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›› LETTERS They shoot horses, don’t they? Every time I see the same old (not very) SMART story in the news [“The Mansourian Candidate,” Aug. 26], I mutter to myself, We hope SMART has factored in an uptick in other rail hazards, “I can’t believe as well. we’re still beating that longdead iron horse!” The SMART horse should have died 15 years ago. That old nag simply can’t drag 21st century travelers from their widespread neighborhoods to their farflung destinations. Suppose we had been really smart and stopped beating the poor thing way back then. At far less money and far greater efficiency, we could now be out of our cars and sailing along quietly between our neighborhoods and workplaces. We could be journeying (sometimes literally door to door) in smoothly riding, clean, energyefficient, buses. No driving to and parking at the station. No hustle and bustle at the Larkspur ferry, which dumps us out at the S.F. ferry terminal, whence we must grab a bus or cab to our intended destination. We don’t want a railroad. We want efficient transportation! But the beat (this time, of the drum) goes on. We vote for a railroad. Can’t fund it. Cut off a major part of it. Then try to pass it off as the original deal. When will we get it: The horse is dead!

I’ll take a SMART bus any day. P.S. Google the statistics on railroad grade-level (vehicle or pedestrian) accidents, most of which are fatal. Apparently there is one such accident, somewhere, every two hours. Our SMART train plan includes 73 such crossings. Joan Nelson, San Rafael

But Mencken also wrote, ‘The cynics are right 9 times out of 10’ H.L. Mencken, the original player hater.


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Marin10: A voice for ‘reasonably priced housing’ When housing debate turned nasty, San Marin woman turned ‘neighborly’ Read the full story here posted Friday, August 2... Single in the Suburbs: Terms of endowment I have a drawer full of bras. Expensive brands from Nordstrom. Cheap ones from GapBody. Lacy, plain, stretchy, sporty, strapless, demi and wired bras in a collection of colors... Marin 10: Ms. Hubsmith goes to Washington A tireless advocate for nonmotorized transportation, Deb Hubsmith recently left her position as advocacy director at the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) to work as direc...

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I am gratified that my theory on the election and re-election of George W. Bush and the adoration of the likes of Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin coincides with the letters to the editor by Lynn Scott [“Barium Heads in the Sand,” Aug. 5], Yvette Wakefield [“Smart Dust in the Wind,” Aug. 26], Sangita Moskow [“The Harder They Chem,” Aug. 26] and others regarding—I love this name given to the conspiracy—the “High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program,” that apparently is a government effort to do, I’m not sure what. These phenomena are concisely explained by the H.L. Mencken quote: “No one in this world has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” Robert Bock, San Rafael

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from people who can afford it) get more bang for the buck and are more discriminating in who they help and how they help. They have tax-exempt status now, along with churches, etc., and they should be in the business of “helping the poor and needy.” If Warren Buffett thinks that by giving the government more money by taxing the richest will end our financial problems and growing debt... he’s got the beginnings of Alzheimer’s. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael

For the people who think I’m “rich”... no [“Government of the Mooches, by the Mooches and for the Mooches,” Aug. 19]. I’ve been working since 16 and at 72, am still working. I’m “rich” in that I live in Marin, live in a house that has a reverse mortgage on it and that allows me the money to live here. But my personal experiences with the mooches who suck off the government tit is this: There is a whole lot of people who would like jobs for $50,000 a year, but can only qualify or find jobs for $20,000. Out of that paycheck, comes taxes, food, housing, health insurance, transportation to work, childcare (sometimes) and not much is left. They’ve figured out the government will give them Section 8 Housing/food stamps/Medicaid and a check every month if they don’t work. Of course there’s a lot of lying, deception, fake illnesses and some price to pay for this initially... but once they’re “on the dole,” they’re not going to work. As long as the government keeps paying them as much as they’d make working a low-paying job—why work? Now, if the government added a stipulation to this free hand-out like “you have to report to a government office every day for eight hours of work” (whatever “work” is), we’d see how many of them would opt out. But the government keeps growing new ways to give out money to support this mess— and hires more people whose jobs depend on finding people to “help” with the free hand-outs. The argument isn’t taxes for the people who do work—we need government services... we don’t need government waste. Private charities (supported by donations

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Marcia! We always relish it when readers challenge us with reasoned debate set upon firm factual ground. This, however, is not one of those times. First, let us agree with you on an important point—welfare fraud exists in every country whose government provides benefits to its poor. Such fraud should be investigated and, when found, penalized on whatever legal grounds are necessary. But we must take you to task on your assumption that the vast majority of welfare recipients receive unwarranted government assistance—or, as you put it, are “moochers”— or that “helping the poor and needy” is some kind of excessive burden on the not-poorand-needy. Let’s look at the numbers. In most recent years, about 12 percent of our $3.5 trillion federal budget has gone toward “income security”—that’s what the government calls welfare—and about half of that goes toward pensions and unemployment compensation, two programs already paid into by its recipients, as a safety net in case they, god forbid, retire or become unemployed. That leaves 6 percent—or about $207 billion—to line the pockets of the champagne-sipping, caviar-gobbling recipients of low-income housing subsidies, food stamps and healthcare for disabled children. Now, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that about 2 percent of all entitlement claims are fraudulent. That means there’s about $2.1 billion we taxpayers are being bilked out of by the “moochers.” With about 278 million people paying federal taxes per year—yup, 90 percent of Americans pay taxes, despite what Rush Limbaugh says—that’s about $13.81 each of us gets bilked out of each year by the moochers. It’s nearly enough for a 12-inch cheese pizza at Extreme. Hey, there is such thing as a free lunch!

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An impound of flesh Should San Rafael tow away its highly punitive car-seizing policy by Pe t e r S e i d m a n


et’s call him Javier. He’s a gardener. One day, he had his daughter with him, doing some shopping at the Safeway in Terra Linda. As he was backing up his truck, another vehicle was backing up at the same time. The two vehicles tapped each other, and Javier’s truck left a dent the size of a quarter on the other vehicle. No damage to Javier’s truck. Not a big accident. Javier offered to fix the other vehicle, but the driver became agitated. He asked Javier for his license and insurance information. Javier said he didn’t have a license. The other driver said, “OK, we can either wait for the police to come, or you can pay me $1,000 right now.” Javier needs his truck to make a living. He knew if he waited for the police, they would impound his car for 30 days, and he would face a $2,500 to $3,000 fee to recover it. He thought, “Well, that’s it,” as he wrote the driver of the other vehicle a check for $1,000. It turned out the driver of the other vehicle lives about a block away from Javier. Every day, he and his daughter drive by the vehicle that sustained the ding in the Safeway parking lot. They noticed that the ding remained unrepaired. The $1,000 he gave to the driver of the other vehicle is two-week’s income for

Javier, who is undocumented and represents just one story that the Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) is sharing in its effort to persuade the city of San Rafael to loosen its policy of impounding for 30 days vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers. The policy, say MOC members, places a punitive burden on the undocumented residents in the Canal because state law prohibits them from obtaining a driver license. Neighborhood groups in the Canal also have been urging the city to lighten up on its policies regarding sobriety checkpoints. Currently, police cannot set up a checkpoint specifically for unlicensed drivers, but sobriety and unlicensed driver checkpoints can be combined. Critics say it’s too heavily weighted toward apprehending unlicensed undocumented residents rather than drunken drivers, an imbalance proven by a much larger percentage of impounded cars of unlicensed drivers than drunken driving arrests. About 400 people turned out at an MOC meeting Aug. 17 to focus attention on the impoundment issue. Members of both the San Rafael City Council and the Police Department were invited to attend. Councilmembers Marc Levine, Damon Connolly and Greg Brockbank attended; Councilwoman 10 >


by Jason Walsh

McGlashan autopsy released Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan died last spring from a rare disease called cardiac sarcoidosis, according to autopsy results. McGlashan’s widow, Carol Misseldine, shared the autopsy results with the Pacific Sun this week, partly to set the record straight on press accounts that frequently suggest a heart attack was the cause of the southern Marin supervisor’s unexpected death March 27, following a weekend ski trip in the Tahoe area. Misseldine says McGlashan and his doctors were unaware he had the disease. “Charles had been extensively tested for heart issues about one year before he died, due to a rapid heart rate and an irregular heartbeat,” says Misseldine,“but the disease was not diagnosed at that time.” His complaints, she says, were thought to be stress-related; McGlashan at that time was embroiled in an effort to launch the Marin Energy Authority, the first community choice aggregation agency in the state. Sarcoidosis is essentially a chronic, but slow-developing inflammation of the lungs or nearby lymph nodes. The resulting swelling can sometimes damage the heart and other vital organs. According to the ADAM Medical Encyclopedia, sarcoidosis can affect almost any organ in the body, though the fatality rate is only about 5 percent. Not a lot is known about the causes of sarcoidosis; according to Misseldine, links have been made to environmental exposures and genetic mutations. McGlashan will be honored by the American Heart Association at the inaugural Marin County Heart Walk, beginning at 9:30am on Sept. 17 at McInnis Park. Chamber hosts forum on Lesh music venue Fairfax residents will have a chance to say whether they’d by “grateful” to have a new live music venue in the heart of the downtown—or whether the idea should be left for “dead.” In response to community buzz about Phil Lesh’s proposal for Terrapin Crossroads, a 500-person-capacity club on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce is hosting a public forum at 6:30pm Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Fairfax Pavilion. The project is proposed for the old auto repair site at 2000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., adjacent to the existing Good Earth store. David Smadbeck, co-president of the chamber says, “This will be a chance for everyone to hear the facts, ask relevant questions and express their views.” The proposal was set to go before city officials in early August, but when an anonymous sign reading “No Terrapin, Please” was mysteriously placed along a path walked regularly by the Grateful Dead bassist, he pressed the pause button on the proposal until more community feedback was gathered. Law would allow corporations to be socially responsible We needed a law for this? Apparently. A new law passed by the state Assembly could, for the first time ever, make it legal in California for a corporation to put social responsibility before shareholder profits. 10



›› THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Preseason Football The Raiders are visiting the Seahawks.The Raider Nation was stopped at the Oregon border. Fox. 7:30pm. Friends with Benefits Sara dates a blind man, creating one of those “Does this make my ass feel big?”moments. NBC. 8pm. William and Kate: The Royal Wedding Somebody is obviously suffering a relapse. KQED. 9pm. The Tonight Show Dick Cheney is promoting his book.“But We Made the Trains Run on Time” is in bookstores now. NBC. 11:35pm.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6 X-Men Origins: Wolverine The fanfavorite mutant is shown living more than a century, never aging, never getting killed and never shaving those ridiculous sideburns. (2009) FX. 7:30pm. NCIS Investigators track the “Port-to-Port Killer.” We’d try looking in a port. CBS. 8pm. Late Show with David Letterman Apparently there are three Kardashians. We had no idea. CBS. 11:35pm.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3 Hawaii Five-O When a science fiction fan is murdered, investigators can cross “girlfriend” WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7 off the list of possible susPawn 90210 Life in a pects. CBS. 8pm. Beverly Hills pawn shop. Committed A psycholoMostly it’s jewelry, furs and gist is transferred to a designer dresses. They’d remote psychiatric facilhock the fake breasts but it ity and discovers that the He was also ‘only following orders.’ gets messy. E! 9pm. director has had her com- Friday, 11:35pm. Irene’s Fury More like mitted. It sounds a lot like “Irene’s Hissy Fit” from what every job we ever had. (2011) Lifetime. we saw. Weather Channel. 9pm. 9pm. 1408 A man who debunks occult pheI Faked My Own Death Stories of people nomenon spends a terrifying night in a who fake their death to escape debt or crim- haunted hotel room. The truth is that most inal charges. That’s probably trickier than it hotel rooms are haunted, but by nothing used to be. It’s only a matter of time before that a bottle of bleach-based disinfectant we see “I Facebooked My Own Death.” Dis- won’t kill. (2007) TNT. 9pm. covery Channel. 10pm. THURSDAY, SEPT. 8 Bones When a TV SUNDAY, SEPT. 4 MDA Telethon We didn’t show host is found dead, investigators know Jennifer Lopez had reached the Rob- keep finding his body over and over again in reruns. Fox. 8pm. ert Goulet stage in her career. CBS Fall Preview The KICU Channel 36. 6pm. usual mix of shows you’ll Point Break A note to surfing never see, characters you’re crime rings: If a guy shows up already annoyed by and and says his name is “Johnny the one show you’ll love Utah,” you’re either being set but will be canceled halfup by the cops or you’re in a really bad Keanu Reeves way through its first season. CBS. 8:30pm. movie. (1991) Versus. 7:30pm. Curiosity Physicists ponder The Exorcist Files Real-life exorcists talk about their whether there is a parallel universe, and if so, whether experiences banishing evil it has free parking. Discovery from people possessed Channel. 9pm. by dark spirits. Mostly it involves prescribing Ritalin and taking away the MONDAY, SEPT. 5 Antiques At least he has the shaving equipNintendo. Discovery ChanRoadshow The antiques ment on hand... Tuesday at 7:30. nel. 9pm. appraisers visit Las Vegas. CMT Made This is the The gambling mecca is full of antiques, but most of them are in the police CMT version of the MTV show in which ordinary people get to try their personal evidence locker. KQED. 9pm. dreams on for size. On MTV, it was people Lying Game A foster child discovers she becoming professional wrestlers, rap has an identical twin who was adopted by stars and fashion designers. But this is a a wealthy family and they agree to trade places. In real life, the foster care system does country music network. They all want to be rodeo clowns and Wal-Mart greeters. not allow identical twins to be split up due CMT. 9pm. ✹ to concerns about “hijinks.” ABC Family. 9pm. Swamp Brothers They live in the swamp Critique That TV Guy at and wrangle alligators. Surprisingly, the press photos suggest they have all their Turn on more TV Guy at teeth. We didn’t count fingers. Discovery ›› Channel. 10pm.


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1. The first major lighthouse along the Pacific Coast of North America was built in 1854 on what Bay Area island? 2. According to, what three websites are currently the most popular in the world? 3. In 1976, the city of Saigon, South Vietnam, was renamed what? 4. Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932? 5. Pictured, left: Joe Montana ended his brilliant NFL career playing for what team? 6. What are the ancient Greek and Roman 5 names for the “King of the Gods”? 7. Can you identify the four U.S. states whose names begin and end with the same letter? 8. Pictured, bottom left: Perhaps the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa hangs in what art gallery? Who painted it, in what year ending in 06? 9. Pictured, bottom right: Named for a river in Arizona, what is the largest and only venomous lizard in the United States? 10. According to some folks in high society, Labor Day is considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear what color? BONUS QUESTION: This laser spotlight, pointing directly upward, is said to be the brightest beam in the world, with the power of over 42 billion candles. In fact, it can be seen by airplanes hundreds of miles away. Specifically, where is this light?



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< 8 An impound of flesh Barbara Heller and Mayor Al Boro did not. Brockbank and Connolly’s terms expire this year; and Brockbank is running for mayor. No representative from the police department attended, a no-show that irks some MOC members who wanted, in the classic community organizing tradition, to share stories of Canal residents with the police. In an unfortunate confluence of events, the MOC event took place the same day police were concentrating their attention on a gunman holed up in a San Rafael hotel room in a standoff that lasted all day and into the night. Also, the SMART District held a big meeting earlier that same day. Despite that, the hundreds who attended the MOC event made sure the three councilmembers in attendance heard their voices. “I wouldn’t have been there if I didn’t care about the same issues they care about,” says Levine. “I’m motivated to learn more from them.” Since forming a few years ago, the MOC has forged a potent new political force in the county. The organization played a role in spurring action on a homeless emergency shelter plan, the first area of interest the group identified for action. The second area of interest is the Canal community. The city’s vehicle impoundment policy is a microcosm of a wider issue concerning police community relations, housing, jobs and economic disparity. Efforts to reach the heart of the issues, says Meredith Parnell, “almost always devolve into some polarized rant about immigration.” Parnell is a spokeswoman for the MOC and Congregation Rodef Sholom, a member organization of MOC, which comprises mainly faith-based organizations. “The impoundment policy is just like the immigration discussion,” says Parnell. It “obscures the real issues around the immigrant community and police relations that are way beyond towing and impoundment. But it’s hard to get to them.” The MOC has hosted walking tours of the Canal to give members an opportunity to meet residents and hear their concerns. Parnell went on a walk and heard people “talk about safety, about gangs, about police responsiveness when things happen, issues around prostitution, stuff that regular churchgoing people want to have resolved.” The immediate hardships caused by the city’s impoundment policy are unambiguous in a community where the value of a vehicle often is less than a 30day impoundment fee. “They’re not shy about advocating for their position,” says Levine. “I’m comfortable with people speaking with candor to me.” Levine says he has brought his concerns about the policy to the city manager. He views 10 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 2 - SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

the situation “as what is essentially an extraction of resources from a defenseless community under the law to private towing agencies. That is what I expressed to staff.” Connolly also has expressed concern about the policy, specifically at sobriety checkpoints. “What we see is a large number of vehicle impounds as compared to the number of DUI arrests. I am concerned with the disproportionality and whether we are in effect leaning toward a de facto vehicle impound checkpoint as opposed to a DUI checkpoint.” Connolly says the police department and city staff are looking at the way other communities are dealing with unlicensed drivers and vehicle impounds. Connolly and the other councilmembers who attended the event say they support holding some kind of workshop or meeting regarding the impound policy and welcome participation from the MOC. City Manager Nancy Mackle says she’s not yet sure what form the meeting will take or exactly when it will happen because the city’s “plate” is quite full right now. Brockbank, who says he’s impressed with MOC’s ability to mobilize people for its community meetings, agrees that the city should alter its impoundment policy—and that’s not a radical proposal. San Francisco allows an unlicensed driver 20 minutes to call a licensed driver to retrieve a vehicle. Oakland, Berkeley and Los Angeles also show some leniency. Novato tows vehicles rather than impounding them, and a driver with a valid license can pick up the vehicle to forestall punitive impoundment fees. San Rafael has the most unyielding impoundment policy of any community in the Bay Area. “It begins to look bad when you get one or two drunken drivers per checkpoint and you get six or eight or 10 or 12 unlicensed drivers cited,” says Brockbank. “I’m not saying we shouldn’t cite them, and they shouldn’t pay a reasonable fee, but this several thousand dollars seems out of line. I’ve been making noises about this for a while.” Lt. Dan Fink of the San Rafael Police Department says the impoundment policy is under review and the department is compiling data about what other jurisdictions are doing to determine what would work best for San Rafael. “I know that the acting chief has expressed a desire to come up with a recommendation to the City Council in the next couple of months.” Judith Bloomberg, a lawyer who deals with immigration cases, has also been one of the leaders of the research team compiling impoundment policy information for the MOC. Listening to her, it seems obvious that San Rafael’s policy is out of step with the local enforcement trend. In addition to a more lenient

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The Assembly on Aug. 29 overwhelmingly approved AB 361, a bill introduced by Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman that would create a new class of corporation in California called “benefit corporations.” A benefit corporation’s charter would be, according to Huffman’s office, “to pursue a material positive impact on society and the environment, while meeting higher standards of accountability and transparency.” State law currently requires corporations to put financial interests first—and any corporation not doing so could face legal action from shareholders. Corporations in a “benefit” category would be required to submit annual reports on how they’re meeting certain social and environmental standards, as defined by a neutral third party. Huffman calls the bill, which passed 50-14, “the start of something transformational.” “Socially responsible businesses, investors and consumers all over California are calling for this type of legislation...” said Huffman. “But most importantly, this bill sends a message to socially minded companies and entrepreneurs that California is open for this emerging form of business.” Similar legislation has been passed in Maryland, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Virginia; California’s bill was suggested by several responders to Huffman’s annual “There Oughta Be a Law... or Not” contest, which challenges constituents to propose their own legislative ideas. The bill was sponsored by a nonprofit agency called B Lab, which certifies socially responsible companies as “B Corporations.” Jeff Kletter, founder and CEO of the San Rafael-based KINeSYS Inc., supports AB 361 and says such bills are necessary to “take the economy to the next level.” “Benefit corporations are companies that care for more than the almighty dollar but understand the power of money to help achieve positive changes,” says Kletter. Stuart Rudick, of Mindful Investors LLC in Mill Valley, agrees, adding that “benefit corporations value profits, people and our planet equally.” The bill now proceeds to Gov. Brown’s desk for approval.

Final development for redevelopment agency The Marin County Redevelopment Agency is being refurbished out of existence—as Marin supervisors have green-lighted a county takeover of the agency’s finances and responsibilities. The redevelopment agency, established in the late 1950s, was a victim of state budget cuts aimed at eliminating agencies whose functions could be carried out by consolidated measures. Many redevelopment agencies throughout the state face a similar fate. Redevelopment agencies have the ability to put a hold on assessed property values within the agency’s purview and use the tax savings that would have gone toward paying a higher property value and divert that toward issuing bonds and making neighborhood improvements. The county redevelopment agency has used such measures to spruce up such unincorporated areas as Marin City. The county will now take on the agency’s financial obligations through 2025. If you build it at Dominican, they will come... The smell of fresh-cut grass—well, maybe Astro Turf—will be wafting through the Dominican area of San Rafael soon, as the university broke ground last week on its planned multi-purpose field and athletics complex. Plans, approved Aug. 17 by the San Rafael Planning Commission, include a synthetic field, a scoreboard, new bleachers and six outdoor tennis courts located about 50 yards southwest of the existing fields at Forest Meadows. Weather and construction delays permitting, Dominican officials are hoping the work on the project’s first phase will be completed by the end of the year. The university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams and men’s lacrosse team will play home games on the new field, and the new digs will be available for city and county events, as well. Dominican athletics director Terry Tumey says the new sports amenities will help put the university on equal athletics footing with other Division II campuses. “Currently three of Dominican’s teams practice and compete off campus because of lack of field availability,” said Tumey. “This athletics complex will put Dominican on par with NCAA competitors.”

Latest SmartMeter dust-up in Fairfax The Fairfax-PG&E standoff over SmartMeters may be heating up again, after an incident last week in which a town resident squared off against a PG&E employee she alleged was in town to install the controversial radio-signal-emitting energy meters in defiance of a town moratorium. Turns out the man was merely a PG&E service technician. But in the wake of

police departments that if an impoundment “cannot be shown to be based on a lawful arrest, where the vehicle is evidence in the underlying case, or pursuant to the community caretaking policy, merely citing to a state statute which authorizes the seizure will not overcome the constitutional prohibition of taking property without a warrant.” A CPOA memo distributed in December 2010 expanded the 2007 and similar earlier alerts. Whether the San Rafael Police Department got the memo or not may be a moot point if a bill now in the state Senate becomes law. AB 353, authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, would prohibit police from impounding a vehicle at a sobriety checkpoint if a licensed driver is available or an officer can park the vehicle safely. It also requires police officers to make a reasonable attempt to help find a licensed driver to whom the vehicle can be released. These alternatives assume the vehicle has no connection to an underlying crime. Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, is working on the bill with Cedillo. Allen has his own bill now in the state Senate, AB 1389, which places restrictions on when and where police departments can set up sobriety checkpoints. The two pieces of pending legislation follow the case law cited in the CPOA

memos. The same unambiguous impoundment procedures would extend to cities and counties across the state rather than the current rather fuzzily written vehicle code that allows some cities to release vehicles and others, like San Rafael, to impound them for a punitive 30 days. It makes no sense, says Bloomberg and others, to allow drivers caught at sobriety checkpoints with illegal blood alcohol levels to retrieve their vehicles the next day when unlicensed but otherwise law-abiding drivers lose their vehicles for a month and face a crushing bill. The ultimate goal of the MOC, says Ann Huseman, a member of Saint Raphael Parish in San Rafael, is changing the state law that prohibits undocumented residents from obtaining a driver’s license. That law took effect in 1994. A new driver-license-only form of documentation would ease some of the safety hazards associated with unlicensed drivers in the undocumented community. The 1994 law was part of an attempt to force undocumented immigrants out of the country through a series of imposed hardships. It didn’t work. ✹ Contact the writer at

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rumors that Pacific Gas and Electric was gearing up to install SmartMeters in the largely anti-SmartMeter town, simply the sight of the energy company’s presence is enough to stir the ire of the more vocal residents of Fairfax—such as Yvette Wakefield, who confronted the technician in an informal citizen’s arrest for violating the town moratorium. According to a press-statement from SmartMeter opponent Valeri Hood, Wakefield’s calls for police intervention were spurred when she spotted a PG&E truck full of SmartMeters. “Yvette recognized the installer from a previous encounter and asked [Town Manager Michael] Rock to ask police to have him cited for the prior assault... After denying they were installing any meters, PG&E installers claimed they were installing ‘emergency’ SmartMeters for remodels or replacements of broken meters.” PG&E denies there were any plans this week to install the wireless meters, which some people say shouldn’t be installed until their health effects are more fully studied. Residents who don’t want the wireless meters can call 866/743-0263 to be placed on a list that would delay installation until the state public utilities commission rules on a PG&E-proposed “opt out” option that would cost property owners monthly fees to have their meters monitored the old-fashioned way. PG&E, which through its contract with Marin insists any moratorium on the meters is wholly symbolic, has been placing cards at homes alerting residents to future plans to install meters. When the cards began appearing this week, the anti-SmartMeter groups initiated a kind of “neighborhood watch” program to monitor the entrances to town, looking for installers’ vehicles. Katharina Sandizell, director of, says that “until the smart-meter installers respect the PG&E delay lists and cease intimidation of its customers, residents will resist smart-meter installation.” Adds Sandizell: “It is reasonable to expect PG&E to observe the ordinances of the cities and counties in which it does business. PG&E should honor local jurisdictions’ decisions made for the health and safety of their constituents.” Fairfax residents are planning an “emergency SmartMeter symposium” for Friday, Sept. 9, at the Fairfax Woman’s Club, at 46 Park Road. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Pelicans back in action! Several brown pelicans were tickled pink Aug. 17 when WildCare animal-rescue workers set them free at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. WildCare released the seven juvenile seabirds after bringing them back to health at the San Rafael facility amidst a difficult year for California brown pelicans, which have experienced a rash of injuries from fishing hooks and lines. According to WildCare officials, lack of space at its hospital near Gerstle Park has forced them to send injured birds to the International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Wildlife Center for recuperation—this year alone IBR has treated 227 pelicans. WildCare officials are looking to expand its facilities to better suit the needs of Marin’s injured wildlife; earlier this year a deal to purchase 29 acres of land in Santa Venetia, owned by the Marin Montessori School, fell through.

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policy in Novato, the cities of Petaluma and Santa Rosa as well as the Sonoma County Sheriff ’s Office all have liberalized their impoundment procedures, giving officers more leeway to conclude a traffic stop without impoundment if no crime is connected to a stopped vehicle. The San Rafael Police Department had maintained that state law dictated a 30-day impound period, notes Brockbank. The department now concedes that the impoundment sentencing procedure is discretionary. Bloomberg says there’s clear and obvious precedent that impounding a vehicle simply because an unlicensed driver is at the wheel violates the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) agrees. Back in 2007, the law firm of Jones & Mayer, which does work for the CPOA, prepared a memo citing case law that says impounding “a legally parked vehicle [is] an unconstitutional seizure when there [is] no reasonable justification for removing it.” In other words, it poses no hazard to others or to itself. If it does, officers can remove it as part of what’s called the community caretaker provision. “As we noted in our earlier client alert memos, it will be necessary to justify seizing a vehicle without a warrant.” The memo ends with a caution to

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Tiffany Shlain’s debut feature an ode to technology, evolution and her dearly departed dad...


efore she was 20, Tiffany Shlain had touching tribute to her father, Dr. Leonard toured the Soviet Union as a student Shlain, who died of brain cancer while she ambassador during perestroika. By the was making the movie. time she was 30 she had founded the Webby Shlain learned her fearlessness from her awards and was named by Newsweek one of dad. A brain surgeon, he wrote scholarly the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” Now best-sellers that posited innovative theories 40, in the last decade she has been showered on topics as far-flung as anthropology, art with awards at film festivals all over the world and science, linguistics and religion. Before for her short docuhe became ill he was By Jill Kramer mentaries on reprocollaborating with ductive rights, Jewish cultural identity and his daughter on her film and she incorporated Internet addiction. And this month sees the many of the ideas he explored in his books. premiere of her first full-length feature, Con- She also learned from her father the impornected: An Autobiography About Love, Death tance of family—the only thing that seems to & Technology. It opens Sept. 16 at the Sequoia trump her Internet cravings. The Shlains and Theater in Mill Valley. their spouses are a close and extraordinary Shlain’s films aim to influence social clan. Tiffany’s mother is a psychologist, her change by tackling big topics with animation, stepmom a retired judge, her sister is an artist archival film clips, whimsical graphics and married to actor/filmmaker Albert Brooks, humor. Her latest is a breezy take on nothher brother a physician, her husband an artist ing less than the history of the universe, the and professor of robotics. She has two daughevolution of humankind and the future of ters, ages 8 and 2, and one can only imagine technology. Woven throughout is a sober and what heights they will attain. 12 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 2 - SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

I managed to pull her away from her computer for a solid hour recently. She’s tiny, even with the 2-inch heels on her boots, but her smile is as big as the World Wide Web. Her face is dominated by her mouth, made even more prominent with dark red lipstick. With her husband’s wall-sized portrait of William Mulholland staring down at us, we chatted in her Mill Valley home as children, caregivers and roofing contractors swirled around us. ● ● ● ●

You say in your new movie, ‘Connected,’ that the Internet is rewiring our brains to synthesize the left and right hemispheres. Your father wrote about how the world has dramatically changed depending on whether our thinking has been dominated by either the right or the left hemisphere. So it seems that, if we were to synthesize the two, that would be another great leap in our evolution.

Yes. And before my father died he was working on a book on Leonardo da Vinci. Here was someone who was able to master both art and science—to fully activate both his right and left hemisphere. And look at how prolific and amazing he was! I think that we’re at the dawn of this new space, where technology is making us think more interdependently and act more interdependently. And all of this leaves me optimistic. I know a lot of people point out all the bad things that are happening in the world, but I definitely believe that we are evolving forward. I’m very excited about the potential of this technology. And, with any technology, I could tell you three instances of good things about it and three instances of bad things about it. That definitely came across in the movie. You point out a slew of catastrophic events that have resulted from changing the way we do things.

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But technology is just an extension of humans and I believe in humans. I believe we are ultimately good and that our curiosity and our desire to connect are going to take us to a good place. Personally, as intoxicating and incredible as it is to have this very powerful computer in your cell phone, I really wrestle with how much it has seeped into every aspect of my life. So since we made the movie, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really taken Technology Shabbat seriously. Technology Shabbat? Friday night we light the candles of Shabbat [the Jewish Sabbath] and we ritualistically turn off all our cell phones and all the technology in the house. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off for 24 hours. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really profound and life changing.

But you werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bored during that lunch with your friend. No, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addictive! I go into this in the movie: There have been studies that show that whenever you get an email or a text or a tweet you get a little hit of oxytocin. And oxytocin is a rush of feeling love and empathy and bonding. Who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get addicted to that? I used to be a smoker. I have an addictive personality. But I think a lot of people are addicted to technology today.

It strikes me that the sense of connection is an illusion. We feel like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more connected when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re online and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re checking our messages and staring at that screen. We think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection when in fact itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s isolation. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve disconnected from the human being in front of How so? you and connected Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a working mother to a piece of maand every day chinery. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going, [fr I hear that arguantically] â&#x20AC;&#x153;oh ment a lot but I mygodhowdi donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t totally agree ditgettobefive with it. Look, if oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; c l o c k ? â&#x20AC;? A n d Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with my kids when you turn and I go to check off technology, my phone, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re time totally slows right, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re disdown. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just connecting from totally present being present to with my kids and connect to some my husband. And other reality. thinking. I write in But there are a journal a lot. My .â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Connected ime theme in pr a lots of people in mind unwinds in a is gy lo ith techno my family that I way that it was not Our love affair w donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I could stay as conable to in the very nected to without email and Facebook. over-connected world we live in. And then Saturday night we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t There are even people in my family I have a better relationship with through email wait to get back on. than I do in person. You open the movie with an anecdote about having lunch with a good Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not surprised. And some people I have a better phone friend and having a terrific time talkrelationship with than I do in person. I ing and laughing but you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait think each of these technologies opens up to check your phone. That just gave different channels of connection. So I am me the willies. able to stay connected to so many more Yeah, I never thought I would become that person. I remember when cell people than ever before. I have a very large phones first came out and people started network. There used to be studies saying you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be connected to more than 150 checking their phones during a meal people. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just simply not the case. This and I thought it was rude. And now I ďŹ lm is connecting me to people all over am that person. Now, when you have a lunch meeting, normally what people do the world who share a common interest in is they put their cell phones on the table. revitalizing the idea of interdependence in the 21st century. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m connected to people And I feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a ticking bomb. in China and Africa and Australia and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not interesting enough, I having these amazing exchanges. How am going to check that phone.â&#x20AC;? could that ever have happened? And 14 >

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is about when you’re scared you’ve done something wrong. But my husband and I have a lot of discussions about this. He’s a professor of robotics at Berkeley.

Do you have a vision of what the world Is he about the same age as you? He’s like seven years older than me. is going to look like when your daughters come of age? We still talk about technology as if it were That might account for some of the this other device, separate from us. It’s not. difference. Maybe, yeah. But he was the director It’s completely an extension of ourselves. I think that, for my daughters’ generation, of the Center for New Media and he was a co-writer on Connected. there are going to be so many So we talk about this a lot aspects of their lives where and he brought up health technology will be even more I believe we are and how people are denied of an extension. I was at the ultimately good insurance. And of course dentist this morning and I was anything that goes through lying there for an hour-and- and that our curiosity the computer is public. I a-half not being able to do and our desire to just do not put anything anything except look at that connect are going in there that I do not want light. And I’ve got a lot going to become public. But one on right now and of course I to take us to of the reasons I wanted was having all these ideas and a good place. to make this film was I lifted up my hand as if I were that we’re all moving so holding my cell phone to kind of activate my thought so I wouldn’t forget quickly. Can we stop and just talk about it. With email and cell phones, if you have what these new technologies are doing? a thought, you can act on it. I can imagine Like these questions you’re having. We’ve having the capability where I could activate put together a discussion kit because our a thought in my mind in some way—in the goal is to start a conversation. Let’s have a same way that people with prosthetic limbs discussion about how we want to use these are now learning to move them simply by new tools. thinking. If I had that capability I would You know, I came away from the film want that. with the feeling that the images and the message were predominantly Like a prosthetic Internet connection. negative. It was a cautionary tale: look Wow. at the horrors of World War II, look Once when Einstein was being interat how everything is connected and viewed, the reporter asked him, “If I have there are so many unintended conseany follow-up questions, can I call you?” quences of what we do, the decline of And he said sure, and he went over to his the honeybees, the pollution, overphone book and looked up “Einstein” population, uncontrolled growth. and gave his telephone number. And the But at the end, a child is born. The reporter said, “You’re the smartest man last 10 minutes of the film are about the in the 20th century, how come you don’t potential, the participatory revolution know your own telephone number?” And and what that can be. But you’re right, I he said, “Why fill my mind with such usedefinitely show a lot of less information if I examples of interdeknow where to find pendence in our world it?” Suddenly we don’t so you understand have to grasp onto the ripple effects of information, we just your actions. I think have to know how to the film is measured, find it and activate it. both negative and positive. I’m a realist, The Internet is I’m not Pollyanna also being used about the future. I just for commerce, for marketing. We’re all becoming walking also believe that you can will things into existence. targets for product sales campaigns. Our dreams and desires and our likes Tell me about how you founded the and dislikes are all online for anyone Webbys. to tap into to sell us something. When I was at Redwood High School, I I know, and this is where my husband got a Macintosh computer right when they and I really differ. See, I don’t mind. We came out and I was really into it. Three of recently were thinking about getting a new mattress and he said, “All of a sudden I saw my grandparents were from Odessa; and I had a friend from Iran and we wrote this an ad for a mattress—did they track our proposal, “Uniting Nations in Telecommuemails to know that we were talking about nications and Software.” I think I was 17 this? Isn’t that creepy” I said, “No, it’s great! We need to find out about new mattresses!” or 18. And from that, I was invited to be I think privacy is an illusion. I think privacy a student ambassador to the Soviet Union

to talk about the power of technology. And way of talking about the Jewish of course nobody over there had personal experience? While I was just ďŹ nishing the reproduccomputers and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m coming from Marin saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personal computers are going to tive rights ďŹ lm I got a call out of the blue that change the world and unite students all over Steven Spielbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, and the world and world peace...!â&#x20AC;? the Bronfman Foundation and I sort of had my bubble wanted to bring together 40 burst. But it was the ďŹ rst time Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the young Jews who were not I had this vision of computers greatest ironies necessarily engaged in their connecting people. So then I Jewishness but were successwent to Cal and made ďŹ lms of the 20th century ful in the world. So I went to there. And I was a waitress that a Jewish Utah and I was blown away. and a professorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistant Because Ken and I had talked and I kept running out of woman created the a lot about Judaism and I money and the way I would had been bat mitzvahed but pay for my ďŹ lms was working ultimate shiksa! I never felt like I belonged. in technology. I had a job at Which is how most Jews feel. Web magazine designing their website and I was given the opportunity to And none of the people who were in this found the Webby awards. This was before Utah group went to temple. They were all the Internet boom. It was a very exciting doing interesting things but none of them felt time with this new medium and I was so they had a space to delve into this conversaelectriďŹ ed by it. And the ďŹ rst Webbys was a tion about Jewish identity in the 21st century. lot bigger than we thought it was going to But we all exploded in conversation and it was so inspiring! And I wanted to replicate be. I was like 26. It was very surreal. that experience for hundreds and thousands of people. That same weekend, Ruth Handler, It became a huge celebrity event. It the creator of Barbie, died and there was a big was the social place to be, right? obituary about her in the New York Times. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so funny to think about now. Yeah. And I knew that she was Jewish but they But the Webbys were a really great way to didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention that in the whole obituary. celebrate people. I think this comes from And I thought, they buried the lead! my upbringing. My parents were always very supportive of me. They always told Left it out entirely. me when they were proud of me. And I Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the greatest ironies of the think the Webbys were a big way to say 20th century that a Jewish woman created to so many people, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good job!â&#x20AC;? It looked the ultimate shiksa! And sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the most like a really fun celebrity thing but it was popular doll on the planet. And that will a lot of work. The magazine shut down. be my way into this very difďŹ cult subject. I spun the company off. We had to raise tons of money through sponsors. It was a At least half of your new ďŹ lm is about very complicated production. I had Alan your personal storyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your relationCumming [hosting], sold-out shows at ship with your father, his illness and the Opera House, 30 sponsors. As fun and death, and the birth of your second sexy as it sounds, it was incredibly hard daughter. work. I worked like 70-, 80-hour weeks. We actually cut a whole movie that had And then the Internet crash happened. All nothing to do with my personal story. But the sponsors went away. I had to restrucI realized I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talking about emotional ture my whole staff. And then the crash connectedness and how could I do that? of 9/11 happened and I think everyone So then I started the very difďŹ cult process started to rethink what they wanted to of weaving in my story, which was the do with their lives. And I knew I wanted hardest thing Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever done. to have children. And I wanted to get back to ďŹ lmmaking. So I approached Planned I think the personal aspect makes the Parenthood Golden Gate about making a movie come alive. It gives it heart. short ďŹ lm that would activate my generaYeah, it was too much head. It was too tion about [reproductive] choice. And it got into Sundance and did really well. We made left brain! a whole activist kit with ways people could Tell me about your recent appearance get on the Internet and inďŹ&#x201A;uence elections. And it was like a light bulb went off. I could at TEDxNASA [an event sponsored by NASA and modeled after the TEDâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; combine my passion for ďŹ lmmaking with Technology, Entertainment, Designâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; technology to make social changeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conferences]. what I want to do! Another great thing I gave a talk called, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Single Most about this reproductive rights ďŹ lm is that it Important Thing You Need to Understand played all over the world without me. As a About the Power of Technology.â&#x20AC;? working mother I needed to work less and make more impact. Filmmaking would alWhich is? low me to hopefully make the world better You can turn it off. â&#x153;š while I was being a good mother. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talk about your ďŹ lm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Tribe.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; What inspired you to use Barbie as a

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nce a year, renowned Mill Valley keyboardist Austin de Lone, his wife, Lesley, and daughter, Caroline, host a benefit concert for their foundation, the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project. Created to fund construction of a facility for those afflicted with Prader-Willi Syndrome, the foundation’s annual benefit has, over the years, attracted sold-out crowds and artists such as Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, Boz Scaggs, James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughan and Nick Lowe. This year’s show will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and will feature none other than the self-proclaimed “King of Dieselbilly,” Bill Kirchen, along with Jimmie Dale Gilmore (the Flatlanders), Jim Lauderdale (two-time Grammy Awardwinner), Buddy Miller (Band of Joy/ Emmylou Harris) and Ryan Bingham (Oscar- and Grammy-winner for co-

writing “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart), as well as deLone. The show is scheduled the night before the start of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, so you can be sure that the special guests will definitely be “special.” Please visit www. for more info and go to www. to find out how to get tickets to this extraordinary show supporting a very important cause. If you are among the many people wondering about the status of Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads project in Fairfax... you are not alone. At last check, the Leshes had pulled the topic off the docket of last month’s Fairfax Town Council meeting and canceled a Sept. 3 “meet and greet” (and jam) at 19 Broadway Nightclub after they found anonymous signs that read “Please No Terrapin” posted around their home in Ross. There is now a Fairfax town meeting planned for Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Fairfax Pavilion from 6:30-9:30pm; a large crowd of supporters and opponents is expected. With any luck, this is

where the mature discussion of the pros, cons, concerns and hopes for the project will begin. It is open to the public. Mill Valley has two great outdoor music events this month. First, the fourth annual Homestead Valley Music Festival occurs Sunday, Sept. 4. The Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir will kick things off at 11:30am followed by The Muddy Roses (1pm), Forest Sun (2:30pm) and finally, local funk faves The Monophonics (4pm). This free show will be held in the meadow behind the Homestead Valley Community Center at 319 Montford Ave. There will be food and beverages for sale on site. Later in the month, on Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25, the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival’s diverse music schedule includes artists such as Michael LaMacchia, The Palm Wine Boys, Lumanation, Spark & Whisper and 4 Guys Named Mo, among others. Check out www.mvfaf. org for timing and ticket prices. On Friday, Sept. 9, the Pt. Reyes

The Mill Valley keyboardist’s annual show features a who’s who of talent, with proceeds going to the Richard de Lone Special Housing Project.

Dance Palace will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a free potluck dinner-dance featuring the music of Los Compas, a variety show, kids’ musical theater and raffle. Moving north to Sonoma County, the second annual Monte Rio Music Festival will take place at the Monte Rio Ampitheatre on Sept. 3 and 4. Performers include Jug Dealers, The THUGZ, Moonalice, Groundation, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Hot Buttered Rum and JGB featuring Melvin Seals. There will also be an afterparty at the newly renovated River Theater in Guerneville. Get your tickets for both shows online now for a discount. SEPTEMBER LIVE: About Face will headline George’s Saturday, Sept. 3, with Hawaiian/Bolinasian rockers Sage opening the show. The one and only Charlie Musselwhite will be joined by Ron Thompson and the Resistors at Rancho Nicasio on Labor Day, Sept. 5, for a BBQ on the Lawn. The incomparable Commander Cody returns to Marin to play George’s on Friday, Sept. 16. Blues legend Fillmore Slim makes a rare appearance at 19 Broadway in Fairfax on Saturday, Sept. 17. Austin, Texastransplant Danny Click’s acclaimed Texas Blues Nights at The Sleeping Lady continue Sept. 8, 15 and 22. Vinyl/ Chrome Johnson keyboardist Jonathan Korty will celebrate his birthday with a show featuring his side project, Korty & Friends, plus special guests at Peri’s Bar Saturday, Sept. 10. ✹ Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at



The sorcerer’s apprentice Harry Potter finale needed more tricks up its sleeve, says magician by D av i d Te m p l e t o n

The ‘Deathly Hallows’ sequel was essentially—wham, bam, thank you Voldemort!—and then it was over, says Rabe.

Writer David Templeton takes interesting people to interesting movies in his ongoing quest for the ultimate post-film conversation. This is not a film review; rather, it is a freewheeling, tangential discussion of life, alternative ideas and popular culture. randon Rabe is aware of the irony. Though a committed fan of the Harry Potter movies, he’s been too busy actually performing magic to go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final film in the celebrated fantasy series. “I know, right?” he says, slipping into a seat at a San Francisco cafe, looking just a tad overdone, having finally caught Deathly Hallows the night before at a late screening, right after performing in “Maestro’s Enchantment,” the dazzling current show offered at the popular circuscomedy-cabaret Teatro ZinZanni (www. “I’ve been wanting to see the movie since it opened,” he says, “but we were opening ‘Maestro’s Enchantment,’ and then we needed to re-work some things when some new cast members joined the show, and then I had a big magic convention to go to in Las Vegas! There was actually a session being offered there with one of the artists who worked on the Harry Potter movies, but I didn’t get a chance to go to that one. Anyway, last night, I finally got to see the movie. “I was kind of disappointed,” he shrugs. With Teatro ZinZanni for more than six years, Rabe is a professional magician’s assistant, working exclusively with the renowned Russian illusionist Voronin. Rabe, who’s practiced the art of magic since childhood, got the coveted gig when he answered a Craigslist posting seeking an assistant. He was hired on the spot.



“I’ve known about Voronin since I was a little kid,” says Rabe, who grew up in Hawaii before moving to Seattle, where Teatro ZinZanni first began its patented brand of high-energy mirth and dinner theater. “Voronin doesn’t speak a lot of English,” Rabe says, “but magic is its own language,

Rabe was one of the few kids of his generation who dreamed of being the next Doug Henning.

so we clicked right away.” Originally only working with Voronin during Teatro ZinZanni shows—once a year in Seattle, then another in San Francisco—Rabe eventually was asked to be Voronin’s fulltime assistant, and he now travels Europe doing the dinner circuit when not working one of ZinZanni’s constantly changing shows. Rabe also engineers and designs many of Voronin’s illusions. For obvious reasons, the Harry Potter films have appealed to him, and though

he’s never read any of the books—“I’m not exactly a book kind of guy,” he laughs—Rabe has dutifully followed Harry Potter’s evolution from 11-yearold wizard to powerful, game-changing hero, moving gradually toward the inevitable battle with the evil Lord Voldemort, rooting for brave young Harry all along the way. And that’s why he’s disappointed with the final film. “To be honest, I felt like this movie was one big rush to get to the end, and that it didn’t really hold together all that well,” he says. “Especially because there was so much detail at the beginning of the series, this young boy coming of age in the magic world, going to a school where he learns all this magic and all these techniques—and then when it comes to the final battle, Harry and Voldemort spew two or three spells—and it’s over. Harry went to Hogwarts to learn how to battle the darkness, to learn all this really cool magic, and then the only magic you see in the end is a couple of spiraling thunderbolts hitting each other. He didn’t actually use very much magic. Where were all the techniques he’s been learning for seven years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? “It was pretty cool, though,” he adds, “when Professor McGonagall brings the statues alive to protect the school from Voldemort’s army. She says, ‘I’ve always wanted to try that spell!’ I loved that.” As a professional magician, beginning at a time when few kids expressed much interest in following the career path of David Copperfield or Doug Henning, Rabe has seen interest in stage magic grow along with the Harry Potter fan base. “The Harry Potter movies have definitely helped bring an interest in magic to the younger generation,” he says. “Magic is really such a closed art form. If you walk into a magic shop and you want to learn the good stuff, the guy behind the counter isn’t going to teach you the really cool illusions. He’s going to try and sell you the cheap crap he sells to tourists every day. It’s a closed society. And there haven’t been that many people willing to work their way inside. But when a kid sees a movie like Harry Potter, and they want to learn magic, it opens the doorway. And a lot of kids are interested in learning stage magic now because of Harry Potter. “Beginning with the first movie,” he continues, “I’ve gotten requests to come to elementary schools and teach them about magic, the science behind magic. Early on, I did a bunch of classes for third- and fourth-graders. It was all because of Harry Potter.” Amazing. So despite all the early concerns by the Christian right, crying out that Harry Potter would end up luring children into a life of devil worship and satanic ritual, the real threat all along was that kids might want to become... Las Vegas illusionists.

Rabe, ‘not not exactly a book kind of guy.’

According to Rabe, there are now very few magic shops in the world that don’t carry Harry Potter-inspired magic tricks— or at least a replica of Harry Potter’s wand. Asked to name the most Potter-like illusion used in magic acts today, Rabe thinks it over before naming the classic levitation illusion. At Hogwarts, of course, the spell is named “Wingardium Leviosa,” also called the “Hover Charm,” and with it, a young wizard can make nearly anything float gracefully through the air. “It’s one of the oldest tricks in magic,” Rabe says. “To make your assistant levitate, or to make an object on a table levitate.” And one of the oldest levitation tricks is to make a broomstick stand up, dance around the stage and then fly across the room—like Harry Potter playing his beloved game of Quidditch. “That for me was my favorite moment in the entire series,” Rabe says. “The first time Harry flew on his broomstick. That’s everybody’s favorite wish, right? To be able to fly. “I don’t do that yet, but it’s on my list,” Rabe laughs. “Someday, I will learn to fly like David Copperfield, like Harry Potter, because... hey, it looks so frickin’ magical!” ✹ Cast a spell on David at

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● Apollo 18 (1:30) Blair Witch-y mockumentary about a heretofore undisclosed 1973 moon mission and the horrific circumstances that have prevented further excursions to the lunar surface. ● Bad Teacher (1:32) A boozing, badtempered, bed-hopping seventh-grade teacher (Cameron Diaz) competes with a more straitlaced colleague for the affections of the faculty’s dreamiest hunk. ● 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 Nazismashing 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. ● Colombiana (1:45) Professional assassin Zoe Saldana vows to hunt down and destroy the gangland boss responsible for her parents’ murder. ● 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 Debt (1:44) Retired Israeli secret agents Helen Mirren and Tom Wilkinson learn that their career-making arrest of a Nazi war criminal 30 years earlier might not have been entirely successful. ● Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1:40) Spunky Katie Holmes gets more than she bargained for when she unlocks the basement of her father’s spooky old mansion. ● Fright Night (2:00) Remake of 1985 vampire-next-door tale; Colin Farrell’s in this one and Chris Sarandon is in both (in different roles, alas). ● The Guard (1:36) A crusty Irish cop (Brendan Gleeson) is teamed with an uptight FBI agent (Don Cheadle) on a drug investigation with its comic sides. ● Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2:10) The supernatural epic’s grand 24 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 2 – SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

finale finds Harry facing down the wicked Lord Voldemort for all the marbles. ● The Hedgehog (1:39) A reclusive Parisian concierge with a passion for literature bonds with two of her tenants, a precocious young filmmaker and an elegant Japanese widower. ● 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. ● Higher Ground (1:49) As a pregnant teen’s marriage unravels, she begins to question the spiritual teachings of her ultraconservative church; Vera Farmiga directs. ● 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. ● NEDs (2:04) A lower-class Scots teen falls in with a gang of violent, drug-addled delinquents. ● One Day (1:31) Two decades of romance between Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgiss are glimpsed on the same date each year. ● Our Idiot Brother (1:35) Three yuppie sisters on the brink come to realize that their trusting, easygoing mensch of a bro might have the right idea after all. ● Point Blank (1:24) A nurse with a kidnapped pregnant wife is given three hours to spring a crime boss from his locked-down hospital room. ● 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. ● Senna (1:46) Documentary about the legendary Brazilian Formula-One driver who won three world championships before his death at age 34. ● Shark Night (1:35) A troupe of nubile teens discover that the lake surrounding their island getaway is lousy with flesh-chomping sharks! ● The Smurfs (1:40) Teensy cobalt-blue critters find themselves in midtown Manhattan, much to the bafflement of Neil Patrick Harris. ● Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (1:29) The fourth “D” is a scratch-and-smell card, which isn’t really a dimension and makes us fear further sequels. ● Third Star (1:32) Four buds head off on one last road trip to the spectacular coast of Wales. ● 30 Minutes Or Less (1:23) Two small-town dweebs are forced into a (brief) life of crime by cops, assassins and a couple of wannabe gangsters. ● Warrior (2:19) Two pumped brothers compete for glory and moolah in a brutal mixed martial arts tournament of champions. ● The Whistleblower (1:58) Cop-turnedUN peacekeeper Rachel Weisz uncovers a sex-trafficking conspiracy in postwar Bosnia involving her very colleagues. ● Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues (1:30) The jazz giant meets the rock icon for an evening of soulful sounds, direct from New York’s Lincoln Center. ✹

›› MOViE TiMES 30 Minutes or Less (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:25, 9:50 ❋ Apollo 18 (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:20, 8, 10:15 Sat-Mon 12, 2:45, 5:20, 8, 10:15 Tue-Thu 7, 9:30 Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 1:30, 3:35, 5:40, 7:45, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 1:50, 4, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 Bad Teacher (R) Century Northgate 15: 10:25pm Buck (Not Rated) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: 4:15 Sat-Mon 2, 4:15 Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) ★★★ Century Northgate 15: 4:05; 3D showtimes at 1:20, 6:55 Cars 2 (G) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:20, 4:40, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 2, 7:20 Colombiana (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 10 Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 2:10, 5, 7:55, 10:30 Crazy, Stupid, Love (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Sun 11:40, 2:30, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Mon 1:20, 4:25, 7:10 Tue-Thu 4:25, 7:10 ❋ The Debt (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Mon 11:40, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Tue-Thu 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Mon-Thu 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1, 4:05, 6:45, 9:35 Mon-Thu 1, 4:05, 6:45 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:50, 9:30 SunMon 1:15, 4, 6:50 Tue-Thu 4, 6:50 Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (R) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:40, 10:05 Century

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Rowland Plaza: 12:05, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 Fright Night (2011) (R) Century Northgate 15: 9:45 The Guard (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50, 10:10 Mon-Thu 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:50 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:15, 7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13) ★★★★ Century Northgate 15: 1:35, 7:35; 3D showtime at 4:30 Lark Theater: Fri-Sun 8:20 Mon-Thu 6:30 ❋ The Hedgehog (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 4:30, 6:45, 9:05 Sat-Mon 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9:05 The Help (PG-13) ★★ Century Cinema: 12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:25, 1, 2:40, 4:20, 5:55, 7:40, 9:20 Mon-Thu 11:25, 1, 2:40, 4:20, 5:55, 7:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:30, 3:45, 7, 10:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSun 2, 6:15, 9:20 Mon-Thu 2, 6:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 4:15, 7:30 Sat-Mon 1, 4:15, 7:30 ❋ Higher Ground (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 Mon-Thu 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:30 Midnight in Paris (PG-13) ★★★1/2 CinéArts at Marin: FriSun 2, 4:50, 7:20, 9:35 Mon 2:45, 5:05, 7:40 Tue-Thu 5:05, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sun 6:40, 9:30 Mon-Thu 6:40 Lark Theater: Fri 6:15 Sat-Sun 4:10, 6:15 Mon-Thu 4:20 ❋ NEDs (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Thu 7 One Day (PG-13) ★1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:10 Sat-Mon 11:15, 1:45, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 Tue-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Northgate 15: 11:50, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: FriSun 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:45 Mon 2:15, 4:55, 7:30 Tue, Thu 4:55, 7:30 Wed 4:55 Our Idiot Brother (R) ★★1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:35,

4:45, 7, 9:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 2:25, 4:55, 7:35, 9:55 Point Blank (R) CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 2:10, 4:40, 7, 9:25 Mon 2:30, 4:45, 7:20 TueWed 4:45, 7:20 Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Mon 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 10 Tue-Thu 7:15, 9:40 Century Northgate 15: 11:15, 1:50, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 Sarah’s Key (PG-13) ★★1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sun 11:20, 1:50, 4:25, 7, 9:35 Mon, Tue, Thu 11:20, 1:50, 4:25, 7 Wed 11:20, 1:50, 4:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45 Sun-Mon 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Tue-Thu 4:25, 7:10 Senna (PG-13) ★★★ Rafael Film Center: Fri, Tue-Wed 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sat, Mon 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Sun 2:30, 4:45, 9:15 Thu 4:45, 9:15 ❋ Shark Night (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 2:25, 7:05; 3D showtimes at 12, 4:50, 9:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:10, 5, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:35, 7:25 The Smurfs (PG) Century Northgate 15: 1:55, 6:45; 3D showtimes at 11:30, 4:20, 9:15 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 4 Sat-Mon 1:10, 4 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 2:15, 6:50; 3D showtimes at 12:05, 4:25, 9:05 Third Star (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 7 ❋ Warrior (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Sun 7 The Whistleblower (R) ★★1/2 Rafael Film Center: 6:30, 8:55 ❋ Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 7:30

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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 09/02: AZ/DZ and Metal Shop Rock tribute band. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/02: Joshua Smith Trio Straight ahead jazz. 7-10pm. Free. Station House Cafe, 11180 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station. 663-1392. 09/02: New Rising Sons Dance band mixing Americana, pop, blues, and original songs. With Jake Baker, drums/vocals; Kurt Huget, guitar/vocals; Mark Banning, guitar/vocals; Kim Carrigg, bass; Debra Clawson, vocals. 8:30-11pm. $10. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 09/02: New Rising Sons with Debra Clawson Rock. 9pm-midnight, Southern Pacific S mokehouse, Novato.

09/02: Peace Train Celebrating Cat Stevens music and songwriting. 8pm. $18-25. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/03: About Face, Sage Funk, reggae,’70s soul. Members of the group play regularly with No Doubt, Craig Chaquico, Thomas Dolby, Mariah Carey and Santana. 9pm. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 09/03: Fell in a Well Party band. 10pm-1am. $5 Fourth Street Tavern, 711 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-4044. 09/03: House of Floyd Music of Pink Floyd.

8pm. $25-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/03: Rock for Good: Lucky Dog Blues, rock. Free family-friendly outdoor show on the green with beer, beverages, snacks available.Novato City Green, 901 Sherman Ave., Novato. 09/04: Belvedere Concerts in the Park With Richard Olsen’s Big Band. Swing, rock. 4-6pm. Free. Belvedere Community Park, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belevedere. 09/04-05: Labor Day Blues Festival With Cafe R&B, Volker Strifler, Charlie Musselwhite, Ron Thompson and the Resistors. 4-7pm. $30 for both days, kids less. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 09/04: David Gans Celebrate Gans newest release “The Ones That Look the Weirdest Taste the Best.” 6-8:30pm. $5. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 09/04: Homestead Valley Music Festival Free music festival featuring a stellar lineup of local artists including The Monophonics, Forest Sun, The Muddy Roses and Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir. 11am-5:30pm. Free. Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Ave, Mill Valley.

09/05: 14th Annual Marin City Blues, Jazz and Soul Party in the Park Community concert featuring a Tribute to Bay Area Blues Legends from San Francisco Fillmore District and West Oakland All Stars Noon-6pm. Free. Marin

BEST BET Sleepless in Sausalito Most people imagine folks working on a film set—from the stars and the supporting cast down to extras and crew—showering in magic water, being served food dusted with gold and always getting an ample amount of sleep between designer sheets. Legendary director/cinematograhper Haskell Wexler’s film WHO NEEDS SLEEP? blows these assumptions out of Wexler is one of Hollywood’s great cine-somniacs. the water. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker—credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, In the Heat of the Night, Medium Cool, American Graffiti, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next, Days of Heaven and Matewan—reveals insights about the long, grueling hours that most assume are reserved for truck drivers and graveyard-shift factory workers. The film uncovers the darker, less-glamorous side of Hollywood life, with interviews from movie greats like Annette Bening, Billy Crystal and others. Anyone who has suffered from insomnia or work exhaustion can relate and (almost) begin feeling sorry for these mostly rich folks. The Tiburon Film Society presents Who Needs Sleep? Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6pm. Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Free. 415/381-4123.—Dani Burlison

City, Drake Ave., Marin City. 332-8316. 09/06: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 09/06: Swing Fever “Not Me, Thriving on a Riff, the Swing Era Catches Fire.” 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 09/07: Jafar David Thorne Soulful singer/ songwriter. 7:30-11pm. Free. Iron Springs Pub & Brewery, 765 Center Blvd., Fairfax. 485-1005. 09/08: Emerging Music Showcase Performances begin at 7pm with Jenefer Taylor, followed by Lara Johnston at 8:15pm and McKenna Faith at 9:30pm. 7-11pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

09/09: Audrey Moira Shimkas and Chris Pimental Jazz/pop vocal and guitar duo. 7-10pm. No cover. Ghiringhelli , 1535 So Novato Blvd., Novato. 847-8331. 09/09: Firewheel In the Smokehouse Lounge. 8:30-10pm. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

09/09: Suzanne Ciani and Julio Mazziotti Electronic music champion, pianist/composer Suzanne Ciani and Argentinian pianist/composer Julio Mazziotti to share a rare evening of solo piano. A great opportunity to see these special musicians in an intimate, local environment. 8pm. $30-40. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. 09/09: The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Over the top comic lounge singer Bud E. Luv beloved for his hilariously cheesy antics and swingin’ renditions of rock and pop hits. 9pm. $15-20. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

09/09: The Other Stones and The Rave Ups Rock. 8:30-11pm. $10. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600.

Theater/Auditions 09/06: Dominican University Winifred Baker Chorale Auditions Participants should be able to match pitch readily, and preferably have some music reading skill and chorale singing experience.

7-9:30pm. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 482-3579. 09/07-08: Jane Austen Unscripted One of Los Angeles’s longest established and acclaimed improv theater groups, Impro Theatre will deliver a new Jane Austen story each night. 8pm. $20-30. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , Mill Valley. 383-9600. Through 09/11:‘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.

Through 09/18:‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ Directed by Michele Delattre. Presented by the Curtain Theatre. Sept. 3-5; Sept. 10-11 and 17-18. Family friendly. 2pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 375 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley.

Through 09/25:‘How the Other Half Loves’ Presented by the Novato Theater Company. Showtimes 8pm Thurs.-Sat.; 3pm Sun. $12-22. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 883-4498.

Through 09/25:‘The Complete History of America (Abridged)’ Presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. A zany, irreverent three-man romp through the annals of our nation’s past, featuring scenes of recent historical events. See website for complete schedule of performances. 8pm. $20-35. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, 1475 Grand Ave., San Rafael. 499-4488.

Art 09/03-05: Sausalito Artists at Work Free open studios Labor Day weekend. Visit and watch more than 20 artists working in their studios in Sausalito. 11am-6pm. Free. Industrial Center Building, 480 Gate Five Road, Sausalito. 09/03-30: Dan Breaux and Victor Stangenberg Sculpture, home furnishings exhibtion. 2-4:30pm. Toby’s Feed Barn, Main St., Point Reyes Station. 662-2048. 09/04: First Sunday Open Studios As many as 40 artists in 3 buildings host open studios the first Sunday of every month from 11am-4pm. Free. Novato Arts Center, 500 and 501 Palm Dr., Novato. 472-4628. 09/06-10/02:‘Visual Encounters’ JoAnn Coffino, paintings. Opening Reception 5-7pm Sept. 6. Gallery Hours 2-6pm Mon.-Sat. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. SEPTEMBER 2 - SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 25

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09/09: 2nd Fridays San Rafael Art Walk Discover art, wine, live entertainment and more every month downtown. Art Walk is free. Buy wine tasting tickets to support this community event and sample premier wines. 5-8pm. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St and beyond, San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 04/01/2012: Gordon Cook Paintings, works on paper and sculpture. Depictions of the S.F. Bay, water tanks and domestic icons with a whimsical. Free. George Krevsky Gallery, 77 Geary St. 2nd Floor, San Francisco. 397-9748 . www.

Through 09/02: 2011 Pacific Sun Photo Contest Winners Exhibit On exhibit are the 1st-

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3rd 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.

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Through 09/03: Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Poetry of Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Juried member show. 11am-4-

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pm. Free. MSA Gallery, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

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artists. Juried by Carole Beadle, CCA and Collegeof Marin. 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. 485-3328. www.

Through 09/05: Sausalito Art Festival Exhibit The Sausalito Art Festival will be showcasing cutting-edge gallery Artists from around the globe. 10am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-3871. www.spn.usace.

Through 09/09: Marin Arts Photography Contest and Exhibit Photographs including landscapes, digitally manipulated print works. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts, 906 4th St., San Rafael. 666-2442.

Through 09/17: Benefit Art Auction Preview Featuring work by 40 invited Bay Area artists plus new releases of historic photographs from Museum archives. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 09/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;13th Annual G.R.O. Box Showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Closing party 2-3pm Sept. 18. With live auction starting at 3 pm 11am-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347.

Through 09/25: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Streets of Hope: A Glimpse into Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Keven Seaver, photography. Exploring life inside two townships of South Africa, Soweto and Alexandra. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary , 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. 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.

Talks/Lectures 09/02: Einstein: Ancient Skull of Consciousness Presentation workshop introducing Carolyn Ford, Guardian of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Einstein,â&#x20AC;? The ancient crystal skull of consciousness. 7-9pm. $45 . Fairfax Community Church, 2398 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 233-1757.

09/06: Marin Audubon Speaker Series: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Feathers in Focusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Richard Pavek, an expert in birds in flight photography, will show favorite photographs from Marin habitats and as well as trips to other countries and relate some of his more memorable experiences. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Richardson Bay Audubon Center, 376 Greenwood Beach Rd., Tiburon. 789-0703. 09/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Genius of Picasso; Julia Geist describes and discusses the exhibit at the de Young Museum of works on loan from the Picasso National Museum in Paris. 3-4pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

09/08: Why There Are Words:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Longingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Literary Reading Series with Carolina De Robertis,

Readings 09/03: Nani Steele The author signs her cookbook â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plum Gorgeous.â&#x20AC;? 12:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/06: Frances Moore Lappe Lappe presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ecomind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.â&#x20AC;? Lappe argues that the biggest challenge to human survival is our reaction to crises that rob us of power. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/06: Jane Hirshfield Hirshfield discusses her new book of poetry â&#x20AC;&#x153;Come, Thief.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/07: Cheryl Crane The author discusses her mystery novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bad Always Die Twice.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/07: Dr. Brian Swimme The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey of the Universe.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Dominican University, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 485-3202. 09/08: George Pelecanos The author will talk about his new thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cut.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 9270960. 09/09: Clark Blaise Blaise presents his novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Meagre Tarmac.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 09/09: Granta Magazine Event Readings/ discussions with Elmaz Abinader, Jonathan Curiel, Adam Johnson and Kieran Ridge. The latest issue of Granta, Granta 116: 10 Years Later, will examine the global consequences of the attacks on September 11, 2001. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Film Events 09/02: Film Night in the Park Abby Normal? Mel Brooks spoofs classic monster flick in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Young Frankenstein,â&#x20AC;? starring Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn. 8pm. Free. Creek Park, San Anselmo. 272-2756. 09/04: Film Night in the Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Menâ&#x20AC;? meets James Bond in Hitchcockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action-packed thriller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;North By Northwest.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756. 09/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gen Silentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Documentary screening about from award-winning director Stu Maddux which explores the challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults who must depend on a system of care that is reluctant to recognize their rights . 7:15-9pm. Free. 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 472-1945 x 209. 09/08:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Food Stampedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Award-winning documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Food Stampedâ&#x20AC;? follows a couple attempting to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food-stamp budget. Q&A session with the filmmakers will follow the screening. 7pm. Free. Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 389-4292.

09/09:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darknessâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Joseph Dormanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich, modern history of East European Jewry. $10. Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 924-5111. 09/09: Film Night in the Park Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon dress in drag and join Marilyn Monroeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girl-band to escape the mob in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some Like

It Hot.â&#x20AC;? 8pm. Free. Old Mill Park, 300 block of Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 272-2756.

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Community Events (Misc.) 09/02: Art Break Day Art Break Day needs volunteers to encourage some art-making fun. Take a break and make some art. 9am-5pm. Free. City Plaza, Downtown, San Rafael. 377-4956. 09/03-05: 59th Annual Sausalito Art Festival Fresh art from more than 275 artists, yummy food, beer and wine, kids entertainment and atcivity area and live music with The Human League, Men Without Hats, Notorious, World Class Rockers, Edgar Winter, Kenny Loggins, the Smithereens, Blue Sky Riders, Wonderbread 5, others. 10am-6pm Sat.Sun. 10am-5pm Mon. $15. Marinship Park, Sausalito. 331-2757. 09/04: EcoFair Marin Community celebration to inspire a healthy and sustainable county will feature engaging speakers and exhibitors, live music, entertainment, community booths and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities. 10am-7pm. $5, under 17 free. Marin County Fairgrounds, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 519-5565.

09/04: 6th Annual Old Fashioned Hometown Tiburon/Belvedere Labor Day Parade Live music, antique cars, floats, local entrants. 2-3:30pm. Free. Corner of Tiburon Blvd. and Mar West, Tiburon.

09/05: Annual Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sun Valley Market Party â&#x20AC;&#x153; Take II: Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sun Valley Market, The Sequel. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Live music includes Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers, kids fun, food and entertainment. 1-5pm. $5. Andyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sun Valley Market, 2205 California St., San Rafael. 847-6503. 09/06: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finneganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516. 09/06: New Moms Support Group Drop in, weigh baby, get to know other moms, relax and share experiences. Facilitated by newborn-expert Georgia Montgomery. Help with feeding, sleep and balancing your busy lives. Repeats every Tuesday. 11am12:30pm Donations welcome. UU Marin Church, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. 608-8308.

09/07: Michael Meade presents â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Soulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luminous Songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mosaic presents an evening of ecstatic poetry and sacred music with mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade. 7pm. $15 suggested donation. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley. 09/08: Marin Teacher Open House Free event which will provide teachers an opportunity to meet with varied local historical agencies and learn about educational resources and field trip opportunities for the coming school year. 4-6pm. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538. Fridays: Food Truck Crush Gourmet mobile food trucks and live music. Through Sept 30. 4-8pm. Larkspur Ferry Terminal, 101 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , Larkspur. 2597263. Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga. Gain and maintain balance, strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062. www.

Saturdays: Point Reyes Farmers Market Purchase locally grown products from an all local, all organic produce market. Live music,

First Annual Sausalito Artists Show Labor Day Weekend

Sept. 3rd-5th 11am-6pm Sat. 4-7pm Lumination (Reggae Band) 8-11pm Doc Draft (Dancing Band) Sun. 3-9pm Salsa (Tyto y su Son de Cuba) Mon. 3-6pm Noel Jewkes ( Jazz Ensemble)


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09/07: Mother Goose on the Loose Storytime For children ages 0-3 and their parent or

the excess from your garden to exchange with other green thumbs. Various locations in Mill Valley, Novato, San Rafael and San Anselmo. See website for details. Free. 419-4941.

caregiver. 9:30-10am. Free. Marin City Library, 164 Donahue St. , Marin City. 332-6157. 09/07:Toddler Story Time Stories, rhymes and songs in the library with Molly McCall. For children 0-3 and their caretakers. 9:40-10am. Free. Sausalito Public Library, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 289-4121. 09/09: Daffy Dave Magic, music and juggling. Recommended for ages 3 and older. 7:158:15pm. Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax. 453-8151. depts/lb/main/fairfax/index.cfm 09/09: Nature for Kids: Spiders Learn how spiders hunt, make webs and how to identify many common species with local naturalist David Herlocker. 10am-1pm. Parking fee. No animals (except service). To find out if an outing is canceled(for rain, wind or high fire conditions), call on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message. Lake Lagunitas parking area; From Fairfax, take the Fairfax-Bolinas road about 1.5 miles and turn left at the Lake Lagunitas/Bon Tempe sign. 893-9508. Depts/PK.aspx

09/03: Drake’s Beach 30th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest 9am-3:30pm. Free. All ages community event. Categories include: children (14 and under), families, adult individual, and adult group. Prizes will be awarded in each category along with prizes for the sculpture with the most recycled plastic included. Bring a picnic lunch. No dogs are allowed on this designated swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty). 464-5140. 09/03: Rush Creek Riders Ranger-led bike ride through woodlands that dot this Novato preserve. Included is a talk about marshland ecology, the preserve’s history and Marin County riding recommendations. Bring snacks, water and a mountain bike.No animals (except service). To find out if an outing is canceled(for rain, wind or high fire conditions), call on the morning of the event. From Hwy 101, take the Atherton Ave/San Marin Dr exit east on Atherton Ave. Turn left at Binford road. Open space gate is on the right at the edge of the marsh. 507-2816.

Kid Stuff 09/03: Film Night in the Park Prepare your Patronus charms for the intense race against the evil of “he who shall not be named” in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” 8pm. Free. Creek Park, 451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. 272-2756. 09/03: Singers Marin Scholarship Audition 10am-4pm. Singers with exceptional natural musicianship, between the ages of 10-15 are invited to audition. Required performance piece is “The Star Spangled Banner”, plus a song of the singer’s choice. 383-3712.

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Week of September 1-9, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Depending on your priorities, this week can be either really good (extra money via working) or really stressful (too much work infringing on your freedom). The planets are tugging at you from all directions. Boredom is not a problem, but deciding what to do next may be. The Moon in the sporty sign of Sagittarius for Labor Day weekend suggests competing in a game. (Sorry, poker hardly qualifies as a “sport”?) TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Saturn takes the phrase “Labor Day” literally and may be reminding you of all the work you should be doing, but jolly Jupiter in your sign is ready to live it up for the holiday weekend. As the last official picnic-oriented holiday of the summer, finding a gathering with lots of food, drink and good conversation should not be too difficult. The problem is more likely to be eating and drinking a bit too much... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) Even if you aren’t usually the domestic type, this week being a homebody can be fun—hosting a holiday weekend barbecue should be on your agenda. Your sweetie will be willing to pitch in and help thanks to the sympathetic Moon in your relationship house. Meanwhile, your ruler continues to occupy the creative sign of Leo. After you’re done having a good time with your guests, you can go back to composing or writing or creating or performing... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Notice how you are no longer ready to blow up when someone looks at you the wrong way? Now that Mars in your sign has moved out of the crosshairs of explosive Uranus, you can use him to help you accomplish the goals that require extra physical energy. In other positive news, you should be enjoying the company of your neighbors and/or siblings—thanks to sociable Venus and the playful Sun. If you want to have a big picnic, please do. LEO (July 22 - August 22) While the opportunity to travel for business is certainly a possibility, having time to enjoy the sights during your trip is less likely. Since this is a long weekend, you are encouraged to add social activities to your schedule. Your ruler (the Sun) in the hardworking sign of Virgo sometimes forgets to take a break. Hedonistic Venus is here to save the week—or at least the weekend. Happy Labor Day. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Since your sign rules employment, it is rather appropriate that Labor Day falls under your domain. This is often considered the final holiday weekend of the summer. If you’re hoping for birthday acknowledgements, remind friends and family that your zodiac cycle is happening. Someone is bound to bring dessert to the picnic, so why not a [choose a flavor] chocolate, vanilla, or carrot cake with candles? LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) It’s a long weekend, and if anyone deserves a rest, it’s you. Give yourself permission to truly take a vacation from work, duty and tedious responsibilities. Making the rounds to enjoy picnics, concerts and fairs is up to you. After the holiday, the sentimental Moon urges you to get in touch with someone from your past. If both you and this ex are single, by all means pick up the phone. Otherwise, maybe not... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Optimistic Jupiter in your relationship house would like to increase your chances of having a fantastic relationship. Whether you are already involved, testing the waters or falsely convinced that you’re not ready for love, Jupiter has big plans for you. This week he gets some extra help from the romantic Sun. No lame excuses, just get out there and let the stars work their magic. What do you have to lose? Self-control? Highly overrated. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) You may want to spend a little time over the long weekend to figure out what it is you really, truly want to do for a living. Having the perceptive Moon in your sign can help you tune into what brings you comfort, while the creative Sun in your career house can bring useful ideas. This doesn’t mean you can’t join in the Labor Day weekend festivities. One CAN come up with ideas while having a beer and a burger, yes? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Now that Jupiter is moving backwards through your house of creativity, you’re less interested in starting a new project and more inclined to revisit an earlier one that never got finished. A long weekend should be helpful for those of you with projects that are purely personal and can’t be done at work. If you’re lucky enough to have a job that respects your talents, you can impress the boss on Tuesday. Dress accordingly. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Now that you and your sweetie are communicating again, you might want to discuss some of those sticky subjects—like prenups, business contracts, inheritances and taxes. It’s always better to talk about these things when you’re in a collaborative mood. (Being the rebellious type, you often have limited cooperation skills.) As for the Labor Day weekend, the Moon lights up your friendship house. Whatever you do, do it with your favorite pals. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) Sometimes, even when the zodiac is celebrating your opposite sign of Virgo, you have good times and lucky experiences. This week not only includes the former, it has a holiday weekend thrown in to make sure you have enough free time to actually enjoy your celestially created happy days. Wow. All this without having to buy a ticket to Disneyland. You rock. ✹ Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 30 PACIFIC SUN SEPTEMBER 2– SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127432 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALTA MIRA RECOVERY CENTERS, LLC., 125 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965: ALTA MIRA RECOVERY CENTERS,

LLC., 125 BULKLEY AVE., SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127498 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as YAZY CONSTRUCTION AND MARINE SERVICES, 26 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: DAVID ESPARZA, 26 HAWTHORNE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127502 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BABY WORLD SAN RAFAEL, 514 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALDO CABELLO, 397 MORAGA AVE., PIEDMONT, CA 94611; CRISTINA CABELLO, 397 MORAGA AVE., PIEDMONT, CA 94611. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 9, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127548 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as JOHN HAMEL & ASSOCIATES, 70 MITCHELL BLVD. #103, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JOHN MARC HAMEL, 28 UPPER OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; JUDITH ELLYN SHEPPARD, 28 UPPER OAK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a general partnership. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127560 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AME PROPERTY MAINTENANCE, 88 BUENA VISTA AVE. APT #34, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: ALEXIS MARTIN ESPINOZA TERCERO, 88 BUENA VISTA AVE. APT #34, SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 16, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127558 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ALAN’S CONSTRUCTION, 131 ROSS ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALAN POOLE, 131 ROSS 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 August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127556 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MAT COIN LAUNDRY, 2416 SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: RONALD A. GONSALVES, 1325 GRAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; HERMILA R. GONSALVES, 1325 GRAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127466 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as INDIE DESIGN, 58 SPRUCE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: AMFULL ENTERPRISES, 58 SPRUCE AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. 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 August 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127583 The following individual(s) is (are) doing

business as FIVE CORNERS GROUP, 875 FOURTH ST. SUITE 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: FIVE CORNERS CONSULTING GROUP, LLC., 875 FOURTH ST. SUITE 5, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 18, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127554 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ARTISTIC VISIONS, 8 POPPY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949: LAILA OLSEN, 8 POPPY PLACE, NOVATO, CA 94949. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127596 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as APROPOS-TRANSITIONS, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MATTHEW C. WIVELL, 310 HARBOR DRIVE, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127597 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as QUAIL RUN CARE HOMES. 143 MABRY WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: YVETTE DEN HELD, 143 MABRY 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 October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on August 22, 2011. (Publication Dates: August 26; September 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127481 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NEWTONMICRO; BLM BUILDERS, 756 SUN LANE, NOVATO, CA 94947: JASON KEITH BAGGS, 756 SUN LANE, NOVATO, CA 94947. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127483 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE MARIN DOULA COLLECTIVE, 155 ALDER AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: THE MARIN DOULA COLLECTIVE, LLC, 155 ALDER AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on July 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 8, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127629 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE RANCH (3), 695 A EAST BLITHDALE AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RAINEY, YVONNE, 128 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941; ADE, ANDREAS, 128 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. 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 25, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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

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Public Notices Continued from Page 30 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 30402 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): BUZZCUTS.TV, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: February 25, 2011. Under File No: 126182. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): THOMAS P. SCHWEEN, 262 WOODLAND AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on August 11, 2011. (Pacific Sun: August 19, 26; September 2, 9, 2011)


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My husband is extremely analytical, to the point where he has a negative or argumentative response to almost anything I say—including positive or even insignificant things. Then, when he makes some remark, unless I respond with “I agree” or “uh-huh,” he debates me. I’ve repeatedly asked him to stop making everything an argument, but he insists that he’s just giving his “honest opinion.” I go for counseling, but he refuses to, saying he won’t talk to “some stranger” about us. He’s turning my happy self into a miserable, depressed self.—Always Wrong


Nothing brings out the eighth-grade debate champion in a man like being asked to weigh in on life’s big philosophical questions: “What is death, and should we fear it?,” “Why is there something rather than nothing?” and “More orange juice, dear?” How fun that you never know whether you’ll be enjoying breakfast with your husband or petitioning him for a new trial. Of course, he knows, as we all do, that there are remarks that aren’t meant to be responded to as if one were testifying before Congress. “Nice weather we’re having”? Just say “Yes, dear.” No need to counter with data on sunspots, cloud cover and death rates of baby polar bears. A man doesn’t make his wife’s every innocuous comment a springboard for an intellectual death match because he’s “analytical” and “honest” but because he feels like a skin tag among men. What your husband’s showing you isn’t love; it’s narcissism. The term “narcissist” comes from the story of Narcissus, who fell in love with his reflection in the water—how he appeared, not who he really was. Narcissists are self-absorbed, manipulative users. What they lack in empathy they make up for in a sucking need for admiration. To a narcissist, other people aren’t so much people as they are staging areas for the narcissist’s greatness. A loving husband understands that there’s a right answer and a more-right answer—the one that doesn’t leave his wife feeling depressed and beaten down. You need to decide whether staying married is more important to you than being happy, because if he is a narcissist, he’s unlikely to change. Narcissists rarely agree to therapy, as they can’t take the challenge to their manufactured authority or let anyone expose them as the tiny little people they actually are. You may be able to control your husband’s behavior by giving him boundaries for what you’ll put up with and being truly willing to walk if he keeps crossing them. But, if that’s what your marriage comes down to—a husband who acts like less of a bully so you won’t leave—is that enough? You could actually have love in your life... if you’re with a man capable of loving. That man will watch you as you sleep—because he can’t take his eyes off you, not because he’s waiting for you to talk in your sleep so he can shake you awake and correct you: “Honey!... Honey! You are the weakest link.”


Use of technology in dating is leaving my single girlfriends bewildered and annoyed. For example, one went on a date with this guy. The date went well, then silence... for two weeks—until he texted her, inviting her over for dinner. She’s irritated that he didn’t even call, and that he waited so long, and is considering not accepting. Is texting instead of calling a valid reason to write a guy off?—Wondering


Not every guy’s a talking-on-the-phone person, and that’s OK, but there’s much to be said for polite timing. Texting a girl the day after a date (even just “great time, call u soon”) says a guy’s interested. Texting two weeks later says he’s explored every other option, including hookers and suicide, and settled for her. Unless this guy followed up his text by calling from a hospital bed and explaining “A dog ate my iPhone—and part of my arm,” he should no longer be in the running. Behavior predicts behavior. It also illustrates character (like an interest in others’ feelings). But, let’s say vanishing for two weeks without a word (or even a “wrd”) is out of character for this guy. He might’ve redeemed himself if he’d just manned up— called to express some remorse for disappearing and apologized. At least then he’d be telling your friend “I know I don’t get to do this to you” instead of “You seem like a woman who lets men walk all over her. My turn Tuesday at 7:30? And don’t worry, I promise—no hard-soled shoes or muddy hiking boots until the third date.” ✹

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Section 1 of the Septermber 2, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun

Pacific Sun Weekly 09.02.2011 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the Septermber 2, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun