science s Natural systems change in ways that people benefit from and can influence Teacher of the Year, the Madelon Tormanen Humane Teacher of the Year and the Heads There are no permanent or impermeable boundaries that prevent matter from lands Institute Community Action Award. flowing between systems Luckily for students, there are “Laura Hondas” throughout the state; unfortunately, s Decisions affecting resources and natural systems are complex and involve many there aren’t enough of them. Recognizing the factors importance of environmental literacy, CaliMindy Fox, director of the Office of fornia educators and lawmakers developed Education and Environment at the California the Education and Environment Initiative (EEI) to ensure that all K-12 students have the Environmental Protection Agency, says EEI has “caught on like wildfire.” It helped that in opportunity to learn about environmental the review process, feedback from the teachers stewardship through a stimulating program who piloted the program was incorporated, that emphasizes humans’ interconnectedness making it even more teacher- and studentwith nature. The state EPA oversees the profriendly. According to Honda, the lessons gram. Honda is “thrilled with the wonderful provide an excellent foundation or jumping lessons,” especially for those teachers she says off point so teachers can integrate them into “aren’t comfortable teaching science.” their existing lesson plans—in or out of the The initiative has been on the books since classroom. October 2003, when then-Gov. Gray Davis Acknowledging that budget cuts have had signed AB 1548, authored by then-Assema negative effect on education, Fox says EEI is blymember Fran Pavley (now a state Senator, actively pursuing private-public partnerships D-Santa Monica) and sponsored by Heal in order to provide funds for schools to use it. the Bay, into law. Over the years content was Curriculum units are available to all schools developed and field tested, feedback incorand can be downloaded from the EEI website. porated and lessons tweaked to produce a Plus, she says, the Annenberg Foundation’s curriculum that is, according to Honda, “easy generous support has made it possible to to use” with “beautifully done” materials. provide teachers with a DVD containing all Honda’s class at Manor was among the the materials. 19 districts chosen to pilot test the program With so much emphasis on in 2007-08. The state Board of Education testing and teaching to the approved the curriculum in January 2010 tests, it’s encouraging to see and it is now available the state embrace hands-on to all schools statewide. activities that require critiHonda says teachers at cal thinking. ✹ her school are looking forward to using the EEI Learn more about EEI at www.calepa.ca.gov/education/eei/. units this school year.

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really like those moments in rhythms and ambient soundscapes. music, regardless of the genre— It captures the eclectic nature of Calexwhether it’s classical, jazz, folk or ico—a shifting collective of players that rock, whatever—when it’s all about the revolve around Burns and drummer John transition,” says Calexico guitarist and Convertino, his longtime music partner. vocalist Joey Burns during a phone inCalexico, with a group of Arizona playterview from his home in Tucson. “When ers, performs in the North Bay next week. it’s about improvisation or leaving and Burns and Convertino nurtured that departing a melody or an established verse collaborative spirit as members of Gior chorus or what have you. ant Sand, the avant-pop collective built “I love those moments around the visionary where you step off and Howie Gelb. Giant Sand don’t know where it’s goevoked a mescaline-enCOMING SOON ing to go. hanced bohemian vision Calexico performs Tuesday, “That essence, or that of Arizona’s wide desert Aug. 16, at 8pm, with Sea of aesthetic, that is in our landscapes. Bees, at the Mystic Theatre, music, in that space we The two musicians 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. $19, $21; 707/765-2121. like to write or record in left the band in 2000 and and it really lends itself began backing such thenwell to motion pictures.” emerging indie-rock singCalexico’s music, er/songwriters as Victoria which is often steeped in mood and mysWilliams before joining the loose-knit tery, can be heard on their newly released Friends of Dean Martinez. “Collaboration soundtrack to The Guard, a movie that co- has always been in my blood, and that’s stars Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson. the case with a lot of musicians I know, The 23-track CD is a mix of twangy including the members of Giant Sand,” spaghetti Western vibe, Latin dance Burns says. “It’s just fun!

Joey Burns, left, and John Convertino of Calexico, a far better band name than Mexifornia.

“It’s what musicians do.” Eventually, the duo started recorded their own songs at home, bringing in collaborators as needed and backing others when the opportunity arose. During a road trip through the Southwest, Burns and Convertino adopted the band’s name from the California town on the U.S./Mexico border. “It reminded me of all these musical influences living under one roof,” Burns says. “It’s a stepping-off point—there’s something really inspiring

about living in a border region because you start seeing more about this movement of cultures. “It’s what has kept me here [in Tucson], where I have developed a love for all these cultures, the history and all the possibilities musically that have come about.” Indeed, the band’s music is a melting pot for country, indie rock, Latin and African rhythms, jazz and other styles. They’ve performed and recorded with such notable musicians as Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Amos Lee, Nancy Sinatra, Victor Jara and Manu Chao, among others. Calexico has released six full-length albums, six original material “tour only” live albums, five EPs (including In the Reins, the 2005 collaboration with Iron and Wine) and a live DVD. A box set of their “tour only” indie releases, titled Road Atlas, is scheduled for release in November. On the star-studded double-CD soundtrack to the 2007 Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, Calexico backed vocalist Jim James of My Morning Jacket (“Goin’ to Acapulco”), Iron and Wine (“Dark Eyes”), Roger McGuinn (“One More Cup of Coffee”), Willie Nelson (“Tales of Yankee Power”) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Just Like a Woman”), as well as providing the instrumental bonus tracks “(Main Title Theme) Billy” and “Bunkhouse Theme.” “Collaboration comes very easy for us,” Burns says. “People enjoy that and are surprised how easy it is to record with a band like ours. That makes me feel good—it’s a nice compliment. “And it’s one of the biggest rewards about playing music. Collaborating, whether it’s on the stage or in the studio, is what brought us together in the first place.” ✹ Collaborate with Greg at gcahill51@gmail.com. Tune up to the Marin music scene at

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142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley’s very own hold, recover his captive and bring her safely Purple Onion/Folies Bergere/Apollo Theatre/ home. The supermen selected are the stuff Village Vanguard, has served up some mighty of pure Hollywood: a laconic Indian scout potent entertainment over the years—Woody skilled at tracking and archery (Woody Allen, Robin Williams, Strode); a crusty old Dana Carvey, Joan Baez, cattle boss (Robert Ryan); Carlos Santana, Huey Lewa loquacious, amoral SHOWING SOON is, the B-52s, Richie Havens, dynamiter with the soul “I Lost It At the Movies” with et al.—and one new ongoof a poet (Lancaster); and Mort Sahl next screens Love With the Proper Stranger, with Natalie ing program promises to the group’s leader (Lee Wood and Steve McQueen— be especially compelling. Marvin), a by-the-book shot the same year he did The “I Lost It at the Movies,” veteran of West Point and Great Escape—on Aug. 18 at hosted by Mort Sahl, showSan Juan Hill. 7:30pm. Donations only. Check cases some of the legendary The four make a out 142throckmortontheatre.org. comedian’s favorite films, good team: No sooner is The Professionals is available on peppered with insights Lancaster strung up by a netflix.com. and discussion about “the troupe of wandering banmovies we grew up with dits than Strode’s arrows and how they shaped us.” The lineup is eclec- come whistling through the air, piercing all tic, ranging from Gillo Pontecorvo’s anti-colo- and sundry with satisfying precision. Before nial epic Burn to Marlon Brando’s existential long they’re at the stronghold, accomplishing Western One-Eyed Jacks, but to a select (even their mission amid flaming arrows, runaway minuscule) sub-cult, “I Lost It at the Movies” mine trains and mariachi music. Complicais all about The Professionals, which the comic tions ensue: Ryan gets a bullet in his shoulder, presented July 20. Cardinale doesn’t want to leave Raza, the The Professionals is, in turn, primarily about lonely goatherd turns out to be a snitch. The dialogue. Terse, pithy, trenchant, crisp, nimble, five begin the return journey with Raza and sharp, perceptive, epigrammatic dialogue, the company in hot pursuit. kind of dialogue you recite to your friends Lancaster, Marvin and Palance were and then employ the rest of your life in every born to act in this movie; their dissimilar sort of situation, whether vocal inflections come you’re conscious of it or not. together to create a sort of I first encountered this woncrypto-Hemingway tough drous film in my early teens. guy fantasia. As soon as KTVU used to show it every Lancaster finishes up one October, and I was drawn of his flights of muscular to it each year as much for poetry (“When I light this the supple figure of Claudia fuse, dynamite, and not Cardinale as the fancy gunfate, will move that mounplay and Burt Lancaster’s tain into this pass. Peace, distinctive laugh. As for the brother.”), the gravelly dialogue, I marveled at its Marvin baritone steps in polished wit and tongue-inwith some cryptic observacheek, machismo intensity, tion or other (“You won’t and filed away a few more lose your pants. You may of its semiprecious nuggets lose your life, but what’s Marvin, above, and Lancaster nearly each year. Thus, slowly, the came to blows over the Marvin’s heavy that?”), and Palance chimes Professionals cult was born, drinking—which made him particularly in with a bit of utopian a cult so small that, with one unreliable while shooting on location in doggerel (“The revolution, exception over the past three the hot Death Valley sun. she is like a woman.”). The decades, I’d never once met effect is especially potent anyone who’d even heard of this 1966 film. when Lancaster and Palance have their big The time is a few minutes past World War climactic standoff and, for the hell of it, talk I. The Mexican Revolution is winding down, revolution and politics, with Lancaster getand one of its leaders, Raza (Jack Palance), ting in the best line: “It’s when the shooting has kidnapped the young wife (Cardinale) stops, and the dead are buried, and the poliof a wealthy Southwesterner, Grant (Ralph ticians take over, that you realize you’ve been Bellamy), and is holding her for the ransom fighting for a lost cause.” But it’s Marvin who he needs to finance his operations. Grant gets to deliver the movie’s last, great zinger. hires four men to cross the border, traverse The cult is accepting zealots. ✹ mountain and desert, breach Raza’s strongJoin Matt’s cult at mstafford@pacificsun.com. 26 PACIFIC SUN AUGUST 12 – AUGUST 18, 2011

The approach to the Golden Gate Bridge has been filmed many times in many ways. Here in his film from 1987, Heat and Sunlight, director/star Rob Nilsson upstages the great bridge itself via creative rear-view mirror placement during a drive south from the Headlands. Heat and Sunlight, which followed a love affair in its final 16 hours, won the Grand Jury Prize at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. Nilsson, long a Mill Valley resident, is one of the indie film movement’s true mavericks. His debut, Northern Lights (1978), won the Camera d’Or (best first film) at the Cannes Film Festival; his 1985 film, On the Edge, starred Bruce Dern as a disgraced marathon runner staging a comeback on a Dipsea-like race from Mill Valley to Stinson.—Jason Walsh

ViDEO The ‘House’ of mirth I remember the row and seat I was in for the Fairfax Theater’s premiere of ANIMAL HOUSE, a movie that shook me with the force of a religious conversion. Funny had never been this funny before, or so my friend Nick and I were convinced, and there was nothing left to do in its wake than pass hours of our senior year at Drake quoting lines and scenes from the film. With the latest re-release onto Bluray after decades of cable familiarity, what could surprise? First, and with a bullet, the assembled talent. Arguably the most perfectly cast movie ever made, with Boon and Mrs. Wormer and Otis, D-Day and Pinto and Flounder, Mandy Pepperidge and Otter and the other Faber College faithful looking their gorgeous best, the film shows a visual grandeur that’s ever y bit as ravishing as the landmark Elmer ‘Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.’ —Dean Wormer Bernstein score. There’s the young Belushi hungry to impress and nailing his gags with genius timing. There are Landis and the double-secret probationary Deltas whipping up a soon-tobe-trademark Lampoon cocktail of high and low—all of them to be catapulted from obscurity to stardom. What strikes most after 30 years of awareness and laughs is the film’s supreme competence. How did we get from 1978 to the sweetness and poo jokes of Judd Apatow, et al.? When I think of everything that’s missing from comedy today, I think of Animal House.—Richard Gould

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Another Earth (1:32) When a duplicate planet is found in the solar system, complications ensue, not all of them having to do with real estate prices. ● 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. ● The Change-Up (1:12) Two longtime friends envy each other’s life until they magically live the “be careful what you wish for” cliché. ● Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1:21) Cartoon about a scientist whose well-meaning attempts to end world hunger result in food dropping from the heavens in (over)abundance. ● Cowboys and Aliens (1:52) Cowpokes Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig join forces with Apache warriors in an epic showdown against weird-looking hombres in flying saucers. ● Crazy, Stupid, Love (1:58) Freshly divorced straight arrow Steve Carell navigates the tricky shoals of singlehood with plenty of help from smooth-operating wingman Ryan Gosling. ● The Devil’s Double (1:48) True tale of an Iraqi soldier who was recruited to impersonate Saddam Hussein’s violent, horny, drugaddicted son Uday. ● Final Destination 5 (1:35) A troupe of cubicle drones makes the fatal mistake of going on one of those deathly grim corporate retreats. ● Friends with Benefits (1:49) Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis discover (this being Hollywood) that having a guilt-free nostrings sexual relationship is preposterous. ● Glee the 3D Concert Movie (1:48) Rock out to musical highlights from the “Glee” casts’s summer concert tour. ● The Globe Theatre Presents Henry IV Part II (3:00) Direct from London’s most prestigious playhouse it’s the Bard’s rousing ●

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historical chronicle. ● The Guard (1:36) Crusty Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) is teamed with Don Cheadle’s uptight FBI agent for drug investigation with comic results. ● 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. ● The Help (2:17) The lives of three women on both sides of the cultural divide in 1960s Mississippi are examined in the film version of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel. ● 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. ● In Our Name (1:30) A war-scarred British vet returns from Iraq with an obsessive need to protect her daughter from harm. ● Midnight in Paris (1:34) Woody Allen’s latest expatriate romance stars Owen Wilson as a dissatisfied modern-day Yank who discovers that he can travel at will to the Paris of Scott, Zelda and Gertrude Stein. ● The Names of Love (1:42) Saucy sociopolitical French comedy about a free-loving left-wing mademoiselle and her improbable relationship with a meek middle-aged scientist. ● Planet 51 (1:31) Cartoon about an astronaut who finds himself on a planet identical to an American small town…except for all those little green inhabitants. ● RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer (2:00) Those intergalactic cinephile wiseasses are back and tossing juicy verbal tomatoes at the crappy 1962 fantasy epic. ● Rise of the Planet of the Apes (1:45) Turns out it all got started in present-day San Francisco (but this is not a documentary). ● Sarah’s Key (1:51) An American journalist investigating France’s role in the Holocaust discovers a surprising personal connection to a child victim of the roundup. ● The Smurfs (1:40) Teensy cobalt-blue critters find themselves in midtown Manhattan, much to the bafflement of Neil Patrick Harris. ● 30 Minutes Or Less (1:23) Two smalltown dweebs are forced into a (brief) life of crime by cops, assassins and a couple of wannabe gangsters. ● Toast (1:36) Bittersweet look at foodie Nigel Slater’s early lip-smacking years in the Britain of the 1960s. ● 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 Whistleblower (1:58) Cop-turnedUN peacekeeper Rachel Weisz uncovers a sex-trafficking conspiracy in postwar Bosnia involving her very colleagues. ● 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. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES ❋ 30 Minutes or Less (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 1:30, 3:45, 6, 8:05, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 1:50, 4:05, 6:15, 8:25, 10:35 CinéArts at Marin: FriSat 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:30 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:15 Mon, Wed-Thu 5, 7:40 Tue 12, 2:20, 5, 7:40 Lark Theater: 6:45, 8:40 Sat 4:45, 6:45, 8:40 Sun 4:45, 6:45 Another Earth (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Tue, Thu 5:15, 7:30 Wed 7:30 Bridesmaids (R) ★★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 7:45, 10:30 Buck (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: 4, 6 Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:05, 7:05; 3D showtimes at 4, 10 Cars 2 (G) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 5:05; 3D showtime at 2:25 The Change-Up (R) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:35 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:35 Mon-Thu 7:15, 10:10 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon, Thu 4:30, 7:20 Tue 1:50, 4:30, 7:20 Wed 4:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Tue 1:30, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50 Wed-Thu 1:30, 4:35, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) Century Northgate 15: Mon, Wed 10am Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:25, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:15, 5, 7:50, 10:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Tue 1:10, 4, 6:40, 9:30 Wed-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:40 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ★★1/2

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Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:55, 1:40, 4:35, 7:20, 10 Sun-Thu 10:55, 1:40, 4:35, 7:20 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Wed 4:20, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Tue 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Wed-Thu 1:20, 4:25, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:25, 7:10 ❋ The Devil’s Double (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 ❋ Final Destination 5 (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:10, 1:45, 4:15, 6:55, 9:15; 3D showtimes at 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:25, 5:20, 10:10; 3D showtimes at 2:55, 7:45 Friends with Benefits (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:05, 5:15, 10:20 Sun-Tue, Thu 12:05, 5:15 Wed 12:05 ❋ Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (Not Rated) Century Northgate 15: 12, 2:30, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 1:35, 3:50, 6, 8:10, 10:20 ❋ The Globe Theatre Presents Henry IV Part 2 (PG) Century Regency 6: Thu 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 6:30 The Guard (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10 Sun-Tue 12, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45 Wed 2:30, 5:10, 7:45 Thu 12, 2:30 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 10:15; 3D showtime at 7 Sat-Sun 4:10, 10:15; 3D showtimes at 1, 7 Mon-Thu 9:40; 3D showtime at 6:45 Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 7:20; 3D showtimes at 4:10, 10:10 ❋ The Help (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:50 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:40, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:45, 7,

10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Tue 2, 6:15, 9:10 Wed-Thu 2, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri-Sat 1, 4:15, 7:30 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7:30 Horrible Bosses (R) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 7:35, 9:55 ❋ In Our Name (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 Century Regency 6: 2:40, 7:50 Wed 2:40 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 2, 4:40, 7:30, 9:50 Sun 2, 4:40, 7:30 Mon, Wed-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Tue 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Sun 1:45, 4:10, 7 The Names of Love (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sat, Mon-Wed 4:30, 6:45, 9:15 Sun 2, 4:30, 9:15 Thu 4:30, 9:15 Planet 51 (PG) Century Rowland Plaza: Tue, Thu 10am CinéArts at Marin: Tue 11:30am ❋ RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer (PG) Century Regency 6: Wed 8 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 8 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 8 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Thu 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7 Century Northgate 15: 11, 11:40, 12:20, 1, 1:35, 2:20, 3, 3:40, 4:20, 5, 5:40, 6:20, 7, 7:40, 8:20, 9, 9:40, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Tue 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20 Wed-Thu 1:40, 4:15, 6:50 ❋ Sarah’s Key (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05 Sun-Thu 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30 The Smurfs (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 4:30, 9:35; 3D showtimes at 1:55, 7:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 4:50, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 Toast () Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 The Tree of Life (PG-13) ★★★★ Rafael Film Center: 8 Sun 1, 8 ❋ The Whistleblower (R) Rafael Film Center: 3:45, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:15, 3:45, 6:30, 9 Winnie the Pooh (G) Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 1:50, 3:50, 5:45

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›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 461-4849 Northgate 7000 Northgate Dr., San Rafael • 800-326-3264 Playhouse 40 Main St., Tiburon • 435-1234 Rafael Film Center 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael • 454-1222 Regency 80 Smith Ranch Rd., Terra Linda • 479-5050 Rowland 44 Rowland Way, Novato • 800-326-3264

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Live music 08/12: Amy Wigton Acoustic singer/songwriter. 8pm. Free. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. www.ranchonicasio.com 08/12: Andoni’s Quartet Pop, jazz, swing. 7:3010pm. No cover. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660. www.taste-of-rome.com 08/12: Craig Caffall Band Rock. 8:30pm. $5. Presidio Yacht Club/Travis Marina, Fort Baker , Sausalito. www.presidioyachtclub.org 08/12: Harmonica Jazz Jazz. Steve Malerbi, chromatic harmonica. Alex Markels, guitar. 6:30-9:30pm. Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria Grill & Bar, 1535 South Novato Blvd, Novato. 497-2462. www.ghiringhellisnovato.com 08/12: House Party Rock. 9pm. Smiley’s Schooner Saloon and Hotel, 41 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-1311. www.smileyssaloon.com 08/12: Robert Cray Band Blues. 8pm. $39-49. Uptown Theatre, 1350 Third St., Napa. www.uptowntheatrenapa.com

08/12: Rusty Evans and Ring of Fire Johnny Cash tribute, country. 10pm-1am. $5. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. www.19broadway.com 08/12: Tony Lindsey Grammy-winning (Santana) songwriter. 9-11:30pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com 08/12: Vinyl, Bass Culture Funk, latin jazz, reggae. 9pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www.georgesnightclub.com 08/13: Doc Kraft Party band. 8:30pm-1:30am. $5. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina Fort Baker, Sausalito. 601-7858 . www.presidioyachtclub.org

08/13: Michael Ahern and The Lords of Tone Emmy nominated songwriter performing blues and Americana. 8:30-11pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. www.thesouthernpacific.com

08/13: Miles Schon Band,The Cole Tate Band, Special Guests Songwriter. Blues. 9pm. $10-13. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

08/14: Gentry Bronson Band with Bruce Kurnow San Francisco singer, songwriter, pianist, poet, storyteller. 6-8:30pm. $5. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 08/14: Representative Local jazz, hip-hop and contemporary music. 7:30pm. $8-12. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org 08/16: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. www.sausalitoseahorse.com 08/16: Paul Asbell Fingerstyle guitar. 8pm. $15-20. Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., TIburon. www.om28.com

08/16: Teja Gerken, Mark Goldenberg, Sean McGowan Guitar showcase with Denver-based jazz guitarist Sean McGowan, Los Angelesbased Mark Goldenberg (Jackson Browne) and Fairfax guitarist Teja Gerken. 8-11pm. Free. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 454-1372. www.sleepingladyfairfax.com 08/17: Blue Light River Acoustic. 8pm. Iron Springs Pub, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 488-1490. www.ironspringspub.com 08/18: The Tickets Band Rock, blues, reggae, country, original songs and creative covers. 8-10:30pm. $10. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

BEST BET It’s pouring this weekend in San Rafael! If the crowded market scene or giant music festival madness is a bit too overwhelming, enjoy a slow-paced and wine-fueled Saturday afternoon on the grounds of a historic Victorian mansion as part of the annual SAN RAFAEL FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL. Now in its fifth year, the festival offers eats from local chefs, over 25 wines from regional vineyards, smooth jazz and classical music, and a heap of outdoor space If you like food, wine this is definitely the place perfect for lounging around. Attendees to be. can purchase wristbands for unlimited wine and food tasting for $25 or bravely volunteer as a designated driver and purchase a food-tasting band for just $15. Saturday, Aug. 13, noon-6pm at the Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. Admission is free. 800/310-6563.—Dani Burlison

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08/19: Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks w/ Special Guests Premiere performance of “See You In

08/13: The Kalahari Experience With Members of Zulu Spear A cappella South African

Marin Shakespeare Company. Performances at 8pm. Fri.-Sun.; 4pm. Sun. See complete schedule including pay what you will, repertory performances and special events at website. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. www.marinshakespeare.org Through 08/14:‘Table Manners’ Ross Valley Players presents part of Alan Ackbourn’s comic trilogy “The Norman Conquests.” 7:30pm Thurs.-Sat.; 2 pm Sun. $15-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. www.rossvalleyplayers.com

music tells dramatic stories of apartheid. 8pm. $16-20. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888. www.brownpapertickets.com 08/14: Consort Chorale 18th annual summer concert performing Haydn’s “Missa Solemnis” for soli, chorus, and orchestra. The program also includes spirituals and contemporary works by Hogan, Memley, Thompson, Whitacre, others. 7-8:30pm. $10-18. First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 568-0550. www.consortchorale.org

Includes “Carwash” by Louis Phillips, “Identity Crisis” by Kitty Burns, “Hickory Miles” by Paul Heller and “The Love Course” by A.R. Gurney. Shows at 8pm Thurs.-Sat. and 3pm. Sun. $18-20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 883-4498. www.pachecoplayhouse.org Through 09/04:‘Seven Guitars’ Music, mystery and humor. Presented by the Marin Theatre Company. 8-10:30pm. $20-55. Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave., Mill Valley. 388-5208. www.marintheatre.org

The Funny Papers.” 8pm. $28-36. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 08/19: The Sun Kings Beatles tribute band. 9pm. $17-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

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Theater/Auditions 08/13:‘Murder Me Always’ Murder mystery dinner theater. Every Saturday through August 27. 6:30-8:30pm. $44-68. San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth St., San Rafael. 306-1202. www.marinmurdermysteries.com 08/19-21: Marin Shakespeare Company Previews Marin Shakespeare Company presents a variety preview performances during its 2011 summer season featuring “Macbeth,” “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “The Tempest.” 8pm. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488. www.marinshakespeare.org 08/19-27:‘Gutenberg! The Musical!’ Funny musical written by Scott Brown and Anthony King with Zac Schuman and Ben Campbell. 8pm. $10-15. Bellrose Theater, 1415 5th Ave., San Rafael. www.thebelrose.com Through 08/14:‘Macbeth’ Presented by the

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Comedy 08/12: Holy City Zoo Improv Reunion Featuring members of Second City, Comedy Store Players and more. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.com 08/13: Offensive Women Spotlights the country’s funniest, most fearless women comedians performing uncensored, down-and-dirty comedy. Featuring Aundré the Wonderwoman, Julie Goldman and Betsy Salkind. 8-11pm. $22-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142ThrockmortonTheatre.org AUGUST 12 - AUGUST 18, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29

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Through 08/27:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tondos and Circular Imagesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Claudia Chapline, paintings. 10am-4pm. Community Congregational Church, 145 Rockhill Dr., Tiburon. 868-2308. www.cchapline.com Through 08/29:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Pathsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Anne Pennypacker, photography. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org Through 08/29: Beverly Berrish Paintings. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 . www.sgvcc.org Through 08/31: Art in the Gallery George Draper, photographs. Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Through 09/02: 2011 Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibit On exhibit are the 1st3rd Place winners in the following categories: Marin People, Pets & Animals, Marin Images, Manipulated Images and the Youth category plus Best in Show. 11am-10pm. Cafe Arrivederci, 11 G St., San Rafael. 485-6700. www.cafearrivedercirestaurant.com

Through 09/09: Marin Arts Photography Contest and Exhibit Photographs including landscapes, digitally manipulated print works. Reception 6pm. Aug. 12. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442. www.marinarts.org Through 10/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fiber Unlimitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Wendy Lilienthal, paper and textile collage works. Phyllis Thelen, recycled art and natural fiber works. 8am-7pm. Free. Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 10/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Washed Ashoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A temporary exhibition at The Marine Mammal Center which features fifteen 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. www.marinemammalcenterart.org

Talks/Lectures 08/17: A List Series Presents: Conversation with Hank Greenwald Former Major League Baseball announcer, known best for being a play-byplay announcer for the San Francisco Giants in conversation with Bruce Macgowan . 7:30pm. $12-17. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. www.142throckmortontheatre.org

08/17: Marin Scuba Club Monthly Meeting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Uniting Communities to Save Coral Reefs.â&#x20AC;? With Dr. Michael Webster, Coral Reef Alliance. 7:309:30pm. $3-5. The Flatiron, 724 B St., San Rafael. www.marinscuba.org

Through 08/28: Being Brave: Transforming Our World with Pema Chodron and Sakyong Mipham Sunday programs include meditation and light refreshments. 9am-4pm. $10 drop-in. $40 for series. Tamalpais Shambhala Meditation Group, 734 A St., San Rafael. 751-3666. www.tamalpais.shambhala.org

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08/13: An Evening with Andrew McCarthy Lowell Thomas Award winning actor, director & travel writer in conversation with Don George. Part of the annual Travel, Food & Photography Conference. 8pm. $10, free for conference attendees. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 08/13: Colleen Morton Busch The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Point Reyes Books, 11315 State Route One, Point Reyes Station. 663-1542. www.pointreyesbooks.com

08/13: Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lazy Gourmet.â&#x20AC;? Part of the annual Book Passage Travel, Food & Photography Conference. 3pm. $10, free for conference attendees Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.bookpassage.com 08/16: Traveling Poetry Show With Lynn Ireland, Calvin Ahlgren, Marie Henry, Margaret Stawowy, Donna Mussato and Paul Watsky. Hosted by Jane Green. 7-9pm. Free. Larkspur Library, 400 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 927-5135. www.marinpoetrycenter.org 08/18: Jane Fonda Join Jane Fonda for breakfast as she discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit: Making the Most of All of Your Life.â&#x20AC;? 9am. $55, includes breakfast and a signed book Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960, ext. 402. www.bookpassage.com

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) If only you could find a time machine. The weekend begins with a strong desire to revisit your past and make a few changes, so start focusing on what you can do to create your future. It’s not an easy summer. The current influences affecting your chart are dynamically challenging. You may be dealing with both personal and professional issues that seem to be beyond your control. It’s OK. Sometimes you can’t bend life to your demands. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Jovial Jupiter in your sign is great for enhancing your sense of humor. If any of your friends or family need cheering up, you can provide comic relief. Meanwhile, visionary Neptune has returned to your career house. This could cause dissatisfaction for those of you who are working for purely monetary reasons. Allow your imagination to find more creative ways to keep a roof over your head—and (naturally) an easy chair under your roof... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You can’t really expect anything to go exactly as planned for the next few weeks due to Mercury (your ruler) moving in reverse. It doesn’t mean you can’t MAKE plans, it only means you have to be flexible about the timing and implementation of them. And, you must make sure you are clearly understood when communicating. The first is a piece of cake. The second requires more focus than usual. Good luck with that. CANCER (June 21 - July 21) You are particularly sensitive to irritating people, and you usually handle this by avoiding them. With assertive Mars is in your sign, you simply have no patience for anyone you find annoying and you’re likely to speak your mind in no uncertain terms. If you fear that you will later regret your confrontational attitude, work off your edge with physical exercise. Just try not to throw your tennis racket at the bothersome player in the next court... LEO (July 22 - August 22) The Full Moon in your opposite sign of unpredictable Aquarius suggests a weekend full of surprises. It is your zodiac celebration, after all. Be sure to have party attire at hand at all times. And, there is no need to hide from the cameras. The close connection this week between your ruler (the dramatic Sun) and sensuous Venus ensures that any and all photos taken of you will be flattering. Don’t you just love it when that happens? VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Sometimes you have to fight a little harder to feel like you’re making progress toward your ideal life. You have to take into consideration that a full existence contains many components—work, family, love, friends and a healthy lifestyle are only a few of these. As one who has previously kept everything in separate compartments, this is your chance to see what happens when you knock down the walls and put everything together. Let me find you a hammer... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) Saturday’s Full Moon in your house of play and entertainment can help you escape from your serious phase, at least temporarily. Take full advantage by attending an outdoor concert or an art fair—preferably with your sweetie, who is definitely in need of some excitement. Meantime, your ruler (charming Venus) is on a roll this week as she hooks up with the romantic Sun. See? There is more to life than drudgery and work. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Being the private type, you make sure friends never reveal anything about you without your explicit permission. You should try harder to practice what you preach this week. If you continue to spread other’s secrets, you leave yourself open to having your own skeletons come tumbling out of the closet. In better news, your love life benefits from the mushy Moon in your romance house Sunday and Monday. If due a vacation day, take it now. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) It’s another week of Mercury moving retrograde through your house of travel and learning. If you’re on a trip, you may as well resign yourself to delays or missed connections. If you’re in school (whether taking the class or teaching it), you are likely to have at least one breakdown, whether communicationrelated or technical in nature. Fortunately, in your world, following an itinerary is way overrated anyway... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Independent Uranus is spending a significant amount of time in the sector of your chart associated with your psyche, causing you to question whether you could be happier if you broke free from your emotional status quo. Due to this transit, your attachment to the past or even to family members starts to weaken. Nevertheless, you probably shouldn’t throw out all your old letters. You never know. Nondigital correspondence may be worth money some day. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your relationship status gets a boost this week as the Full Moon in your sign enhances your sensitivity. At the same time, lovable Venus and the romantic Sun influence your sweetie to treat you right. If you have any favors to ask, now’s the time. To sum it up, on any given day you are prone to running hot or cold, but this week you’re on warm and refreshingly cool. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) A power struggle between you and a friend could make it a stormy week. You are encouraged to throw your energy into a creative project instead of trying to prove a point to one of your stubborn pals. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a romantic adventure, try getting involved in something that is good for your health. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127207 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as EMBRACE YOGA, 600 MANUEL T. FREITAS PKWY., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: AMANDA MOUNT, 33 SERRA WAY, 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 September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127300 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BV SMOG, 700 TAMALPAIS DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: BV PETROLEUM INC., 33261 FALCON DR., FREMONT, CA 94555. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127307 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MISS NICKY’S PRESCHOOL, 360 NOVA ALBIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: NOVATO ENRICHMENT CARE INC., 360 NOVA ALBIAN WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127322 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SKINSATIONS SKINCARE, 858 GRANT AVE., NOVATO, CA 94945: NICOLE M. MOSTAGHAL, 62 FRANCIS CIR., ROHNERT PARK, CA 94928. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 18, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127106 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DYNAMIC HEALTH & FITNESS, 450 E STRAWBERRY DR. #11, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: SUKI MUNSELL PHD, 450 E STRAWBERRY DR. #11, 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 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127189 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as IN SPIRIT.LOGO; MT LYKAION PUBLISHING, 10 PARK ST., WOODACRE, CA 94973: PATRICIA T. WINDOM, 24 CARSON RD., WOODACRE, CA 94973. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on June 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127226 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LOUISE BEAUTY SALON & FASHION DESIGN, 1099 4TH ST. SUITE H, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LOUISE SIU LEE, 960 LINCOLN AVE. #103, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 14, 2006. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127172 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as KAMES & ASSOCIATES, 819 A STREET SUITE 35, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901:

KAMES U COX-GERAGHTY, 211 LAUREL PLACE APT 3, 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 23, 2011. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127385 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOUTH BAY MODERN REAL ESTATE; BAY AREA MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN MODERN REAL ESTATE, 1292 LINCOLN AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127390 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as W.E.V. ASSOCIATES, 103 ROSS ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ADAM VIOLANTE, 1615 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127306 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FRAMES, 4316 REDWOOD HIGHWAY SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HIGHER RESOLUTION, LLC., 4316 REDWOOD HIGHWAY SUITE 100, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on June 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127340 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MASSAGE THERAPY CENTER, 880 GALLINAS AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JEFFRE W MANKIN, 1701 NORANDA DR. #1, SUNNYVALE, CA 94087. 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 July 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127411 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CATNIP STUDIOS, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: EMERALD KAITEN CATZ, 758 MARIN DR., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127264 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LV PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES; JIMENEZ REMODELING, 215 BAYVIEW ST. #201, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: LUCIA RUVALCABA, 459 RANKER PLACE #1, HAYWARD, CA 94544. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127457 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ DESIGNS, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THOMAS J STANGHELLINI, 14 BEDFORD COVE, 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 August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127458

The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JJ DESIGNS, 14 BEDFORD COVE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JUDITH J STANGHELLINI, 14 BEDFORD COVE, 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 August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127456 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as FUNCTION & DESIGN, 1068-B LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: BRUCE COALE, 1068-B LOS GAMOS RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127486 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MAKE A DIFFERENCE, 3 LOCKWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: GAYLE C MARSH, 3 LOCKWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as COOP DESIGN COLLECTIVE, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: JULIE ROUPE EXLEY, 40 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 11, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127297 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MR. PICKLE’S SANDWICH SHOP, 1014 COURT ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: BRENT THURMAN, 27 RIDGE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 12, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on July 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011)

997 All Other Legals STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304295 The following person(s) has/have abandoned the use of a fictitious business name(s). The information given below is as it appeared on the fictitious business statement that was filed at the Marin County Clerk-Recorder’s Office. Fictitious Business name(s): MI PRODUCTO FAVORITO, 159 SHENANDOAH PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: March 3, 2011. Under File No: 126239. Registrant’s Name(s): VELOSO CORPORATION, 159 SHENANDOAH PL., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on July 20, 2011. (Pacific Sun: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: SUE N. HYNES, AKA SUE HYNES, SUE NEWMAN HYNES. Case No. PR-1103532. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of SUE N. HYNES, AKA SUE HYNES, SUE NEWMAN HYNES. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: LISA S HYNES & KATHLEEN CARBULLIDO in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that LISA S HYNES & KATHLEEN CARBULLIDO be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE

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Public Notices Continued from Page 34 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: August 22, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: LISA S HYNES, 929 MEADOWSWEET DR., CORTE MADERA, CA 94925; KATHLEEN CARBULLIDO, 480 LOS CERROS DR., GREENBRAE, CA 94939. (415) 987-3595 OR (415) 793-6800. (Publication Dates: July 29; August 5, 12, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103658. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KIVA BELL ELLENBERG filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: KIVA BELL ELLENBERG to KIVA DOM MEYER. 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: September 9, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. B, Room B, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 25, 2011 /s/ ROY O. CHERNUS, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: July 29; August 5, 12, 19, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103773. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIO WOODS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIO WOODS to ALPHONSE AMEDEE MALEK

BENET’. 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: September 9, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 29, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) AMENDED ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1101912. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner KATHERINE CHILDS (WAHL) filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ABIGAIL IRIS WAHL to ABIGAIL IRIS CHILDS; JACK ALLEN WAHL TO JACK ALLEN CHILDS. 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: September 13, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: July 1, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103914. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner NATHAN JOSEPH PECK filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: NATHAN JOSEPH PECK to NATALIE JOSEPHINE PECK. 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: October 3, 2011, 8:30AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 5, 2011 /s/ FAYE O’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE

STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1103881. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner HONEY M. BORDAS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: HONEY M. BORDAS to HONEY M. GREEN. 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: October 4, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Room E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: August 4, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: August 12, 19, 26; September 2, 2011) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE according to the provisions of Division B of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a), hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. IGNACIO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sales of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money in the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: IGNACIO MINI STORAGE, 394 BEL MARIN KEYS BOULEVARD, NOVATO, CA 94949. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24TH 2011 at 1:00PM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415)883-8459, Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number. WILLIAM K. VRABEL: UNIT #269; JAMES RUSSELL: UNIT #179-B; LYNNE M. KIMBELL: UNIT #173; JESSE WEESE: UNIT #203. Pacific Sun: (August 12, 19, 2011) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAUSALITO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10, Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: CRIS & ROGER NOTEWARE: UNIT #231; GAIL/STEPHEN GOLDBERG: UNIT #D-88; ERNEST BROWN: UNIT #J-51; GOLRIZ JAHANGIRL: UNIT #RA-18; CONSTANCE WALTERS: UNIT #206; ROBERT VANBOCONLEY: UNIT #825; STEVE SAYAD: UNIT #169; PATRICIA HARRINGTON: UNIT #411. Pacific Sun: (August 12, 19, 2011)

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My boyfriend moved in with me after his landlord raised his rent. He announced that he’d give me $400 a month (half of what he was paying at his place), then cut that to $350. I pay $1,250 a month for my home loan and utilities, and more for groceries, lawn care, etc. Now he’s decided he shouldn’t have to pay anything because he never charged me when I stayed over frequently at his apartment one year. He occasionally buys groceries, takes me out to dinner monthly and had a little remodeling done ($1,200). He also bought a freezer ($400) and a side of beef ($1,000). I love the guy. He’s lots of fun, sex is great and he only started being this way when he learned that I was helping my sons out with about $60 a month. (Both just graduated with extensive student loans.) He said he was never helped like this by his parents, and apparently money’s no problem for me if I do this.—Disturbed

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There’s a time in a man’s life when he shouldn’t expect to contribute to keeping a roof over his head, and it’s when he’s waking up on sheets with little cartoon spaceships on them to go to his day job—attending fourth grade. What kind of disturbed cheapskate tells his girlfriend she’s lucky he didn’t charge her for rent, gas and electric on all those nights she didn’t drag herself out of his bed and drive home immediately after sex? But, wait—it gets better. He’s so petty that he justifies his freeloading by pointing to where some of your money’s going—to help your just-graduated kids out in a tough economy. (Some ladies have meth habits; it seems you have a nasty mothering habit.) And not that it’s any of his business, but wow, $60 a month? Why, with that kind of loot, your boys’ll be able to go in on a 2011 Jag—in another 1,166 years. Nothing says “We’re in it together, babe” like a man telling a woman she’ll be covering all the bills. OK, so he was never helped out financially by his parents. We all have some point in our lives when Mommy didn’t give us a cookie. If it affects us long-term, the correct thing to do is work it out at Mr. Therapist’s office, not make it part of an elaborate rationale to stiff the girlfriend on living expenses. Sure, he contributes in some ways ($1,400 of frozen beef), maybe because he likes steak and maybe because he feels guilty for being a mooch, but your mortgage documents surely don’t allow you to pay with cash, check or cow. It shouldn’t be hard to get him to start contributing. Just hold him by the ankles and shake all the change out of his pockets. What you can’t cure is the character flaw that leads him to show all the generosity of spirit of an angry accounts receivable clerk. Of course, it takes two to make the sponge dynamic work—one to do the squeezing and one to ignore being squeezed. Ask yourself whether you need a relationship—any relationship—so badly that you’ll settle for parasite/hostess. That’s what you’ll keep settling for as long as you stay focused on the positives here, like how two can live as cheaply as one when one’s stiffing the other on the rent money, and how he’s so much fun and sex is so great. (It had better be. You’re paying $625 a month for it.)

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I have tickets to a rock concert next week. I’m interested in a woman who works at my regular morning coffee shop. How do I ask her to dinner and the concert as a first date without it seeming like a consolation prize (like she was my last choice at this late date)?—Hopeful

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The issue isn’t the late date, but inviting a woman you barely know on a romance-soaked date-athalon, which is what it becomes when you add dinner to the equation. (Think hostage situation with linguini and roving violinists.) The concert invite alone is a bit much, with the ticket price, two or three hours at the event and a couple of hours getting in and out of the parking lot, but it allows for plausible deniability on the romantic nature of your intentions. If she’s not into you, she can play it like you just had an extra seat, and you can tell yourself she just wasn’t into Bowels of Satan or whomever and go back to your normal coffee provider/providee relationship. Ideally, though, you’d just invite her out for a drink, which would tell her what your intentions are, but without going straight from “Double latte, no foam” to “I’d like you to be my breed sow.” ✹ © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. www.advicegoddess.com. Got a problem? Email AdviceAmy@aol.com or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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Wild Caught – Weather Permitting. Marinate for 30 min. with 2 parts Lemon Juice, 1 part Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper & Fresh Herbs. Broil or Grill 6-8 min. Serve with Brown Rice & Vegetables.

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Fresh and Local Scone Mixes BETTE'S OCEAN VIEW DINER SCONE MIX

A Local Company - Berkeley, CA Since 1982, Bette’s Ocean View Diner in Berkeley has been serving up delicious foods but their pancakes and scones have been exceptionally popular… now you can buy their scone mixes! Featuring Orange Cranberry, Lemon Currant or Original Raisin which was awarded Best New Breakfast Food at the prestigious NASFT Fancy Food Show.


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