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Deck the halls with boughs of pristine county open space... The celebration from the County Parks over allowing people to cut down “Christmas trees” on Ring Mountain Preserve is a bad idea [“It’s Not Tree Killing—It’s Habitat Restoration!” Dec. 2]. The inaugural program to clear nonnative Monterey pines from the environmentally threatened bayside preserve was initiated by the Marin County Parks Department. In the 1970s, I visited friends in New Mexico and saw the result of what happens when

people become accustomed to helping themselves to parklands. For the county to encourage this is a shame. Already across California people are taking firewood illegally, pulling up plants and killing game animals. Once the gate is open, who will stop the flood? Niccolo Caldararo, Fairfax

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In regard to Ronnie Cohen’s story on Proposition 8 [“Prop. 8 ‘Standing’ at Altar,” Nov. 25], I do not see how the judges could have done otherwise than to allow Proposition 8 proponents to defend it in court. Our justice system is based on adversarial representation, and the state’s refusal to defend the proposition would have otherwise left its side unrepresented. Technically speaking, I do not believe there is a universal right to marry. For example, I may not marry a child or my sister (God forbid!). It may be noted that polygamy, which is also forbidden, was practiced by 19th-century Mormons and during biblical times, as well as existing in


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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› some Muslim countries today, and would seem to exert a stronger claim to historic legitimacy than same-sex marriage, which I believe has never been recognized in the Christian-era West. In any case, the Supreme Court is both conservative-leaning and majority Catholic and seems unlikely to legitimize same-sex marriage. Nonetheless, I feel personal sympathy for same-sex couples who wish to marry, as well as for supporters of traditional marriage who believe something would be taken from them. Perhaps the best that can be done at the present time is passage of a federal law that would give all the legal rights of marriage to domestic partners of whatever sex. Dick Kidd, Corte Madera

Only if you apologize for the Lenny Bruce comparison Letter writer Craig Whatley is a friend of mine. And I am writing to express my displeasure with your scolding Like Mr. Whatley, boundarypushing comedian Lenny Bruce “treatment” of suffered the ignorant wrath of a him [“Got Any corrupt justice system. Good Ones About Crippled Orphans?” Nov. 25] regarding his—partially printed—Gabby Giffords joke, for the following reasons: O After years as an award-winning songwriter/pianist, Mr. Whatley— through no fault of his own—became severely-to-profoundly deaf, owing to a little-understood and thus-far incurable hearing nerve disorder. So I feel he is well-qualified to address disability issues, humorously or otherwise. O In addition to suffering the aforementioned fate, Mr. Whatley has also had to contend with having been falsely charged with three felonies by a corrupt and negligent Marin County legal system. And to add insult to (permanent) injury, was then “compelled” to “accept” a false misdemeanor conviction, under the pretense of a “plea agreement” for the purpose of cover-up, regardless of what the “record” says. In addition, some of those records

have also been sealed from public view. Conspiracy, anyone? It is my understanding that both of these facts have been previously noted in letters Mr. Whatley has submitted to the Sun. So if you do not (or do not feel like) giving Mr. Whatley an apology, I feel you should at least print the whole gag (perhaps with an apology/explanation), as I’m sure he would have preferred you not have printed the joke at all, incompletely, and with your ill-informed, self-righteous “edict.” It has now been 50 years since Lenny Bruce put the first nail in the proverbial coffin of jokes like Mr. Whatley’s—in their defense, that is. And one would think that at least a smidgen of tolerance for these issues would have accrued more than a decade into the 21st century. But no, political “correctness”—like the unwavering “dictums” of our beloved Tea Party—appears to be the order of the day. Shame. Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

Editor’s note: Thanks for writing, Kimberly! There’s nothing we appreciate more than when readers keep us in check with their reasoned responses and thoughtful criticism. This, however, is not one of those times. While we sympathize with Craig’s hearing disorder and legal-system woes, we don’t find that those circumstances render him any more qualified to poke fun at innocent victims of near-fatal brain injuries than the rest of us. Like any publication, the Pacific Sun reserves the right to publish whichever submitted material we see fit—and we make no apologies for depriving readers of punch lines in mockery of the violently persecuted. So, no, we won’t reprint the joke in its entirety. But just to show there’s no hard feelings, we will print the punch line that was previously withheld—so folks who felt unjustly denied a hearty guffaw in the Nov. 25 issue can put the two issues together and have themselves a side-splitting laugh: “vegetable soup.”

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‘Down’ and out in Marin Downsized San Anselmo woman launches the ‘Magazine for the New America’... by J u l i e Vad e r


lair Adams knew the world had changed—and no doubt the world needed a new publication to reflect the new reality. So Adams got busy in her San Anselmo home and wrote, edited, proofread and produced an online “Magazine for the New America.” “The idea came to me out of the blue,” says Adams. Downsized Living, which went live at in October, mimics the look and tone of high-end glossy shelter magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living. Downsized Living’s feature stories include a look at a “celebrity chef ” who specializes in Dumpster diving and scavenger cuisine: “... weeds like fennel and chicory are edible and available at many vacant lots. He also makes delightful salads with Miner’s lettuce, a common plant found throughout the West Coast.” And there’s “How to Land That $8 an Hour Dream Job,” with a counselor who advises: “Most employers refuse to hire people who are currently unemployed. If you’re an expert in your field, you’re overqualified; if you’re a star performer, you’ll

want too much money; if you have years of experience, you’re too old; and if you have a new degree or certificate, you have no experience.” The solution, the article goes on, is to distinguish oneself from other job-seekers: “... running naked isn’t the only way to stand out from the crowd. [One applicant] barked and howled like a dog during a recent interview... he got the job. Other job applicants have parachuted to their interviews in costume or fixed a Caesar’s salad at the interviewer’s desk.” The counselor concludes: “Last week we had one guy come in who was a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, and he couldn’t get a job. So I asked him, ‘Can you do anything else, like sing or tap dance?’ All I know is, in today’s economy, always think and do the opposite of what makes sense.” All of which is no doubt a sterling example of the hoariest writing advice: Write what you know. Adams, 46, worked for the county before being “downsized.” She has a degree in Spanish from San Francisco State, and went to Princeton in a Ph.D. program in microbiology before turning to writing. A former fill-in proofreader for the Pacific Sun, Adams now works as a writing tutor for Dominican University, and was trying to find work as an editor when the 10 >


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Ritter Center to see influx of federal dollars It’s no secret that the homeless and working poor have been hurt hardest by the Wall Street shenanigans of the past decade—but this week there’s good news for the underprivileged of Marin: Ritter Center plans to expand its primary care, mental health and substance abuse programs. Thanks to a federal grant of $541,000 made available by the Affordable Care Act, Ritter Center will be able to add multiple healthcare providers and counselors—including a paid medical director, Dr. Darren Lipshitz, who also serves as the medical director for the Marin City Health and Wellness Center. Ritter officials also say the funds will allow the center to provide more integrated case management and coordination of specialty care services for their patients, who may suffer from mental illness, addiction and complex chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Headquartered just off Third Street in downtown San Rafael, Ritter Center offers supplementary food, clothing, homeless day services, primary and behavioral healthcare, financial assistance and other social support services to the homeless and working poor families and individuals in Marin. The grant—awarded to 67 healthcare facilities out of more than 800 applicants across the country—also designates Ritter Center as a Federally Qualified Health Center, which allows for federally subsidized reimbursement for medical services provided to patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. That FQHC designation is arguably more important than the actual grant money, says Ritter Center executive director Diane Linn. “Once our reimbursement rate is calculated, we believe our income from medical billing will more than triple,” says Linn.“This expanded revenue stream will help our health center to become more sustainable and improve the types of services provided to our patients.” Corte Madera woman joins health district board The Marin Healthcare District board is feeling back to its old self this week after appointing a member to fill the seat left vacant by Sharon Jackson, who stepped down from the board earlier this autumn. Ann Sparkman, of Corte Madera, will complete Jackson’s term, which will be up Dec. 1, 2012. Sparkman is an attorney and is UCSF’s deputy campus counsel for health affairs; she’s previously served on such boards as those of the Marin Community Clinics and the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Elected in 2004, the 73-year-old Jackson had been the longest-serving member of the board before resigning in September; she said she did not intend to run for another term and wanted to give the board adequate time to appoint her replacement. Sparkman joins the Marin Healthcare District board as it readies to embark on a bond campaign that the district says is necessary to bring Marin General Hospital up to statemandated seismic standards. Council approves sale of Novato Theater The Novato Theater had its first marquee moment in quite some time Monday night—as the City Council unanimously approved the sale of the long-vacant venue to the nonprofit group that’s vowed to raise 10 > its curtains once again.



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Why do you think it’s important for Marin had something spechildren to learn about the outdoors? cial 30 years ago this week. What does a mother say to a child? “Go It was December of 1981 outside, you’ve been in the house long and the county teetered enough.” What is the child going to do out years ago on the brink of calamity. there? Many children are afraid in the outMarin’s healthcare district of-doors, alone. I don’t want any child to be was about to be corporatized, the Diablo afraid to go outdoors. I want him to love it. I Canyon Nuclear Power Plant had been given want him to use all of his senses, then come license to run atop the San Andreas fault, and back and with joy in his voice, tell his mother Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden were making a what he saw and say, “Mother, come look!” special trip to Marin to alert county residents Then the mother will have the joy and reflect of a statewide toxic waste build-up that was this to her family. Too many people just sit radiating its way north past the Golden Gate. But while everyone else was losing their around and play bridge or yak. Their senses heads over the environment, one Mill Valley are all gone. If you ride in a car all day you woman managed to keep hers—in fact, she don’t hear the sounds. To get out and hear is kept several dozen in the back of her truck. the beauty of it. If you live in the city what do Elizabeth Terwilliger and her nature van filled you hear when you open a window? Noise! Nothing but noise, noise, noise. with local wildlife taxidermy But you go up in the hills— were already legendary among it’s quiet and all your troubles the county’s 5- to 15-year-old drop away, and you come back demographic when Sun reporttotally refreshed and face whater Caroline Sikes interviewed ever your problems are, and do her for a 1981 cover story. By whatever you have to do. then, Mrs. T had spent the last 30 years taking children on naHow do you deal with the ture walks throughout Marin— children’s fear? exhorting “shhh... something One day we were down at special, something special!” Muir Beach and I said, “We’re whenever kids needed to listen going to have our lunch at to a particular sound from the Elizabeth Terwilliger, 1981. the beach but we’re not going bush. “Quock! Quock! Quock!” she’d bark, flapping her arms with the children to eat on the sand, we’re going to sit on this in an imitation of whichever bird they’d stum- grass down by the stream.” So I said, “Come, let’s sit on the grass.” bled upon that day. “Oh,” said one little girl, “we can’t sit down Mrs. T was a pioneer in nature educaon this grass, it’s too tall. There might be tion; through her bird-in-the-hand teaching spiders, there might be snakes—we want to methods kids could touch and feel mounted animal replicas and, by getting them to mimic sit at the picnic table.” So I said, “If you’re in a city, in a park, the sounds and movements of the animals, you can sit at the picnic table. But here in she taught a generation of children how to the country you say, ‘Excuse me Mr. Spider, better love and respect the natural world. excuse me Mr. Snake, may I sit down?’ All of Mrs. T would be instrumental in bringing a sudden I felt something wiggle on my leg. bike paths from San Rafael to Mill Valley, I looked down. A garter snake had come and establishing the Pixie Playground at the was sitting on my leg. So every child had a Marin Art and Garden Center, obtaining the chance to learn how to pick it up and how to land that would become the Richardson Bay hold it. We put it in the water and watched Preserve and convincing the Golden Gate Bridge Board to allow cyclists on the west side. it swim. In 1975 she founded the Terwilliger Nature Have you ever worked with emotionEducation Center (today’s WildCare) ally disturbed children? In one particularly memorable moment A lady in the city called me one day and from 1984, Mrs. T kissed President Reagan on said, “I have eight students—they’re children the cheek after he presented her with a “voland they’re emotionally disturbed. I’d like unteer” award and then led Mitt Romney’s gubernatorial dad George in an arm-flapping to bring them over.” I showed the children the birds and then we imitated the sounds; demonstration of “Mr. Vulture.” we acted everything out—total audience By the time she passed away in 2006 at the age of 97, Mrs. T had run around flapping her participation—that way I let them know what arms and crying “Quock! Quock!” a sum total they can touch and feel, and what they can hold. I had these kids once a month for six of 10,950 times. months and at the end of the six months the It sounds crazy. teacher told me one of the girls came up to It was crazy like a fox. her and said, “I’m not afraid of the out-ofHere are the highlights of the interview:


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doors anymore.” This is what’s important. Do the children also learn to respect what they see around them once they understand it? Yes, and that’s what I work toward... the other day there was this beautiful beetle and this child went up and she crushed it and said, “Oh how gross!” So I said, “Would you come here a minute? You see that beetle you just crushed? Could you make legs like that? Could you make antennae like that? Could you make a beautiful back like that? You go over there and stand by that tree and tell God you’re sorry.” She got the message. She went over and stood by the tree and she really was sorry that she had crushed it. What is the purpose of the animals you keep in your truck? A lady called me one day and she said she had bid for one of my canoe trips at a school auction and she wanted to set a date. We met here first and I came out of the house when they arrived. The lady was five months pregnant and her husband was blind and they had a 6-year-old girl, and I thought, “Wait a minute, how am I going to take them by canoe down on the bay?” So I got out all the birds

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from my car that would be down along the marsh and I had the blind man feel them— their necks, their bills, their feet—and then I named each one and imitated it so that he would know what it was. Then when we went into the marsh and heard, “Quock, quock, quock,” he would know what it was and he would have held it in his hand. Everyone gets more out of the experience by learning beforehand about the birds and animals. Do you feel that the outings make a permanent impression on the children? Oh yes, they remember everything. And it’s important because if you do not teach a child how to create he knows only how to destroy. I took some kids down to the parcourse where I’ve put pictures of the birds you see as you jog along and I have the children repeat after me, “This is my country, and wherever I go I will leave it more beautiful than I found it.” When I take the children out on walks I charge them a dollar each and this money goes to the foundation. One day I was out with a group and it was about one o’clock and this little boy said, “I never got so much for a dollar before!” < Email Jason at DECEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 15, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9

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of the Occupy movement, and she admits itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;a little oddâ&#x20AC;? to be publishing her magazine about Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new poverty in Marin, the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third most afďŹ&#x201A;uent county. But, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe this part of the country is unique on that wing of the political spectrum. Marin County is so liberal politically, so progressive.â&#x20AC;? The photos in Downsized Living are stock photos full of happy, shiny peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; except for the cover, a photo that Adams took herself. It is a shot of a slum in Ghana, with hodgepodge shacks made of trash and corrugated tin and what-not, and although it is distinctly foreign, it is also uncomfortably familiar to anyone who saw the news this autumn. And, in the way of photographs, the slum is made somewhat glamorous and beautiful. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to imagine the wretched residents huddled around a single glowing computer screen, eagerly looking to the advice and inspiration provided by the latest issue of Downsized Living. < Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t downsize Julie! Email her at jvader@paciďŹ

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Novato Theater, the purchasing group headed by Lark Theater director Bernice Baeza, will head into escrow after paying $50,000 for the Grant Avenue single-screen theater; the group has raised more than $800,000 since getting the go-ahead from the city to begin raising funds for the venue last autumn, and has a fundraising goal of about $3 million to renovate and restart programming at the movie house. The theater, which hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shown movies for over two decades, has witnessed several failed attempts at revivalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;most recently with a nonprofit organization that spent 10 years attempting to raise the estimated $3 million required for renovation expenses. Last October city officials gave Baezaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising group Novato Screen Savers a challenge of raising $750,000 in a year to demonstrate the viability of reviving the theater. Two months ago, Ross philanthropist Peggy Haas put the butter on the Novato Theaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraising popcorn with a $200,000 donation that put the theater-revival project on solid track to reach its fundraising goals. Baeza has said the space, shuttered since 1996, could become a multi-use entertainment destination for the townâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;featuring movies, live performances and more.

Marin Alliance facing eviction A Marin Superior Court judge on Dec. 2 upheld his earlier ruling that the landlord of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana could proceed with his requested eviction of the Fairfax dispensary. Marin Alliance has until Dec. 9 to file a response to the ruling. In their efforts to smoke out medical marijuana dispensaries deemed too close to public schools and other areas for children, federal prosecutors are pressuring the landlord of the Marin Alliance dispensary, located in the storefront at 6 School Street in Fairfax, to evict the collective with expedience. Despite Marin Allianceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s efforts to block the eviction through the courts, Marin Superior Court Judge Roy Chernus made a preliminary ruling Nov. 30 upholding the eviction order. Chernus stayed the course in his final ruling issued Dec. 2. The eviction means Marin Alliance will have to stop dispensing marijuana at the site, as it is a violation of federal law; collective director Lynette Shaw has vowed to continue to make home deliveries. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag is clamping down on Marin Alliance allegedly due to School Street being in close vicinity to Peri and Bolinas parks, as well as a nearby Little League field. The siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landlord, Orinda resident Farshid Ezazi, could be subject to federal prosecution if marijuana is found on the property.

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The Fairfax Town Council is petitioning Haag to allow Marin Alliance to continue operating; meanwhile, Shaw says she’s considering alternative sites in Fairfax. Shaw’s attorney has argued that the eviction should be tossed out of court, as it is being issued under the assumption that Marin Alliance is violating federal law, when that has not yet been established through the justice system.

Gnoss Field extension cleared for takeoff Marin flyboys and flygals are heading for smoother and safer flights, as a planned extension of the Gnoss Field Airport runway is nearly cleared for takeoff. A draft environmental impact report—a necessary hurdle in the decade-old proposal to extend the single- and double-engined plane runway (local aviators know it as Runway 13/31)—was released this week by aviation officials at the local and federal level; the report found that the project “would not result in significant unavoidable impacts” in the short term or long term. It did suggest that “feasible mitigation measures” be implemented to deal with “avoidable” impacts on water quality, air quality, flooding, traffic and any hazardous materials used during the expansion work. An extension of the runway would allow for heavier aircraft to safely take off and land. Gnoss Field, officially titled Marin County Airport, was originally built in 1939 and has only the one runway, 3,300 feet long and 75 feet wide. The county purchased the airfield in 1965 and paved it three years later. It serves about 95,000 takeoffs and landings a year, according the Marin County Community Development Agency. The proposal would extend the runway to 4,400 feet to meet current FAA safety guidelines, and extend the corresponding taxiway to the full length of the runway. Located adjacent to Rush Creek, just north of Novato, the airport is surrounded by irrigated ditches and other waterways, and an extension of the existing levee would be required by the project as well. All told, the project could set the Federal Aviation Administration back as much as $11 million. Gentlemen and women of Novato... start your pedals! Southbound 101 traffic will get a bit lighter through Novato soon—as the highly anticipated Enfrente Pathway is set to open. All those bulldozers and lifters that have clogged the highway shoulder from the Novato Boulevard on-ramp up through Ignacio since the spring will be well worth it once pedestrians and cyclists abandon their vehicles for a greener and healthier bipedal commute. The new Class I multi-use pathway will connect the existing path along South Novato Boulevard with Enfrente Road along the west side of Highway 101. The Marin County Bicycle Coalition is describing the path as “a key connection” on the North-South Greenway, linking Novato with central and southern Marin. In addition to its regional significance, say MCBC officials, the path will provide a connection for Hamilton, Bel Marin Keys and Ignacio residents and workers to the rest of Novato. An official ribbon cutting and grand opening is planned for Friday, Dec. 16 at 3pm, preceded by a Marin County Bicycle Coalition-led a ride from the Pacheco Pathway/Alameda del Prado intersection (near the southbound off-ramp just south of the Best Western/ Novato Oaks Inn). The ride begins at 2:15pm sharp. Interested riders should check out to verify that the ribbon cutting is still, er, in the saddle seat.


WChrise and her family were in slow traffic near Redwood High. At a four-way stop, a carload of male students cut her off, almost hitting her. Tapping on the horn to let them know it was a close call, she let them in. The boys responded with their middle fingers. Stuck behind them, Chrise’s family was treated to continuing crude gestures. Finally, Chrise’s husband told the boys that their behavior was inappropriate. Unfazed, they threatened to sue him. When traffic started moving, the kid driver stopped short, as if intending for Chrise to hit him. She stopped, but the car behind her didn’t, resulting in a collision. The boys pulled over and taunted them. What do you call self-entitled, spoiled teenagers? Adolescent Zeros who shouldn’t be driving.—Nikki Silverstein

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If Measure Q is repealed, are we still on track to pay $200 million in obligations — with no train waiting at the station?

Repeal effort barrels ahead—but what are the consequences of cutting off funding for the SMART train?


pponents of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit passenger train system have always bumped up against a solid barrier: In 2008, 69.5 percent of district voters cast ballots for Measure Q, the quarter-cent sales tax that serves as the financial foundation for the rail line. Almost as soon as election officials certified the vote, opponents began a relentless campaign to kill the sales tax. SMART opponents formed RepealSMART, a coalition focused on taking the sales tax measure back to voters. The group is collecting signatures and has until Jan. 28 to gather enough names to qualify a repeal measure for the June or November ballot. But as with almost everything SMART, it’s not that simple. When voters approved the measure, which


will—unless repealed—remain in effect for 20 years, they voted for a rail line that would stretch from Cloverdale to Larkspur and could count on revenue from sales tax to cover a major portion of costs. In Marin, 62.6 percent by Pe te r of voters approved the measure; 73.5 percent of Sonoma County voters did so. The larger number of voters casting affirmative ballots in Sonoma County reflects a longstanding split between the two counties. Sonoma has been more amenable to a rail line than Marin, and voters there have been more willing to pay for it. In 2008, rail proponents managed to clear the magic two-thirds margin, but they did so right as the worst economic downturn since

the Great Depression hit the country. The economic slump crushed sales tax projections for the nascent transportation district. That, combined with overly optimistic estimates about the scope of needed construction, Se i d m an forced SMART to rethink its strategy. That kind of reassessment is common in the railbuilding business; it’s not unique to SMART. When SMART took a hard look at its options, board members decided to tackle construction of the rail line in phases. The first phase, a section from Santa Rosa to San Rafael, would cost about $360 million. Money from the sales tax and revenue from bonds could cover the cost, along with an infusion of cash from government transportation

programs. It was a scaled-down version of the system that could, SMART said, be running by 2015 to 2016. That was later than the complete system was supposed to be running, but a train line between the two counties would run, proponents said, and would be the start of the rail line as first envisioned. Opponents say they voted for an entire rail line, not just a first phase with completion at some undetermined date. Clay Mitchell, co-chairman of RepealSMART, says about 200 volunteers are gathering signatures to place the repeal measure on the ballot, and the effort is running on about $15,000 in donations. Mitchell insists the repeal effort isn’t intended to derail SMART but to take the funding mechanism back to the voters to determine whether they want to,

in essence, re-ratify the SMART plan. Supporters say repealing the sales tax would kill SMART and to say otherwise is fallacious. “For them to say they are not trying to kill SMART” is disingenuous, it’s misleading, says Andy Peri, advocacy director at the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. “If they meet their goals, it would [likely] end SMART” because of the difficulty of reinstating a sales tax. The bike coalition has supported SMART from the start (as has its Sonoma County equivalent). Part of the rail plan includes a bike and pedestrian pathway running parallel to the train tracks. The bike coalitions have worked to help SMART secure transportation funds for the pathway, and SMART remains committed to building the pathway as part of a multimodal transportation alternative to Highway 101. Mitchell maintains that voters should have a right to decide whether to proceed with SMART’s phased approach or pull the plug. “Our goal is not just to be an impediment,” says Mitchell. “The immediate goal is simply this: The project has changed substantially, and we feel that the right thing to do is to let people either ratify it or reject the changes that have been made.” But Peri says the SMART construction plan “is absolutely what we voted for. They talk about the project being shortened. The project has been deferred. That’s a key distinction. Portions of this project have been deferred—they have not been cut.” Exactly where additional money would come from to build successive phases has yet to be determined, but Peri and other SMART supporters say that funding can and will become available and SMART should proceed because interest rates are low, as are construction costs. It’s true, adds Peri, “the project we voted for is not going to be completed in the timeframe that was expected because of the economic recession, but that’s not as flashy of an argument to make, and it would not probably get as many signatures.” Now that RepealSMART has embarked on its signature gathering campaign, a big question remains: What are the consequences of a win? It’s a question that hasn’t been considered sufficiently, says Farhad Mansourian, SMART’s general manager. SMART believes that “The California and the U.S. Constitutions require public agencies to fulfill their contractual obligations.” If RepealSMART succeeds and the measure makes it on the ballot in November, according to SMART estimates, “We will have about $200 million of obligations. I am told by our legal analysts that the courts have always held” that those obligations would have to be paid. “[There’s] not even one case of law that says otherwise.” It means that with about $25 million a year coming in from the quarter-cent sales tax, the revenue would “continue to be collected for close to nine years” with no train system at the end of that time. That would be the “ramification of their so-called success.” It’s still unclear exactly how many signatures RepealSMART needs to qualify its measure for the ballot. Much of the SMART controversy occurs in unknown territory, in large

part because the district covers two counties. RepealSMART believes that election registrars in both counties will certify anything above 14,924 valid signatures. “SMART seems to still paint this as unsure,” Mitchell says. “The registrars have made it clear to us that they will certify anything above that number.” But SMART believes that a section of the state’s election code sets the bar much higher, about 40,000 valid signatures. “We’ve always said it’s the high number,” says Mansourian. The repeal people say something different. From what our lawyers are telling me, it’s not an issue; it’s the law. They’re trying to find a loophole. From our point of view, the burden of proof is on them.” Mitchell and the RepealSMART supporters believe that Proposition 218 allows the bar to be set at the low number, 14,924. While that may be in dispute, another provision of Prop. 218 isn’t open to interpretation—and slants the table in favor of RepealSMART. Voters passed Prop. 218 in 1996. Among other provisions, it mandates that a special tax needs a two-thirds margin to pass. But a repeal needs only a simple majority. Not exactly a level playing field. Mitchell, who states he’s “basically a small-government” person, says that’s the law, and if SMART proponents see anything unfair about it, they should work to change the law rather than attack people who want to use it to overturn the SMART tax measure. That sentiment echoes a no-tax, nospend, anti-government fever that has swept the country. It’s appropriate, according to the dogma, that government should be forced to clear an almost insurmountable two-thirds mountain before passing a special tax, one that’s aimed at a specific purpose like SMART. (And yet that’s just what happened in 2008.) From the start, opponents have charged that SMART has underestimated the cost of construction and eventual revenue associated with a rail line. They also have charged that SMART officials have consistently overestimated the number of riders who would eventually board trains. And they have charged that SMART also overestimated the effects trains will have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and freeway congestion. Both sides have presented their dueling statistics for years. SMART proponents say that when opponents claim they just want to air facts and assess numbers, the opponents are again being disingenuous. It amounts to paralysis by analysis, say proponents, ensuring that nothing ever happens. Sometimes, SMART proponents say, it takes a bold move to create a new paradigm, and that’s what a train system can add to the North Bay transportation infrastructure. In 1997, Calthorpe Associates studied freeway traffic in Marin and Sonoma counties and concluded that widening Highway 101 wasn’t the best use of public money. The study proposed building a rail backbone that could serve the region into the far future. Those conclusions reflect a truism among traffic engineers: If you build freeway lanes, they will fill; rail lines have a more elastic carrying capacity. Until fairly recently, SMART oppo14>


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Riders, the district also received a boost from a recent poll commissioned by the North Bay Leadership Council, a coalition of businesses that formed 21 years ago to tackle policy issues. It shows that 58 percent of voters polled still support SMART, despite the onslaught of opposition. Mitchell points out that the results represent a decline from the 69.5 percent approval in 2008. But considering the decibels emanating from the opposition, proponents say, the numbers still favor SMART. (Obviously, opponents disagree.) The rest of the polling data shows that 32 percent of respondents favor repealing the tax measure; about 10 percent are undecided. That 32 percent opposition is about the same percentage that

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e can be heroes—just for one day,” sang David Bowie in his 1977 hit. But the Thin White Duke was only partly right. Because, thanks to our Heroes of Marin series of stories, we’ve got heroes not just today—but all month long. From Nov. 25 through Dec. 16, the Pacific Sun, in partnership with Circle Bank, is presenting our first-ever Heroes of Marin awards—a salute to the community members whose dedication to bettering the lives of county residents has helped make Marin the special place it is today. After fielding more than 100 nominations from Pacific Sun readers, our panel of “hero” judges bestowed awards in eight separate categories. This week’s honorees include Homeward Bound’s Mary Kay Sweeney and Paul Fordham, who received our Innovation Award for launching the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a serviceindustry career-training program that provides real-life restaurant experience to folks struggling to get back on their feet (as well as great meals to supportive patrons); and Redwood High School junior Casey Poole who, as president of the Friendship Club, is brightening the days of her school’s special-ed community. —Jason Walsh, editor


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s chairman and chief executive officer of Circle Bank, I continue to marvel campus. The garden not only produces tasty vegetables and beautiful flowers, but also fosters an environment where the students can interact and share at the accomplishments of the winners of the “Heroes of Marin” awards experiences, building friendships and understanding that will last for life. who it is our great pleasure to single out as part of our collaboration with The Fresh Starts Cooking School in Novato has a special place in my heart. the Pacific Sun. In this issue, we are recognizing the exceptional achievements The school provides a unique experience for formerly homeless students who of Casey Poore as a “Rising Star” and the Fresh Starts Cooking School of are enrolled in the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and who learn cooking skills Homeward Bound in the “Innovation” category. to help transition back into the workforce and out of homelessness. As with our previously announced Heroes’ designees, their dedication and efforts have Their dedication and I am proud to say that in a unique program created by Circle and Homeward Bound we purchase cookie dough from the produced extraordinary results and efforts have produced Bank program which we bake daily at all of our branches, offering the benefits to the Marin community. cookies to our customers at no charge. I am truly honored to single extraordinry results The Cooking School itself is a one-of-a-kind operation them out as “Heroes of Marin.” and benefits to the that produces events which attract the community to spend an Casey Poore, a senior at Redwood evening at Homeward Bound, which is dedicated to helping its High School, is president of the Marin community. participants achieve economic independence, secure long-term, Friendship Club, which encourages one-to-one relationships among regular students and special education students, who are often excluded safe, decent, affordable housing and to break multi-generational cycles of homelessness and domestic violence. from normal school activities because of their disabilities. To both Casey and to the Fresh Starts Cooking School at Homeward Casey organizes and directs weekly meetings of the students and she writes and Bound, on behalf Circle Bank and the Pacific Sun, I say thank you. Your efforts presents grant proposals that seek funding for the Club. As a result of Casey’s are not going unnoticed. efforts, the school has also created a large vegetable and flower garden on

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Fresh Starts Culinary Academy Innovation Award by Dani Bu rlison


ike most Marin nonprofits, Homeward Bound has not been spared by the rocky economic climate. Though the organization has successfully served Marin County’s homeless and at-risk population for nearly four decades, tough financial times call for innovative measures. And, as they say—when the going gets tough, the tough get... cooking. Launched in 2009 as a culinary training program for participants in Homeward Bound’s housing program, the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy was set up to help homeless clients increase employability within Marin’s dynamic dining scene, while raising funds for its job-training program. “We wanted the program to emphasize job creation and to get the participants employable,” says Homeward Bound of Marin’s executive director, Mary Kay Sweeney, when we interviewed her at the agency’s Novato shelter. “We also want people to know who we are.” Aside from the ordinary, run-ofthe-mill hands-on training that many culinary programs offer, Homeward Bound is unique in that it offers an opportunity for the public to gain intimate access to the world of homelessness while dining on eats from some of the Bay Area’s top chefs. “So many fundraisers happen once a year and cost something like $150 or more,” says Homeward Bound’s deputy director, Paul Fordham. “We decided that we’d host one per month instead of one per year and include community education as a new model for fundraising.” Each month, the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy hosts an evening cooking demonstration and threecourse meal event with such highprofile chefs as J.W. Foster of the San Francisco Fairmont, author and sommelier Rajat Parr, butcher


Dave Budworth and others. The Culinary Academy also hosts dessertand chocolate-making classes. Served at the New Beginnings Center in Novato’s Hamilton neighborhood, most meals cost somewhere in the $39 to $59 range—the best deal around for high-quality dining for a good cause. Often the chefs will bring books to purchase and special ingredients that many of the program’s participants have never worked with. During the actual events, anywhere from eight to 12 of the school’s more than three dozen students assist with meal preparation and presentation—adding crucial food-service skills to their developing resumes. In response to the booming awareness in eating local, seasonal and fresh foods, Fresh Starts makes every effort to feature ingredients from right outside the kitchen’s door. “Homeward Bound has its own garden,” says Sweeney. “We even keep bees and have hosted honey spinning classes.” The program has a successful employment rate with most students moving on to jobs in grocery market delis, retirement community dining halls, Mary Kay Sweeney and Paul Fordham have developed a recipe for success with Fresh Starts. catering and high-end hotel restaurants. But the benefits don’t stop with training, employment and the public’s access to world-class grub in a state-of+Fresh Starts has its own chocothe-art facility for ridiculously affordable late-making room! Halo Truffles, prices. Visitors to the shelter also undergo made here, are a delectable + The Fresh Starts Culinary Academy a critical shift in their perceptions of holiday treat. is a 10-month long on-site program homelessness. with up to 40 students enrolled at a + Fresh Starts sells gift certificates, “We do have a lot of regulars,” says time; it is open to the public. Sweeney. “But some people didn’t even a great holiday gift idea. know about Homeward Bound or what +Homeward Bound’s New Beginwe do. They come in and sit together while + Dinner guests receive recipes nings Center is an 80-bed shelter enjoying food with the chefs and homeless to re-create every scrumptious at 1399 N. Hamilton Parkway, and morsel of food they eat at the people. Their perceptions are broken.” has 32 transitional housing beds 14> monthly events. By offering a dignified training on-site. Including its Mill Street arena to Marin’s homeless, the Center in San Rafael, and other Fresh Starts program is an innovation a + All ingredients are local and transitional and permanent housmany are donated by area long time in coming. And considering ing locations in Marin, Homeward businesses and farms. An entire its success rate in helping folks muster Bound provides a whopping 450 organically fed animal was even the courage to overcome their personal beds for homeless or at-risk families donated for a butcher demonhardships, it would and individuals. stration. seem there’s plenty of heroism by all +Fresh Starts Culinary Academy + Fresh Starts students often work involved. < went from feeding 10-20 mouths at San Rafael’s Jackson Cafe, in to booking nearly all 90 seats each partnership with Whistlestop. month.

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Casey Poore Rising Star Award by Dani Bu rlison


he high school years are tough enough for most teens without having additional barriers or presumed differences from peers. Today, simply facing the growing pile of homework or early class times is enough to add extra stress to the load. And for teens and young adults with special needs, the fast-paced and sometimes alienating world of high school hallways can be overwhelming. Luckily for students at Larkspur’s Redwood High School, there is Casey Poore. Poore joined the school’s Friendship Club—a group that merges together special education students with the school’s mainstream students—as a freshman, taking on the role of president this year as a junior. The Friendship Club was established at Redwood High 14 years ago and includes activities such as practicing sign language, painting, listening to music and just spending time in the company of sincere and sympathetic friends. As president, Poore has risen above her school-time duties to brighten the lives of many local students. “People don’t realize how similar the special ed students are to everyone else,” says Poore from her Tiburon home. “Just because someone has autism or cerebral palsy doesn’t mean they don’t know what is going on. They want to have fun just like the rest of us.” And with Poore leading the Friendship Club, there is indeed fun to be had. In addition to the club meeting once a week during lunch, Poore often spends several hours more making sure the Friendship Club flourishes. One such activity was a Halloween dance, which also doubled as a fundraiser for the club and included guests from Terra Linda High School’s Friendship Club. The group has also raised funds for a local women’s shelter and is currently selling holiday ornaments with proceeds benefiting Friendship Club programs. One of the club’s most cherished

projects is an on-site garden that both special ed and regular students work on. Last year, Poore helped the Friendship Club secure grant funds from the Redwood High School Foundation and the Marin County Office of Education to help maintain the space. “Some parents and teachers took a space at school that wasn’t being used and planted this garden,” says Poore. “Now we have the funds to keep it maintained and to plant tomatoes and other things and to work on it with the club. It has become a regular lunchtime spot.” Although Redwood High currently houses the special education program in a small space, Poore would love to see the school provide a physical education room with space for sensory objects to enrich the school experience of students with neurological issues. “You know, I thought it was strange that I got this award,” laughs Poore. “I think everyone should have a big friend group and being a special ed kid shouldn’t prevent that.” Poore uses an anecdote from a teacher to describe her passion for what she does: “For some special ed students, they have two circles. The inner circle includes parents and siblings and the outer circle includes people they see at school that they often don’t have a connection with,” she says. “The Friendship Club adds another circle Casey Poore, a friend indeed. or layer of people that they know really care about them. For each of these students, having even just one more friend that really cares instead of casual acquaintances means a lot and makes life more fun.” Casey Poore’s attitude of accep+ Casey Poore is currently looking at tance and dedication to making life universities and hopes to study neumore meaningful for a population roscience and become a physician. of students who may otherwise be overlooked is a rare and valued act in + Following the lead of Redwood today’s world of gadgets and fierce inHigh School’s Friendship Club, Terra dividuality. For this and all she does to Linda High School has established a similar club. Tamalpais High School is make Redwood High planning to start a Friendship Club as School a more posiwell. tive place, she is the Pacific Sun’s Rising Star awardee. <

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+ Special ed students in the Friendship Club range in age from early teens to 20 years old. + One of Poore’s favorite activities to engage in with the special ed students is sign language.“Some of them have a hard time speaking,” she says.“But they are so great at communicating with sign language.”


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other Nature provided a signiďŹ - shattering moral conďŹ&#x201A;icts or torrid love cant portion of the excitement affairs. Just lots of talk about how unat last Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening of Anton happy everyone is and how they might Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Cherry Orchard on College be reborn through work and/or moving of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s KentďŹ eld campus. Blasts of wind somewhere else (even though we know periodically struck the â&#x20AC;&#x153;perthey wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t). The focus is formance tentâ&#x20AC;? in which the on character development, NOW PLAYING play is being presented while not plot. When performed The Cherry Orchard COMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Arts Theatre is by actors whose experiruns through Dec. 18 being rebuilt, causing the ence and training allows at College of Marinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slackly ďŹ tted canvas roof to them to layer on the tiny Performing Arts Tent emit a loud cracking sound personal details that are Theatre, KentďŹ eld; that suggested the gods were Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hallmark, it can 415/485-9385 having a locker room towel be a fascinating experience. ďŹ ght. Inside, the seated audiOtherwise, two-plus hours ence anxiously scanned the spent watching people roof â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underside for signs of damage. None whose identities are hard to keep straight appeared, but rows of swaying lighting in- (COMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide much struments were not encouraging. help) bemoan their sorrows may seem Although Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four major plays, very long indeed. including The Cherry Orchard, are generGiven these challengesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the fact ally considered to be masterpieces of that the Bay Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s big professional theater dramatic art, theater professionals will tell companies, with all their resources, havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you that they are very difďŹ cult to produce been that successful with Chekhov eieffectively. Nothing much happensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; therâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one way of looking at this iteration there are no murders, struggles for power, of The Cherry Orchard is to compliment

director W. Allen Taylor, his designers and mostly young student cast for giving it the old college try. There were no stumbles over lines in Jean-Claude van Itallieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rather stilted translation, no missed lighting cues. Strong performances were turned in by several actors, including Christopher Hammond as Gayev, co-owner of the estate whose fate is the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main story line; Bob Garcia as Lopakhin, a second generation descendent of serfs, who has commercial plans for the Gayevâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beloved orchard; and Ryan Martin as TroďŹ mov, the perennial student intellectual. Overall, though, what this Cherry Orchard lacks is psychological depth andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for want of a better termâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Russian â&#x20AC;&#x153;soul.â&#x20AC;? The play does, however, have an uncanny resonance with current real estate troubles in Marin. A beautiful estate is threatened by a developer who wants to replace trees with cheap summer cottages? Watch... and weep. <

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ick Latvala was the architect of what you might call the afterlife of the Grateful Dead, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote in a 1998 article about the then-newly released, mail-order-only Dick’s Picks series of concert CDs. “I’m lucky, man. I don’t know how I deserve this,” said the gravel-voiced Latvala, the Grateful Dead’s tape archivist, during a phone call that same year from his home in Petaluma. “Who in life can get the only possible job he could do? There’s nothing else I know how to do. I can chew Doublemint and sit on a couch longer than anyone, but no one’s going to pay money for that.” Latvala died the following year, at age 55. He was replaced by David Hardy Lemieux—the host of the satellite-radio show Today in Grateful Dead History—and his producing partner, Jeffrey Norman, the Dead studio engineer. Now the entire 36 multi-disc sets, each chronicling one or more complete concerts, is being reissued by Real Gone Music, a new label created by Gordon Anderson and

Gabby Castellana, the founders of the Collector’s Choice and Hep Cat labels. The first volumes, reissued on Nov. 21, are typical of the treasure trove of extended jams that documented the band’s reputation as a high-wire act and led the series to be regarded as the Dead Sea Scrolls of San Francisco rock. All have been mastered on high-definition compact disc (HDCD) format from the primitive 1/4-inch analog tape, and the sound quality overall is remarkably good. Dick’s Picks Vol. 34—Rochester, NY 11/5/77 is a three-CD set that includes the complete Nov. 5, 1977 show from the Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York, bolstered by inspired excerpts from the Nov. 2, 1977 show at the Seneca College Field House in Toronto, Canada. Dick’s Picks Vol. 35—San Diego, CA 8/7/71, Chicago, IL 8/24/71 offers four CDs culled from performance tapes that guitarist Jerry Garcia gave to keyboardist Keith Godchaux who joined the band in 1971, to help familiarize him with the group’s material. Godchaux left the tapes

Latvala, ‘picking’ through tapes in a Dead studio, early ‘90s.

on his houseboat in Alameda, where they remained until being discovered in 2005. Dick’s Picks Vol. 36—The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 9/21/72 is a four-CD collection that was on Latvala’s short list of performance tapes to be included in the earliest round of the series. Each volume contains multiple versions of certain songs, but given the band’s penchant for improvisation, that just makes for even more interesting listening. On Jan. 24, the label will release two of the most highly sought-after volumes in

the series: Dick’s Picks, Vol. 33—Oakland Coliseum Stadium, Oakland, CA 10/9 & 10/10/76; and Dick’s Picks Vol. 32—Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI 8/7/82. The former finds the Dead back on the road following an 18-month touring hiatus and staffed again with two drummers while opening for The Who as part of Bill Graham’s historic Day on the Green concerts. The latter finds them at Alpine Valley performing bluesman Jesse Fuller’s “Beat it on Down the Line” and the Memphis Jug Band’s “On the Road Again,” both part of the pre-Dead repertoire of the Warlocks in the mid-’60s. So just what motivated Latvala to dig into the band’s sprawling tape collection in the first place and curate the series that serves as a legacy to his devotion to the band? “I have an insatiable, unquenchable compulsion to receive the thrills that are inherent in listening to and experiencing Grateful Dead music,” he told the Inquirer. “That’s how I got into the tapes, and why it’s consumed my whole life. “I want to hear every show, because they’re all different.” < Be grateful to Greg at

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The movie version of ‘Golf in the Kingdom’ by Mill Valley’s own Michael Murphy opens at the Rafael Friday with the author in attendance. O Arthur Christmas (1:37) Cartoon about Santa Claus’s son Arthur (that’s right) and the top-secret mission he has to complete by Christmas Eve; Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton give voice to Mr. and Mrs. Claus. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows wealthy soon-to-be widower George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his comatose wife’s lover. O Golf in the Kingdom (1:26) Michael Murphy’s best-selling novel hits the big screen with Mason Gamble as a questing your philosopher whose life is altered forever after a day on an ancient Scottish golf course with a wily golfer-mystic. O Happy Feet Two (1:45) Cartoon musical about a troupe of penguins, seals and other terpsichorean critters who sound remarkably like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Elijah Wood and Pink. O Le Havre (1:33) A “political fairy tale” written and directed by filmmaking Finn Ari Kaurismaki about a French shoeshine man who attempts to get an African boy to England. O Hugo (2:07) Martin Scorsese familyfriendly fantasy about an orphan who makes his home in the fantastical world of a Paris train station; Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee costar. 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 Immortals (1:45) Mickey Rourke as power-crazed King Hyperion, who threatens to destroy Greece until he meets a worthy foe in a simple peasant (Henry Cavill) with fabulous abs (in 3D!). O In Time (1:49) Sci-fi thriller about a futuristic world in which immortality is possible and the wealthy collect and barter time instead of money; Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake star. O Jack and Jill (1:31) Adam Sandler plays the two lead roles as feuding male and female adult twins in a comedy where Al Pacino plays himself and Norm MacDonald is a character called “Funbucket.” O J. Edgar (2:17) Biopic of the enigmatic, ruthless, absolutely powerful head of the FBI for nearly half a century stars Leo DiCaprio as The Director and Armie Hammer as Clyde Tolson; Clint Eastwood directs. O Like Crazy (1:19) Well reviewed love story about an American and a British student; when the Brit overstays her visa, complications ensue.


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Immortals (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 8:15; 3D showtime at 3:10 In Time (PG-13) Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 4:15, 10:10 J. Edgar (R) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 1:05, 7 Jack and Jill (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:40, 2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:35 Le Havre (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: 6:30 Sat-Sun 1:45, 6:30 Like Crazy (PG-13) CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sat 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45 Sun 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30 Mon, Wed, Thu 5:15, 7:30 Margin Call (R) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 3:45, 8:30 Mon-Thu 8:30 Melancholia (R) ++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 Mon-Thu 7:30 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Faust (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Marin: Sat 9:55am CinéArts at Sequoia: Sat 9:55am Lark Theater: Sat, Sun 9:55am Moneyball (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:50, 4:50, 9:45 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sun 4:25, 9:05 MonThu 4:35 The Muppets (PG) +++ Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:25 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:25, 5, 7:45, 10:25 Mon-Thu 7:15, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:25, 12:25, 1:55, 4:30, 5:30, 7:10, 9:50, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15 Sun-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 6:40 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:30, 9 Sat 1:40, 4, 6:30, 9 Sun 1:40, 4, 6:30 Mon-Thu 4, 6:30 My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri, SunMon, Wed-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 NNew Year’s Eve (PG-13) Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 1, 3:50, 7,

9:50 Thu 1, 3:50, 7 Century Regency 6: Fri, Sun-Mon, WedThu 11:30, 12:55, 2:25, 3:45, 5:05, 6:25, 7:45, 9:05, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:25, 2:10, 5, 7:50, 10:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sat 10:45, 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7, 9:45 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:15, 7, 9:40 Sun-Thu 1:10, 4:15, 7 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:35 Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:35 Sun 1:20, 4:10, 7 Mon-Thu 4:10, 7 NNYC Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Marin: Tue 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Tue 7:30 Puss in Boots (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:45, 5:15, 10; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 6:45 Century Rowland Plaza: 3D showtimes at 12:50, 5 The Sitter (R) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:15, 8, 10:10 SatSun 12, 2:40, 5:15, 8, 10:10 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:30, 12:30, 1:50, 2:50, 4:10, 5:10, 6:30, 7:35, 8:55, 9:55 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:45, 3:55, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30 CinéArts at Marin: Fri 4:05, 7:20, 9:30 Sat 11:45, 1:55, 4:05, 7:20, 9:30 Sun 1:55, 4:05, 7:20, 9:30 Mon-Thu 4:55, 7:40 Sutro’s: The Palace at Land’s End (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 4:15 (filmmaker Tom Wyrsch in person) Tower Heist (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:40, 10:20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 11:35, 12:20, 2:25, 5, 5:45, 7:45, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7:05, 10:05 The Way (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Wed 2:55, 8

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

The New York City Ballet’s sumptuous production of ‘The Nutcracker’ will be shown live at the Marin, Regency and Sequoia Tuesday night


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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 12/01: Connie Ducey’s C-Jam Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 12/09: AZ/DZ Tribute band. 10 p.m. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 459-1091. http:// 12/09: Chrome Johnson Blues, Americana, country 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 12/09: Cryptical “A Very Jerry Christmas.” With Stu Allen. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/09: Frobeck Old school funk, rock. 8:3011pm. $10-12. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/09: Kim Wilson All Star Blues Revue Blues. Wilson is a founding member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. 8:30-11pm. $25. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 12/09: Lumanation Reggae/rock. 8pm. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/09: Mimi Fox Jazz guitar. 8-10:15pm.

$15-20. Eric Schoenberg Guitars, 106 Main St., Tiburon. 789-0846.

12/10: Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88’s Blues. 8:30-11pm. $20. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse, 224 Vintage Way, Novato. 899-9600. 12/10: Olive and The Dirty Martinis Rock. 8pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/10: Salvador Santana Band with Blanca Latin tinged hip-hop, rock. 9pm. $12-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/10: Spark and Whisper Modern folk, Singer/Songwriter. 9pm-12:30am. Sleeping Lady, Fairfax. 12/10: Volker Strifler Band Original blues. 8:3011pm. $12-15. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/11: Pete Anderson Blues rock. 7-10pm. $10. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/11: Rumbache Salsa, funk. 4-9pm. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/11: The Incubators Grove based roots rock. 4-6pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219. 12/12: Blue Monday Jam Jam session welcomes musicians to sit in with the house band or with your own band mates. Bring instruments and charts if needed. 7-11pm. $5-15. Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa St., Sausalito. 385-1606.

ViDEO Big blue marbles The sense of awe that pervades Mike Cahill’s sci-fi indie Another Earth reminds me of that great unexpected moment in the Apollo program when our planet was first seen from the moon, tiny and floating amid emptiness a quarter-million miles away. It’s said to have sparked the ecology movement, and Cahill in his way latches onto the same feeling of fragility and contingency When these characters ask, ‘What planet are you that haunted the world then. This film’s living on?’ they’re not being patronizing. spooky premise of an Earth-identical planet drifting into orbit next to our own, glowing big in the night sky and offering the prospect of contact, is literal background to a very different story of personal tragedy. For disgraced MIT hopeful Rhoda Williams, redemption might hover overhead—a rich entrepreneur’s essay contest offers someone the chance to travel to Earth 2 and as she knows, all new worlds are discovered by outcasts—or it might come from working her way into the daily routine of the man whose life she destroyed. When the other planet begins to reveal its true mirror nature and splintering break with our own reality, its hold on Rhoda grows more tantalizing. Brit Marling and William Mapother star. If low-budget films like this don’t show the way out of the industry’s creative malaise, I don’t know what does.—Richard Gould

Local hip-hop-latin-rock fusionist Salvador Santana will funk up George’s this Saturday—rumor is the show will feature a very special guest...

12/13: James Moseley Trio Jazz, funk. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 12/13: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 12/13: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 12/14: Lauralee Brown and Company Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

12/14: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnof Tango Argentina tango. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/14: Teja Gerken, Danny Click, Mark Goldenberg Fairfax guitarist Teja Gerken hosts the Sleeping Lady’s monthly acoustic guitar showcase. 9-11:30pm. No cover. Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182. 12/15: Darlene Langston Jazz vocalist. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/15: Singer/Songwriter Night Hosted by Lauralee Brown. 7-10pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

12/15: The Christmas Jug Band with Bonnie Hayes, Beso Negro Irreverent juga-billy seasonal assemblage of misfits. 8:30pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/16: Fantasia, Flannelhed Rock. 9:30 p.m. Peri’s Bar, 29 Broadway, Fairfax. 259-5597. 12/16: Georges Lammam Ensemble Violin. Lebanese traditional folk songs. 8pm. Free with dinner Cov. Ch. $8.00 Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899. 12/16: Honeydust Rock. 9:30 p.m. The Sleeping Lady, 23 Broadway, Fairfax. 485-1182.

12/16: Sista Monica Parker, GG Amos Blues Band Blues. “Living in the Danger Zone” CD release. 8:30pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/16: Tiny Television Jeremy D’ Antonio’s original Americana. 8-11pm. No cover. Rancho Nicasio Restarant and Bar, 1 Old Rancheria Road, Nicasio. 662-2219.

Deborah Winters with Jean Michel Hure Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged.

Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993.

Concerts 12/09-10: Mayflower Community Chorus “Feel the Spirit” draws on the African-American musical heritage. With soloist Jujuana ShaRon Williams. 8-10pm. $5-20. Marin Center Showcase Theatre and Aldersgate Methodist Church, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 491-9110. 12/09: Just Voices SingersMarin a cappella group holiday performance. 8 p.m. Free. Max’s, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 383-3712. www.

12/09: Marin Girls Chorus Winter Concert “Love and Light: Hope and Promise.” 7-9pm. $20-25. Terra Linda High School Performance Center, 320 Nova Albion Way , San Rafael. 827-7335. 12/09: Musae The 13 women’s voices of Musae warm the halls with music from Sweden, Norway, Canada, New Zealand and the American South, 7-9pm. $15-20. Old St. Hilary’s Landmark, 201 Esperanza, Tiburon. 435-1853. www. 12/09: Raise the Youth Benefit Holiday celebration and fundraiser benefitting 142’s popular youth program, Marin Youth Performers. This family-friendly event will feature youth performance showcase including highlights from this past year’s musical theatre productions. 7-10 p.m. $15-60. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/10-11: Marin Oratorio Marin Oratorio celebrates fifty years with a program featuring works by Bach, Giovanni Gabrielli, Mozart and Randall Thompson. The chorus will be joined by a full orchestra and vocal soloists Lindsey McLennan, Katherine McKee, Brian Thorsett and Robert Stafford. 8pm Dec. 10; 3pm Dec.11. $15-25. College of Marin Diamond Physical Education Cente, College Ave., Kentfield. 485-9460. 12/10: Joel Andrews Healing Harp 7:309:15pm. $20-30. The Spiritual Healing Center, 260 E. Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley. 381-4465. 12/10: Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble “Wintersongs.” Seasonal music from a variety of Eastern DECEMBER 9 - DECEMBER 15, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 29

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Dance 12/10-11: Marin Ballet â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;? 1 and 5pm performances. $24-39. Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 499-6800.. 12/11: English Country Dance Holiday Tea and dance. Live Music. All dances taught and called. No partner necessary. 2-4:30pm. $10. Pickleweed Park Community Center, 50 Canal St., San Rafael. 12/11: Sha-Sha Higby â&#x20AC;&#x153;Folds in the Sea.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $12-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Downtown, Mill Valley. 383-9600. 12/15: Sweat Your Prayers Rhythms Dance Wave First class free. 6:30-9pm. $15, drop-in. Lagunitas Gym, 1 Lagunitas School Road, San Geronimo. 302-2605.

Comedy 12/10: Marinprov Annual Holiday Show Stories, comedy and music made up just for you. 8-10pm. $10-15. Marin Arts Gallery, 906 Fourth St., San Rafael.

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Art 12/02-01/15: Tom Killion Reception 7-9pm Dec. 2. Killion is a native of Marin County who has been producing acclaimed Japanese style woodcut prints of the California landscape for 40 years. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/09-10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;American Roadtripâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; One truck, four cameras, an atlas and the open road: Local photographer Matt Pattersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debuts his newest collection taken while driving across America. Reception 6-9pm Dec. 9. Free. Prieure West Gallery, , 121 Manor Road, Fairfax. 12/09-23:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;NatureScapesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Matt Tasley, paintings. Maggie Baker, ceramic tile works. Opening reception 5-8pm Dec. 9. Free. Community Media Center of Marin, 819 A St., San Rafael. 721-0636.

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Harper Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story of moral courage and family love adapted by Christopher Sergel. $17-25. Ross Valley Players Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 456-9555. Through 12/17:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Musical adaptation of the Dickenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic. Andrew Klein, music. See website for showtimes. $10-20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 8834498. Through 12/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Cherry Orchardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; College of Marin Drama Department will present Chekhovâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play. 8-10:30pm. $10-20. College of Marin Performance Tent, Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 485-9555. Through 12/18:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Glass Menagerieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Marin Theatre Company presents a beautifully reimagined American classic. 8-10:30pm. $34-55; $20 under 30; $15 rush Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Ave, Mill Valley. 388-3569.

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12/09: 2nd Fridays Art Walk San Rafael Art, refreshments and live entertainment in downtown San Rafael every 2nd Friday of the month. 5-8pm. Free. Downtown San Rafael, Fourth St + beyond, San Rafael. 451-8119. 12/10-01/15:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Agent of Changeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Mary Tuthill Lindheim, sculpture,ceramics works. Curatorial talk 4-5pm Dec. 10. Free, donations appreciated. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137.

12/10-02/10:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Abstract Nine Artists Throw Texture Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Visiting artist Thomas Vesser and artists from Cedars of Marin, Victory Center exhibit patterns, textures, and colors in a variety of media. 10am-5pm. Free. The Artist Within Gallery, 603 San Anselmo Ave., San Anselmo. 497-9982. 12/16-01/22:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Romancing the Chairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Candace Loheed, paintings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sightlines.â&#x20AC;? Sarah Myers, Joe Fox, Eric Oldmixon, Jamie Shulander, Celine Underwood, Ido Yoshimoto, site specific installtion. 11am5pm. Free. Gallery Route One , 11101 Hwy. One, Point Reyes. 663-1347. Through 01/04:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Wearable Artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Siobhan Van Winkel; Pamela McKinstry; Naomi Kubota; Jo Adell & Sean Davis. Free. elsewhere Gallery, 1828 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax. 747-8696. Through 01/07:â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vuela, Paper Princess! Elisa Kleven, mixed media collage. Free. Youth in Arts Gallery, 917 C St., San Rafael. 457-4878 x18. Through 01/11:â&#x20AC;&#x153; Fall Exhibit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Textures & Rhythms of Jazz.â&#x20AC;? Rich Sigberman, illustrations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inspirational Landscapes.â&#x20AC;? Jane Liston, mixed media works. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. Through 01/16: AWD Small Works Presented by Art Works Downtown and the Marin Jewelers Guild. Reception 5-8pm Dec. 10am-5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown + Marin Jewlers Guild,

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Through 12/11: Barbara Lawrence Open Studio and Benefit Silent Auction 10am-5pm. Free. The Salami Factory Art Studios, 1599 Sir. Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax. 488-1436.

Through 12/17: Marin Society of Artists â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Small Treasures and Giftsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Small original

basketry. Free. Bolinas Museum, 48 Wharf Road, Bolinas. 868-0330. Through 12/31: Sam Francis Original prints and works on paper. 11am-5pm. Free. Robert Green Fine Arts, 154 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. 381-8776.

Talks/Lectures 12/15: Healthy Green by Design Homes Panel presentation explores newly developed third party certification for sustainable building design. 6-8:30pm. Free. Marin General Hospital Conference Room, 250 Bon Air Road, Greenbrae. 460-1257.

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12/09: Capote’s ‘A Christmas Memory’ Candlelit reading of the heartwarming story. 7-8pm. $15-25. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Ave. at Shady Lane, Ross. 456-1102. www.stjohnsross. org/christmasmemory 12/09: Grandparents’Tea Join Book Passage president Elaine Petrocelli and Children’s Book Buyer Susan Kunhardt to talk about the best books for children and young adults. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/10: Matt Johanson “Yosemite Epics.” With Illustrations by Christopher Hampson. 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/11: Allen Klein Klein talks about “Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss.” 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/11: David Marin “This is Us: The New AllAmerican Family.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/12: Kate Ascher Ascher discusses “The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 12/14: Holiday Gift Book Review Discussion of books for the holidays. 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 12/14: Rebecca Wilson “A House with No Roof: After My Father’s Assassination: A Memoir.” 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.

Community Events (Misc.) 12/10-11: Creek Walk to see Spawning Coho Salmon Join a SPAWN naturalist and learn more about endangered wild Coho Salmon and the Laugunitas Creek Watershed 10am-1pm. $4-10. San Geronimo Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. , San Geronimo. 663-8590 x114. www.

Tosh. 5-7pm. $8. San Rafael Community Center, 618 B St., San Rafael. 472-2373. 12/13: Marin Green Drinks. 5:30-7:30pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 12/13: Shop,Wine and Donate 20 percent of proceeds benefit Adopt-a-Family. Enjoy a glass of wine and find the perfect hand crafted holiday gift. 4-8 p.m. Free. 24 San Francisco Blvd., San Anselmo.

12/14 Jerusalem Peacemakers Stories and Prayers Learn about about grassroots interfaith movement for cooperation in the Holy Land. 8-9pm. $15-20. Sunrise Center, 645 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera. 924-7824.

12/14: Congressional Candidates Forum Candidates for the new Congressional District 2 Susan Adams, Jared Huffman, Stacey Lawson,Tiffany Renee and Norman Solomon will debate. 7pm. Free. Guzman Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael. 488-4673. www.dfa-marin,com 12/14: History of Marinship In-depth discussion on the history of the Marinship Shipyard. 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. www.spn.usace. 12/14: Trivia Cafe Team trivia contest, hosted by Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, featuring great questions, music and visuals, and cash prizes. 7:30-9:30pm. $4. Broken Drum, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael.

12/15: Marin Audubon Christmas Bird Counts Counts on Dec. 15 and Dec. 31. 7am-9pm. $5 for Count, $14 for dinner Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 497-4240.

12/16: Marin Singles Christmas Dance 8-11:45pm. $20. Grille 101 at Embassy Suites Hotel, 101 McInnis Pk, San Rafael. 507-9962.

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12/10: 25th Annual Tour de Noel Christmas House Tour Tour of four fabulous homes in Ross decorated for the holidays. Event features a holiday boutique, lunch and tea. Proceeds benefit local charity. 9am-3pm. $30-$40 Tour, $20 Lunch, $15 Tea St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Ave. , Ross. 456-1102.

12/10: AAUW Marin Luncheon and Silent Auction Share in the holiday spirit and raise funds for education scholarships.10am-3pm. $33. The Club at McInnis Park, Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 883-1201. 12/10: Fairfax Holiday Craft Fair Handcrafted gifts. 11am-5pm. Free. Fairfax Pavilion, 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax. 12/10: Hawaiian Holiday Craft Fair Delicious home baked goodies and unique crafts made by lovely hula hands. Hula and singing all day long. 10am4pm. Free. St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 409 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 720-4440. 12/10: Rainwater Harvesting Basics Introduction to rain harvesting. Sponsored by MMWD and The Urban Farmer Store 10am-noon. Free. Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. 945-1521.

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(2 -16). Make gifts for friends and family using reused and repurposed materials. 10am-2pm. $40. GROW: Art and Garden Education Center, 254 Shoreline Hwy ., Mill Valley. 888-8471. 12/10: Breakfast with Santa Seatings at 9 and 11am. Includes breakfast, decorating cookies, crafts, jumpee, sledding and Santa visit. 9am-12:30pm. $15, by reservation only Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 12/10: Hip Kid’s Music Series With Alphabet Rockers. 11am-noon. $5-14. Bay Area Discovery Museum, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. 339-3900. 12/10: Santa Story Time Meet Santa Claus and join a special story time with Santa. 11am. Free. Barnes & Noble Corte Madera, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera. 453-1462. 12/10: Winter Magic Weekend Sledding and safe play space in 20 tons of fresh snow. Also enjoy a jumpee, game booths, food and live music. 3-8pm. $5. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. 12/16: Tam Jam X Fest III Rock on at this holiday music festival with Five local Marin student bands and guests to provide wild music. Enjoy an evening of music, food and fun. 6:30pm. $3-7. Tamalpais Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Ave., Mill Valley. 388-6393. <

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by Ly nda Ray

Week of December 8-December 14, 2011

ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Your ruler (reckless Mars) continues his journey through the perfectionist sign of Virgo. You fastidiously pick out the freshest Christmas tree, wrap gifts without wasting paper and mail your holiday cards on time. It’s all good. Just remember that not everyone appreciates your determination to give endless advice. On Saturday, changeable Uranus starts moving forward through your sign and everything you thought you wanted, you no longer want. Santa is getting annoyed... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) The thing about being a Taurus is that you have the capacity to be totally tranquil. You can wait patiently and calmly. The other thing about being a Taurus is that you are capable of charging headfirst into the fray when motivated. If you’re searching for the perfect gift and spot the last one, your tranquility steps aside and your bull takes over. As long as this isn’t in a china shop, you should be fine. GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) When the emotional Moon occupies your intellectual sign, you want rational explanations for your feelings—but there aren’t any. Making matters more fascinating is the full Moon eclipse in Gemini on Saturday. This brings out the storyteller in you. But, with you, accuracy is not nearly as important as being entertaining, which is why (in your version) Rudolph is sporting a lime-green nose. You may have to explain that one to Santa... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Futuristic Uranus comes to a standstill this week in your career house. This suggests a change in your goals, as feeling secure isn’t nearly as important as being true to your potential—never mind your reputation. Meanwhile, impulsive Mars has taken over your communication house, causing you to blurt out your thoughts without considering the possible fallout. All in all, you’re going to have to work hard if you want to stay at the top of Santa’s “nice” list. LEO (July 22 - August 22) Many of you are hoping that Santa leaves a ticket to Paris in your stocking as the Sun (your ruler) in wandering Sagittarius urges you to see the world. And you are likely to go somewhere new and exciting at some point in the next year. Right now, however, it’s still about making money and cultivating business connections. Who knows? Maybe one of your new associates has a company in France... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) It is a weekend when your personal life and your professional life battle it out for the upper hand. It’s a bit exhausting trying to do it all. Fortunately, pleasurable Venus is teaching you the art of self-indulgence right now. So, when your boss asks to have a big project finished by noon and your sister asks that you watch her Siamese cats while she spends a week at a spa in Arizona, just say “no.” LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) The weekend begins with the Moon in Gemini, inspiring your curiosity in a big way. You may be inclined to sneak a peek at your sweetie’s email or your therapist’s notes. Neither is a wise idea. Meanwhile, your ruler (sociable Venus) remains in the ambitious sign of Capricorn all week, reminding you of the value of holiday parties. While sipping champagne and nibbling on chocolate fudge, you can fit in a bit of professional networking too. Win-win. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) While Mercury continues to move backwards in your money house, Uranus finally starts moving forward in your employment house. So, you may make progress in the job arena, but without immediate financial benefits. Fortunately, you are tenacious and do not give up because of a little delay. This is an especially valuable quality if you happen to be an NBA fan... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) A mushy full Moon in your relationship house is romantic, but a lunar eclipse may not be quite so pleasant. You may wonder if your sweetie has an evil twin, or your sweetie may have concerns about YOUR dark side. If you’re casually dating, you’re doing better, as exciting Uranus sets off the right type of sparks. No matter what happens with your love life, your career is on fire. Just like the candles on your birthday cake... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) A strong desire to explore has you considering various options for travel or learning. In fact, you are in a powerful position to expand your worldly knowledge—whether you do it by books or by booking a flight to someplace you’ve never been. Meanwhile, charming Venus in your dignified sign makes you appealingly diplomatic. This comes in handy when you have to tell your spouse that you had a minor fender bender with the vintage Mercedes-Benz... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Things are picking up for you this week. Your ruler (Uranus) gets his bearings and begins moving forward again. And the mushy Moon occupies your house of entertainment and romance for much of the weekend. This would be a good time for attending gala events with your significant other. If you’re single, make sure you know where the mistletoe is hanging and position yourself so that you can be ready for action. See? The holidays aren’t all about commercialism... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) It’s hard to decide whether you want to 1) Stay home and have sensual experiences with your sweetie or 2) Go out and enjoy having the world finally noticing your talents. Typically, you’re not one to seek fame, but on the other hand, you don’t want to seem ungrateful for the attention. On Tuesday, when Mercury starts moving forward again, be ready to meet someone who wants to promote you. Acknowledgement—at last. < Email Lynda Ray at or check out her website at 34 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 9– DECEMBER 15, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 127941 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MARIN REFLEXOLOGY, 357 THIRD ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: KRISTEN S. ANDERSON, 7924 WINTER BORN WAY, WINDSOR, CA 95492. 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 October 12, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128086 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as I (LOVE) YOUR DOG!, 216 VILLA AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SHANNON CLAHAN, 216 VILLA 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 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128080 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RD ENTERPRISES, 40 BELVEDERE ST., SUITE 2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: VITREO INC., 40 BELVEDERE ST., SUITE 2, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 21, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on October 31, 2010. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128109 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SAGE PARTNERS, 226 BRET HARTE RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: TOBIN & ASSOCIATES LLC., 226 BRET HARTE RD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 3, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128160 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BAY AREA MEDICAL MASSAGE; BREAD BOX, 15 S. KNOLL RD. #5, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: RABEL K. MANGAHAS, 15 S. KNOLL RD. #5, 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 July 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 14, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128169 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as RALPH J. ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES, 1425 N. MCDOWELL BLVD. SUITE 130, PETALUMA, CA 94954: FIRMA DESIGN GROUP, 1425 N. MCDOWELL BLVD. SUITE 130, PETALUMA, CA 94954. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128033 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SYLLYSOX ENTERPRISES, 120 B DOMINGA AVE., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: GREGORY SCOTT NEWCORN, 120 B DOMINGA AVE., 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 October 24, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128171 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ENERGEASE, 16 SALINAS AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: HEIDI E.

IRGENS, 16 SALINAS AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 11, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 15, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128194 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as POSARD BROEK & ASSOCIATES, 112 PINE ST., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: POSARD BROEK & ASSOCIATES INC., 112 PINE ST., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by a corporation. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128246 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE CAT HOUSE, 97 A LOUISE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AL BROOKS, 1010 GRAND 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 November 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128244 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PRISON MEDIA PROJECT, 2 BRADFORD WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: STEPHEN MCNAMARA, 2 BRADFORD WAY, MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 29, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128280 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SPECTRUM COURIER, 146 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ELMER LIBBY BABB, 146 PROSPECT DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128290 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TJ JUST GIRLS, 167 SAN ANDREAS DR., NOVATO, CA 94945: TERESA DE J. ACUNA, 167 SAN ANDREAS DR., NOVATO, CA 94945. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128238 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as CLOTHESLINES.COM, 51 LUNADA CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: JOHN ROBSON, 51 LUNADA CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901 . This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128092 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as AND THEM DESIGN; AND THEM CLOTHING, 125 MITCHELL BLVD. STE. I, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: TERRENCE KNOLES, 611 B ST. #3, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128192 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE COMMUTER TIMES, 10 COMMERCIAL BLVD. STE 210, NOVATO, CA 94949: CONNER CONSULTING & CONTRACTING LLC., 522 5TH ST., PETALUMA, CA 94952. This business is being conducted by a limited liability company.

Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on November 18, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128175 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as TOMATINA, 5800 NORTHGATE MALL #138, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: NBR TOMATINA SAN RAFAEL LLC, 150 PELICAN WAY, 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 September 22, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on November 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 201128174 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PEACOCK GAP GOLF COURSE, 333 BISCAYNE DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: PEACOCK GAP HOLDINGS LLC, 150 PELICAN WAY, 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 February 18, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128097 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as LAUER LEGAL SEARCH, 67 MAYWOOD WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ANDREA D. HUNOLT, 67 MAYWOOD WAY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on March 27, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128289 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as GAWAIN WEAVER ART CONSERVATION, 18 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960: GAWAIN M WEAVER, 18 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on September 1, 2008. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128116 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SHEN DAO CENTER, 706 D ST. SUITE B, SAN RAFAEL, C 94901: JENNIFER B JACKSON, 344 OAK AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on November 4, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128267 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as ORIGINAL SWISS AROMATICS, 602 FREITAS PKWY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: JULIEN JUILLERAT, I WINTERGREEN TERR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 1, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128286 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as WALKIE WALKIE, 650 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: SHELLEY L HUNTER, 650 BAMBOO TERRACE, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on January 1, 2012. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011)


court for a decree changing names as follows: TAYLOR MARIE ANGELOS to TAYLOR PERRY. 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: January 10, 2012, 9:00AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913-4988. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 10, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 18, 25; December 2, 9, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1105676. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner ALAN HENRY GAEL filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: ALAN HENRY GAEL to ALAN GAYLE HAGBERG. 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: December 29, 2011, 8:30 AM, Dept. E, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: November 17, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE

OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 2011) NOTICE OF PETITION TO ADMINISTER ESTATE OF: ROBERT BRUCE MAHAFFEY. Case No. PR-1105758. To all heirs, beneficiaries, creditors, contingent creditors and persons who may otherwise be interested in the will or estate, or both, of ROBERT BRUCE MAHAFFEY. A PETITION FOR PROBATE has been filed by: RICHARD GUILE in the Superior Court of California, County of MARIN. THE PETITION FOR PROBATE requests that RICHARD GUILE 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: December 27, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept: Probabte /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 94903. IF YOU OBJECT to the granting of the petition, you should appear at the hearing and state your objections or file written objections with the court before the hearing. Your appearance may be in person or by your attorney. IF YOU ARE A CREDITOR or a contingent creditor of the decedent, you must file your claim with the court and mail a copy to the personal representative appointed by the court within four months from the date of first issuance of letters as provided in section 9100 of the California Probate Code. The time for filing claims will not expire before four months from the hearing date noticed above. YOU MAY EXAMINE the file kept by the court. If you are a person interested in the estate, you may file with the court a Request for Special Notice (form DE-154) of the filing of an inventory and appraisal of estate assets or of any petition or account as provided in Probate Code section 1250. A Request for Special

Notice form is available from the court clerk. Attorney for Petitioner: MICHAEL BENNETT YONGUE; LAW OFFICES OF JULIA P. WALD, 1108 FIFTH AVE. SUITE 202, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. (415)482-7555. (Publication Dates: December 2, 9, 16, 2011) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304329 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): ORIGINAL SWISS AROMATICS, 602 FREITAS PKWY, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. Filed in Marin County on: May 16, 2011. Under File No: 2011126864. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): KURT SCHNAUBELT, 1 WINTERGREEN TERR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on December 1, 2011. (Pacific Sun: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1105867. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARIE THERESE MASSON-HERMAN filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: MARIE THERESE MASSON-HERMAN to MARIE THERESE MASSON. 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: January 23, 2012, 9:00 AM, Dept. L, Room L, Superior Court of California, County of Marin, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. A copy of this ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE shall be published at least once each week for four successive weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in the following newspaper of general circulation, printed in the county of Marin: PACIFIC SUN. Date: December 2, 2011 /s/ LYNN DURYEE, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Pacific Sun: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011)

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My girlfriend’s best friend is her ex. They broke up six years ago (upon mutual agreement). She swears she’s much happier being his friend and says they both feel they weren’t meant to be romantic partners. Well, she clearly adores the hell out of him, and he’s her go-to guy for her problems (family, career and probably any issues with me). She respects my opinion, but sometimes I feel she only asks for it so I won’t feel second banana to him. We’ve only been dating eight months, and I feel she believes what she says about their friendship, but part of me worries that she’s still in love with him but not aware of it. During one of their long phone chats, if he said he wanted to be with her after all, I suspect I’d be dumped fast. —Second Best


If this were a chick flick, you’d be the plot device—the guy the girl’s with just so she can figure out that she should marry the other guy. (Start worrying if you roll over in bed and see a couple of prop men unplugging your lamp.) Of course it’s hard for you to believe that a guy who once wanted her body now just wants her ear. Their insistence that they’re just friends does run contrary to the wisdom of the noted therapist Billy Crystal, who warned in his seminal work, When Harry Met Sally, that “men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” Sure it does—mainly when they have yet to have sex with each other. But, these two have been there, done each other (and done each other and then some). Chances are, the thrill of the chase really has given way to the thrill of getting on the phone so they can cluck like two excitable hens. People commonly think love is only supposed to come in groups of two, like on the ark. But, this “two-topia”—the notion that one person will meet your every emotional, sexual and career-counseling need (while leading you in a killer ashtanga workout)—is actually an impossible ideal. The truth is, in addition to your romantic partner, you can have another deeply important person in your life—a friend-plus!—who you love more than a typical friend but who you don’t love naked (or don’t love naked anymore). And sure, if your girlfriend has a BFF, you’d prefer it to be somebody named Melanie, whose interests run the gamut from shoes to shoes. And yes, she could suddenly decide to “put the ex back in sex.” But, six years post-breakup, it’s likely her attraction is more therapeutic—having a longtime friend to lean on who’s probably helped her dust all the skeletons hanging in her closets (home, office and beyond). Don’t get all wound up in trying to compete with him or meet her every need; you just need to meet enough of them and keep getting to know her. Throw yourself into your relationship instead of obsessing that it will end, and try to focus on the merits of their friendship. This guy enhances her life, and if her life is enhanced, she’s enhanced, and so is her life with you... even if that flies in the face of everything you’ve ever heard about how love is “supposed” to play out. (Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, not Romeo, Juliet and Bob.)


Two male friends who know I’m happily married have made a pass at me recently. One’s kind of a player, so... whatever. The other I considered a very good friend (of seven years), and I find myself remarkably angry with him. Some friend. I feel like posting a blog item: “I have never been unfaithful to my husband and never will be.”—Betrayed


When one dog tries to hump another, it generally isn’t because he finds the other dog ethically sketchy. I get that you aren’t a Chihuahua with computer privileges, but there’s a good chance the thought process for these guys was dog-humpingly deep. I had you send me your photo, and you’re gorgeous. Men make passes at women who are blindingly attractive—and not necessarily because they devalue them as friends or think they’ll be quick to toss their wedding ring on another man’s night table. Sometimes, impulse, dirty martinis, desperation and seven years of a woman’s hotitude just come to a head. This isn’t to say you should excuse what these guys did or continue being friends with them if that’s painful, but it may help to understand that the calculation here may not have involved a comprehensive risk/benefit analysis...beyond you’re beautiful and they’re drunk, and if they’re going to be relegated to meaningless anonymous sex, they’d like it to be with you. < © Amy Alkon, all rights reserved. Got a problem? Email or write to Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave. #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

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