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‘Zero’ sum game Green new world for garbage companies, er, we mean ‘resource haulers’... by Pe te r Se i d m an


s the term zero waste has become part of the modern lexicon, households and businesses are embracing the recycle and reuse ethic. But successes in the zero-waste landscape present serious economic challenges for what used to be called garbage companies. The challenges filter down to customer rates charged by newly described “resource hauling companies” across the state. When towns negotiate with haulers these days, officials enter a complicated and arcane maze that reflects the new realities of zero waste. The goal, reducing the amount of material that ends up in landfill, costs more money than simple garbage hauling and deposit in landfill—for haulers and customers. Nobody ever said going green was cheap. Well, actually they did. When AB 939 passed in 1990 it marked a milestone in recycling and composting services. That bill set a target of diverting 50 percent of the material that had been dumped in landfill. “In a world that AB 939 gave us,” says Gary Liss, the principal in Gary Liss & Associates and a recognized zero-waste guru, “many people thought the recycling and reuse programs that helped the state reach that 50 percent target were free.” But they weren’t. Many of the programs received subsidies. He says the first zero-waste programs “weren’t being provided by the private sector without public sector involvement because it wasn’t cost ef-

fective. It required a service fee for recycling, and that was bundled in the garbage rate.” As communities met and surpassed the 50 percent target, the essential nature of garbage companies changed. Actually, the companies reverted to their roots. “The modern label would be resource hauling companies,” says Patty Garbarino, president of Marin Sanitary Service. “My grandfather was a scavenger. He got here in 1934, and he made more money by re-selling things like eyeglasses and milk bottles than he did by hauling waste. I think we need to learn from our past...” It may have been a mistake to start the recycle and reuse movement with such a heavy emphasis on public funding. Many customers still think companies like Marin Sanitary charge to pick up their garbage and provide the recycling services for free, as a kind of community service. The industry has evolved from the scavenger-based enterprise that Garbarino’s grandfather provided to a hauling enterprise that deposited material in landfill to a renewed scavenger enterprise that embraces recycling and reuse. That change should be reflected on customers’ bills. And stop calling them garbage bills. The industry “probably should have done that a long time ago,” says Garbarino. Marin has moved into the recycling, reuse and zero-waste world with gusto, notes Garbarino. The county now diverts about 75 percent of the material that once went 9 >


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State parks not roasted yet... With a sweep of his pen, Jerry Brown may have singlehandedly saved Marin’s s’mores industry, as the governor has signed Assembly Bill 42, enabling some state parks slated for closure to remain open. Authored by Marin Assemblyman Jared Huffman, AB 42 authorizes the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into operating agreements with qualified nonprofit organizations to operate a state park that is in danger of closing. Huffman (D-San Rafael) today applauded Gov. Jerry Brown for signing his bill, which will enable some of the state parks currently threatened with closure due to budget cuts to remain open. Huffman all but shouted“hot dog!”over the campground emancipation. “The governor has recognized the important role that state parks play for Californians, and my bill represents a creative solution that will allow the state to secure partnerships to enable a number of the state parks on the closure list to stay open,”said Huffman. Brown earlier this year put 70 state parks on the budgetary chopping block in an effort to tighten the state’s fiscal belt; Olompali, Samuel P.Taylor, China Camp and Tomales Bay state parks are among those facing the ax. In anticipation of AB 42’s passage, Huffman and Marin Community Foundation president Thomas Peters announced in August the formation of the Open Parks Coalition, which, according to a press statement, is“a community forum for information and advocacy regarding the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect California’s state parks.” Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation, called it a positive sign during“difficult times”for the parks. “AB 42 is a creative option to try to lessen the blow from park closures,”says Goldstein.“CSPF will continue to work with nonprofit groups across the states that are stepping forward to help protect our parks, and the passage of AB 42 will encourage additional groups to step up to save our state parks.” Baseball on deck in San Rafael Centerfield Partners got a unanimous call-up from the San Rafael City Council Oct. 3—loading the bases for professional baseball to come to Albert Park.The baseball group’s North American League team could step up to the plate as early as the 2012 season. The proposal for a minor league pro team to swing for the San Rafael bleachers did not come without controversy—nearby neighborhood groups have opposed the approval of the team without Centerfield undergoing a community impact report. But fearful of losing the 2012 season if it went ahead with its own self-proposed impact report, Centerfield officials suggested a scaled-down version of the plan they brought to the San Rafael Planning Commission last spring, which in its original form called for a three-year lease and Centerfield’s promise to modernize the 60-year-old field, spruce up the bathrooms and add seating for about 800 fans. The revised plan now seeks a single-year lease with only 100 added seats and minor changes such as netting behind home plate and fencing behind the dugouts and limiting the noise after 9pm. Additionally, the team’s first year will be overseen by a seven-person citizens advisory committee—made up of neighbors, a business, a P&R commissioner and Centerfield representatives—which will review its findings after the season. 9



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1. In 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked what Marin County city 10th on its nationwide list of Best Places to Live? (Thanks to Haydn Adams of Greenbrae for the question) 2. Can you name two women who were the wife of a U.S. president and mother of a president? 3. What is the maximum jail time an offender can get for a misdemeanor? 4. The top two moneymaking movies of all time were directed by the same man. Name the movie titles and director. 5. The primary goal of what organization established in 1949 was “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down”? 6. Pictured, right: What was “The Beer that Made Milwaukee Famous”? 7. Pictured, right: The frigate ship USS Constitution, launched in Boston in 1797, is known by what metallic nickname? 8. According to Greek mythology, these warriors lived near the Black Sea in modernday Turkey under the control of a queen named Hippolyte. A major waterway is named after them. Who were they? 9. Give the name of an outdoor sport and an indoor sport, two different words spelled with the same four letters. 10. Pictured, right: How many U.S. flags are planted (or lying?) on the moon’s surface: one, four or six?




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VBombarded daily with troubling information about the condition of our oceans, sometimes it seems downright overwhelming to us adults. Fortunately, that’s not the attitude adopted by students at two Marin schools, Loma Verde Elementary School in Novato and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito. They accepted a challenge from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to become Ocean Guardian Schools. NOAA chose them to join an elite group of 23 California schools, awarding each with a grant to implement a watershed/ocean stewardship project. We’re proud of our young Heroes for tackling important environmental issues and we salute their enthusiasm.

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WDana pulled in to a parking spot in front of Bridgeway Bagel in Sausalito and went inside the shop for a few minutes. While she was in the store, a huge white pickup, sitting high above mammoth tires, stopped in the middle of the narrow driveway. Blocked in by the monster truck, Dana waited. After five minutes, her bagel and patience finished, she approached the gasguzzler and had to jump up to see inside the cab. There sat the driver talking on his cell phone, oblivious to the three cars waiting for him to move. Hey, Zero, just because you have an obscenely big pickup truck, it doesn’t mean you can act like a schmuck. Find a parking space next time. —Nikki Silverstein

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< 7 ‘Zero’sum game into landfill deposits. Garbarino estimates that the recently started food-scrap composting program will increase that diversion rate by 3-7 percent. When a proposed commercial food-scrap program begins, possibly by the end of next summer, the diversion rate will hit about 84 percent. Add to that state mandated “enhanced commercial recycling” and increased pressure to impose extended producer responsibility and take-back programs, and the diversion rate could hit about 94 percent. Those extended producer mandates cover things like paint companies providing recycling programs and venues for unused product. Hold on, say sustainability proponents who have kept a sharp eye on the diversion-rate statistics in Marin. Some of that percentage comes from allowing material to go to Redwood Landfill for what’s called alternative daily cover, material put on top of the landfill to, for instance, control pests. “Over the past 10 years, our disposal rates have remained static,” says David Haskell, who serves on the Local Task Force of the Marin Hazardous and Solid Waste Agency, a joint powers organization that, among other responsibilities, leads the county’s effort to achieve zero waste. “Our diversion rates have gone up and up,” says Haskell, who represents the Sierra Club, the Green Coalition and sustainability advocates in the county. Although the diversion rates based on the percentage of the material going to landfill has increased, so has the total amount of waste deposited in the landfill. “We’re not making great progress.” Haskell says the waste industry sees zero waste “as a cash cow,” which helps account for the fact that the county, in his estimation, has increased the amount of material the resource material haulers (garbage companies) handle two to three times during the last decade. “They want to increase diversion. Every time they touch a pound of material, a cash register spits [money].” The implication is that there’s a lack of incentive to truly reduce waste material. Not surprisingly, many resource material haulers don’t see it that way. They say they’re caught in what Liss describes as “a death spiral.” When rates are based on the amount of waste produced and hauled, and that amount constantly decreases because of successful zero-waste programs, resource material companies get squeezed. The companies see less revenue but static or increasing costs to provide service. Liss helps communities and businesses navigate the new reality. “A lot of our zero-waste plans call for rate plans and compensation structures that are different than what we did in the past. Recycling and composting and reuse services need to be cheaper—but not necessarily free.” Local companies such as Marin Sanitary, Mill Valley Refuse and Novato Refuse are all dealing with this issue. They, as well as many others in the state, are searching for equitable solutions to deal with what’s called “migration.” As customers embrace zero waste, less

material goes into their garbage bins as they put more material in their recycling and composting bins. That leads many customers to ask for smaller garbage bins, which leads to less revenue for the haulers. Customers often migrate—downsize their garbage bins—in the first few months of a rate year, after a hauler has set its rates. “We take the first six months’ worth of costs in a year and [apply] those costs to the second six months,” says Garbarino. Her company then gives those costs to a thirdparty rate regulator hired by the jurisdictions the company serves for review. If costs increase in the second six months, the company eats the increase. In searching for ways to deal with the issue, some companies and their franchise customers share the liabilities of changing costs during a rate year. Some communities and haulers agree to leave it in the hands of haulers, who will estimate on the high side to take into account fluctuating, and possibly increasing, costs during the year. Mill Valley Refuse estimates that migration will cost it about $120,000 in lost revenue this year. When it comes time for a rate increase, it will be unable to recoup that loss. The company can only try to guard against continued migration in an adjusted rate structure. Resource haulers are pushing to overhaul the way they charge customers. As Garbarino says, it’s long overdue. One of the most forward-thinking programs in the Bay Area is Recology in San Francisco, which structures its rates to provide incentives for customers to reduce consumption. Calling its business recycling program “pay as you throw,” the concept is simple yet effective. The more material a business produces that goes to landfill, the more it pays. The more a business reduces its waste and sends material to recycling and composting, the less it pays. Customers producing larger amounts of waste subsidize those who reduce their waste. That resembles the strategies created in the water-supply business and the energy industry, where high-consumption customers subsidize those who consume less of a resource. Critics of franchise agreements in Marin jurisdictions have pointed to what they call evergreen contracts. Too often, they say, towns simply renew old agreements, maybe with a rate adjustment. That may be changing. When the Novato Sanitary District concluded its negotiations with Novato Refuse last year, the district won some serious benefits. Novato residents pay nothing extra for the resource hauler there to collect household food scraps. “We have specific [zero waste] targets for diversion in the franchise agreement” says Beverly James, manager/engineer at the district. “And their rate increases are limited to inflation.” The district also is implementing a commercial food-scrap program and a program to collect household food scraps from multifamily buildings. This week, Fairfax councilmembers opened a public discussion of the town’s new franchise agreement with Marin Sanitary. A major bone of contention during protracted

< 7 Newsgrams Many small steps for mankind These boots are made for walking—and that’s just what they did this week in Kentfield, as two ped-ticular schools kick-started International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5. On Wednesday, Bacich Elementary and Kent Middle schools talked the talk—and walked the walk—for physical fitness and the environment when nearly 600 students, parents and teachers hoofed it from home to classroom in commemoration of the worldwide day of walking awareness. The event began at 7:45am with kids and adults walking and biking from six“school neighborhoods”created by Bacich’s new Student Travel Program. Kids donned their assigned neighborhood color and decorated their bikes, helmets, scooters or backpacks. Safe Routes to Schools is one of the organizers of the program, which is already in full swing. Safe Routes director Wendi Kallins says the program results have been“amazing.” “[Program participants] have divided their school up into neighborhoods with neighborhood captains,”says Kallins.“Each captain is working to organize their community into walking school buses, bike trains and carpools.There are maps showing the suggested routes and remote drop-off areas.” Kallins says that since the start of the school year school officials have seen a noticeable decrease in car lines at Bacich and the bike racks have been full. According to a program mission statement, the Student Travel Program’s goal is“to offer parents safer and greener alternatives to get to and from school by connecting parents with resources such as safe route maps, schedules for walking and cycling, and carpooling options customized by neighborhood.” Launched in 1997,Walk to School Day is celebrated at over 3,500 events at participating schools.Walkers from the U.S. joined children and adults in 40 countries around the world. Fortyfour Marin schools were said to have participated. WildCare wild about new deal WildCare is sniffing out new territory in Santa Venetia once again—this time on the 200 block of North San Pedro Road.The San Rafael animal rehab and rescue center is currently in negotiations to purchase property at 277 and 279 North San Pedro;WildCare’s current 4,000-square-foot space at 76 Albert Park Lane is proving too small for the successful rescue center these days. WildCare lost out on a possible purchase earlier this summer when negotiations broke down with Marin Montessori School to buy a 29-acre property owned by the school at 70 Oxford Valley in Santa Venetia. This time around,WildCare is hoping to wrap its prehensile tail around the site of the former Tanem Nursery, according to WildCare director Karen Wilson. “There are two existing structures on the site that we plan to renovate for our hospital and administrative offices for phase one,”says Wilson.“Phase two would be to build a public education center with environmental museum, classroom and community space, our wildlife ambassadors and interpretive trails.”Renovation plans, she qualifies, would be subject to review by the county, with input from neighbors and other community members. WildCare officials say they’re not in a position yet to disclose purchase prices, though they say it could be at“considerably less”than the price of the Montessori School property. At WildCare’s Feb. 4 gala at the Mill Valley Community Center, the animal-rescue center raised over $350,000, but officials in June said they envisioned they’d need more than $13 million to relocate from their current location to a larger expanse—wherever that may be. Sausalito slap-assault charge not a hit with DA Sausalito City Councilman Mike Kelly will receive a slap on the wrist for slapping the hand of fellow councilmember Carolyn Ford at a meeting last month. The Sept. 13 incident occurred when Ford, while attempting to listen to a city staffer, put up her hand to silence the concurrently talking Kelly next to her—only to have Kelly slap her hand away. Ford later went to the Sausalito police to file an assault charge against her political rival. The Sausalito council could lay claim as the most deeply divided council in Marin—with members Kelly and Jonathan Leone frequently at odds with councilmembers Ford and Linda Pfeifer. At the Sept. 27 council meeting Kelly issued a formal public apology, saying,“This was truly uncharacteristic behavior on my part. I am deeply embarrassed by my action and apologize to Carolyn Ford, and to the citizens of Sausalito.” The Marin County District Attorney on Sept. 30 issued a statement saying his office will conduct a citation hearing in lieu of filing criminal charges against the city councilman. “The technical elements of battery were present,”the DA’s office reports, after viewing a video of the incident and“evaluating the totality”of the information given,“in the interests of justice, no formal criminal charges will be filed.”The citation hearing will not bar the filing of new criminal charges during the next 12 months and could be factored into additional charges if any new incidents were to occur, says DA Edward Berberian. Novato’s Bill Long honored as ‘environmental steward’ Novato Sanitary man Bill Long is coming up smelling of roses this week after being honored by the North Bay Leadership Council with its Environmental Stewardship award. Long, the president of the Novato Sanitary District Board, is being recognized for his work for the Bay Area Ridge and Bay Trails, as well as




Bragman says the brush clearing, so important to the town on the side of Mount Tam, will focus on community as well as provide jobs and revenue for local companies. And in a program similar to the one in Novato, Fairfax will institute a pilot green waste and food scrap collection project in three multi-family buildings. And the town will have a papershredding operation as well as a curbside hazardous waste operation. Input from many agencies helped forge the Fairfax agreement, says Bragman, including the Tamalpais Community Services District, where district manager John Elam has administered a program that collects yard waste, takes it to Bolinas and returns it as compost for free distribution to district residents. Because the Tamalpais District is a public agency, and about the size of Fairfax, Bragman got a handle on the amount of revenue materials are bringing on the recycling market. “We were able to get ballpark numbers. We found it’s not some huge windfall.” But every bit counts. And as districts and haulers move along the path to zero waste, the income from resource materials (don’t call it trash) will become an increasingly important line item on the spreadsheet—for haulers and for customers. <

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Novato Theater‘reels’ in big donation A Ross philanthropist just put the butter on the Novato Theater’s fundraising popcorn, with a $200,000 donation that put the theater-revival project back on track to reach its fundraising goals.The pledge of support from movie lover, and former Novato resident, Peggy Haas will help the nonprofit group vying to revitalize the theater to reach its $750,000 fundraising target—a goal Novato city officials had challenged the nonprofit Novato Screen Savers to meet before selling it the long-dormant Grant Avenue movie house. Reaching its fundraising benchmark and closing in on the sale of the theater could result in a fundraising boon, as donations are expected to ramp up once Novato Screen Savers officially owns the building. Bernice Baeza, who helped save the single-screen art-deco-era Lark Theater from demolition in 2004, has led the charge to purchase the downtown Novato landmark; her bid of $50,000 was chosen by city officials last October. Baeza has said the space, shuttered since 1996, could become a multi-use entertainment destination for the town—featuring movies, live performances and more. The theater, which hasn’t shown movies for over two decades, has witnessed several failed attempts at revival—most recently with a nonprofit organization that spent 10 years attempting to raise the estimated $3 million it will require in renovation expenses to reopen.


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ou can always get what you want, it turns out. The public must dearly and truly want to pay higher fees and increased sales taxes for local quality-of-life and emergency services. Because that’s exactly what we’re asking for by refusing to demand such basic staples of most Western nations as single-payer healthcare, reasonable cuts to defense spending, higher U.S. import tariffs, and for millionaires and corporations to pay an equitable earningsbased tax rate as the rest of us do. And here’s what we got: Cash-strapped cities, counties and special districts knocking at the door with their hats in their hands begging middle- and working-class residents for funds to pay for library assistants, school books, ambulances and pothole repair. (And alternative transportation... senior care... T-ball leagues... public safety...) But there is some good news about the “little people” carrying the load for the fat cats: Local measures and council races become that much more important—as decisions about the “price” of parcel fees, sales taxes and special assessments square off against the “price” of service reduction, infrastructure deterioration and safety depletion. But it’s not all bad news. Since the public wants what the public gets, we’re giving the Marin public what it wants most—another round of Pacific Sun endorsements. It’s an “off” year, so it’s mostly local, local, local, with city council races vying for voter attention with the community college district and a Fairfax sales tax. We don’t tend to endorse in all the smaller district elections—though we’ve got a special place in our hearts these days for the Novato Sanitary District. Enjoy! And vote... Nov. 8. Polls open at 7am, close at 8pm. Novato City Council The Novato City Council voted 3-2 to join the Marin Energy Authority last month, giving residents a choice between renewable energy through Marin Clean Energy, or sticking with the less-green PG&E. At least that issue is finally off the table. It shouldn’t have taken two years. Running to retain their seats on the council this November are Jeanne MacLeamy and Madeline Kellner, the current mayor. Both initially opposed joining the community choice aggregation joint powers authority; Kellner warmed to the work MEA has done in its first two years and tipped the scales with her change of heart. Both say the sluggish economy and the city’s dismal financial situation made their wait-and-see approach the right call (MacLeamy would probably prefer to wait-and-see indefinitely). We think they’re wrong. Other equally cash-strapped Marin towns didn’t hesitate to support the groundbreaking move toward sustainability, nor the obvious advantages of giving residents a choice in their energy provider—despite the outside possibility of financial (and political) risk. (A particularly unhelpful “study” commissioned by Novato officials to assess the risk of joining the MEA concluded that risk may exist, but couldn’t assess to what, if any, degree, and suggested adhering to the preferences of residents—which is essentially what giving folks the “option” between Marin Clean Energy and PG&E is.) But the debate in Novato over the cost of clean energy turned out to be chump change in comparison to the furor that erupted over a new state mandate that an updated affordable-housing element be included in the city’s general plan—that’s right, entirely conceptual developments,

completely nonexistent for the foreseeable future. But by the reaction of neighbors living within sight of such sites, you’d have thought someone had just broken ground on a six-story tenement house in their driveways. City officials—including the current council—were caught off-guard by the virulent reaction (some would say overreaction) that ensued, as were a lot of residents when the dialogue turned toward ignorant generalizations about lower income folks and minorities. A bad economy can bring out the worst in people, and it did with certain residents of Novato—people who need to realize the blame for their falling property values rests far more on the shoulders of those wearing polo shirts who pushed subprime mortgages than on the ones wearing dungarees who bought into the American Dream and got fleeced. Running against MacLeamy and Kellner, and for a third council seat made open by Carole Dillon-Knutson’s decision not to run, are Manny Fernandez, director of Marin Family an Rafael; attorney Jerome Ghigliotti, founder of Action in San Citizens forr Legal Employment and Contracting; Eric Lucan, he city recreation commission; Leslie Petersonwho’s on the Schwarze, a businesswoman with experience on the board of the school district; and retired teacher Eleanor Sluis. ess so sort rtin i g ou in o tthee re rezo z need affordable zo afffo f rd rdab able hou ousing ng llocaocaoc aSluis cites sorting outt th rezoned housing ng he herr pr rio ori riti t es e , as w elll as fin el d ng adequate di ade dequ q atte di qu digs g tions among priorities, well nding in o offi fficces e —s es — hee fears fea e rss tthe h pla he l n to ret e ur et urn n ci city ty for the city admin ces—she plan return uiild ldin ingg att tthe in hee corner h cor orne nerr off M Mac achi h n an and d Ca C in workers to a large b building Machin Cain ng nightmare ng nigght htma m re for seniors and shoppers. ma could createe a parking [anticipatted e ] reopening reeopening of the Novato Theater,” “With the [anticipated] he hope is that the downtown once more will be a she says, “the ving business center.” Sluis was among the residents small, thriving ed in the city’s handling of the affordable-housing disappointed ays she understands the “fear” neighbors had that issue and says they were being taken advantage of by bureaucrats. “At certain times, the public is tired of ineptness by the city and calls out ,” she says. “The majority of Novato is civil in their for change,” nd speech. There is a time to listen and a time to be behavior and silent and itt depends on the issues.” n-Schwarze has valuable experience on the school Peterson-Schwarze district’s board oard of trustees and puts the “erosion of local nd] attempts to force high density apartments into control [and] ily neighborhoods” at the top of her list of reasons single family ng for office. She says she would not have voted she’s running to join the MEA. “The party line that is currently being pens to be marketing genius,” she responded touted happens on posed about climate change, “and [it’s] to a question a money maker for certain industries.” Despite reive press, Peterson-Schwarze believes cent negative Novato is as neighborly as ever. “Just ask my neighbors,”” she quips. We like that Manny Fernandez placnmental sustainability” es “environmental he on the list of his priorities—th priorities—the to candidate to do only Novato iss experience exp perie i nc n e ass so—and his Mari Ma riin director off Marin tio ion n Family Action

helping families and individuals through difficult financial times, with a goal toward home ownership, would certainly be of value with any affordable housing issues before the council. His work with lower-income earners would also bring to the council a much-needed voice—as evidenced in the recent affordable housing debate—to some of the more marginalized citizens in town. However, his decision to decline an invitation to a recent Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum at Southern Pacific Smokehouse has damaged his visibility in this campaign. His absence of a candidate’s statement on the Registrar of Voters’ sample ballot leads us to wonder if he’s dropped out of the race. Novato native Eric Lucan is a customer-relations manager for Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco; he wants to see more cops on the city’s mean streets and thinks the time is nigh to begin financial planning for when the sun sets on the Measure F sales-tax boost in four years. He, too, believes the proposed Old Town city offices would eat up too much parking and suggests the downtown needs to woo a greater mix of retail and restaurants if it is to reestablish itself as a driving force in the local economy. He wouldn’t have supported joining the MEA, but iss somewhat som omew ewhaat kinder ki e to the cu curr r en nt current coun co un ncil regarding regard din i g its handlingg of council affordable l housing. “I don’t think the controversyy could have bee en been avoided, but it could have been mitigated,” he says. He adds that establishing establiish s ing the affordable housi s ng housing working group wass the right move, but laments that the council undercut it 12>



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< 11 ‘Pacific Sun’ endorsements! by not adhering to its recommendations. He acknowledges Novato has many “angry residents” and says, “I don’t know if I can make everyone happy, but through transparency and open communication, I hope I can at least make them not angry.” Known to Novato residents as the City Council’s gadfly from hell, and for his thus-far failed attempts to put an E-Verify anti-illegalimmigrant-contractors measure on the ballot, Jerome Ghigliotti is running on a platform to stop illegal-alien gangs from taking over the city. He says the current council should be “indicted” and indicates he’s proud of Novato’s growing reputation for “rage.” In fact, he describes the heated protests that have taken place as “restrained.” “There has not been a City Council member hung in effigy and burned,” he points out. The more lucid residents of Novato probably aren’t seeing the same all-out gang warfare taking place that Ghigliotti seems to envision. Perhaps we’re not looking in the right places; perhaps he’s seen a few too many TBS reruns of the movie The Warriors. And, despite CLEC’s ability to gather the necessary signatures for the E-Verify measure, the council was right not to take action on a proposal that would have been in violation of federal law. And, federal law aside, it should also be said that the E-Verify plan, intentional or not, smelled of a veiled attempt to further marginalize the town’s Hispanic community. Novato should be better than that. To us, the key issue for Novato is to try— once again—to revitalize its downtown. A reopening of the Novato Theater would be a help—but that alone isn’t enough to turn the downtown into a destination in the same manner as other Marin towns enjoy—Broadway/Bolinas in Fairfax... Throckmorton in Mill Valley... Fourth Street in San Rafael... San Anselmo Avenue. Novato’s identity needs to be linked to Grant Avenue, not the Rowland overpass. Kellner and MacLeamy seem to get this. Many Pacific Sun readers and Jeanne MacLeamy are probably on opposite sides of the political spectrum—she still says the “debate” over global warming hasn’t been resolved by the science community (the science community begs to differ, from what we understand). But the current council’s move to bring the city’s civic offices back to the downtown is a no-brainer. New city offices 12 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13, 2011

aren’t cheap—to be paid for through $17 million in redevelopment funds, meaning it won’t be a hit against the general fund—but the focus of community life in Novato needs to return to its downtown. Parking is an oftcited concern. But at the moment, we have no problem parking in downtown Novato—for all the wrong reasons. Architect MacLeamy talks also of expanding the pedestrian area around the new community green next to the community house to create a more plaza-like area for special events; parking may have to go underground. These are big, redefining ideas for a downtown that desperately needs big, redefining ideas. We waver on all of the challengers. Sluis appears most likely to put environmental considerations high on her agenda—something the town’s sometimes lacked. We recommend Madeline Kellner, Jeanne MacLeamy and Eleanor Sluis. San Rafael Mayor For the first time in two decades, San Rafael will go to the polls and elect a new mayor. The ever-dependable Al Boro, 75, decided not to run a sixth time for the post he’s held since 1991, leaving the baby kissing for the next four years to contenders Gary Phillips, a longtime former councilman and partner in a CPA firm, and attorney Greg Brockbank, who’s currently on the City Council. The mayor steers the agenda in San Rafael and a change in gavel during a prolonged recession and generational shift (at least since Boro took office) in San Rafael should be of keen interest to all residents. Last year’s headline-making issue revolved around whether the city should OK a new Target store in East San Rafael—bringing in cheap consumer goods and about $600,000 a year in revenue, while at the same time adding more competition to struggling local businesses and another unsustainable big-box store to the planet. The council, after much debate, voted 3-2 to approve Target. Brockbank joined fellow councilman Damon Connolly in the minority. Phillips, like Mayor Boro who supports his candidacy, says he would have voted to approve the store—in fact he did as much as chair of the Chamber of Commerce, which lent its approval to the Minneapolis retail behemoth. Phillips is running a centrist campaign, highlighting his experience—12 years on the council, three on the planning commission,

another eight on the Dixie School Board, as well as his endorsements from past councilmembers, Boro and the Chamber of Commerce (did we mention he’s chair?). He’s lived here 39 years and probably knows the town as well as anybody. Phillips says employee pension-and-benefit reform and the city economy should be top priorities for the next mayor—as well as revitalizing the city’s aging facilities, such as the fire stations. (That could be difficult; in 2009 San Rafael voters loudly rejected a measure to fund improvements to emergency services headquarters.) Phillips considers his business background a key point of experience. “We must enhance our business revenues and, therefore, our sales taxes to provide the services our residents expect and deserve,” Phillips says. Brockbank’s experience isn’t too shabby either. He’s been chair of the Marin County Democratic Committee, served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and, for 18 years, held a seat on the Marin Community College District board. Brockbank names downtown San Rafael economic recovery as his top priority. Second is “continuing the landmark environmental policies” the city is known for—including being a founding member of the Marin Energy Authority, implementing Marin’s first Climate Change Action Plan and supporting bike-and-pedestrian-friendly transportation. After initially being on the fence over Target, Brockbank says his “no” vote stemmed from his own personal research that led him to conclude that “Target is much like Wal-Mart in many respects, including their race-to-the-bottom MO, reducing wages not only locally but worldwide, and providing unsustainable products which wind up in the landfill too soon, along with the plastic they’re wrapped in.” He also found the Community Impact Report on Target, which suggested local businesses could compete by selling products not offered by Target, “distasteful.” Generally, it looks as if Phillips would take the reins from Boro and largely carry on in his footsteps—not necessarily a bad thing. It means Phillips would work hard for the city he loves and San Rafael would have a man of intelligence at the helm. What we haven’t seen from Phillips, though, are enough details. When asked for specifics on what he’d do to promote business in the downtown, he responded, “I will actively support new businesses and encourage existing businesses to add new jobs.” Well, yeah, but... Brockbank, however, says that “San Rafael now requires bolder action than [Phillips] seems to be offering.” He says we “have to do much more than just tote around cloth bags saying, ‘Shop San Rafael.’” Among his ideas: convening a downtown economic task force, updating the twodecade-old Downtown Vision Plan, wooing a hotel to the downtown, considering adding affordable housing to unused properties, providing shuttle services—he’s even floated the idea of a pedestrian mall—a shopping area closed off to vehicles—on some portion of Fourth Street. If Brockbank were mayor, he says he’d also

ask the council to consider eliminating his own position (presumably at the end of his term)—he says San Rafael’s mayor charter is an outdated style of town government that gives too much power to one person and not enough to the city council as a whole. Not all of Brockbank’s ideas are feasible—pedestrian malls are good urban-renewal ideas in theory, but in Marin someone would inevitably bring up parking and rainy weather and the whole thing would fall apart from there, right? But at this time, in this economy, we agree that San Rafael needs “bold action”— but action with an eye toward the local and the sustainable. We recommend Greg Brockbank for San Rafael mayor. San Rafael City Council Over the past 15 years, San Rafael has had one of the most stable city councils in the county. Until Greg Brockbank and Damon Connolly joined in 2007, San Rafael’s council hadn’t had a new face since 1996. Brockbank and Connolly brought a refreshing sustainability-minded voting bloc to the proceedings, but the body basically continued in its dependable, non-muckraking ways. With Brockbank running for mayor, there will be at least one new face on the council. Challenging incumbent Connolly for two open seats are educator Whitney Hoyt, attorney Andrew McCullough and business owner Samantha Sargent. In only his first term, Connolly has established himself as a leader on the council. He says a councilmember’s duties don’t end at maintaining roads and buildings. “What a city also represents is the best that is in all of us; the aspirations and dreams we have for ourselves and our children about what kind of society we want to be and what kind of culture we want to be.” Yeah, it’s a little corny, but Connolly has backed it up with his vote against the proposed Target in East San Rafael, his support of SMART through admittedly tough times, his championing of the Marin Energy Authority of which he’s currently chair and his role in San Rafael adopting the county’s first Climate Action Plan. Whether a major investment in sustainability will bear its organic fruits anytime soon remains to be seen, so Connolly also has his eyes on the here and now. He says the next four years should be about lowering the 10 percent vacancy rate in the downtown business district. He believes “vibrancy and activity” are key to spurring business on and around Fourth Street—he’d love to see it become more walkable and bikeable; he’d also approve of making it more parkable, by lowering parking rates. Connolly also wants to redouble efforts to promote the city’s special events and make the town Marin’s destination for nightlife. He also has plans for revitalizing the Canal neighborhood—included in them is developing commercial opportunities along the waterfront and establishing a day-labor center, two ideas we’d like to hear more about. Whitney Hoyt works at San Rafael High, but came to the city from the south—she’d served two terms on the Sausalito Marin


City School Board, which, she says, gave her experience managing complex budgets that would make her ready to serve on the San Rafael council “on day one.” Among her ideas to spark business in the downtown are designating certain days for free parking, and expanding the city’s San Rafael Connects info and resource-sharing website to include local business. “San Rafael is a real city—there aren’t many in Marin,” she says. “We have workers who are underutilized and space that is empty. San Rafael is ready to lead economically—I am ready and willing to be a part of the next council that honors our history but embraces our future.” Andrew McCullough has worked for Syufy Enterprises, the San Rafael-based company that launched the Century Theaters chain, for 16 years. Before that he says he was a supervising deputy city attorney in San Francisco. Locally, he’s chaired the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, served on the Marin Economic Commission and was an appointee to the Pickleweed Community Center Task Force. He’s casting himself as the “true moderate” in the race for council and his priorities are mostly fiscal-related: finding funding for infrastructure improvements, addressing cutbacks to public safety and social services, and upping the “dangerously low” budget reserves. To promote the downtown, he says the council needs to “develop an outreach plan to bring select anchor-type retailers and other high-value businesses to central San Rafael.” McCullough is thumbs-up on the East San Rafael Target, and hopes to be able to cheer on a San Rafael pro baseball team at Albert Park. “The revised proposal from Centerfield Partners addresses the major concerns of the neighborhood,” says McCullough, “and yet I fear that the lingering opposition of a few vocal critics may doom an idea that has much merit.” One of those critics is Samantha Sargent. She returned to San Rafael four years ago, after seeking gold in the Silicon Valley in the Roaring ’90s, and now lives in Gerstle Park; in fact, she’s on the Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association board and helped found the group Communities for Albert Park, which formed as a check and balance to the pro-ball proposal. She’s dubious about the benefits baseball will have for the city. She doesn’t mind noise from a public park— that’s what they’re there for. “My concerns as a neighbor are more about—is this a gift of public lands to a for-profit corporation?” Still, she doesn’t name baseball as one of the primary concerns of the town in the next few years. Her priorities are the budget and pensions, transparency in government and the revitalization of the downtown. We think Connolly has earned another term on the council. As for the second seat, it appears Sargent and Hoyt are relative newcomers to San Rafael politics and, while we like their overall platforms, would like to see them get their feet wet on a lesser board or committee before shooting for the council of Marin’s biggest town. McCullough’s got a stellar resume and thoughtful ideas. We’d have liked to see more of an environmental, or at

Street repair will be a priority for the next Larkspur City Council; the town’s roads this year were named the secondworst in the Bay Area.

least green-business agenda with his platform. And we hope his moderate, pro-business politics don’t result in being a yes-man for the Chamber of Commerce. McCullough may be a case of “proceed with caution.” But we’re cautiously optimistic about him. We recommend Damon Connolly and Andrew McCullough. Larkspur City Council Word on the street in Larkspur this year was literally “word on the street.” In June, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission named Larkspur as having the second-worst roads in the Bay Area. Not surprisingly, the three candidates vying for the two seats open on the Larkspur City Council all name funding road repair as a priority. (Joan Lundstrom announced her retirement too late to put a third seat on the ballot; the council apparently will have to appoint someone or wait until June to hold an election.) But bumps in the road aren’t the only bumps in the road facing Larkspur in the coming years: A Marin grand jury report this summer blasted Marin’s emergency preparedness, with Larkspur sitting on the edge of our beloved tinderbox, Mt. Tam; city officials had to hold off on a measure to increase the sales tax when it became clear putting a tax on the ballot alongside a pair of school-tax measures could split the vote and doom all three; and the SMART train’s already strained relationship with Larkspur got strained even further when initial plans to run the tracks down toward the Larkspur ferry were temporarily derailed due to sluggish revenue. The Larkspur City Council has a reputation for the mercurial. It took no shortage of criticism a few years ago when its nonsupport of SMART appeared to be less about policy differences than over allegedly feeling snubbed by SMART’s lack of communication with them. Larkspur, as of press time, is one of two county municipalities, along with Corte Madera, to deny residents the choice of Marin Clean Energy; and retiring Councilwoman Joan Lundstrom’s late-in-the-game re-decision—as a Larkspur representative on the Transportation Authority of Marin—to fund $8 million toward SMART raised all sorts of Brown Act open-meeting questions when her well-meaning change of heart came after the public had left the forum.

As one former Marin mayor told the Sun last week when we’d questioned some of the decisions of his council: “Well, at least we’re not Larkspur.” Larry Chu, currently mayor, is running for his third term on the council. (He’s the lone incumbent running; Kathy Hartzell, the 2011 vice mayor, has decided not to seek re-election.) Chu believes his three decades working in the financial services industry give him an edge on guiding city finances through tough economic times. “Everything is tied to finances,” Chu says, and his specific priorities in the coming term would be toward infrastructure—not only fixing the streets, but also upgrading the parks, storm drains and seismically retrofitting the City Hall and downtown fire station. He’s also got his eye on the Municipal Code, an “outdated” document, he says, that doesn’t recognize that “each neighborhood has its own unique characteristic.” He also cites disaster readiness as a concern the council and city need to address. A tax attorney and director of the Greenbrae Property Owners Association, Brad Marsh is hoping to garner the Greenbrae vote and become that neighborhood’s representative on the council. (He even suggests asking unincorporated Greenbrae residents if they’d like to be annexed by the city, which would increase the city’s tax base.) He’s got no shortage of criticisms for SMART, but essentially believes that Marin married the train when it voted for Measure Q, and we may as well try and make the marriage work—he especially wants to protect the measure’s plans for pedestrian and bike paths. Along with planning for a campaign for a sales-tax increase in the next year, Marsh believes the council should also focus on seismically upgrading the City Hall and rejuvenating the library, which, he says, “should incorporate a community area that can be a meeting place for all of our residents.” Ann Morrison is a passionate community volunteer and says she would put that experience to work on the council by leading a volunteer drive to “fix up downtown and offer more events.” She also is the only Larkspur candidate to name “green” as one of her three top priorities, specifically, she says, “more biking, PV solar panels and LEED buildings certified.” That being said, however, she’s still on the fence about SMART. She says she is not

ready to support its repeal “yet.” Larkspur has two solid non-incumbent candidates running; one or both of them will earn a seat, giving Larkspur a much-needed fresh face on the council. Chu has voted conservatively on a few big-ticket environmental issues in the past; after initially opposing SMART, though, he now supports the train and says that even in its initial Larkspur-less phase, the train “remains a viable alternative means of transportation between [Marin and Sonoma].” He’s also opposed Larkspur joining the Marin Energy Authority. But, says Chu, if the city’s attorney confirms in his final analysis that there’s relatively low risk, “I would likely support joining the MEA.” A meeting on that takes place past the Pacific Sun’s deadline on Oct. 5. While we understand the temptation to take a wait-and-see approach to certain issues, we’re also encouraged by city officials who show leadership when potentially risky ideas—especially green ideas whose most important benefits may only be seen by our grandchildren—are in their infancy. We also applaud politicians unafraid to re-evaluate and change their minds. Bard Marsh and Ann Morrison say that if they were on the council, they’d likely vote to join the MEA. We suggest voters passionate about joining the MEA keep tabs on any pre-election council votes—possibly on Oct. 5—and see where Larry Chu comes down. If he still opposes, we’d advise MEA supporters send their votes toward Marsh and Ann Morrison. But until then... We recommend Brad Marsh and Larry Chu. Corte Madera Town Council In many elections, it’s all about the incumbents—and whether a worthy challenger offers a needed change from misdirection of the past. This year, the Corte Madera Town Council has two seats on the ballot, with three candidates vying—incumbents Alexandra Cock and Bob Ravasio and challenger Melissa Gill. Gill, though, was on the council for two terms, from 1997 to 2007. Thus, all three candidates have their fingerprints on the last decade of council decisions, however good or bad voters think those decisions may be. One could say that this election isn’t only all about the incumbents—it’s practically all incumbents! Ravasio, who’s worked in advertising and real estate, is the relative newcomer on the Town Council scene—he’s ending his first term. Gill is a real estate consultant and Cock is president of Wealth Plus financial consulting firm. All three are somewhat on the same page with a majority of issues facing the town: Despite a troublingly low amount of funds in its reserve coffers the town does not need to consider a measure to increase sales tax; further cost savings through service consolidations with neighboring towns is a good idea; and they’re all sympathetic to medicalmarijuana use, but don’t want dispensaries near inappropriate places such as schools (a moratorium on dispensaries is expected to go before the council this fall). 14 > A Marin grand jury report earlier OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 13

< 13 ‘Pacific Sun’ endorsements! this year was particularly scathing toward Corte Madera officials who, according to the report, did not adequately prepare the town’s reserve funds in the event of a major recession—the 2008 economic slump hit sales tax-revenue dependent Corte Madera like a sledgehammer when shops in the Village and Corte Madera Town Center suffered. All three candidates describe the report as only partly justified, but having overlooked the town’s balanced budget and the fact that much of those reserve funds have been spent upgrading infrastructure. “The implication was that [the reserves] were frittered away,” says Ravasio. “In fact, the town invested heavily in flood control programs and roads... when the Ross Valley was flooded on New Year’s Eve in 2004, Corte Madera was spared. That wasn’t luck, it was all that investment paying off.” Still, the three candidates agree that Corte Madera should always be prepared in the event of a recession. Ravasio says the best way is through controlling costs; Gill, through a strong partnership between the city and the business community. Cock says the town should focus on “which businesses will do well going forward and work with landlords to attract those businesses.” Corte Madera, along with Larkspur, is—at press time—one of two Marin municipalities that haven’t yet joined the Marin Energy Authority. Ravasio says MEA’s track record over the last two years has alleviated a lot of his concerns over the financial risk of the energy ventures; he also says he’s hearing from a lot of town residents who say they want the choice of energy offered by joining the joint powers authority. Gill remains opposed to joining the MEA and Cock points out that she was the only vote in favor of joining the last time it came before the council. (Note: Joining the MEA is on the agenda for the Corte Madera Town Council meeting Nov. 1.) We’ve seen no reason to believe the election, or re-election, of any of these candidates would alter the way Corte Madera does business. As Ravasio points out somewhat frustratedly: “We don’t like change. Any kind of change—whether it’s adding a stop sign, or letting people keep chickens...” His point being that the town should be a little bit more open to change. “It’s not all bad,” he says. Still, if you’re unhappy with the last 10 years of Corte Madera Town Council decisions and would like to see a major shift, you’re probably out of luck. We recommend Bob Ravasio and Alexandra Cock. Fairfax Town Council Thank goodness for Fairfax. If it weren’t for the idiosyncratic town of 7,500 at the foot of Mt. Tam, this election would be all about school bonds and pension reform. In Fairfax, it’s about electromagnetic sensitivity. OK, that’s an exaggeration. But the biggest story out of Fairfax last year was its town-imposed moratorium on SmartMeters and the subsequent fight with PG&E over whether the utility would be allowed to install them. While 14 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13, 2011

we at the Pacific Sun haven’t been convinced there are serious health risks associated with the radio signal-emitting wireless meters, we agree that the onus of proof should lay with the utility—and they’ve done a horrible job of not only convincing anyone that the risk doesn’t exist, but that they even care if they’re putting their customers at risk. Just ask the residents of San Bruno. And two years of PG&E malfeasance in Marin—with its belowthe-belt battles against community choice aggregation and adolescent “spying” on those dubious of SmartMeters—haven’t inspired a lot of trust or goodwill from an energy company that seems to think it has a right to be Marin’s energy overlord. That being said, we don’t advise basing your vote for Town Council on SmartMeters—because, if PG&E is correct and a moratorium can’t trump its provider-agreement with the county, the town may not ultimately have a say in what happens regarding the meters. Incumbent Larry Bragman, vying to retain his seat for a third term, seems to think the moratorium has teeth. Bragman, an attorney, believes the Franchise Act of 1937 along with the town’s Wireless Communications Ordinance are precedents that could hold up in court if PG&E chooses to violate the SmartMeter moratorium. We’ll see. The two candidates challenging Bragman for a pair of open seats in Fairfax—longtime Councilman Lew Tremaine has decided not to seek re-election—are landscape gardener Chris Lang and Ryan O’Neil, who’s part of O’Neil KG Bags, the travel-bag manufacturing company his father founded in 1984. Both Lang and O’Neil have experience on the town’s planning commission; Lang, a self-described avid bicyclist, separates himself from his opponents as likely the strongest cyclist proponent of the group—a critical political base in that town, to be sure. He says he’d lobby for an expansion of the Safe Routes to Schools program, more bike racks, resurfaced sidewalks, better crosswalks—a beautification of the downtown in general. All good ideas, if you ask us. He’s open to consolidation of emergency agencies with other towns, but only if the budget benefits outweigh any loss to local control. He does not support Measure D’s half-cent raising of sales tax in town, and says ideally “any major policy decision should be voted upon by the entire town, not just the council.” As for SmartMeters, he suggests concerns over the meters could perhaps be addressed by the town initiating its own objective electromagnetic field testing. (We wonder what the California Public Utilities Commission would say about that.) O’Neil has two young kids and says he wants to be “the voice for young families” in Fairfax. He lists financial solvency, supporting the local business community and SmartMeters as his three primary concerns if he were a councilmember. He supports Measure D and is even critical of the council for “not pushing for a full-cent sales tax.” He claims the support of all five sitting Fairfax councilmembers, as well as Ross Valley Supervisor Hal Brown. If Bragman wins another term, he’ll be, after only eight years, the senior member of

the Fairfax Town Council. He says he’s tried to run his law practice in accordance with the principles of Atticus Finch, the lawyer in To Kill a Mockingbird, who practiced “a respect for people of all backgrounds and a commitment to justice, no matter how unpopular the cause.” Bragman puts Fairfax’s financial survival at the top of his list of priorities (he voted to put Measure D on the ballot) and says protection of community health and the environment is “a close second.” Among those threats he includes industrial pollution, pesticides and aerial spraying, secondhand smoke and electromagnetic sensitivity. When asked to name any mistakes he feels his town’s council has made this year, Bragman was one of the few incumbents running this November in Marin to offer a mea culpa: “The clear winner of the ‘We Blew It’ award was the council’s decision to accept a recommendation that we outsource our business-licensefee collection to an out-of-state corporation,” he concedes. “In our zeal to save costs, we missed the larger affront that the decision presented to a community which has zero tolerance for corporatization of public services. The public outcry was immediate and well deserved.” (The council reversed its decision; license-fee management returns home beginning in 2012.) Bragman joined the Fairfax Council when it had a reputation for infighting, grandstanding and political one-upmanship. During his tenure, Fairfax has developed into one of the more respectable councils in Marin. He’s played a role in that calmer, cooler, more thoughtful shift—while still championing typically Fairfaxian causes like the stand against SmartMeters. We recommend Larry Bragman and Ryan O’Neil. San Anselmo Town Council Four years ago when Ford Greene swept into office during what would become the first of two consecutive “throw the bums out” Town Council elections, the Pacific Sun did not endorse the mercurial attorney. It was easy to admire Greene for his welldocumented (in the Pacific Sun no less) legal and personal battles against cults; it was bemusing to cover his sparring match with the town over placing large anti-Bush signs in full public view on a building he owns; it became troubling when litigating against San Anselmo appeared to emerge as more of a pastime than a prerogative. In 2007, we wrote, “Greene has battled demons, both internal and external, throughout his life... we think the potential risk that he could be a disruptive and counterproductive force on the council outweighs the potential reward.” Thus far, Greene has proved us wrong. If anything, the San Anselmo Town Council could be described as “cautious” since Greene’s arrival. This year alone, the council declined to follow in neighboring Fairfax’s footsteps by placing a moratorium on the controversial PG&E SmartMeters, and it also shelved a measure to raise the sales tax so as not to step on the toes of Tam Union School District’s Measure B. The biggest controversy

we’ve seen yet from Greene is when, after saying he’d act on behalf of the council in a Transportation Authority of Marin vote, he instead voted the other way out of personal preference (it didn’t affect the outcome of the vote). No big deal, really. In fact, with longtime Councilwoman Barbara Thornton not seeking re-election, if Greene retains one of the two seats open this go ’round, he’ll be the senior member of the council. That doesn’t mean Greene has completely left his argumentative side behind; the current council doesn’t come to many unanimous decisions these days. Greene even responded to one of our endorsement inquiries with “that’s a lousy question...” (Hey, Ford, you realize we’re making endorsements here, right?) In any event, he names among the most important accomplishments of his first term his subcommittee leadership in the town’s adopting a floor-area-ratio ordinance, and legislation he initiated, eventually adopted by the town, to restrict excavation as a way around the town’s ordinance about height limits on construction. If elected again, he’d concentrate on maintaining a balanced budget, exploring shared services with other towns, alleviating the burdens of employee pensions and exploring the use of Robson Park. He’d also like to see a bit more nightlife in the sleepy community. Candidate Doug Kelly also says he’d like a bit more after-hours action in San Anselmo. But the self-described businessman says his main priorities are the budget, flood mitigation and the roads (San Anselmo’s roads ranked 100 out of 109 this year in a Metropolitan Transportation Commission survey). He applauds the town’s recent agreement to share some services with the Twin Cities police and says he’d look for more opportunities to run services “better at less cost.” Among his ideas are for county to pay the San Anselmo Police to patrol some of the nearby unincorporated neighborhoods that the sheriff’s department normally has to go out of its way for (saving both parties time and money), and developing a list of pricey town supply needs and seeing if other towns or individuals can donate or discount the same items (we’re imagining a kind of for towns). “I think I can make a difference for the better,” says Kelly, who has served on the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Sign Committee (created in the wake Greene’s signage skirmish). “I think I come at some issues from a different angle than the present council.” Lori Lopin has served on the Ross Valley School District board, has been named as an “alternative” to past councilmembers in the event of an emergency and has experience on a host of other San Anselmo task forces and committees. Lopin, whose background is in small-business consulting, is the only candidate who mentions “bringing business” to San Anselmo as a top-three priority. “I hope to find ways to bring more business to San Anselmo and help encourage more local shopping,” says Lopin. “I would like to work with all five community business groups to find a shared vision to help accomplish what we all want and need—more revenue for our

town.” She differs from Kelly in her support, though tentative, for the SMART train, which may be facing a repeal election in the coming year; and she says the beautification plans of the San Anselmo Visioning Committee are probably best kept on hold due to the current bad economy (Kelly would like to get the committee “back on track”). From what we’ve seen, and according to the people we’ve spoken to, San Anselmo has three viable Town Council candidates on the ballot. Greene has earned another term at Town Hall. And due to her notable civic experience, we lean toward Lopin. We recommend Ford Greene and Lori Lopin. Marin Community College District Board of Trustees The “teachers’ dirty looks” of years past at the College of Marin—with accreditation uncertainty and “class” warfare waging between lecturers and administration—seem to have calmed at Marin’s once-highly regarded institute for higher learning. And, hopefully soon, the Measure C funds will prove their worth in the New Academic Center—and return the always-engaging academic experience at COM back to its former glory. But attendance is down this year—which is the opposite of what you’d expect for a community college during a recession— and we’re dubious that the $10 per unit state hike in fees is the reason, as some have claimed. Truth is, in these days of community colleges competing for students with four-year state and UC campuses, looks are as important as quality of education (if not more, sadly) and it’s imperative that the alleged grandeur of what was once called the Gateway Complex (the New Academic Center was originally called that due to its large-scale entrance) is grand enough to impress high school students and their parents more than the venerable SRJC up the road. Some Kentfield neighbors went ballistic as plans for the Academic Center became clearer and, to some extent, for good reason—mostly on a public relations level. Even the process the district has taken in selecting an architect via a design competition has been blasted by critics who thought the winning design was going to be the actual design of the new college entrance (it was merely conceptual). Some say the $250 million in Measure C funds would have been better spent sprucing up the old buildings, not constructing a whole new academic center for the college—but we’re dubious that that sort of cautious thinking would be enough to put College of Marin back on track. There are four seats open on the board of trustees, with incumbents Philip Kranenburg, Eva Long, James Namnath playing musical-board-of-trustees chairs with challengers Jack Wilkinson, a real-estate agent; Joan Lisetor, longtime county journalist; Peter Romanowsky, an entertainer and leader of the Jesus People Movement; and Stephanie O’Brien, who’s served three terms on the Lagunitas School District

board. We’ll concede that the current board hasn’t earned an A-plus in putting to rest neighbors’ fears of bad design. But we also don’t see that as sufficient reason for a major board turnover. Most of the challengers come across as worthy additions to the board, but we think Lisetor’s experience on the faculty of the college, as well as several years on the Marin County Board of Education, give her an edge. We recommend Eva Long, Philip Kranenburg, James Namnath and Joan Lisetor. Novato Sanitary District With all due respect to Ross Valley, the Novato Sanitary District has been the most tumultuous sanitary board in the county lo these past few years—with an FBI raid, anonymous “whistleblowers” from within, disgruntled employees and a voter referendum over who gets to run the district’s $90 million wastewater treatment plant: private French company Veolia Water, or the district staff who may or may not have the tech experience to do so. And this is all in addition to the usual fines levied against the district by the Water Quality Control Board for leaks and spills so common with aging sewer systems these days. There are two seats open. Retired architect George Quesada is running as an incumbent; Jean Mariani, who has served a variety of sanitation-agency boards, is an appointed incumbent after filling the seat of retired member Jim Fritz. Challenging are attorney Suzanne Brown Crow, community volunteer John Coleman and retired facilities manager Jerry Peters. The current board finds itself at loggerheads frequently, with longtime directors Bill Long and Mike DiGiorgio oftentimes at odds with director Dennis Welsh. During the headhunt to appoint a replacement for Fritz, DiGiorgio favored Mariani, the eventual appointee; Welsh lobbied for NSD watchdog Crow. John Coleman has run for a variety of boards and councils in the past few years— usually eyeballing a contentious race and positioning himself as the “common sense” candidate. But his campaign literature is invariably short on specifics regarding his knowledge of the issues and he has in the past neglected to respond to questions or to seek out endorsements. In that respect he usually gets his wish. Quesada has served Novato well in his 36 years on the board, though he’s never truly taken a leadership position—it sometimes seems as if he lets others set the agenda, and he’ll jump to one side of the fence or the other. It’s probably time for someone with more rigor to take his place. Jerry Peters was Novato’s 2007 Citizen of the Year. He served a term on the Planning Commission in the mid-’90s and was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 2005. He’s been on numerous town-events committees, while working for 20 years as property manager at the Brayton Purcell building across from Fireman’s Fund. He supports the contract with Veolia and says the district’s

biggest mistake has been in not immediately appointing “the most qualified candidate” to fill Fritz’s seat, Jean Mariani. Mariani, as we mentioned above, has served on the boards of two other Marin sanitation agencies, as well as the California Association of Sanitation Agencies and the S.F. Public Utilities Commission. Brown Crow is an opponent of the Veolia Water contract; she was co-chair of the No on F campaign to reverse the board’s decision to hire the French company. We don’t question her intelligence, or her passion for the Novato Sanitary District and its customers. But we also feel she would probably further the schism on the board, which is not something the district or the town would benefit from. Mariani’s sanitary credentials are hard to beat; Peters’ positive community involvement is quite impressive. We recommend Jean Mariani and Jerry Peters. Measure A This Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Bond would authorize the district to issue up to $26 million in bonds to make significant upgrades to facilities and school infrastructure—and reopen the San Clemente School site. Opponents say we should stop funding a system riddled with state bureaucracy, a self-interested teachers union and the misbegotten No Child Left Behind Act— which is essentially an argument to never pass local funding measure for schools ever again. Meanwhile, according to Measure A proponents, the overcrowded Neil Cummins Elementary has 250 more kids than it was intended to have. We recommend a Yes on Measure A. Measure B

Critics of the Tamalpais Union parcel tax say it isn’t ‘recession-sensitive.’

The Tamalpais Union High School District is seeking to renew a parcel tax for 10 years at its current rate, plus a 3 percent increase annually. Folks 65 and over would be exempted. Opponents say continuing the $248 per parcel, plus 3 percent a year, isn’t “recession-sensitive” enough. Their ballot argument against the measure insinuates

teachers are getting a sweet-enough deal already and more money to the district would only further their high-living, swank lifestyle. Thinking like that is reason enough to vote for Measure B. Also, at least two towns decided to forgo their own measure for a sales-tax increase in a show of support for the measure. We recommend a Yes on Measure B. Measure D The Fairfax Vital Town Service Emergency Protection Measure is a hifalutin way of saying “we need a half-cent sales tax increase to offset declining property values, state budget cuts, etc., etc.” Novato and San Rafael have successfully passed sales-tax increases in recent years—it’s becoming something that most towns are going to have to get used to. Opponents blame the town’s financial woes on the council’s spend-happy ways. They say Fairfax is “financially whole.” We’re not convinced. The Chamber of Commerce, typically a fair arbiter of whether a sales tax is warranted, supports the tax. We recommend a Yes on Measure D. Measures E and F County Service Area No. 13 (Lucas Valley) and County Service Area 19 (Santa Venetia) are asking to increase their paramedics taxes from $85 to $95 a year per living unit, and from 11 cents to 13.2 cents per square foot for non-residential structures, over the course of four years. Last year both areas narrowly failed to get two-thirds of voters to approve paramedics parcel taxes; this time, however, both are asking for less than half the previous amount. There’s no official opposition from what we can tell. We recommend a Yes vote on Measures E and F. Measure G Marinwood Community Services District is trying to maintain its fire protection services via a 10 cent increase—up to 28 cents max—per square foot of living or working area, and by $30—$90 max—per acre of unimproved land. It needs two-thirds voter approval. Proponents say that after years of a balanced budget, the district is $350,000 in the red this year—mostly, they say, because of reduced property taxes and San Rafael’s discontinuation of a contract with the Marinwood fire department. The 20-year agreement between Marinwood and San Rafael would typically bring the district $300,000. The financially strapped city wanted to renegotiate the terms, but Marinwood and San Rafael couldn’t come to an agreement. Proponents say “the community has made it clear to the CSD board that it wants to preserve its own, locally controlled fire department.” We wonder if, during a terrible economy, it’s a bad time to un-consolidate—but we don’t know enough about the negotiations with San Rafael to make a responsible recommendation either way. We recommend Marinwood residents tally the numbers and vote accordingly. < OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 15

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licate that model everywhere. They are now actually thinking of killing the seeds through terminator technology, which would make sterile seeds; killing the embryo of the seed, so you would never get a second generation. Native seeds are free of genetic engineering ast month, Dr. Vandana Shiva spoke and patenting which are two systems of conwith garden author Wendy Johnson at trol over our seed supply and food supply.â&#x20AC;? Dominican University as part of Marin Today 93 percent of U.S. corn and 86 perOrganicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Food for Thought Series. Just cent of soybeans are genetically engineered: who is Vandana Shiva? Well, Forbes magazine the process whereby genes from one species calls her â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the seven most inďŹ&#x201A;uential are inserted into another or an herbicide women in the world,â&#x20AC;? and in 2003 Time mag- is injected into a plant so that a farmer can azine named her an â&#x20AC;&#x153;environmental hero.â&#x20AC;? spray weed-killer on the ďŹ eld without killing Shiva graduated from the University of the crop; or, by injecting a pesticide into a Western Ontario in Canada as a particle plant to kill insects so the farmer doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t physicist and went on have to spray as much to receive honorary pesticide on the ďŹ eld, such doctorates from several as in Bt (genetically modiDr. Shiva on the Record distinguished schools. ďŹ ed) cotton crops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;GMOs To hear a 10-minute interview recorded before her talk at In her spare time, she actually increase the toxiďŹ Dominican University on WeEarth has written 20 books cation of our food system, Global Radio Network, visit and more than 500 paeven while claiming to be http://www.coachbettylive. pers in leading scientiďŹ c an alternative to chemicom/2011/09/16/cbl-specialjournals. And she credcals,â&#x20AC;? said Shiva. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead organic-passion-for-the-nativeits Mahatma Gandhi there are now superweeds, seed-with-dr-vandana-shiva/ and a lesson on self-rewhich has increased the liance she learned from usage of herbicides, and him for leading her to superpests, which has seed-saving. increased the use of pesticide sprays.â&#x20AC;? Shiva began the conversation by saying, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated that 70-75 percent of todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is so much to celebrate. But we are processed foods on supermarket shelves in a mess!â&#x20AC;? She immediately informed the contain genetically engineered ingredients. sold-out auditorium of university students, A 2008 CBS News poll found that 87 percent healthcare professionals, farmers, gardeners, of U.S. consumers want GMOs (genetically professors, grandparents and simple folkmodiďŹ ed organisms) labeled, and, accordwho-like-to-eat-food, that the diversity and ing to a recent CBS/New York Times poll, 53 future of seeds is under threat. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Native seeds percent of consumers said they would not are embodiments of millennia of biological buy food that has been genetically modievolution, adaptation to changing climate ďŹ ed. While 30 countries, including Australia, and centuries of cultural evolution of Japan, and all of the European Union, have communities,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They embody the signiďŹ cant restrictions or outright bans on history of are our ancestors and they must the production of genetically modiďŹ ed seeds, be passed on to the future.â&#x20AC;? there are presently no U.S. laws requiring Twelve thousand years ago humans disGMO labeling. covered agriculture by doing something as Dr. Shiva spoke of the tragic â&#x20AC;&#x153;genocideâ&#x20AC;? simple as saving seeds. A vast variety of seeds of a quarter-million farmers in India. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since was passed down from generation to genera- Monsanto started to control the cotton seed in tion. Now seeds are created in biotech labs 2002, 240,000 have committed suicide. They owned by multinational corporations that get into debt since the new seeds are patented believe they have the right to own agriculand the companies collect huge royalties. ture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pushing diversity to extinction. Farmers have been bombarded with the idea We used to eat 8,500 species of plants. Now that their seeds are primitive and inferior; that we eat corn and soy,â&#x20AC;? said Shiva. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The United the new seeds are modern and improved,â&#x20AC;? States has the largest loss of diversity and the said Shiva. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today, Monsanto has 90 percent largest concentration of corporate control control over the seed supply of cotton in a over seeds. Corporations would like to repland where we used to have 1,500 varieties,




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is 2,500 pages long and took more than 400 scientists four years to complete. This distinguished international panel agrees with Dr. Shiva, claiming that GMOs are highly controversial and will not play a substantial role in addressing the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity, hunger and poverty. The panel recommends small-scale farmers and agroecological (combining ecological science and agronomy) methods as the way forward; with local and indigenous knowledge playing as important a role as formal science. The March 2011 report from the United Nations Human Rights Council, “Agroecology and the Right to Food,” also concurred that the farming practice of agroecology outperformed the use of chemical fertilizers in boosting food production where the hungry live, especially in unfavorable environments. “Conventional farming relies Shiva is fighting to protect humanity’s 12,000-year-old on extensive inputs, fuels climate change and seed-saving legacy. including open-pollinated varieties. Heirloom is not resilient to climate shocks. It simply seeds are traditional varieties that have evolved is not the best choice anymore, “ said UN special rapporteur Olivier de Schutter. by farmers over millennia. They embody bioThis seems appropriate on the 40th anlogical and cultural diversity and are the seeds niversary of biologist Rachel Carson’s beston which our food security rests.” She spoke of “freeing the seeds” as the way seller, Silent Spring, where she wrote, “Can anyone believe it is possible to lay down such to liberate farmers. In the mid-1980s, Shiva launched Navdan- a barrage of poisons on the surface of the ya (—meaning “nine earth without making it unfit for life? They seeds” or “new gift”—a seed-saving organi- should not be called ‘insecticides,’ but ‘biocides’... For the first time zation that has helped in the history of the world, rescue thousands of every human being is now Yo, Mother Earth is calling YOU plant varieties from subjected to contact with Be part of history. Join me in extinction. The group dangerous chemicals from making a pledge to collect signais presently working in the moment of conception tures so we can include the “Label more than 5,000 Indian GMOs—It’s Our Right to Know” until death.” Outspoken villages, has created 60 initiative on the California 2012 scientists such as Carson, community seed banks ballot. Sign up at www.labelgmos. along with growing public and has trained more org. Let’s go! demand for a cleaner, safer than 400,000 men and environment, led to the women in conservaformation of the Environtion, biodiversity and mental Protection Agency under President organic farming. Nixon in 1970. How did we get so far away from the “Every scientist and every United Naorigins of our food? Shiva believes the first step was to separate those who produce food tions agency and all the people who work in organic agriculture recognize that only from those who eat it, which made most of through organic growing can we protect society indifferent to what was happening the planet’s resources, have farmers have a with the seeds. She also touched on the idea viable life and bring safe and healthy food to that food used to be “women’s business.” people,” concluded Dr. Shiva. “It’s the only Most farmers in India are women. “The viable system for the future. Either we make processing industry, the feed industry and it, or there is no future.” < agribusiness convinced women that getting Visit Annie at out of food and agriculture was their liberation,” says Shiva. “I think what we need to do FOOD, FAMILIES, FARMING & is say that agriculture and food in women’s HEALTH: PROTECTING YOUR hands is the most important liberation. Men can join them.” HEALTH & THE FOOD WE GROW She also vigorously defended organic MOMS Advocating Sustainability farming. “We have to get rid of chemicals presents critical information from a dynamin farming and bring back organic farmic and informative panel—Jeffrey Smith of ing, and with that bring back native seeds,” the Institute for Responsible Technology, said Shiva. “The big debate of our times is Kari Hamerschlag of Environmental Working Group, Myrto Ashe, M.D., Michelle Perro, industry lying and saying that organic can’t M.D., and Mark Squire of Good Earth Natural feed the world. At every level, there’s a lie, Foods—about emerging health concerns a distortion. We are being driven into an related to our food supply Wednesday, Oct. absolute catastrophe. These corporations 12, 7-9pm at the Strawberry Recreation Disknow petri dishes, not plants!” She cited the trict Community Room, 118 E. Strawberry 2008 “International Assessment of AgriculDr., Mill Valley. tural Knowledge, Science and Technology A $10 donation is requested at the door. for Development” (IAASTD) report, which

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Sarod warrior Ali Akbar Khan is king of the jungle at Mill Valley Film Fest by The Space Cowb oy


f you only see one movie at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival, I would urge you to check out filmmaker Joshua Dylan Mellars’ new documentary on a legendary Indian musician, Play Like A Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Khan, a master musician who is credited with introducing North Indian Classical music to the West and had taught hundreds of students from his San Rafael college over the last 40 years, passed away in 2009 at the age of 87. The film focuses on Khan’s life, music, influence and family, specifically his eldest son, Alam Khan. Alam, a Drake High School graduate and a talented sarode player, recently recorded with Grammy-nominated artists Susan Tedeschi and her husband, Derek Trucks, of the Allman Brothers Band, and will perform in the UK, Canada and Europe later this year. The film will be shown at the Rafael Film Center at on Oct. 9 (8pm) and at Mill Valley’s Sequoia Theater on Oct. 12 (9pm). Then, on Oct. 15 (9pm), a live performance at 142 Throckmorton will feature Alam Khan, John Handy and

drummer Kwaku Daddy. Alam has a new album coming out on iTunes at the end of the month titled Shades of Sarode. “I want to introduce as many people as possible to Indian music and the sarode in particular,” says Alam. “This performance, the film and my new album all help spread awareness of both.”    


The first-ever Fairfax Feis—billed as a celebration of traditional Irish music and dance—will be held at seven venues in downtown Fairfax on Oct. 14 and 15. This incredible event features too many talented performers to mention. See the entire schedule and more information at The talented Victoria George will bring her band to SF’s Independent on Thursday, Oct. 20, along with local country-rock buzz band Or, the Whale. Award-winning violinist Julie Eggers (The Red Hot Chachkas) will celebrate her birthday with a very special evening of music at the San Geronimo Cultural Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring many talented guests. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Alex Call (Clover) returns from Nashville to celebrate the release of his new memoir

867-5309/Jenny: The Song That Saved Me. He will speak and perform at the Playhouse in San Anselmo on Oct. 14 and 15. Please visit for more information. Singer/songwriter Kurt Huget (Namely Us/Moonlight Rodeo) has a new CD out entitled Dream State featuring Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Suzy Thompson, Lucky Otis and Martin Fierro and will play material from it at Rancho Nicasio on Sunday, Oct. 9. The uniquely talented Jimmy Sanchez is moving to Thailand and will play with Tim Eschlimann, Mike Rinta, Michael Peloquin and Kevin Zufi this Friday, Oct. 7, at Sausalito’s Cruising Club barge. To attend this show please email the band at live@ to be on the required invite list. Local musician KC Turner will present BazaarStock 2011 at the Bazaar Cafe at 5927 California St. in San Francisco, on Oct. 8 from 10am to 10 pm—featuring more than 20 awesome local bands and solo performers. On Friday, Oct. 14, two massively talented bands will come together for a very special show at 19 Broadway: Clusterfunk (Bay Area all-star jazz/funk) and Calmodee (live funk/hip-hop) featuring members of Alphabet Soup, Tommy Castro Band, Albert King Band, Vinyl,

Monophonics and more. There have been some pretty exciting sit-ins in Fairfax recently. Inverness product and keyboardist extraordinaire Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd) stopped by the KortUzi Tuesday night jam session recently at 19 Broadway and played some Hammond B3 organ with the band including a “family jam” with his sister Stephanie Keys on guitar and vocals and brother Alex on drums. Also present onstage all night was none other than Mark Karan (Other Ones) on guitar and vocals. Then, the one and only “King of Dieselbilly” Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody), who was in town for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass from Austin, Texas, stopped by Peri’s Bar last Sunday night to “decompress” and jam with Elvis Johnson’s Sunday night blues band featuring Barry Sless (MoonAlice/David Nelson Band) on pedal steel and Danny Uzilevsky on guitar. And as if that wasn’t enough, Carlos Santana and his wife, drummer extraordinaire Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz/Wayne Shorter), both sat in with the band at one of Danny Click’s infamous Texas Blues Nights at the Sleeping Lady Cafe two weeks ago, much to the delight of the packed house and rocking band which featured Don Bassey, Adrienne Biggs, Paul Revelli, Jonathan Korty and Cindy’s talented sister Tracy Blackman on vocals and guitar. Although the 31st falls on a Monday this year, Halloween shows abound the weekend prior! Here’s some ideas for the great local concerts and costume balls happening on Saturday, Oct. 29: Johnny Vega$ and his Hi-Rollers roll into Rancho Nicasio; Savannah Blue slides into Smiley’s Schooner Saloon; the Mother Hips along with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers play Petaluma’s Mystic Theater; Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World play Sausalito’s Seahorse; the Mad Maggies play the Sleeping Lady Cafe, The 85’s host their third annual “Thriller Halloween Bash” at George’s Nightclub; Murphy Productions hosts ALO at the Palm Ballroom in San Rafael; Peri’s Bar features ELP and Hustler; and, finally, local rockers Honeydust will transform 19 Broadway into a Western-themed barn-burning hoe-down. Don’t forget that Chrome Johnson will kick off the Halloween weekend with a costume ball at Peri’s Bar on Friday, Oct. 28, and Pride and Joy will play at George’s on Monday, Oct. 31, as well. < Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at





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‘Me’ Valley Film Fest In true Marin fashion, a brief history of MY legacy at the festival... by M at t hew St af for d


y association with the Mill Val- symposium and concert. (This round-theley Film Festival dates back to the clock timetable became especially enjoyprehistoric days of the Saturday able when the Giants made the playoffs Night Movie, a weekly happening at the old in 1987, 1989, 1993 and 1997 and I had Odd Fellows Hall (today’s 142 Throckmor- to split my time between the cinemania ton) hosted by future festival co-founder at hand and the nearest TV-equipped Mark Fishkin. An eclectic menu of classic, saloon.) At the premiere of Down by Law indie and foreign films was served up in a I chatted with Roberto Benigni, who was freewheeling post-hippie atmosphere dosed just as nutso in 1986 as he was on the Oswith short subjects, door prizes and fresh- cars 12 years later. Russ Meyer gave, easily, ly baked cookies and was a fun and festive the most entertaining interview I’ve ever venue for a young been a part of. Ancinephile’s introducother time I attendtion to The Seven ed the filmmakers’ Samurai, Lawrence dinner as the guest of Arabia and Lina of a screenwriter Wertmuller’s oblique and brought along yet racy Swept Away a director friend to an Unusual Deswhose latest film tiny in the Blue Sea had been rejected by of August. A few years the festival; he spent later, fresh from San the evening slamFrancisco State’s film ming cocktails and school, I volunteered insulting people, like my services to the Benigni responds to one of Stafford’s questions, at the Jack Kerouac at the brand-new MVFF, 1984 festival. Algonquin Round answering phones, putTable. I saw terrific ting up posters, selling tickets and perform- movies like Brother from Another Planet ing other less-than-cinematic duties. But in and Common Threads and Swingers and time (I volunteered for two or three years) I caught some wonderful live performances was put in charge of the annual Super 8 Fes- at Masonic Hall and the Sweetwater. John tival, a (obviously now-defunct) program Goddard’s annual Hi De Ho Show of celebrating the unique delights of this sadly vintage musicalia has been a marvelous extinct medium. (In a bout of self-nepotism reason for the film festival’s existence all I slipped in a 10-minute documentary of on its own. my own and have ever since bragged that a The Mill Valley Film Festival (which movie of mine was shown at the Mill Valley takes place this year from Oct. 6-16 at the Film Festival.) Sequoia, the Rafael and other venues) has At the same time I was working in the grown and flourished since my first visit in mailroom of the Mill Valley Record, whose 1978, but the thing that hasn’t changed is editor, Tony Lewis, asked me for God that it’s still a great opportunity to catch a knows what reason to cover the 1984 festi- bunch of memorable movies you probably val. It was to be my first published piece of wouldn’t see anywhere else. The schmoozwriting and I took it very seriously, attend- ing, sipping, snacking and stargazing are ing the opening, checking out half a dozen pretty nice too. < movies, chatting up anyone who looked Share MVFF memories with Matthew at important and crashing as many parties as possible (my budget was more or less nonexistent). I ended up writing a sort of Herb Caen-stream of consciousness mishmash that ended up on the front page, and I spent the next 14 years covering the festival for both the Record and Film Tape World, a snarky film-industry magazine published out of San Francisco. With press passes in hand I was able to mingle and movie-go to my heart’s content, and every year I took off the second week in October to go to two or The festival marquee during what’s come to be known three movies per day and a party every as its ‘Stafford era.’ evening as well as the occasional tribute, 24 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 7 – OCTOBER 13, 2011


The Rooster crows

The Coen brothers won fame in 1984 with their ironic film noir Blood Simple, and they’ve been making fun of things ever since, so it’s massively surprising to me that their run at the Western would be a remake of the 1969 cornball classic TRUE GRIT—and that they’ve played it absolutely straight. Jeff Bridges takes on the role that won John Wayne his Oscar, a surly bounty hunter recruited by 14-year-old Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) to find her ‘Grit’ is the second-highest-grossing western of all time, father’s killer. One-eyed Rooster behind ‘Dances With Wolves.’ Cogburn has grit—a knack for tracking through Indian country and pure savagery when he finds his man. But it’s little Mattie who shows the steel this time, refusing to leave Rooster’s side or shrink away from the bloody details of a manhunt, even as she throws off frontier locutions like “I know you can drink whiskey and snore and spit and wallow in filth and bemoan your station. The rest has been braggadocio.” The Coens went back to the Charles Portis novel, finding in it a dry unsentimental clarity that eluded the first film version, and it’s possible to see the remake’s smash success (the No. 2 grossing Western of all time) as a Very Big Thing. This old standby of the late ’50s, with its two or three characters beating their lonely way through hostile country to settle a grudge, suits the modern mood perfectly. Fans of the film should lasso up the revenge Westerns of director Anthony Mann.—Richard Gould


a look at the movies Marin made famous

Directed by Arthur Lubin, Impact (1949) is a noirish B-movie about well-to-do businessman Walter Williams (Brian Donlevy) who finds himself on the lam as an auto mechanic in small-town Idaho after barely escaping a botched murder attempt by his wife’s secret paramour. The small-town scenes were filmed in Larkspur. Though the screenplay featured a different name for the Idaho town, the producers changed the hamlet’s name to “Larkspur” to save money and the labor of changing the name on all the signs around town.—Jason Walsh

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Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

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. O The Ides of March (1:42) George Clooney writes, directs and stars in an adaptation of the Beau Willimon play about a charismatic presidential candidate and a simmering scandal that could bring him down. O Jack the Ripper and Butterfinger the 13th (2:30) Frightful double bill features a new docudrama on London’s 1880s serial killer and a horrific featurette about an incinerated itinerant outdoorsman. O Jane’s Journey (1:47) The life and work of legendary chimpanzee expert and dedicated environmentalist Jane Goodall is the subject of this inspiring documentary. O Killer Elite (1:56) Special ops agent Jason Statham takes on three fearsome assassins to rescue kidnapped old mentor Robert De Niro. O LA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Mendelssohn (2:15) Los Angeles Philharmonic Maestro Gustavo Dudamel present’s Felix’s Violin Concerto, Scottish Symphony and Hebrides Overture. O The Lion King 3D (1:29) Disney’s stirring story of a cub’s ascension to the throne returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Machine Gun Preacher (2:03) Drug dealer-turned-humanitarian Gerard Butler takes on a renegade African militia group that turns defenseless children into gun-toting soldiers. O Mill Valley Film Festival The 34th annual cinematic soiree features seminars, workshops, galas, in-person tributes and hundreds of movies from around the world. O Moneyball (2:06) Billy Beane’s struggle to field a contending Oakland A’s team on a shoestring reaches the big screen with an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, Brad Pitt as Beane and Daryl Strawberry as himself. O National Theatre London: The Kitchen (2:30) Arnold Wesker’s ensemble dramedy about one particularly fast and furious evening in the kitchens of a West End restaurant is dazzlingly presented by the NTL. O Real Steel (2:12) In a near-future world of robot-only championship boxing, a washed-up former fighter assembles a lethal mechanical Rocky Balboa with help from his estranged son (awwwww). O Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D (1:29) The fourth “D” is a scratch-andsmell card, which isn’t really a dimension and makes us fear further sequels. O What’s Your Number? (1:46) Anna Faris searches her romantic Rolodex to choose the ex-bf most likely to provide that true-love thang. <



George Clooney staggers towards the presidency in ‘The Ides of March,’ opening everywhere Friday. O Abduction (1:46) John Singleton actioner about a teen who discovers that he was kidnapped as an infant and that his “parents” are wanted by the FBI; Taylor Lautner stars. O Contagion (1:45) Steven Soderbergh thriller about a lethal, fast-moving airborne virus and the global race to contain and kill it; Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Matt Damon star. O Courageous (2:10) Four cops face down the toughest challenge of their lives: fatherhood. O 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. O Dolphin Tale (1:53) True story about a disabled dolphin whose perseverance (and new prosthetic tail) inspire millions around the world; Winter the dolphin stars as herself. O Dream House (1:50) Perfect couple Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz move into the perfect New England home only to discover that it was the site of a bloody murder a few years back and that the killer is still at large. O Drive (1:40) Stunt driver Ryan Gosling enters the real world of aggressive autoing when he hits the road with his girlfriend, her daughter and a sack of protection money, bad guys on their bumper. O 50/50 (1:39) Fact-based dramedy about a twentysomething cancer patient (Joesph Gordon-Levitt) and his struggles with chemotherapy; Philip Baker Hall and Anjelica Huston provide support.


50/50 (R) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 8, 10:30 Sat-Sun 12:15, 2:45, 5:30, 8, 10:30 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 12:50, 2:15, 3:30, 4:50, 6:15, 7:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40 Mon-Wed 4:35, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:50, 4:35, 7:15, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:50, 4:35, 7:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:25 Sat 1:40, 4:15, 7, 9:25 Sun 1:40, 4:15, 7 Mon-Thu 4:15, 7 Abduction (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20 Contagion (PG-13) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:15, 4:45, 7:25, 9:55 Courageous (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 1:10, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05 The Debt (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu 1:55, 7:45 Sun 7:45 Dolphin Tale (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:25, 3:10, 5:45, 8:25; 3D showtimes at 11:25, 1:55, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:40, 5; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:40, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10; 3D showtimes at 4:15, 6:50, 9:25 Sun-Thu 1:10; 3D showtimes at 4:15, 6:50 Lark Theater: Fri 8 Sat 3, 5:30, 8 Sun 10:30, 4, 6:30


New Movies This Week

Mon 5 Tue-Wed 4:30 Thu 4:30, 7 Dream House (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:55, 2:40, 5:15, 7:50, 10:30 Drive (R) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:10, 2:50, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30 The Help (PG-13) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 10:45, 4:35, 10:20 Mon-Thu 10:45, 4:35 NThe Ides of March (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:25 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:15, 12:35, 1:50, 3:15, 4:30, 5:55, 7:15, 8:35, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:15, 12:35, 1:50, 3:15, 4:30, 5:55, 7:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 10:25 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:40, 4:35, 7:30, 10 Mon-Wed 4:45, 7:40 Fairfax 5 Theatres: FriSat 1:30, 4:25, 7:10, 9:35 Sun-Thu 1:30, 4:25, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sat 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10 NJack the Ripper and Butterfinger the 13th (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Thu 8:15 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 8:15 Jane’s Journey (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Fri 3 Sat 12:30 Tue-Wed 7 Killer Elite (R) ++ Century Northgate 15: 11:45, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 NLA Phil Live: Dudamel Conducts Mendelssohn (G) Century Regency 6: Sun 2 CinéArts at Marin: Sun 2 The Lion King (G) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat-Sun 12, 2:35, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza:

11:50, 2:25, 4:50, 7:10, 9:40 NMachine Gun Preacher (R) Century Northgate 15: 1:20, 4:25, 7:30, 10:25 NMill Valley Film Festival CinéArts at Sequoia: Call 3835256 or visit for schedule and showtimes Rafael Film Center: Call 3835256 or visit for schedule and showtimes Moneyball (Not Rated) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10 Sat-Sun 1, 4, 7, 10 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:35 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:55, 7, 10:05 SunThu 12:45, 3:55, 7 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Mon-Wed 4:25, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 Sun-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sat 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:40 Sun 1:10, 4, 6:50 Mon-Thu 4, 6:50 National Theatre London: The Kitchen (Not Rated) Lark Theater: Sun 1 NReal Steel (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Sun, Wed-Thu 12:45, 3:40, 7, 10 Century Larkspur Landing: Mon-Thu 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7, 10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:05, 7, 9:45 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:05, 7 Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (PG) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 4:40, 9:30; 3D showtimes at 2:20, 7:20 What’s Your Number? (R) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10

Showtimes can change after we go to press. Please call theater to confirm schedules.

›› THEATERS CinéArts at Marin 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito • 331-0255 CinéArts at Sequoia 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley • 388-4862 Cinema 41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera • 924-6505 Fairfax 9 Broadway, Fairfax • 453-5444 Lark 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur • 924-5111 Larkspur Landing 500 Larkspur Landing Cir., Larkspur • 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

Thelonious Monk is just one of the hepcats gracing this year’s totally jazzy Hi De Ho Show, playing Friday at the Sequoia as part of the Mill Valley Film Festival.


F R I D AY O C T O B E R 7 — F R I D AY O C T O B E R 1 4 Pacific Sun‘s Community Calendar

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

Check out our Online Community Calendar for more listings, spanning more weeks, with more event information.

Live music 10/07: Andoni’s Quartet Jazz, blues. 7-10pm. No cover. Rickeys Restaurant & Bar, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477. 10/07: Laurence Juber Former Wings lead guitarist and acoustic finger-style master performs unplugged. 8-10:15pm. $35-40. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846. 10/07: Natasha James Band Sonoma-based singer/songwriter. 8:30-11pm. $20. Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/07: Pop Fiction Dance party. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San

Rafael. 226-0262.

10/07: The 7th Sons With Jake Baker, drums/ vocals; Mark Banning, guitar/vocals; Kurt Huget, guitar/vocals; Kim Carrigg, bass. 7:30-10:30pm. No cover. McInnis Park Golf Center, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 10/08: The English Beat 10pm. $22. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax 10/08: James Moseley Band High energy motown, R&B, funk. 9:30pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/08: Stray Cat’s Lee Hooker Rockabilly/blues. North of Malibu opens. 8:30pm. $25. Hopmonk, 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. 707-829-7300.

BEST BET Three cheers for Bioneers! Pollinating the hearts and minds with proactive approaches to creating and sustaining an amazing world, the annual BIONEERS CONFERENCE once again graces Marin with a little (and big) something for everyone. Birthed from the creative inspiration of a sustainable future, Bioneers was founded by Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons in 1990 and has featured innovative leaders such as Jane Goodall, Joanna Macy, Matthew Fox, Michael Pollan, Luisah Teish and countless others. In addition to featured speaker Gloria Steinem gracing the stage at this year’s event, Bioneers offers preconference activities with a local focus. The first is a local farm tour sponsored by the Agricultural Institute of Marin and MALT (Marin Agricultural Land Trust). Starting off the day with a morning trip to the Marin Farmers Market in San Rafael, the day carries participants through Gloria Steinem is the keynote speaker Giacomini Dairy and Point Reyes Farmstead at this year’s Bioneers. Cheese Company, Red Hill Ranch and County Line Harvest with tour guide Constance Washburn of MALT. The tour highlights new innovations on longstanding farms and includes a locally produced lunch. Thursday, Oct. 13, 8:30am-5pm. Meet at Marin Farmers Market, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $125. Next on the list is a field trip to the Bay Conference Center in Tiburon for a day of hands-on education about native traditional ecological knowledge. Hosted by the Cultural Conservancy, the day includes an overview of local land and cultures by Miwok, Pomo, Ohlone and Costanoan representatives and a discussion about the water sources of Northern Arizona by Navajo and Hopi leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to make baskets from local native materials, explore canoe making and make traditional shell necklaces. All of this and a feast of local foods—acorns, salmon, seaweed, blue corn posole, stew and more—along with storytelling and music. Thursday, Oct. 13, 8:30am-5pm. Bay Conference Center, 3153 Paradise Drive, Tiburon. $195. Visit for registration.—Dani Burlison

Pucker up for the Blarney next weekend when the Fairfax Feis offers Irish music and dance at various downtown locations.

10/08: Rubber Souldiers Innovative and playful take on Beatles repetoire. 8:30-11pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 10/09: Buddy Owen Blues, rock. 9pm. No cover. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax.

10/09: Jazz Jam Session with Steve Nelson Trio With Steve Nelson Trio. Dust off your horn and bring it down. 1-5pm. Ghiringhell’s Pizza & Grill, 1535 South Novato Blvd., Novato. 878-4977. 10/09: Kurt Huget and Friends CD release show. 4-6pm. Rancho Nicasio, Nicasio. 637-2496. 10/11: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan

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Gypsy jazz. 8pm $18-21. 142 Throckmortob theatre, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 10/13: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 7-10pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671.

10/14-15: First Annual Fairfax Feis: Festival of Irish Music and Dance Performers include John Pedersen, The Gas Men, Culannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hounds, Michael and Shay Black, Vinnie Cronin and Barry Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. 8:30pm-2am Oct. 14. 11am-2am Oct. 15. $15-30. Venues on Broadway and Bolinas Road, Downtown, Fairfax. 451-1924. 10/14: Alex Call â&#x20AC;&#x153;867-5309/JENNY - The Song That Saved Me.â&#x20AC;? Call will perform and read from his book. 7pm. $20. The Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 606-5456. 10/14: Bonnie Hayes Singer/songwriter. 9pm. $10-15. Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 10/14: The Edge - Acoustic With Lorin Rowan, Jimmy Dillon and Ozzie Ahlers 8:3011pm. $15. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. Andoniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Quartet Jazz, pop, blues. 7:30-10pm. No cover. Taste of Rome, 1000 Bridgeway, Sausalito. 332-7660.



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10/09: Los Californios: The Alta California Orchestra Performing the songs and dances of early Spanish California in period costume on antique instruments. 2-4pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas.

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LiaBraaten, new semi-abstract photography. “Bounty.” Debra Stuckgold, Installation. Eric Engstrom, new paintings. 11-5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Highway One , Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 10/31: Marge Rector Recent paintings. Art reception 4-7 pm, Oct.9 In the Maurice Del Mue galleries at the community center. 10am-5pm. Free. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 488-8888 .

Through 11/11: ‘Day of the Dead: Exhibit of Altars’ Opening reception 5-8pm Oct. 14. Closing party Nov. 11. Curated by Sharon Christovich of the Folk Art Gallery and Carol Durham from Art Works Downtown. Free. Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 11/12: ‘Asia Observed’ Marin Arts presents an exhibit capturing the complexity and charm of Asia featuring traditional and modern forms of art. 11-6pm. Free. Marin Arts Gallery, 906 4th St., San Rafael . 666-2442.

Through 11/13: ‘Californios Costeras: La Vida Espanola del Oeste Marin 17761876/Coastal Californios: Spanish Life in West Marin 1776-1876’ Edgar Angelone, photography. Reding/Fleming Family Installation 1-5pm. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330.

Through 11/13: ‘Legends of the Bay Area: Manuel Neri’ Two and three dimensional works by Manuel Neri inspired by Japanese figures and landscapes. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

Through 11/23: ‘Celebrating Jewish Life in Marin’ Norm Levin, photography. 8am-6pm. Free. Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 499-1403.

Through 11/29: ‘Four Marin County Masters and Student Show’ Works by Dorallen Davis, Barbara Lawrence and Carol Smith Myer, paintings; Susan Hontalas, ceramics. Free. Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., San Rafael.

Talks/Lectures/Readings 10/08: Insider Tips on Italian Travel With Lynne Soldavini. 3-4pm. Free. San Rafael City Council Chambers, 1400 Fifth Ave., San Rafael. 485-3321.

10/09: Dyan Cannon The author presents “Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/09: Jeffrey Masson “Dogs Make Us Human.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/11: Alton Brown Alton signs copies and conducts a Q&A for his new book “Good Eats 3: The Later Years.” His Good Eats series has been garnering awards for the last 14 seasons on the Food Network. 3:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/11: Journey of the Italians in America Il Gruppo Lonatese Club hosts a lecture and book signing by Vicenza Scarpacci, author of “Journey of the Italians in America.” 7:30-9pm. Free. San Rafael Community Center, 610 B St., San Rafael. 663-8995. 10/11: Michael Stanley The writing team of Johannesburg natives Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip discusses “Death of the Mantis.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/12: Mark Vonnegut Dr. Vonnegut presents his intimate account of growing up as the son of legendary writer Kurt Vonnegut in “Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So.” 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Gangaji Gangaji discusses “Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story.” 7:30pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Bioneers Annual Conference Explore the forefront of positive change. 9am-10pm. $495. Marin Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 10/13: David McCullough The Pulitzer Prize winning author discusses “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.” 7pm. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 10/13: Don George George talks about “Lights, Camera..Travel!” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. www.

‘Sausalito Morning’ and other works by Teresa Dong are on exhibit this month at the Painters Place in Larkspur. edonia St., Sausalito. www.whytherearewords. 10/14:‘The Roots of Wisdom’ With Michael Meade. An evening of stories and poems that consider the roots of wisdom as found in many traditions. 7pm. $15. Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, 410 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley.

10/14: Suzanne Saxe-Roux and Jean Roux The authors talk about “Courage and Croissant, Inspiring Joyful Living.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Wednesdays: Marin History Museum Gallery Tour Join local legend Jeff Craemer for a gallery tour of the “Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Ink” exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

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Community Events (Misc.) 10/08: Annual St. Nicholas Church Bazaar Family friendly event with performances by the Nicolai Ensemble, and the St. Nicholas Choir along with tasty Russian foods, silent auction, church tours, handmade jewelry and more. 10am-3pm. Free. St. Nicholas Church, 102 Ross Ave., San Anselmo. 382-8016.

10/08: Body Celebration Day Spa Open House Organic barbecue, free giveaways, chair massages, mini facials, skin care samples. 10am4pm. Free. 745 B. St., San Rafael. 302-8490.

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es for independent and world cinema includes a special tribute to actress Glenn Close this year. Screenings in Mill Valley, San Rafael and other nearby locations. Smith Rafael Film Center , 1118 Fourth St., San Rafael. 454-1222. 10/07: ‘Queen of the Sun’ This film takes a hard look at the global bee crisis . 7-10pm. $12-16. Yogaworks Larkspur Landing, 2207 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur. 309-0045.

10/07: Filmmaker Forum Presents: ‘Absent’ Justin Hunt’s movie focuses on healing the earth. He will be available to answer questions following the screening. 6-8:30pm. Free. Filmmakers Forum, 10 Bayview Dr., San Rafael. 454-2705. 10/10: Monday Night at the Movies “Separate Tables.” (1958. )David Niven and Wendy Hiller received Oscars for this drama. 7:309pm. Free. Mill Valley Library, 375 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. 389-4292. Dyan Cannon will discuss ‘My Life with Cary Grant’ Oct. 9 at Book Passage. 30 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 7 - OCTOBER 13, 2011

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Be Our Friend OnďŹ cSunNews and chickens, see solar power systems for farm vehicles run on bio fuels; water collection systems; eco-chicken coops; bees, honey. 10-11am. $5 per person. By reservation only Woolly Egg Ranch, 503 Tennessee Valley Rd., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 10/08: Hands-on Pruning Workshop With â&#x20AC;&#x153;Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pruning Guru, Michael Alliger. Bring tools. 9am-noon. $12, pre-register. Falkirk Cultural Center Greenhouse, 1408 Mission St. , San Rafael. 389-6636. 10/08: In the Spirit Educational Compass Box whisky tasting/seminar with master whisky-

Kid Stuff Pacific_Sun maker John Glaser. Proceeds benefit Dance Palace. 1-3pm. $50. Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St., Point Reyes Station. 663-1075. . 10/08: Open House Burbank Farm Celebrate fall by pressing apples into cider., take a docent-led tour, learn to make rope, start your fall planting. 10am-4pm. Free. Gold Ridge Farm, 7777 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol,

10/07:Tim Cain Part of the Fabulous Fridays series. Bring your little dancing feet. 3:30 p.m. Free. San Anselmo City Council Chamber Room( adjacent to library building), 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. 10/08: Make a Scarecrow Bring in items to dress â&#x20AC;&#x2122;em up. Hay, heads, bodies and some decorations will be supplied. 2-4 p.m. San Anselmo City Council Chamber Room, 110 Tunstead Ave., San Anselmo. 258-4656. 10/08: Marin Green Halloween Party and

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) You may want to spend more time in bed over the weekend as the imaginative Pisces Moon makes sleep an entertaining escape from the four celestial energies opposing your sign. Your mood lightens on Monday; and by Tuesday, with the juicy Full Moon in your sign, you’re really feeling the love. During the next few weeks, you’re meant to be throwing your passion into a creative project. If you haven’t begun yet, please start. TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You can sometimes be so grounded that you pay little attention to your “New Age”-type friends. This weekend brings you around to their way of thinking. You’re not ready to quit your job and move to a commune, but at least you are curious about metaphysical subjects. After the weekend, your relationship moves into a kinder gentler phase. Romantic activities become available. Herbal ointments and incense are optional. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) You may find that you have temporarily lost your ability to think before you speak. Meanwhile, your imagination continues to make mountains out of molehills, which adds to your current tendency to stray from reality. This is not hopeless, although it is not the best week to meet future in-laws, interview for the position of chief psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins or agree to give a science lecture at Harvard... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) As long as you can try to remain emotionally detached, Friday can be brilliant for working things out with family, friends and ex-lovers. On Sunday, talented Venus enters your house of romance and creativity, turning you into a charming flirt and enhancing your artistic flair. If single, make friends with your attractive new neighbor. If attached, try a session of body painting with your sweetie. You have three weeks. Enjoy it. LEO (July 22 - August 22) There’s nothing like having energetic Mars in your sign to ensure you’re ready for anything—the more dynamic the better. You are brave, daring and sexy. If you don’t already have your own TV show, you should consider getting an agent. Meantime, Tuesday’s Full Moon lights up your house of foreign influences. If leaving the country isn’t an option, then book a table at your favorite Italian restaurant. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Spending money brings all sorts of inner turmoil this week. On one hand, you feel the need to purchase whatever it is that makes your life and your spirits brighter. On the other hand, you experience a definite level of fear that you may end up penniless and jobless if you’re not careful. I’d tell you to flip a coin, but I bet you’ve either already spent it or put it in your piggy bank...

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CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) The crowd of planets at the top of your chart could mean some sort of public acknowledgment of your career accomplishments. Or, if you’ve been uncharacteristically lazy, then you might feel the need to scramble up the ladder of success as fast as possible. On Tuesday, however, the emphasis shifts to your personal life. Abandon your climb. Your family doesn’t want to hear about your company stock, they want to hear about you. AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) With assertive Mars opposing your sign, you are likely to get drawn into arguments. No matter how rational your end of the discussion, the other side is not having it. Although your best response is to walk away, your temper, once ignited, is too stubborn to give up. To make matters even more volatile, the emotional Moon connects with your ruler, explosive Uranus, on Monday. Public transportation is recommended. Try not to fight with the bus driver... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) The moody Moon in your sign for most of the weekend leads you to overreact when dealing with certain people. Because of this, please either hide away or surround yourself with sweet and sensitive types until Monday. The Full Moon in motivating Aries on Tuesday can be quite inspirational for those of you looking for a job or (better yet) a new way to make money. Feel free to come out of hiding. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 7– OCTOBER 13, 2011

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LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) As an air sign, you feel rather tethered by having grounded Saturn in your sign—which may make you more reasonable about celebrating your birthday. So when your pals tell you that a special guest couple will be at your party, you’re less likely to have your hopes dashed when Prince William and Kate Middleton don’t arrive. No matter your age, consider this your “all grown-up” birthday. Here’s hoping that it is smashing—in a completely dignified way....

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) Many of you have walked away from previous entanglements because they threatened your freedom. As one who thinks that regrets are a waste of time, you rarely look back. Nevertheless, on this weekend, you may encounter someone from your storied past. And, due to the fact that your ruler (honest Jupiter) is occupying the noble sign of Taurus, you can’t pretend you don’t remember. Prepare to apologize.

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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127672 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOWNSEND NETWORKS, 35 REED BLVD. SUITE A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: TOWNSEND ASSETS GROUP INC., 35 REED BLVD. SUITE A, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on April 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127476 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TACOLIST BAREFOOT ECO RUNNER, 24 EAST KAPPAS MARINA, SAUSALITO, CA 94965: MICHELE JOY HARRIS, 24 EAST KAPPAS MARINA, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on August 5, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on August 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127740 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AVALON NAILS, 530 THIRD ST. #D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: THAO T NGUYEN, 409 DRAKE AVE. #10, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No.127765 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN FLORICULTURAL SCIENCES, 52 LONGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIKA EDLER, 52 LONGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127660 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODERN DWELLINGS, 798 MONTECILLO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: HELEN M. BUCKLEY, 238 MERRYDALE RD. #8, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; SARAH S. HOOVER, 798 MONTECILLO RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a joint venture. 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 31, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127700 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VISIGRAF INSTITUTE; VISIGRAF COMMUNICATIONS AND DESIGN; SPACEFRAME PRESS; PRODUCTION DESIGN SERVICES, 41 BELLE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHARON RUTH SKOLNICK-BAGNOLI, 138 MISSION AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901; BRUCE ROBERT BAGNOLI, 138 MISSION 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 7, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 7, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127772 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as O.M.G., 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: CHARLES MEI YONG, 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. 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

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Public Notices Continued from Page 34 the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127795 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BUILD YOUR PEACE, 1600 LINCOLN CIRCLE DR. #2131, LARKSPUR, CA 94939: SUSAN B TOPF, 1600 LINCOLN VILLAGE CIRCLE #2131, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 15, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127770 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as DM DESIGN, 282 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: DOUGLAS JOHN MINKLER, 282 MORNING SUN AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on N/A. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127848 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GOLDCON ENTERPRISES, 136 PEACOCK DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PAUL KAHN, 136 PEACOCK 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 2009. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127849 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NORTH BAY HANDYMAN; NORTH BAY HANDYMEN; NORTH BAY HANDYMAN SERVICES, 79 VIVIAN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947: LEO R PFEIFER, 79 VIVIAN CT., NOVATO, CA 94947 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 20, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127863 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ANDREWSCAMPS, 400 TAMAL PLAZA, CORTE MADERA, CA 94925: ANDREW A FRIERSON, 18 EDGEWATER CT., 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 September 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127862 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as NVIJUN, 95 BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: DDH GROUP, LLC, 95 BELVEDERE ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 3, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127856 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WALKER AUTOMOTIVE, 47 INDUSTRIAL WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904: BASIC MARIN WHEELS, 47 INDUSTRIAL WAY, GREENBRAE, CA 94904. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 27, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127882 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA DETAIL, 53 DUNFRIES TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TROY MOUSA, 53 DUNFRIES TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has

not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on September 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127791 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WILD WILLPOWER, 141 LANSDALE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930: ALEXANDRA DISTANCE MARIE WILLSON, 141 LANSDALE, FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011127883 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE POWDER ROOM, 715 SIR FRANCES DRAKE BLVD., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: BRIDGET A EDWARDS, 14838 ECHO RIDGE DR., NEVADA CITY, CA 95959. 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 Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on September 30, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127889 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as 101 SURF SPORTS, 115 3RD STREET, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: 101 WATER SPORTS, LLC., 3055 BAKER STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94109. 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 October 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127891 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PARVULUS ENTERPRISES; PARVULUS MARKETING; PARVULUS CONSULTING; PARVULUS PLAYWEAR; PARVULUS PLAYWARE; CREATIVE PLAYWEAR; CREATIVE PLAYWARE; PARVULUS; PILHAGE CONSULTING; PILHAGE PLAYWEAR; PILHAGE PLAYWARE, 2240 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTINA PILHAGE FASSBERG, 2240 FIFTH AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28, 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 1104513. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MEGAN KATHLEEN PETERS ON BEHALF OF ANDREW DAVID HALLORAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ANDREW DAVID HALLORAN to ANDREW DAVID PETERS. 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: November 7, 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: September 12, 2011 /s/ Faye D’Opal, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: Publication Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304307 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): QUEEN NAILS AND SPA, 532 3RD ST. SUITE D, SAN

RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: January 19, 2011. Under File No: 125855. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): THAO T NGUYEN, 530 3RD ST. #D, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 12, 2011. (Pacific Sun: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304308 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): MEI & NGO, 1139 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: September 2, 2011. Under File No: 127681. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): : CHARLES MEI , 819 E 23RD ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606; GIN NGO, 2189 E 24TH ST., OAKLAND, CA 94606. . This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 15, 2011. (Pacific Sun: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304272 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): BAYVIEW SALON, 3001 BRIDGEWAY #6, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. Filed in Marin County on: May 22, 2007. Under File No: 2007113603. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): BONG NGUYEN, 655 ROSAL WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on September 21, 2011. (Pacific Sun: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: JOAN BAUMHOFF. Case No. PR-1104792. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of JOAN BAUMHOFF, JOAN A. BAUMHOFF. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: ANNE SCOTT in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that ANNE SCOTT be appointed as personal representative to administer the estate of the decedent. THE PETITION requests the decedent’s will and codicils, if any, be admitted to probate. The will and any codicils are available for examination in the file kept by the court. THE PETITION requests authority to administer the estate under the Independent Administration of Estates Act. (This authority will allow the personal representative to take many actions without obtaining court approval. Before taking certain very important actions, however, the personal representative will be required to give notice to interested persons unless they have waived notice or consented to the proposed action.) The independent administration authority will be granted unless an interested person files an objection to the petition and shows good cause why the court should not grant the authority. A HEARING on the petition will be held in this court as follows: October 31, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: H, Room: H, of the Superior Court of California, Marin County, located at Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special Notice form is available from the court clerk. Petitioner: ANNE SCOTT, 635 ORANGE AVE., LOS ALTOS, CA 94022. (650)917-1795. (Publication Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 2011)

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My wife of three years complains that I’m not romantic anymore. In the beginning, I did romantic stuff all the time. I still love her very much, but I guess I’m subconsciously reacting to the fact that I’ve nabbed her forever. (There’s definitely something to be said about “the thrill of the chase.”) How can I let her know I still care? —Comfortably Wed


Your wife could be a mix of Angelina Jolie, Madame Curie and Sue Johanson (the cute little old lady sexpert from TV), and the thrill of the chase would probably still give way to the thrill of pretending to listen to what she’s saying while you’re watching the game. You can try to keep the romance alive with some therapist looking disapprovingly down her bifocals at the two of you—or with the gift of a 50-cent purple plastic chimp. The chimp, happily, will not ask you to “own your feelings” or repeat awkward “I” statements. Of course, the chimp could also be a toy pig, a chocolate dog or some celebrity’s toenail clippings. I happen to have a thing for chimps, so my boyfriend gives me chimp thingiedoos. The point is to extend yourself in ways that give your partner a little lift even though you no longer need to chase her (you just reach over in bed and give her a gentle shake so she’ll stop snoring like an old wino). Doing nice little things for each other regularly is the romantic version of car maintenance to keep you from ending up broke-down in Scarytown. A 2010 study tracking 65 couples by psych prof Sara B. Algoe found that a partner’s little thoughtful actions led to feelings of gratitude in the recipient partner, which led to both partners feeling more connected and happier with their relationship the following day. Algoe and her colleagues speculated that “moments of gratitude can act like ‘booster shots’ for the ongoing relationship.” Previous research by Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky (detailed in The How of Happiness) suggests that two of the most effective ways to increase a person’s overall happiness are feeling grateful and doing thoughtful things for others, so yes... the key to both a happier marriage and a happier life could be the occasional checkout line impulse item. The husband you don’t want to be is the neglectful one with the miserable, angry wife he tries to placate with occasional seismic gifting—waiting until their anniversary and going bankrupt buying a diamond tennis bracelet or hiring the Three Wise Men to drop by her office with gifts of frankincense and myrrh. His wife knows very well what his gifts are: remedial romancing—a peace offering instead of a love offering. The wiser approach is replacing the thrill of the chase with the thrill of making your wife happy by being regularly attentive: Hug her and tell her she’s beautiful. Change her windshield wipers without being asked (you care about her safety!). Slip out of work to get her a cupcake (at 3pm on a Thursday, her happiness was important to you). Every now and then, mix the little things up with all that stuff guys do early on—stuff like sending flowers after sex, not sneaking out after your wife falls asleep and then avoiding your favorite bar for two weeks so you won’t run into her.


I’ve been dating a really sweet guy for a month and a half. Three weeks in, I knew I had to end it, but he really likes me and somehow talked me into staying. Last night, I realized I absolutely must end it... immediately! How do I do this gently and make it stick?—Dreading The Day


“If you love something, set it free” is, I guess, helpful advice for those whose first thought is “If you love something, lure it into your house and lock it in your basement.” But, what you and a whole lot of people need to hear is “If you pity something, set it free.” When you aren’t into a guy who’s into you, the kindest thing you can do is snuff out all hope. Cut him loose as soon as possible and as definitively as possible. Be starkly honest that it’s over but vague and maybe even dishonest about why (for example, you just don’t have “chemistry”). Giving specifics is usually mean and gives your dumpee wiggle room: “I’ll take sex lessons! And comedy lessons! I’ll even start reading books.” By letting it get to this point, you’re prone to lash out with a suggestion of exactly the sort of book he needs to read: How To Get a New Head, Body, and Personality, and To Think, Smell, and Talk Like a Totally Different Person: A Love Story. <

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Section 1 of the October 7, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly