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›› LETTERS Pearls of wisdom My mom, Ellen Straus, would be outraged at the fighting between environmentalists, farmers and the Point Reyes National Seashore over Drakes Bay Oyster Company. Mom was a farmer and environmentalist, and saw beyond the “us versus them” mentality that ran and still runs rampant in our community and country. She knew that the future of Marin depends on our ability to work together, to innovate and, above all, to find common ground. Just a few decades ago, this entire region was slated for massive housing subdivision and urban sprawl. Yet today, it’s easy to take for granted our eco-agricultural successes—the Marin Agricultural Land Trust [co-founded by Ellen Straus] protects nearly half of our agricultural land from sprawling development. Marin Organic pioneered the concept of merging local food, organic certification and farmers committed to sustainability principles over and above mere regulatory requirements. A-60 zoning has staved off the worst of urban sprawl, and the Point Reyes National Seashore demonstrated that government can successfully protect the environment while acknowledging the vital role of responsible farm stewardship. Marin County’s agriculture and open space, whether publicly or privately held, are inextricably interconnected. The balance is tenuous, and it’s not unfathomable that all of it could rapidly evaporate. If Drakes Bay Oyster Company gets forced out, there will be a clear road map for eliminating the rest of agriculture in the

Ellen Straus, left, and Phyllis Faber first conceived of a Marin ag-land trust while strolling together through a West Marin pasture in 1978.

PRNS. As the farming dominos fall, so will critical mass of agricultural infrastructure, making the future of Marin agriculture increasingly uncertain. Today’s Marin County owes thanks to the tireless collaboration efforts of visionary environmental leaders, farmers and politicians who rose up to speak with one unified voice. Their efforts transformed environmental catastrophe into one of the nation’s true environmental success stories. Our solutions weren’t created by decree, but by consensus and the development of public-private partnerships. Now, more than ever, these victories must be preciously guarded. If Mom were here, she’d ask, “What will it take for the park and farms to coexist?” Mom would support the Drakes Bay oysters, advocate for continued farming in the park, and insist that the only viable solution would be a win-win. She wouldn’t give up until the needs of the environmental and agriculture were successfully addressed.


TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK More Voter Fraud by Democrats From the party (Democrats) that brought us voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers in the 2008 elections and who had at least 15 ACORN members sent to jail in 2010 for vo... Labor & Economy Issues From The Heritage Foundation The Issue The economy, labor market, and labor–management relations have changed dramatically since the 1930s. Federal labor laws have not. The government needs to bring lab...

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Pssst! Carlo... we’ve got a suspect... see next letter... Open letter to the driver who chose to pull into a gas station on Second Street in San Rafael from the middle lane at 6:45am last Thursday, Dec. 8: That is an illegal maneuver. Why? Because you could have caused a car in the right lane to rear-end you, and you could have killed me, the cyclist in the right lane. Yes, me with the bright headlight and reflective coat. I was lucky to avoid you as I was traveling at 25 mph, keeping with traffic, riding to the right as required—when you stopped and blocked the entire right lane. I had to swerve into the middle lane, blind, to avoid you. Please park your car, sell it, and stop driving. P.S.: This could also serve as a Hero & Zero. I could be a hero for not dragging the guy out of his car and beating the crap out of him. All I did was shine my light from my helmet into his eyes as I passed him, with my knees shaking. The Zero is obvious.

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Vehicular manslaughter is a two-way street, people... In the last month, more than a half-dozen pedestrians in the Bay Area have “bought the farm” (quite a few in Marin County). Not surprising... I’m a driver and all day long I see the same thing over and over again. People darting out in the streets without looking both ways, people crossing against lights, using cell phones or texting as they walk, or when they do look, a vehicle coming down the street means nothing to them. Unfortunately they were taught in school, “the pedestrian has the right of way, the car has to stop”.... and these poor pedestrians really believe it. Never mind there are people driving out here from 49 other states and consider someone running out in traffic as suicidal... they are not prepared to stop, they’re not expecting such insane behavior. We were taught in school, “cross at the green, not in between,” “cross at the corner, or in the crosswalk,” “look both ways before crossing and even if you are doing everything correctly, if a car is coming down the street—let it go past you before you cross.” In other words, do not walk in front of a moving vehicle. Common sense? Not in California.

Gabby Giffords, Helen Keller and Craig Whatley walk into a bar... I see by your response to my letter [“Only If You Apologize for the Lenny Bruce Comparison,” Dec. 9] in defense of Mr. Whatley [whose letter-to-theeditor “joke” comparing Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to a Helen Keller, shown here at about age 8, lost can of vegetable soup her sight and hearing was not printed by the from what doctors Pacific Sun] that you described as ‘an acute congestion of the brain.’ are not yet far enough along in your developBadda boom! ment. Because “sick” jokes are really not about the person being addressed in the joke as much as a very human reaction to horrific or troubling situations in life—gallows humor, if you will. I well remember the joke that was making the rounds at the time Helen Keller died and the film The Miracle Worker was out: Hear about the Helen Keller doll? Wind it up and [Editor’s note: We hate to interrupt this hilarious jab at the woman who, at age 1, was rendered deaf and blind by scarlet fever, but we feel the debate over whether we should print “sick” jokes has weighed heavily upon readers long enough. We have no problem with pretty much any type of verbal or written humor communicated in private. But in the pages of a media outlet that has tens of thousands of readers, we find it baffling to suggest that humor targeted at the suffering, and those suffering likewise, would be of any benefit to this newspaper or our readers. Our concern that such whimsy may be hurtful to even a small handful of community members trumps our letter writers’ desire to imagine their prose echoing through the county with a ghastly rim shot.] Lighten up. By the way, hear the one about the weekly paper editor? Kimberly Clark, Greenbrae

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all it a Great Recession. Call it a full-blown second Great Depression. Whatever the technical term for the economic shock that hit in 2008 and continues today, the phenomenon has pushed an increasing number of people in Marin closer to the precipice. “As I tell people sometimes, business is booming. It’s a sad commentary,” says Diane Linn, executive director of Ritter Center. “We have more and more people from Marin coming in for food and clothing and other basics.” Ritter Center is one of the pantries in the county that distributes food from the consolidated San Francisco and Marin food banks. The two merged at the beginning of the year. The San Francisco Food Bank has been serving Marin since 2008, even before bringing the Marin Food Bank into its fold. The merger created a more efficient and welcome food collection and delivery system—for donors and recipients. It’s the nature of those recipients, Linn says, that tells the story of the economic impact on an affluent county like Marin. Sometimes the affluence exists on a thin veneer of credit and shaky employment. About 60 percent of those who come to Ritter Center for supplemental food are families or seniors “and they are housed,”

says Linn. They may have jobs, but they can’t make ends meet. “This economic pressure we’re seeing has had an effect. I see people with nice cars and clothing that you would think a working person would wear. I see a guy that looks just like your grandfather. I see them come in for food.” It’s a story being told at food pantries across the state. The fact that Linn is at a pantry in one of the most affluent counties in the state—and the country—is testament to the nature of the economic crisis that sometimes is masked by that thin covering in a county like Marin. Ritter Center is dealing with a disturbing problem called food insecurity. The merger of the food banks has allowed pantries to help meet the needs of residents who face chronic food insecurity. People used to come for emergency food a few times a year. “Now, families need food every single week,” says Linn. About 120 new clients come to Ritter Center every week for supplemental food supplies. While some of those people “phase out” of the food program, others stay in it. The numbers this year are telling. In November, Ritter Center served an average of 300 adults and 100 children each week. A total of 1,318 adults and 415 children received food. And that’s just one of a number 10 >


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Novato passes ‘Chipwich charter’ There’ll be a lot less screaming for ice cream in Novato next year, as the City Council voted unanimously this week to bar the Good Humor man, and other four-wheeled food sellers from parking their not-so-healthy wares too close to schools. The new ordinance prohibits Eskimo Pie packers and Klondike bar carriers from within 1,500 feet of school district elementary, middle and high schools. The ice-cream-sandwich sanction is being framed by city officials as a safety measure—to prevent kids from weaving through traffic simply to satisfy their lust for Orange Creamsicles. Still, the move is being applauded by nutritionists who say too many Mr. Softees is creating a generation of Mr. and Ms. Softees. More Marinites walking and biking, study finds Are Marin leadfoots a dying breed? Well, not exactly. But according to a new report from the Marin County Public Works Department, more and more of us are unbuckling the seatbelts in favor of walking and biking. Public Works’ fourth annual report on the pedalers and pedestrians among us found that weekday bicycling increased 57 percent from 2007 to 2011—and a jawdropping 172 percent from 1999 to 2011. Weekend rates in the same time periods increased 91 percent and 159 percent, respectively. Weekday walking rates jumped 33 percent in the last four years and weekend walking rates rose by 39 percent. Researchers collected their data at 23 separate locations throughout the county. County Supervisor Susan Adams says the results are a testament to the many bicycle and pedestrian projects completed in the past few years. “If you build it, they will come,” said Adams. “While at the same time [such projects] address climate change and encourage a healthier, more active, obesity-reducing lifestyle.” The data will be used to monitor usage of other projects in the federal Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program that are at, or near completion in Marin. The NTPP has provided more than $25 million to Marin and three Midwest communities to evaluate whether construction of bike and pedestrian facilities—along with education and outreach about them—can effectively encourage cycling and walking as a way to reduce automobile trips. ‘Tree of Life’ best film, say Bay Area critics The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has named The Tree of Life the Best Picture of 2011, while also awarding Terrence Malick as Best Director and Emmanuel Lubezki as Best Cinematographer for their work on the ambitious and controversial film. The Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt as the emotionally abusive patriarch of a 1950s 10 > Texas family, the O’Briens. Malick’s non-linear narrative juxtaposes intense



by Howard Rachelson

1.The population of Marin County increased dramatically after what April 18, 1906, event? 2. What season begins on Dec. 22 in the Southern Hemisphere? 3. Pictured, right: Identify the title and author of the 1822 poem that begins with the line “’Twas the night before Christmas.” 4. What three U.S. cities have hosted the Summer Olympics? 5. What is one fundamental difference between a physician and doctor? 6. Pictured, right: What actors and 1997 film are pictured here? Which of these won acting Oscars for that film? 7. In 1995, President Clinton appointed what woman as the first female secretary of state? 8. British explorer Richard Burton set out to Africa in 1858 to search for what? 9. In 1936, Hialeah in Florida was the world’s first horse racetrack to make use of what new innovation? 10. “Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” was the subtitle of what 2006 film sensation?

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SATURDAY, DEC. 17 The Story of Santa Claus This animated feature explores Santa Claus’s early career and what possessed him to dress in flamboyant red outfits, surround himself with elves and keep voyeuristic lists of children’s innocent behavior. CBS. 9pm. DC Cupcakes A baked good 6 feet tall and shaped like a nutcracker is no longer a cupcake. It’s a threat to humanity. TLC. 9pm. CMA Country Christmas A country Christmas is just like any other Christmas, but instead of celebrating the birth of Christ, they ask to see his birth certificate. ABC. 9pm. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town He doesn’t even bother with a naughty or nice list any more. He just follows you on Twitter. ABC Family. 10pm.

MONDAY, DEC. 19 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special Apparently the true meaning of the holidays has something to do with animals that fight and wear pants. ABC. 8pm. Terra Nova This is the season finale, in which sinister businessmen from the future figure out a way to go back in time and exploit the prehistoric world. It’s like a Rick Perry commercial. Fox. 8pm. Who’s Still Standing? In this new trivia game, wrong answers trigger a trapdoor that opens beneath the players plummeting them into darkness with no money to show for it. It’s like the economy, but with a comedian host. NBC. 8pm. Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to e-mail Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeros at ››

TUESDAY, DEC. 20 The Postman Kevin Costner plays a survivor of a nuclear apocalypse who takes on the mission of delivering the mail in hopes of rekindling a spirit of civilization and national unity. In his tireless mission, he faces armed warlords, roving gangs of bandits and vast radioactive wastelands. But he guarantees secondday delivery. (1997) SyFy.7pm. Rick Steves’ European Christmas It’s a lot like an American Christmas but with less time driving around parking lots looking for spaces. KQED.9pm.

FRIDAY, DEC. 16 Christmas in Washington There are plenty of people in Washington who’ve been naughty this year, but we’re not sure any of them deserved Justin Bieber. Whatever happened to coal in the stocking? TNT.8pm. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas The saber tooth tiger, the mammoth and that rat thing visit Santa where the saber tooth is happy to meet Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Eaten. Fox.9pm. CSI: NY When a food truck explodes at a festival, investigators have to determine if the explosion was accidental and also whether the combo plate was a good deal. CBS.9pm. Christmas lists of only 140 characters! Saturday, 10pm. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21 The Tonight Show Ron Geek Love We’ve never Paul looks past his camheard of “Sci-Fi Speed Dating”but it sounds paign and the potential to keep the debate hijinks going in a dinner theater format. NBC. like a 100 percent effective form of birth control. TLC. 8:30pm. 11:35pm.

SUNDAY, DEC. 18 Alien Invasion: Are We Ready? No. But we could pull out the couch and use an inflatable mattress in the den. Discovery Channel. 8pm. All American Muslim It’s not easy being Muslim in America, but choosing where to shop for hardware just got easier. TLC. 10pm.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 22 The X-Factor The winner is announced tonight, awarded with a cash prize, a recording contract, an agent and the option to block Simon Cowell’s calls. Fox. 8pm. Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice The elf’s secret technology falls into the hands of a naughty child.This seems to be happening a lot lately but the kid doesn’t share the technology with the Chinese or demand an international apology. ABC. 8:30pm. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown Rerun celebrates Christmas with Snoopy and his canine companion, Spike, because nothing teaches us more about the meaning of Christmas than a lonely child hanging out with a pair of anthropomorphic canine siblings separated since infancy when they were sold as commodities. ABC. 9pm. < Critique That TV Guy at

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moments of suburban family life with scenes of dinosaurs, the earth’s destruction and Sean Penn as one of three adult O’Brien sons navigating a cold, corporate modern world. The film baffled many viewers; it also won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Founded in 2002, the SFFCC is a collection of Bay Area print and online film critics who gather annually to debate—oftentimes heatedly—the artistic achievements of the year’s notable films and bestow awards in 12 categories. This year’s voting took place at the Variety Club on Market Street in San Francisco. Best picture selection came down to The Tree of Life and Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist, a modern-day silent film set in 1927 Hollywood, as the era of silent cinema gave way to talkies. Some members of the group in support of Malick’s film derided The Artist as little more than an entertaining pastiche of an earlier film style; others lobbed accusations of self-indulgence and pretension at the oftentimes impenetrable Tree of Life. With 27 members voting, The Tree of Life won handily, by a count of 18 to 9. Gary Oldman spirited away Best Actor honors for playing retiring—if not retired—spy George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the Circle bestowed its Best Actress award on Tilda Swinton, the beleaguered mother of a bad seed in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Best Supporting Actress went to Vanessa Redgrave as Shakespeare’s fiercely protective Volumnia in Coriolanus, and Best Supporting Actor to Albert Brooks for his change-of-pace work as a volatile gangster in Drive. Other honorees include Best Foreign Language Film Certified Copy, Abbas Kiarostami’s thought-provoking, emotionally wrenching examination of relationships, art and existence; Best Documentary Tabloid, Errol Morris’ unique take on a strangerthan-fiction tale that must be seen to be disbelieved; and Best Animated Film Rango, a loopy and textured Western adventure. The group honored J.C. Chandor for his original screenplay Margin Call and Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan for adapting John le Carre’s novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A Special Citation singled out The Mill and the Cross—Lech Majewski’s distinctly original exploration of the inspiration for and creation of a Bruegel painting—as an under-the-radar title deserving of attention. The annual Marlon Riggs Award, honoring courage and innovation in the world of cinema, goes to the San Francisco-based National Film Preservation Foundation, for its work in the preservation and dissemination of endangered, culturally significant films.

MAR names its Realtor of the Year The recovering housing market is recovering a bit faster, thanks to Carol Scott—who was named Realtor of the Year this week by the Marin Association of Realtors. Scott, of Bradley Real Estate in San Rafael, was honored at the association’s 92nd annual awards luncheon Dec. 13 at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael for representing “the standards of judgment, high principles, high ethical standards, upstanding loyalty and devotion to the advancement and success of the association.” Scott joined MAR in 1991 and served on the group’s board of directors in 2003 and 2004 and continues to serve its Professional Standards Committee. Prior to working in real estate, Scott served as a legal secretary/assistant. Also at the awards ceremony, David Smadbeck of Coldwell Banker in Greenbrae was installed as MAR’s 2012 president; Stevens Manning of Manning Mortgage Associates, Inc. in San Rafael was named Affiliate of the Year; Kay Moore of Coldwell Banker in Greenbrae received the Distinguished Service Award; Margaret Deedy of Coldwell Banker in Greenbrae and Jonathan Marks of Alain Pinel in Corte Madera received the association’s Making a Difference Award. Safe Routes to Schools turns 10! Some 10-year-olds dread getting report cards— but not Safe Routes to Schools, which received glowing marks this week from the Transportation Authority of Marin. Launched in 2000, Safe Routes is a program geared toward getting school-age youth to walk and bike to campus—at the same time reducing vehicle congestion and instilling healthy habits in kids. Marin’s program began with an initial nine schools, but now includes 52 schools and more than 23,500 students, according to TAM statistics. According to TAM officials, the program’s 10-year anniversary “marks an ideal time” to evaluate the program and “examine those aspects of the program that continue to make it successful, as well as those that require improvement.” Highlights from the report include: Since the program began, there has been an 8 percent mode shift countywide from single-student car trips to walking, bicycling, riding public transit and carpooling to and from schools. 10 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 22, 2011

< 8 And the pantry was bare of pantries in the county in one month. The Ritter Center’s November allocation doesn’t include the special Thanksgiving food distribution. Linn says that holiday distributions can be particularly important for many families riding the edge of financial crisis, families who may go into debt to serve up a holiday spread. She also says that donations from the county sheriff ’s office and police departments and congregations and community groups have been a great help in adding to the food supply. One of the advantages of the food bank merger for Marin is the Fresh Rescue program. Using its resources and logistics, the food bank gets food close to its sell-by date from grocery stores and distributes it quickly through the pantry system. “Since the merger, we have distributed over 1 million pounds of food,” says Stacy Newman, media manager at the San Francisco Food Bank. Between Marin and San Francisco, 22,000 households receive supplies from the merged food banks each week, according to Newman. “We continue to hear from our pantries that the need is increasing,” she says. “The lines are getting longer. They say they’re seeing lots of people visiting our pantries for the very first time. They’re seeing people who are still working but have had their hours cut back or their pay decreased. They’re seeing people struggling to make ends meet.” The St. Vincent de Paul Society Free Dining Room in San Rafael also is seeing the same increased need that Linn, Newman and other service providers describe. “We’re definitely seeing more people,” says Christine Paquette, director of development at St. Vincent. “We’re probably feeding 400 to 425 people a day.” That’s an increase of about 100 people a day from last year. Paquette says St. Vincent is providing about 750 meals each day this winter. Part of the reason for that number is the rotating emergency shelter program that began earlier this year and will last longer than in years past. In addition to a lunch program at St. Vincent, the organization is providing breakfast for people staying in the rotating shelter program. The shelter program now counts about 24 congregations as participants, says Paquette, and the program has run without a hitch. One unfortunate incident marked this year’s program, however, when a critically ill man died. This year, the rotating shelter program accepts 50 men and 20 women each day. The men stay in churches and synagogues, the women at the county’s health and wellness campus in San Rafael. In addition to the rotating shelter, Mill Street has 55 beds for single adults at the shelter program Homeward Bound operates. Homeward Bound also has another 80 beds at New Beginnings Center and accommodations for 14 families as well as a variety of programs aimed at helping homeless individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness and

poverty. Mill Street often has no vacancy; the family program has a waiting list. When the county took its biennial snapshot of the homeless population at the beginning of the year, it put the number of homeless at 864 “sheltered” people, a reference to any person living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program for homeless people who originally came from the streets or an emergency shelter. The count found 356 “unsheltered” people, a reference to any person living in a place not meant for human habitation, such as a car, park, sidewalk, open space or on the street. (The emergency rotating shelter’s capacity of 70 people puts those numbers into perspective.) The total number of the homeless population in the count—1,220—shows a decline from 2009, when 1,770 people were counted as homeless. Money from the federal Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program played a significant role in funding strategies to reduce the number of people without housing, according to Lisa Sepahi, a county policy analyst who specializes in issues relating to homelessness. The program aimed its financial support at programs to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty rather than simply providing the kind of emergency shelter the congregations offer. While service providers readily say emergency shelter is a critical component on the care continuum, breaking the cycle is the real goal. That shift in philosophy has been taking place for some time among many service providers. (Critics of the shift call for more funding for emergency shelters that stay open all year.) The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funded the re-housing program, gave an extra push to the new emphasis. And as this year’s homeless count number shows, the money made a difference. But it’s been spent. As encouraging as the numbers are that show wise spending of government funds can produce positive results and provide shelter for people in need, another number in this year’s homeless count should cause alarm: The number of “precariously housed” increased 35 percent from 2009, reaching 4,103 this year. Those are the people a whisker away from falling into homelessness. They’re the people Linn and other service providers are seeing at food pantries. A wide variety of service providers and programs are available in Marin, but the economic crisis has created what amounts to a treadmill of need. The Marin Community Foundation (MCF) has been key in providing financial assistance to help county programs remain upright on that treadmill. This year, MCF provided a $250,000 grant for the rotating shelter program, the third year it has done so. In addition, the foundation provided $250,000 in grants to Homeward Bound, a set of childcare programs and the food bank. And this year it is providing a $150,000 grant to the Center for Domestic Peace, home to

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he eight attorneys involved in a trial charging four San Francisco men with plotting to murder a convenience store owner in his Novato home disagree about most of the facts of the case. But they do agree about one. The man prosecutors say arranged Tong Van Le’s murder was locked up in a San Francisco jail cell on Sept. 13, 2008, the night the 44year-old Vietnamese immigrant was shot to death in the garage of his Pizarro Avenue home. The prosecution and the defense agree that Larry Blay Jr., who was 18 at the time of the execution-style killing and about to become a father, had been wrongly arrested for holding up Le’s San Francisco store and faced six years in prison for an armed robbery he did not commit. In opening statements in Marin County Superior Court this week, defense attorneys pointed to Blay’s wrongful arrest as evidence of a justice system hastily rushing to judgment. In contrast, the prosecution used the arrest to explain what it sees as Blay’s desperate attempt to silence the only witness against him and get out of jail. District Attorney Ed Berberian played the jury a jailhouse recording of a telephone conversation between Blay and his pregnant girlfriend two days before Le’s murder. “I need you to talk to B-Ray,” Blay said, referring to his younger brother and co-defendant, Deandre Blay. “And I need you to tell him to handle that. You know what I mean when I say handle that? He can’t come to court. Tell him to handle that fast before my next court date.” Larry Blay’s attorney, Camille Bosworth, explained the conversation as her client’s attempt to line up witnesses to prove his innocence. But Berberian said he intends to prove that Larry Blay ordered the killing. Le bought the Nasser Market a few months before armed robbers held him up in August 2008. About two weeks before he was killed, Le told police five masked African-American teenagers came into his store. One of the youths held a shotgun to his temple while the others robbed him of liquor, cigars, a BB gun, white T-shirts and about $400 in cash. Le said he knew the kids from the neighborhood and identified Larry Blay from a book of mug shots. Berberian played video of the robbery taken from surveillance cameras for the jury. “Mr. Le was cooperating with the police,” he said. “That’s not always the case in these situations. Mr. Le put his faith in our system and actually made some identification of individuals, albeit one of them incorrect.” Twelve jurors and six alternates, many gray-haired and all of them white, began


listening to evibrothers belonged to the gang. dence this week to “They support each other,” Berberian determine whether said. “They back each other up.” Deandre Blay and He said Le’s murder “delivers a certain three other young message back to the community about those African-Americans who cooperate with law enforcement.” followed Le home In concluding his opening statement, from his store Berberian said: “We believe it’s very clear after he closed up that the evidence that these four men— The killing of Van Le, above, at 10pm and shot men—are responsible for killing in coldwas in retaliation for cooperhim to death in blooded fashion Tong Van Le for no other ating with the police, his Lexus before reason than to silence him.” says Berberian. he had a chance to Deandre Blay, Abram and Johnson were turn off the car or 17 years old in September 2008, when unbuckle his seatbelt. Le’s wife, 7-year-old Le was killed. After a grand jury indicted daughter and 6-year-old son slept through them for murder and conspiracy to comthe shooting. mit murder, Berberian decided to try them Neighbors heard three gunshots and sum- as adults. The grand jury also indicted moned police, who found Le dead behind Johnson’s mother, Anchulita Uribe, 36, the wheel. for allegedly attempting to dispose of the Berberian spent a full day laying out his murder weapon. case against the four accused of Le’s murder: The rifle that killed Le after he pulled 21-year-old Larry Blay; his 20-year-old broth- into his garage in Novato’s Hamilton Field er, Deandre Blay; 20-year-old neighborhood—a .308 WinKevin Abram; and 20-year-old chester—has never been found. C. Autis “Julio” Johnson Jr. The Berberian told the jury that four lived in San Francisco and Uribe drove back over the Golden hung out in the Alemany ProjGate Bridge after the murder to ects, a high-crime neighborhood find the weapon, hidden near Le’s near Le’s Bernal Heights market. house, and discard it. All face life in prison without the Unbeknownst to Johnson, his Uribe is accused of drivpossibility of parole. mother was having a sexual relaLe’s widow, Phan Nguyen, sat ing to the scene of the tionship with his friend, Washto dispose of the in the back of the courtroom crime ington, who had other girlfriends, murder weapon. Monday while Berberian deincluding the one who owned the scribed the evidence against the Acura. accused. The five defendants sat sepaBerberian said he believes rated by their attorneys at defense Abram fired three shots, the fatal tables with four armed bailiffs one through the back of Le’s neck. watching over them. Abram and But a fifth defendant, 25-yearJohnson wore their hair in dreadold Sean Washington, admits he locks. The Blay brothers wore drove to Le’s house in a car betheirs cropped short. Although longing to one of his girlfriends Did Larry Blay’s plea for he is 20 years old now, Deandre that night and the following day his brother to ‘handle Blay looks like a child. Uribe wore sent her a text message saying, “I that’ refer to lining up her bright red-dyed hair in a high key witnesses—or killed some1 last night.” ponytail and a “loyalty” tattoo silencing one of them? Washington, aka “Shitty on her chest above her top shirt Sean,” has agreed to testify button. against his co-defendants in a plea agreeCourt documents say the four young ment one of the defense attorneys called “a men have extensive criminal backgrounds. sweetheart deal.” Other defense attorneys Jurors will not learn about their backcalled Washington a liar. He contends he grounds unless they testify in their own never wanted anyone to die and just gave defense. If they do, prosecutors may questhe teens a ride to Le’s house. tion them about past crimes. During the trial, which is expected to Washington also has a criminal backlast months, Berberian said a police officer ground. Novato police connected him to would educate jurors about the Alemany the killing when they found his girlfriend’s Projects, or AP, gang. Defense attorneys Acura on a list of vehicles that drove through say the defendants were nothing more the Golden Gate Bridge tollbooth without than friends. But the district attorney paying about an hour after Le’s murder. contends Abram, Johnson and the Blay Just before Washington and the other

defendants were set to go to trial, in August, Washington agreed to testify against the others in exchange for a five-year sentence. The deal could set him free shortly after his testimony. “Sean Washington admits he’s the one who killed Mr. Le,” said Carl Gonser, Deandre Blay’s attorney. “That’s who the district attorney is giving the sweetheart deal to. “Instead of spending the rest of his life in prison, Sean Washington, the admitted killer, walks free.” “You don’t give a confessed murderer a walk unless your case is weak, and it is,” attorney Robert Casper Jr., who represents Uribe, told the jury. “You take out Mr. Washington, and it’s all based on innuendo and supposition.” Berberian described the case as complicated. “Nothing’s straightforward in this case,” he said. “It’s like putting a puzzle together, a collection of pieces.” In addition to Washington’s testimony, the pieces include the tip of a glove with gunshot residue and Abram’s DNA, a hat Johnson allegedly left on the street outside Le’s house, text messages, taped telephone conversations, cell-phone records placing the defendants in Marin County the night of the killing, tollbooth video of the Acura that Washington drove to Le’s house and tollbooth video of Uribe’s gold Cadillac. Uribe is the only one of the six defendants out on bail. She posted a $125,000 bond in January 2010. The others have been in jail without bail since their arrests following the June 2009 grand jury indictments. Washington’s attorney, Jay Ruskin, said he has been moved from the Marin County Jail to another facility and will be relocated through the federal Witness Protection Program if he is released after his testimony. Uribe appeared upset Tuesday as she listened to her son’s lawyer talk about her mothering. “Julio was raised in the Alemany Projects,” attorney Tara Higgins said of Johnson. “His mother, Ms. Uribe, placed her child in these projects, and these projects had a history of violence and gang activity long before Julio could walk. There’s no recruiting that goes into this gang. He wasn’t given a chance to spend time in another neighborhood. His mother made the choice for him. “Julio was raised by a mother who was not a Donna Reed or a Carol Brady. She asked her son to bring her marijuana. She asked him to bring her cough syrup to get high. He was raised by a mother who had sex with someone he thought was his friend.” < Contact Ronnie Cohen at


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’m ready to talk about Santa Claus!” Cla aus!” says Amy Ahlers. “But let me go into my offi office ce and close the do door, because my 4-year-old is in the house—and ho she’s a big fan of Santa.” Amy Ahlers, Ah often described with the moniker monik The Wake-Up Call Coach, is the t author of Big Fat Lies Women Te Tell Themselves (New World Library, 20 2011), a self-help guide designed siigned to assist ass woman as they swap those destructive destruc critical thoughts for a life-affirming rmin superstar attitude. I’ve called her up this t morning to ask about the moment sh she stopped believing in Santa Sant ntta Claus. Over the last seve several years, usually around Christmastime, I’ve b been collecting stories about loss-of o -faith moment experienced by that first loss-of-faith miilllions off kids k ds every ki eve year. In Western culture, millions S where the Santa story has become inte integral to the mainstream cell celebration of Christmas and wn wi wintertime, it seems that for eve new child introduced to every m the magic of Santa Claus, encourag to write letters and leave couraged hum who will one day put cookies out for him, there is a small human

two and two together and have to deal with the fact that the world may not be quite as magical as he once thought. For many, it is a development a painful but useful major passage in their cognitive development, step toward adulthood. Most of us make the transition without any traceable trauma. Every so often, though, that moment when Santa is finally revealed to be an elaborately choreographed game, a lovely and sweet-spirited act of imagination designed to prolong a sense of innocence and wonder and to encourage generosity, is remembered as the first real stab of disillusionment we are forced to experience. Ironically, for many of us, that memory of the moment we first learned the truth about Santa is among our favorites, a tender recollection of when we were young enough to believe a man could fly with reindeer and travel the world in a single night. For others, of course, it was the moment we learned that adults don’t always tell the truth. “I have an older sister, who’s a couple of years older me,” recalls Ahlers. “And when I later found out that she already knew that Santa wasn’t real, it was incredibly upsetting. Because I had this story I told everyone, where I said that I went to the bathroom one Christmas Eve, and I saw Santa putting presents under the tree. My sister said, ‘No you didn’t,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I did!’ and I was really convinced that I had seen Santa. It was months afterward that I finally said, ‘Wait a minute. This doesn’t really add up, does it?’ And one of the worst parts was realizing that my whole family knew that I’d made up the story of seeing Santa, and then convinced myself it was true. I felt really, really ashamed and stupid—that I was the last one to be let in on the big joke.” Because of her painful associations with the Man in the 14>


< 13 Santa Exposed Red Suit, she gave pause to doing the whole Santa thing when she became a mom. After doing some hard thinking and soul searching, she decided to go ahead and let her daughter into the Santa game. “I guess I decided that it wasn’t about Santa—it was about the magic,” she says. “Santa is about using your imagination, it’s about the whole idea of magic and fairies and princesses, and all the things that children like to believe in, and that adults, to be truthful, like to believe in too. I realized that the magic my daughter would feel around the holiday season, for however long it might last—until that time she decided she wanted to know the truth—was worth it. It’s worth it to have that experience of magic and wonder in her life. “I now feel pretty clean about the idea of having Santa,” Santa she says, laughing. “And I’m the one who wrote wro the book about big, fat lies.” She says it comes down to how you define what is a lie and a what is the truth. “If the truth trut is that I want to nurture my child’s imagination,” imagin she muses, “to encourage her sense of play and magic, then where do you draw the line? If I’m all about never pretending, tthen I’m never going to makebelieve I’m the th hairdresser and my daughter is coming in to get her hair done. We played that game this thi morning. I used an accent and everything. B But wasn’t that a lie? I’m not a hairdresser. “When we pull from the imagination,” she adds, “when we w pull from that creative space, when we pull pul from that belief in magic, when we pull from faith—that’s when the miracles occur in our life.” O




“I HAD A younger brother,” says Mill Valley author Micha Michael Murphy (Golf in the Kingdom, The Future of the Body), “and in our family, when I was a boy, the big thing was fairies. It was a great th thing, to all pretend we could see fairies out in the garden. ‘I saw one!’ ‘I saw one, too!’ My brother was so imaginative. There was one day when my brother was, I think, 4 years old, and by this time, it had dawned on me that the fairies weren’t real, that it was just a game of make-believe we all played together—I was 6 or 7—and on this day, my little brother was just beside himself with happiness about these new fairies he’d seen. So I was there, and I just loved my brother so much that when he said, ‘Don’t you see the fairies?’ I went along with him. “But that was my moment of awakening. I didn’t see the fairies, after all. As far as Santa Claus goes—that realization really blew me away.” Murphy’s great Santa disillusionment came when he heard a noise in the kitchen on Christmas Eve, and went to investigate. “I heard my father in the kitchen,” Murphy recalls. “And the kitchen door had this glass window, so I peeked up to look into the kitchen, having a pretty good idea that it was my father, drinking. And as I looked in, there was my father, having a whiskey... with Santa Claus! It was some guy dressed as Santa who’d been going around the neighborhood, and 14 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 22, 2011

I guess my father invited him in for a drink, since we were all supposed to be asleep. When I saw them drinking whiskey, it was such a shock to my system. It was so obviously not Santa Claus. It all crumpled. So, my belief in Santa just evaporated right there as I peeked up and through that window.” That’s a powerful and moving image: a young boy’s loss of innocence, in a sense, as he stands on tiptoe, looking through a window into the adult world; a kind of Santa Claus peep show in which the shocking truth was unceremoniously revealed. Of course, as the co-founder of the Esalen Institute, Murphy is on the record ass accepting that many unseen aps real, despite a lack of visual things are perhaps proof. So, there may be folks who’d make the case that Santa does exist, only on a different hysical, seeable chimneys-andlevel than the physical, presents reality that kids accept so easily. In fact, theree is someone who believes just that. O




“WHEN IT COMES to Santa Claus, I’m upside down,” wn,” says writer Robert Moss, author off several best-selling books about ut dreams and dreaming, including uding Conscious Dreaming—A Spiritual Path fee (Three Rivfor Everyday Life ers Press, 1996) and Active urneying Dreaming—Journeying mitation to Beyond Self-Limitation reedom a Life of Wild Freedom brary, (New World Library, d out 2011). “I started in Australia,” Moss explains, “so I grew up in a countryy mas where Christmas mfalls in midsummary mer. In my primary recollections off m Christmas, from my early life, I fwas always sufh fering through searingly hot days, forced byy my Anglo-Australian ian ith a family to sit with stiff collar and tie, and eat plum pudess ding in an airless room.” Growing up in the Southern Hemiound sphere, Moss found anta the notion of Santa ill made Claus—who still the customary appearancnt stores and es in department nts—to be a in advertisements—to tic and unbelievthoroughly exotic able character. “He wears a thick indeer through the coat, he flies reindeer sky,” observes Moss, “and there’s at in our nothing like that hemisphere.” all testHe does recall ing the whole Santa

Claus story one Christmas when he was still a young boy. Says Moss, “I remember asking one of the department store Santas for the largest teddy bear in the store, this magnificent, giant teddy bear—which is also exotic for Australia, as Australia has no native bears. But I never received the teddy bear. So the message was clearly not transmitted to the North Pole, or to my parents, and I remember being somewhat miffed—though I did not necessarily blame it on Santa, because, frankly, I cannot remember a time in childhood when I did not know that m my parents were th the source of the presp ents. So, a be belief in Santa was wa never really real a part of my childhoo childhood. “My story,” Moss aadds, happily, happily “is not one on of disencha disenchantment an and disillu disillusionm sionment in chi childhood hood, but o of disco discovert ing the won wonder t and truth about Santa Claus Claus... in adulthoo adulthood. believ I do now believe in Santa, firmly aand completely. I have an intense conviction about Santa. And I he’ for do believe he’s real.” For Moss, his conversion a began at the age of 22, when he left Australia, trackin eager to begin tracking experiences of visions and shaman dreaming and shamanism tradition of through the traditions his ancestors in Euro Europe. His research eventually led him to the indigenous cultu cultures of Scandinavia and Finland, and th the Sami shamans ancien whose ancient

culture includes stories of flying reindeer and shamans on sleighs soaring through the sky. “Early on,” he says, “I had some rather chancy encounters involving the ancient cult of the reindeer goddess, and the practice of reindeer shamanism by the circumpolar people. The Sami and the Laplanders are the most pertinent, because I believe there is strong evidence—at least, strong circumstantial evidence—that the Santa figure which has been constructed over time, contains elements brought forth by the traditional noaidi.” “Noaidi,” Moss goes on to tell me, is the Lapp word for shaman. “The Lapps are people who live with the reindeer, dream with the reindeer, survive alongside the reindeer, and have for a very, very long time,” he explains. “In their tradition, one of the preferred methods of shamanic flight, of astral travel or dream travel, is for the shaman to fly around on a sled or a sleigh, pulled by reindeer. There are ancient Sami drums you can find, with pictures of a fellow flying through the sky, pulled by reindeer.” Soon, Moss began to have his own dreams of reindeer. “I would sometimes see a reindeer, saddled, ready for riding,” he says, “which would pull me to a northern location where, typically, I would meet an immense feminine being, an antlered woman, who I came to understand, through research, was an ancient form of the goddess of the far north. “My feeling about Santa, today,” he continues, “is that Santa, on some level, comes from a very primal, very early Northern form of consciousness, making him a very significant figure for our time. I think he brings us, in a sense, into touch with something ancestral, something vital that we have lost in our surface life.” In other words, in discovering that pieces of the Santa mythology predate Christmas and Christianity, Moss was able to see Santa as more than a man in a red suit taking orders in a department store. “I believe in a bright spirit of giving and sharing,” he says. “I believe in Santa as a seasonal spirit of giving and sharing—however much that may have been distorted by the commercialization of Christmas. This jolly, avuncular figure who encourages us to come together, to leave our bickering behind, and to feast and revel and make merry, I believe in that. But I believe in Santa, also, as a benign shaman from way back in history, who can do things that maybe all of us could do if we would allow ourselves to do them.” Santa, to be specific, knows that humans can fly. “I believe in Santa,” he concludes, “as someone who reminds us that we have the ability, in our imaginations at least, to soar. Santa reminds us that we need to maintain Father Christmas a cherished connection to the animals and has the last laugh the animal spirits. I mean, Santa Claus is a after all—turns reindeer shaman! Santa restores to us the idea out he was a Lapthat we are not fully human unless we sustain plander reindeer shaman who dated relations with other species. plus-sized, antlered “In his case, reindeer.” < women.

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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 this issue, the Pacific Sun, in partnership with Circle Bank, presents 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 Zara Babitzke and the Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, who received our Role Model Award for being Marin’s indispensable safety net for homeless and at-risk youth; and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient James Dunn for leading the Mountain Play through 30 years of leg-breaking productions and embodying quality Marin theater over the course of a five-decade career. —Jason Walsh, editor

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t has been my privilege for the past month to join with the Pacific Sun in recognizing the winners of the “Heroes of Marin” awards. In my role as chairman and chief executive officer of Circle Bank, I daily come into contact with outstanding people from our community. Still, the accomplishments of the winners of the “Heroes of Marin” awards stand out as extraordinary examples of what can be undertaken by individuals and organizations not for personal gain but for the good of the community. In this issue, we are recognizing the exceptional achievements of James Dunn, longtime director of the Mountain Play, for Lifetime Achievement and the Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity, for Role Model. James and the Ambassadors join the distinguished group of previously announced honorees as selfless examples of those who devoted their professional and personal time to projects whose contributions to Marin have become part of the fabric of our lives. James, who is retiring from his role with the Mountain Play, has been its director for 30 years. He also created and served as chairman of the College of Marin drama department from 1964 to 2003. Recognized by his peers as “the father of Marin Theater,” James has brought the joy and artistry of theater to thousands of families and students during his 40-year career.

The Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (AHO) has, since its inception in 2004, worked with and changed the lives of more than 2,500 homeless and at-risk teenagers and young adults in Marin. It is the only age-appropriate program dedicated to youth in the county, providing housing and counseling through youth-led task force teams. AHO employs a 32-member Alliance for Youth network, adult ally coaches and host families to carry out its programs. Currently, 800 young people are enrolled in AHO programs and involves them as outreach advisors, board members and spokespersons as it seeks to provide them with the opportunity to become contributing adults and future leaders. This is the concluding column describing the 2011 “Heroes of Marin.” On behalf of Circle Bank and the Pacific Sun, we look forward to recognizing more individuals and groups in 2012 for there are truly remarkable stories to be told. Please join us in applauding the 2011 winners one more time: • Arts & Culture: Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage • Community Spirit: Ed and Nancy Boyce • Courage: Nancy Novack, Nancy’s List • Environmental Stewardship: David McGuire, Sea Stewards • Innovation: Fresh Starts Cooking School—Homeward Bound • Lifetime Achievement: James Dunn, Mountain Play • Rising Star: Casey Poore • Role Model: Zara Babitzke, Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity

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James Dunn Lifetime Achievement Award by Dani Bu rlison


t the time of his first onstage performance in eighth grade, James Dunn had no idea that he would one day become the face of the Marin theater world. He was your typical teenage boy throughout his high school years in the early ’50s—interested mostly in cars and girls; he’ll tell you his grades weren’t topnotch either. Unsure of what his next move should be, the Marin native enlisted in the military reserves at the young age of 17. “I knew they’d let me drink beer at the reserve meetings,” laughs the 78-year-old on a bright morning in Kentfield. “Then the Korean War started and I was called to active duty for two years.” But during the time he was based at Camp Pendleton near Oceanside, Dunn was given a book to read that would alter the course of his life. “After I read Thomas Heggen’s Mister Roberts, I heard that there was a play based on the book starring Henry Fonda,” he says. “So I hitchhiked up to Los Angeles and bought a ticket to watch the Saturday matinee. It was the first professional play I ever saw and when it was over, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.” He was 18 years old. The end of his military service led Dunn back to Marin, where he was born and raised, and into his role as a College of Marin student. From there, he went on to study theater at San Jose State University in both the undergraduate and graduate programs before returning to Marin County for good. After teaching high school drama in the East Bay and Menlo Park, Dunn began applying for doctorate programs to further his studies in theater directing. After

acceptance at one of his schools of choice, word spread that College of Marin was beginning a theater program and needed to hire a staff to launch it. Dunn was hired and laid the groundwork for the school’s drama department. Though he retired from his full-time position in 1994, he remains there on a part-time basis to this day—nearly 48 years later—and continues adding his energy and creative magic to College of Marin productions every spring. “I grew up with radio and as an only child,” he says. “You had to imagine everything: the set, costumes, what the actors looked like. That is where my imagination comes from.” Through his school-based theater work, Dunn estimates that he has taught around 5,000 students or more, including Oscar-winner—and former College of Marin student—Robin Williams. Williams was cast in a supporting role in Dunn’s renowned Western interpretation of The Taming of the Shrew, which received numerous awards for its Edinburgh fringe-fest production in the early ’70s. In addition to his work with College of Marin, Dunn has worked for 30 years as the artistic director for Mill Valley’s century-old Mountain Play. During this time, Dunn has worked with a behind-the-scenes crew of up to 100 people on a variety of performances from Shakespeare to Broadway musicals. “I love classical work. Shakespeare is my thing,” says Dunn. “But I also love doing musicals. They are such a public spectacle!” It is appropriate, then, that Dunn’s 14> final production with the Mountain Play will be The Music Man, which opens next May. But don’t expect him to disappear anytime soon. In addition to his ongoing behind-the-scenes work with College of Marin, Dunn would like to revisit acting. And after nearly five decades of hands-on

James Dunn is retiring from the Mountain Play but, to borrow from Shakespeare, the rest certainly won’t be silence.

work bringing theater to Marin, he’s certainly got his stagecraft down. “I will stay in theater until they carry

me out,” says Dunn. “I won’t ever be sitting on a porch in a rocking chair. It’s just not my style.” <

Hero FYI + College of Marin’s theater department was founded in 1964. +Dunn has worked with some of his staff at the Mountain Play for more than 20 years. +“There is no way I could have lasted this long without the great casts and crews I have worked with,” says Dunn. “It really is a communal art form.”

+The Mountain Play’s production of The Music Man opens May 20, 2012, and runs through June 17. Tickets are $40. + Dunn’s first directing job came about as a last-minute “accident” when the original director had to leave the production unexpectedly. He has been directing ever since.



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Zara Babitzke and Ambassador’s of Hope and Opportunity Role Model Award by Dani Bu rlison


onsidering that Marin is the wealthiest county in the state, it is hard to grasp the reality that homelessness is still a major local issue. What may be more difficult to understand is how—and why—an estimated 2,600 of Marin’s youth are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the near future. Few programs address this issue with a comprehensive and compassionate approach like Zara Babitzke’s Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity. The seed, planted during a critical time in Babitzke’s life—she became a temporary caretaker to her niece and nephew while her sister recovered from intensive brain surgery—has grown into a program that changes the lives of teens and young adults throughout the county. Throughout her family’s trials, Babitzke found herself facing less-than-optimistic doctors and searching far and wide for resources to assist in the challenges the family would face. “If someone is vulnerable and can’t support themselves, this culture is not very supportive and doesn’t offer much hope,” said Babitzke on a recent morning in AHO’s drop-in cottage, tucked away in Mill Valley. “Too many people get discarded.” Years later, with her sister’s health improved, Babtizke now focuses her energy on Marin’s at-risk youth. “I envisioned the entire community coming together as ambassadors of hope and opportunity for young people without families,” says Babitzke. “There are so many youth working to have their dreams actualized.” Because so many troubled youth don’t fall into strict categories of addiction or mental-health problems, a lot of kids at Ambassadors of Hope have simply fallen between the cracks. “These are young people with no family or with families that have no capacity to be there for them 18 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 22, 2011

for various reasons like drug use, mentalhealth issues or life-threatening illnesses,” she says. “ The families usually only have one parent and many of the youth have been kicked out because of their sexual orientation.” The first way that AHO steps in is to offer emergency housing for up to 10 days while Babitzke partners with the youth to help meet his or her most immediate needs. The young person is then placed with an appropriately matched host family, offered employment, counseling, legal or medical services and, in many cases, is provided with overlooked necessities like clothing for job interviews. One of Ambassador of Hope’s program participants, a bright 21-year-old named Leanne, explains how Babitzke and her organization have helped turn her life around. “My mother was diagnosed with cancer and my father is absent,” she told the Sun at the AHO cottage. “With two younger sisters to also support, my mom couldn’t afford for all of us to live at home—so I began living in my car.” With her young life in turmoil, Leanne was put in touch with Babitzke and within 24 hours she moved into secretly located emergency housing, was connected with the United Way’s SparkPoint education fund program and, for the first time in months, felt safe. Now with a job and a host family, Leanne is moving toward self-sufficiency and will soon enter the third level of AHO housing, being matched with compatible housemates. “So many people in this society fall back to ‘get a job’ statements and seem to forget we are in the middle of an economic crisis,” says Leanne. “There are so many experienced people competing for jobs and it is hard for youth who are homeless with little experience, no address and emotional barriers.” Faced with the possibility of taking on a guardian role for her sisters if her mother doesn’t survive her

Zara Babitzki, center, with Youth Taskforce helpers Leanne and Ryan, is a true ambassador for the community.

battle with cancer, Leanne is optimistic that the skills and support she has received through her short involvement with Ambassadors of Hope have helped to prepare her for whatever the future holds. But AHO isn’t just about handouts, Babitzke reminds us. The programs are about giving a hand up. Once back on their feet, many of the youth in the AHO programs go on to give back to the community through involvement with the agency’s Youth Taskforce, which engages

in outreach and education and organizes events like the upcoming Holiday Giveaway Party (see this week’s Best Bets) and the successful 2009 Youth Connect in San Rafael. Aside from Babitzke’s two decades of social service in Marin, it is her enormous heart and generosity that makes such a difference for at-risk youth. The success stories are endless. With Babitzke at the forefront, the future is brimming with hope for Marin’s troubled youth. <

Hero FYI + Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity was established seven years ago and relies on individuals, small businesses, faith-based organizations and small foundation grants—as well as volunteered services such as those from CPAs, webmasters and host families—to continue running. + AHO was recently presented with a challenge grant from the estate of Donald O. Collins, a Marin resident who passed away in August. In order for AHO to receive the $25,000 for much-needed program services, matching funds must be raised by Jan. 31, 2012. Donations can be made at http:// or mailed to AHO, Zara Babitzke,

executive director, P.O. Box 2278, Mill Valley, CA 94942. + Zara Babitzke has a master’s degree in special education and has worked with Marin County Health and Human Services and Sunny Hills Services, among others; she received the 2007 Jefferson Award for Humanitarian Service. + AHO’s Youth Taskforce hosted the 2009 Youth Connect, a day of drop-in wraparound services for at-risk youth including DMV, health, legal, employment, counseling, housing and other services. The event culminated in free bicycles, helmets, locks and bicycle safety training from Marin’s Safe Routes to School.

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he seasonal song has it rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there is no place like home for the holidays. This is especially true as we plan and shop and prepare for the coming days. Feasts for many cultures make us want to search for the best of food and drink grown, harvested, produced and served right where we live; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a chance to show off local treasures as we gather with friends and family. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perhaps no better source to visit for inspiration than a book just given a new life. In 1997, Michele Anna Jordan of Sebastopol brought out her authoritative work, California Home Cooking (Harvard Common Press), with its exuberant subtitle, â&#x20AC;&#x153;400 Recipes that Celebrate the Abundance of Farm and Garden, Orchard and Vineyard, Land and Sea.â&#x20AC;? It was rereleased this year as part of the publisherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s series, America Cooks: Celebrating Regional Cooking. Jordan was prescient; her championing the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wealth of foods was an example of the emerging philosophy that inďŹ&#x201A;uenced the current locavore movement. A writer and media personality involved in the Bay Area food world for decades, she still contributes three weekly articles to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, teaches culinary classes and has a Sunday evening food show, Mouthful, on KRCB in Sonoma. She has written 16 cookbooks, among them unique studies for AddisonWesleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Good Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book series,

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Trout-Fennel Salad Serves 4 1/2 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons minced herbs, such as Italian parsley, oregano, marjoram, thyme, chives, or a combination 2 medium fennel bulbs, trimmed 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1/2 lemon Kosher salt Black pepper from a mill 2 smoked trout, boned, skinned and broken into chunks, chilled Sprigs of thyme or Italian parsley for garnish

Mix together the mayonnaise and the minced herbs in a small bowl, and set the bowl aside. Cut the fennel bulbs crosswise into slices, cut the slices into slivers and place the slivers in a medium bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over the fennel, toss quickly, add the lemon juice and toss again. Season with salt and pepper. Add the trout, and toss the salad very gently. Divide the salad among individual serving plates, and top each portion with a spoonful of the herbed mayonnaise. Garnish with the herb sprigs and serve immediately. O




San Francisco’s cioppino is said to have originated with Italian fishermen around the time of the Gold Rush. Jordan says about the ongoing dispute over its name, “Evan Jones, in American Food, suggests the savory stew might be a version of ciupin, a Ligurian fish soup found on menus in Genoa.” Crab is a traditional Christmas treat here and is essential in her recipe. I have to say that of all cioppino recipes, I prefer this version—lighter, with no tomato paste to interfere with the flavors of the seafood.



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Serves 6 to 8 1/2 cup olive oil 2 yellow onions, diced 2 celery ribs, minced 10 garlic cloves, minced 1-1/2 cups minced Italian parsley 1/4 cup mixed minced herbs, such as marjoram, thyme and oregano 1 teaspoon minced rosemary 1 teaspoon minced basil 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper 2 cups dry white wine 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with their juice 2 large or 3 small Dungeness crabs, cooked and cleaned 3 pounds small clams or cockles in the shell, rinsed 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 2 pounds fish fillets, such as snapper Garlic bread or other hot crusty bread

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onions and celery, and saute them until they are soft and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes more. Add 1 cup of the parsley, the mixed herbs and the rosemary, basil, bay leaf, red pepper, black pepper, wine and tomatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15

minutes. Season with salt. Break apart the crab by separating the legs from the body and breaking the body into 3 or 4 pieces. Add the crab to the pot, followed by the clams, shrimp and fish fillets. Cover the pot tightly, and simmer for about 8 minutes, until the clams have opened and the fish is cooked through. To serve, divide the seafood among serving bowls, ladle sauce over each portion and garnish with the remaining 1/2 cup of parsley. Serve immediately, with hot bread on the side. O




More than half the world’s raisin crop comes from California. The recipe that follows makes good use of the new harvest from the growers. It evokes winter holidays with warm spices and is quick and easy to turn out (easily multiplied for serving at a large dinner). I like to use a mixture of black and golden raisins for contrast.

Fresno Pork Roast with Hot Spiced Raisins Serves 4 to 6 2 pork tenderloins, about 1-1/4 pounds each 1 tablespoon minced lemon zest 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper 1 cup (packed) brown sugar 1/3 cup white wine vinegar 1 1-inch cinnamon stick 3 thin lemon slices 1-1/2 cups raisins

Several hours before serving, remove the pork from the refrigerator and set it on a work surface. Combine the lemon zest, salt and pepper in a small bowl, and rub the mixture into the tenderloins. Set them on a platter or baking sheet, cover lightly and return to the refrigerator. Combine brown sugar, vinegar, cinnamon stick and 2/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add lemon slices and raisins and simmer for 10 minutes more, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat, and let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Remove tenderloins from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Place them on a roasting rack set over a roasting pan and brush them generously with the liquid from the raisins. Roast the tenderloins for 2025 minutes, brushing them 2 or 3 times with the liquid from the raisins, until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. Remove tenderloins from the oven and let them rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the raisins in their liquid to a boil for 3 minutes, remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool slightly. Cut tenderloins into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange on a serving platter, spoon the spiced raisins over them and serve immediately. < Contact Pat at

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.S. consumers are moving through the fourth year of the economic downturn, but even in the twilight years of the CD format, record labels are pumping out big, pricey box sets that, well, 99 percent of us would be hard-pressed to afford. Still, the siren call of the music industry is hard to resist, and there are plenty of affordable smaller compilations available for budget-conscious shoppers. In the classical world, CD anthologies the size of a stereo speaker are becoming the norm. One of the latest examples is Jascha Heifetz: The Complete Original Jacket Collection (Deutsche Grammophon), which celebrates the life of the late violin virtuoso by gathering a whopping 104 discs paired with a 312-page hardbound book. Budget tip: You can buy a DVD of the remarkable new documentary, Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler, for under $20. In the classic-rock department, not even Pink Floyd can top that, though Capitol/ EMI is trying. Last month, the label reissued the band’s entire catalog in a series of remastered recordings that range from the original single disc versions to two-CD expanded editions (with live tracks) to im-

mersion editions that include the original CDs, bonus CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, vinyl, and print product and present such desirable classic-rock albums as Dark Side of the Moon and the 35th anniversary edition of Wish You Were Here (available here for the first time in surround sound) in all their psychedelic glory. Budget tip: The coveted surroundsound version of Wish You Were Here is available for $35 as a single hybrid multi-channel SACD licensed to Analogue Productions (available at acousticsounds. com), not just as part of the $125 immersion set. The ’80s revival is in full swing with the deluxe version of The Smiths: Complete (Rhino), featuring the British rockers’ eight albums (on CD and vinyl), 25 7-inch vinyl singles, downloadable cover-art wallpaper and more. Budget tip: An eight CD-only version also is available. The Hendrix family is continuing its authorized reissue series with The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland (Sony/ Legacy), a four-CD set of incendiary concert performances recorded in 1968 at the legendary San Francisco music hall.

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Budget tip: A single CD of highlights from the box set also is available. Young Man with the Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters (RCA/ Legacy) is a five-CD compilation (with book and glossy photos) that contains everything the King of Rock ’n’ Roll recorded in that pivotal year (including outtakes, live dates and interviews) in which he jumped to RCA and released the hit singles “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” and “Love Me Tender.” Budget tip: Download the entire The Essential Elvis Presley for $12.99. Phil Spector Presents: The Phillies Album Collection (Legacy) dishes up six mini-album reproductions, and a previ-

ously unreleased bonus disc of B-sides of classic songs by the Ronettes, the Crystals, Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans and others. Budget tip: The two-CD anthology The Essential Phil Spector compiles 35 tracks from the Phillies soul label. Paul Simon Songwriter (Columbia/ Legacy) collects 32 tracks picked by the songwriter himself, spanning five decades and two labels, from Simon and Garfunkel to Simon’s critically acclaimed 2011 album, So Beautiful or So What. For the jazz buff in your life, Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1967, the Bootleg Series, Vol. 1 (Columbia/Legacy) features the trumpet legend’s second great quintet (with Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams) on three CDs and a DVD, with nicely remastered recordings of five complete concerts and the only known video documenting this jazz juggernaut from 1965-’68.

Davis’s mid-’60s work with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams—known as the trumpeter’s ‘second great quintet’—is captured in all its free-jazz glory in ‘Live in Europe 1967, the Bootleg Series, Vol. 1’

Wynton Marsalis: Swinging into the 21st (Columbia) collects 10 mid- to latecareer albums, from the small combos of Standard Time, Vol. 4 to the two-CD symphonic jazz work All Rise. Budget tip: For the first time on CD, The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Their Last Time Out (Columbia/ Legacy) features the popular jazz group in its last concert (Dec. 26, 1967) romping through “Take Five,” “St. Louis Blues” and other jazz standards. 28 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 16 -DECEMBER 22, 2011

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Miracles on 24-frames-per-second street Christmas movies aren’t all about Red Ryder BB guns, ya know... by M at t hew St af for d


he traditional Christmas movie has gotten awfully familiar after a few dozen years of annual TV exposure, and while there’s still a special place in one’s heart for these perennial chestnuts (has any other actor ever been as completely St. Nick-like as Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street? Or Alistair Sim as Scrooge in the superior 1951 Christmas Carol? How about Astaire’s drunken dance in Holiday Inn? Or the scary moment in Wonderful Life when good ol’ Jimmy Stewart cracks up in front of Donna Reed and everybody?), there are other options to consider. The seven especially awesome alternative Christmas movies listed below have that soupcon of evergreen and spiced cider as well as an edge or an oblique quality not usually encountered among the seasonal offerings. Enjoy. La Grande Illusion Jean Renoir’s most famous work, an examination of four men caught in the turmoil of World War I and their own rigid social structure, is so informed by the director’s eloquent humanism that it automatically becomes the all-time champion holiday movie. At one point, after aviators Jean Gabin and Marcel Dalio escape from the German fortress where they had been prisoners of war, they find solace with a German farm wife and share an idyllic Christmas with her and her tiny daughter—perhaps the most moving, poetic sequence in movie history.

A German widow—her husband and brothers dead in the war—takes in the French escapees, in a sequence of quiet humanity and compassion from ‘Le Grande Illusion.’

The Apartment On Christmas Eve, the mistress of an unfeeling tycoon attempts suicide while the unprincipled schnook who loves her gets drunk with a department store Santa Claus in a Manhattan watering hole. This Billy Wilder Oscar-winner, an acerbic tragicomedy of corporate ambition, takes a decidedly different attitude toward the holiday season, but it’s also funny and 30 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 22, 2011

gripping and so unexpectedly moving that at the climax you may feel positively rejuvenated. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine are wonderful, and so is Adolph Deutsch’s bluesy score. The Lion in Winter Assembled for a Christmas Court at the family castle is this awe-inspiring historical quintet: Henry II, King of England; his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine; and their three children, Geoffrey, John and Richard the Lionheart. This family yuletide is a bit more dysfunctional than usual, however, what with Eleanor under lock and key most of the year and the three kids scrambling for a shot at the throne. The results make for a terrific movie, with Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn doing a sort of medieval Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and screenwriter James Goldman’s offhandedly anachronistic dialogue bringing 12th-century Europe to life. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service A James Bond Christmas movie? Banco! George Lazenby, in his lone effort as the Mouton Rothschild-sipping superspy, is a rather wooden 007, but he has Diana Rigg as his co-star, the Swiss Alps as a backdrop and screenwriter Richard Maibaum to provide the inevitable bons mots. This being Christmastime in Switzerland, snow and ice are among the film’s recurring motifs, especially in the great nighttime ski chase sequence; Bond survives the ordeal and even makes it to his own wedding (to the delicious Rigg) on New Year’s Day. Stop the DVD at this point if you want to end the film on a warm and fuzzy note. Stalag 17 American fliers in a German prison camp share an especially grim Christmastide in another acid-dipped Billy Wilder dramedy highlighted by William Holden’s Oscarwinning performance as a warmly despised wheeler-dealer POW. There’s a festive respite from the general gloom when the prisoners celebrate Christmas Eve with an impromptu bash in their hut. A makeshift

The POWs take tree trimming to new levels in ‘Stalag 17.’

trio plays a little swing music, the prisoners decorate a twig of a tree with their dog tags, and the festivities are heightened with booze and cigars stolen from their unloved bunkmate, beaten to a pulp in a scene of vigilante terror; it’s a jaundiced parody of every warm-and-fuzzy Joyeux Noel ever filmed. A typical Christmas Day at the Charles household in ‘The Thin Man.’ Meet John Doe as Nick and Nora Charles, a retired San Homeless former bush-league Francisco private eye and his wealthy pitcher Gary Cooper is built up into a young wife, trading drinks and quips on symbol of righteousness and morality by a Yuletide vacation to New York. In the a circulation-hungry reporter, but when best scene, the Christmas Eve cocktail he realizes that he’s become the tool of a party, there’s a little out-of-tune caroling reactionary business tycoon, he decides to here, some drunken blubbering there, a take his life on Christmas Eve to restore the purity of what he once symbolized. Di- lot of martinis and badinage everywhere, director Woody Van Dyke’s facile camera rector Frank Capra is a master at manipuducking in and out and recording every lating the heartstrings, and he’s helped mistletoed nuance. The next morning, the immeasurably by the performances of Barbara Stanwyck, Walter Brennan and the hungover Nick happily shoots the ornaments off the Christmas tree with his new director’s favorite fascist fat cat, Edward air rifle, a gift from his beautiful, all-knowArnold. ing Nora. Now that’s a merry Christmas. < The Thin Man Find Matt under the mistletoe at William Powell and Myrna Loy star

ViDEO A film like this is long past due... The Debt is a smart, intricate thriller, with outstanding performances, aimed squarely at those who like some cogitation with their agitation. This remarkably clever tale of heroic duty, revenge and the rippling impact over time of lies told, stirs up more emotion than most action flicks ever Helen Mirren plays a Mossad agent scarred physically and, we’re going to guess, psychologically as well, in ‘The Debt.’ dream of and, for the most part, doesn’t back away from its own sometimes uncomfortable challenges. The plot shuttles back and forth from East Berlin 1965 to Tel Aviv 1997, tracking the secret mission of three Israeli agents assigned to capture and return for trial a Mengele-like doctor from the camps, now living at ease. Each time period contains distinct situations, all linked, however, by the ethical choices made during the celebrated success of their mission 30 years ago. Some triangles never square and big lies corrode forever, no matter how shaded by time. The outstanding cast—Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington in the past, Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson and Ciaran Hinds in the “present”—carries us along through all the elliptical moral and psychological complications. The remarkable Miss Chastain holds the emotional core of the film and she’s just breathtaking. —Richard Gould

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1. San Francisco earthquake 2. Summer 3. “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Clement Clarke Moore 4. St. Louis 1904; Los Angeles 1932 and 1984; Atlanta 1996 5. Every physician is a medical doctor, but not every doctor is a medical physician 6. As Good as It Gets; Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt won for Best Actor and Best Actress, and Greg Kinnear won Best Supporting Actor. The dog won no awards. 7. Madeleine Albright 8. Source of the Nile River, but he was not successful 9. Photo finish 10. Borat BONUS ANSWER: London, England DECEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 22, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 31


Friday December 16 -Thursday December 22

Movie summaries by Matthew Stafford

O The Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute (1:55) Phantasmagorical Julie Taymor production of Mozart’s whimsical family-friendly classic. O Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (2:13) IMF spook Tom Cruise is unfairly accused of bombing the Kremlin and goes undercover to clear his name; Ving Rhames and Tom Wilkinson costar. O The Muppets (2:00) Kermit the Frog reunites with Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the rest of the gang in a rambunctious attempt to save their old Hollywood showplace from destruction. O My Week with Marilyn (1:36) A young assistant director serves as Marilyn Monroe’s confidante, support system and wide-eyed lover during the hectic filming of “The Prince and the Showgirl”; with Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier, Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh and Michelle Williams as MM. O New Year’s Eve (1:57) Garry Marshall ensemble comedy of intermingling December 31st whoopee stars Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, Sarah Jessica Parker and a host of others. O The Nutcracker—Royal Ballet (1:49) Direct from London’s Royal Opera House it’s Tchaikovsky’s scrumptious fruitcake of sugarplum fairies, pirouetting mice and other Yuletide delicacies. O Shame (1:41) Intense, explicit portrait of a compulsive womanizer and his troubled kid sister stars Carey Mulligan and Venice Film Fest best actor Michael Fassbender. O Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2:09) The world’s greatest detective pursues criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty across Europe in a Guy Ritchie production refreshingly free of sci-fi and fantasy; Robert Downey, Jr. costars with Jude Law as Watson and Rachel MacAdams as the delectable Irene Adler. O The Sitter (1:22) Rowdy, raunchy David Gordon Green comedy about a slacker doofus whose babysitting gig goes horribly, horribly wrong; Jonah Hill stars. O Tower Heist (1:55) A caper comedy for our times: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and Matthew Broderick plot to swipe back the retirement-fund money billionaire financier Alan Alda swindled from them. O The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn— Part 1 (2:30) Bella and Edward are expecting a new little bundle of vampire joy in the latest installment of the wildly popular series. O Young Adult (1:34) Teen-lit scribe Charlize Theron tries to revisit her high school glory days…with unexpected results. <

Elmo the Muppet and alter ego Kevin Clash in ‘Being Elmo,’ opening at the Rafael Friday.

O Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (1:27) The rambunctious rodents hit the high seas and get themselves marooned on a deserted (?) island. 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 Being Elmo (1:16) Documentary portrait of Baltimore puppeteer Kevin Clash and his globally beloved Muppet creation, Elmo. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows wealthy soon-tobe widower George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his comatose wife’s lover. O The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2:40) David Fincher remakes the smash Swedish detective thriller with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as an unlikely duo investigating a decades-old murder. 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 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 Margin Call (1:49) Brokers Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto confront the early stages of the 2008 financial meltdown in JC Chandor’s boardroom thriller. O The Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel (2:35) Catch Humperdinck’s dark, delicious fairy tale in gorgeous big-screen high definition. 32 PACIFIC SUN DECEMBER 16 – DECEMBER 22, 2011

›› MOViE TiMES NAlvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 10:55, 11:35, 12:10, 12:45, 1:20, 1:55, 2:30, 3:05, 3:40, 4:20, 4:50, 5:25, 6, 6:40, 7:10, 7:45, 8:20, 9, 9:25, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10, 11:10, 12:20, 1:30, 2:40, 3:50, 5, 6:10, 7:20, 8:30, 9:40 Wed-Thu 10, 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 Arthur Christmas (PG) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 2:20, 7:35; 3D showtimes at 11:40, 5:05, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Mon 11:15, 4:30, 9:50; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:25 Tue 11:15; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:25 Lark Theater: Fri 4:45, 7 Sat, Wed-Thu 2:30, 4:45, 7 Sun 12:15, 2:30, 4:45 Mon 4:45 Tue 2:30, 4:45 NBeing Elmo (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Sat-Sun 2:30, 4:45, 6:45, 8:45 Mon-Thu 6:45, 8:45 The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5, 7:45, 10:20 Sat-Sun 11:45, 2:20, 5, 7:45, 10:20 Mon-Tue 6:30, 9:15 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 10:50, 12:05, 1:40, 2:55, 4:30, 5:45, 7:15, 8:35, 10 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7 Mon-Tue 4:20, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:30 NThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) Century Northgate 15: Tue 7 Century Rowland Plaza: Tue 11:59pm Wed-Thu 11:50, 3:25, 7, 10:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Tue 7 Wed-Thu 1:30, 4:45, 8 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Tue 7 Wed-Thu 1:30, 4:45, 8 Happy Feet Two (PG) ++1/2 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:20, 4:25; 3D showtimes at 1:45, 6:55 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Cinema: Fri-Mon 4; 3D showtimes at 1, 7, 9:55 Tue 4; 3D showtime at 1 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:25,


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4:40, 9:55; 3D showtimes at 2:10, 7:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Mon 1:40, 7; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 4:35, 9:55 Tue 1:40; 3D showtimes at 11:20, 4:35, 9:55 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 1, 3:50, 6:30, 9:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 Sat-Thu 1, 3:50, 6:40, 9:25 J. Edgar (R) ++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 1, 7 Le Havre (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri, Sun-Mon, WedThu 6:30 Sat 2, 6:30 Margin Call (R) +++1/2 Rafael Film Center: Fri-Sun 4, 8:30 Mon, Wed, Thu 8:30 NThe Metropolitan Opera: Hansel and Gretel (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Thu 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Thu 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Thu 6:30 NThe Metropolitan Opera: The Magic Flute (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 NMission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Tue 8 Wed-Thu 1, 4, 7, 10 Century Rowland Plaza: Tue 11:59pm Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:45, 7:15, 10:30 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Tue 7, 9:50 Wed-Thu 12:30, 3:55, 6:55, 9:45 The Muppets (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:30, 2:15, 4:55, 7:30, 10:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Mon 1:20, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15 Tue 1:20, 4:10 My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:05 New Year’s Eve (PG-13) +1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:15, 10 Sat-Sun 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10 Mon-Tue 7, 10 Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 11:40, 2:25, 4:10, 5, 7:40, 10:10, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10:30, 1:25, 4:20, 7:10, 10:10 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10 Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:10 Mon-Thu 4:45, 7:35 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Mon 1:10, 4:15,

7, 9:40 Tue 1:10, 4:15 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4:10, 7, 9:35 Sat-Mon 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:35 Tue 1:20, 4:10 NThe Nutcracker-Royal Ballet (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Sun 1:30 Tue 7 NShame (NC-17) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 7, 9:15 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 7, 9:15 Mon-Thu 7, 9:15 NSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30, 7:30, 8:30, 10:30 Mon-Tue 6:45, 7:30, 9:45, 10:30 Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15, 5, 5:45, 6:30, 7:15, 8, 8:45, 9:30, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Tue 10:15, 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:45, 7:15, 8:45, 10:15 Wed-Thu 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55 Sun 1:10, 4:05, 7 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:40, 3:40, 6:45, 9:25 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sat-Thu 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:30 The Sitter (R) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:15, 12:20, 1:30, 2:35, 3:45, 4:45, 5:55, 7, 8:10, 9:15, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: Fri-Mon 10:45, 1, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10 Tue 10:45, 1, 3:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:20, 4:25, 7:20, 9:30 Sun 1:20, 4:25, 7:20 Mon-Tue 4:55, 7:45 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5:25, 7:30, 9:35 Sat 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30, 9:35 Sun 1:15, 3:20, 5:25, 7:30 MonTue 5:25, 7:30 Tower Heist (PG-13) ++ Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 9:20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: Fri-Mon 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:20, 10 NYoung Adult (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Tue 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20

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

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

Live music 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: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing, rockabilly. 9pm-midnight. $8. Old Western Saloon, 11201 Hwy. 1, Pt. Reyes Station. 516-1028. 12/16: Matt Jaffe and Friends Local 15-yearold singer/songwriter. 8pm. $10-16. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill valley. 383-9600. 12/16: Michael DiFranco sings Sinatra Jazz. 8-10:30pm. No cover. Max’s , 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 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. 12/17: In the Spirit of Lennon Sun Kings singer/guitarist Drew Harrison presents an acoustic tribute to John Lennon. 9:30pm. $15-17. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/17: Jesse Kincaid and the New Rising

Sons Rock. 7-10pm. Taste of Rome, Bridgeway, Sausalito. 388-2064.

12/17: Johnny Z and Trenz Rock. 9pm-1am. Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr. (At Gate 5) , Sausalito. 12/17: Nothing to Lose, Fourfathers Rock. 10pm-1am. No cover. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 12/17: Tea Leaf Green Original jam rock. 9pm. $20-30. Palm Ballroom, 100 Yacht Club Dr, San Rafael. 389-5072. html/winter2011/tealeafgreen.htm 12/18: 13 Strings Jazz guitar duet with James Moseley and Alex Markels. Featuring tunes by Monk, Ellington, Horace Silver, others. 5:30-8:30pm. No cover. Rickey’s Restaurant, 250 Entrada Dr., Novato. 883-9477. 12/18: Lonestar Retrobates Western swing band. 3-6pm. Free. 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 516-1028. 12/18: Mazacote Salsa Band Old school salsa. $8, free with dinner. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/18: Saluting Sinatra w/ Jonathan Poretz and the Swingin’ Night Orchestra In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 96th birthday. 7pm. $25-35. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 12/19: 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

BEST BET Give it away now! For those wishing to beat the mad, lastminute rush through crowded and chaotic parking lots this weekend, an opportunity to give back to the community awaits. Partnering with REI Corte Madera, Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity (this week’s Hero Award organization) hosts a HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY PARTY. Through Dec. 18, both REI and AHO will accept donations of quality warm winter coats and sleeping bags, which will be redistributed to Marin County’s homeless at Saturday’s community event. The event includes Help Marin’s disadvantaged stay warm food and beverages from Fifi’s Diner, West End this winter at the Holiday Giveaway Party Saturday in San Rafael. Cafe and Deli and Starbucks Coffee. Musical performances and an open mic promise to keep attendees and warm coat recipients ringing in the holidays with the spirit of service. Coats and sleeping bags can be dropped off at REI Corte Madera, 213 Town Center Corte Madera. The giveaway party takes place Saturday, Dec. 17, 1-4pm at backyardBoogie, 1609 Fourth St., San Rafael.— Dani Burlison

Cruising Club, 300 Napa St., Sausalito. 385-1606. 12/20: KortUzi Danny Uzilevsky & Jonathan Korty host Bay area artists. 9:30 p.m.-1:30am. Free. 19 Broadway, 19 Broadway, Fairfax . 12/20: Noel Jewkes Invitational jazz jam. 7-10pm. No cover. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 786-6894. 12/20: Seahorse Jazz Night Jam session. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/21: Marcelo Puig and Seth Asarnof Tango Argentine Tango. 8pm. Free. Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/21: The Coverlettes Cover Christmas Christmas cabaret. 8pm. $18-21. 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill valley. 3839600. 12/22: Orquesta La Moderna Tradición S alsa Thursday. 9:30pm. $15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 12/22: Liza Silva y Voz do Brasil Traditional Brazilian music like Samba, Bossa Nova, AfroSamba. Free Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor, Gate 5, Sausalito. 331-2899.

12/23: Eddie Neon Christmas Blues Blowout Blues. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. www. 12/23: Jeff Derby Trio Jazz. 8-10 p.m. Free Max’s Deli, 60 Madera Blvd., Corte Madera. 924-6297.

Concerts 12.17: Triskela Harp Trio Winter Solstice concert. 7:30-9:30pm. $20. Isis Oasis Redwood Theatre, 20889 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville. 12/16-18: Contemporary Opera Marin “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Gian Carlo Menotti’s holiday favorite in a fully staged, English language production. 7:30pm Dec. 16 at Olney Hall, Rm. 96, College of Marin, Kentfield. 5pm Dec. 17 at Toby’s Feed Barn, 11250 Highway 1Pt. Reyes Station. 2pm Dec. 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 72 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. 5pm Dec. 18 at Muir Beach Community Center, 19 Seascape Drive, Muir Beach. Free. 485-9460.

Theater/Auditions Through 12/17:‘A Christmas Carol’ Musical adaptation of the Dicken’s classic. Andrew Klein, music. See website for showtimes. $10-20. Novato Theater Company, 484 Ignacio Blvd, Novato. 8834498. Through 12/18:‘The Cherry Orchard’ College of Marin Drama Department will present Chekhov’s play. Directed by W. Allen Taylor. 8-10:30pm. $10-20. College of Marin Performance Tent, Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Laurel Ave., Kentfield. 4859555. Through 12/18:‘The Glass Menagerie’ 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.

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. 9270960. 12/09-23:‘NatureScapes’ 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. 12/10-01/15:‘Agent of Change’ 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:‘Abstract Nine Artists Throw Texture Party’ 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:‘Romancing the Chair’ Candace Loheed, paintings. “Sightlines.” 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:‘Wearable Art’ Siobhan Van Winkel, outrageous leather; Pamela McKinstry, hats; DECEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 22, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 33

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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) Don’t be impatient to get everything ready for the holidays. In your rush, things could break, you could trip or the Christmas tree could topple when your cat attempts to escape the vacuum. On Sunday, there is such a thing as too much togetherness. If it is intimacy that you crave, wait until Wednesday. The Moon in passionate Scorpio and kinky Uranus connects with seductive Venus. Get out the furry handcuffs... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) You make it through Saturday with a sparkle in your eye— you’re actually singing along to the Christmas music as you do your last-minute gift buying. In general, you’re in a lovely mood until Sunday, when you realize you still have an endless list of things to do before the end of the week. On Tuesday, hedonistic Venus is influenced by “what, me worry?” Jupiter. You may not have anything done, but who cares? GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) The good news is that your ruler (mischievous Mercury) is moving forward; the bad news—he’s traveling through your opposite sign. Your conversations make sense again, but there is likely to be a certain amount of verbal conflict. This is not the best time to discuss your sweetie’s spending habits or debate a police officer on your speeding ticket. On Tuesday, pleasurable Venus enters your travel house. Ask Santa to add “Ticket to Hawaii” to your wish list. CANCER (June 21 - July 21)The Moon in the fastidious sign of Virgo on Friday and Saturday makes you overly picky. If tempted to comment on your boss’s reindeer sweater, please refrain. Although a Libra Moon is known for being peaceful, there’s no guarantee you won’t tangle with a relative on Sunday. Monday is good for taking care of business and chores. Your best day for romance is Wednesday. If you play Christmas music in the background, choose Frank Sinatra over The Ramones. LEO (July 22 - August 22)Your ruler (the dramatic Sun) finishes up his trip through the upbeat sign of Sagittarius. This is your last weekend in 2011 to play the perpetual optimist (or to play one of Santa Claus’s merry elves if the opportunity arises). If you have projects to complete before the holidays, Monday is the day you are the most focused. Just remember to remove those cute little elf slippers before going to work... VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) The Moon in your sign on Friday and Saturday has a positive effect on your intuition. This could mean a sudden trip to the shops to exchange the “wrong” gift for what you now realize is the “right” one. Good luck with that. On Wednesday, you may meet someone who seems to know your secrets. It is a bit suspicious. If you’re using a smartphone, make sure you remove all the spy apps from it... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) An earthy energy keeps you grounded as the weekend begins, helping you take care of practical matters—like grocery shopping, changing the car oil, taking your poodle in for his holiday bath, trim and dye job. By Tuesday evening, you’re finished with dull routine and ready for excitement. Your inhibitions are a thing of the past and you don’t mind if others are shocked. Your poodle, however, refuses to go out until he’s back to his normal color... SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) While usually not one to reveal your true feelings unless absolutely sure you won’t be hurt, right now you can’t help but want to share. This could be problematic if you choose the wrong pal in which to confide. If possible, wait until Wednesday when your awareness is strong and you know who is trustworthy. Meanwhile, this is your final week of indiscriminate spending. Your astrologer is hoping for a new MacBook Pro... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) As the holidays approach, your zodiac celebration has a festive and frantic quality. If your birthday falls during this week, the upcoming year requires splitting time between responsibilities and adventures. For all of you, this is a chance to realistically plan for your ideal future. Write it all down—your romantic desires, your career ambitions, your travel wishes and your material requirements. Put your list in an envelope and mail it to Santa. CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) Take advantage of the final days of tasteful Venus in your sign. She’ll make sure you look good and behave charmingly—which should get you into the A-list parties. By Wednesday, you are in charge of your own popular appeal. Put some effort into it, since your birthday celebration is about to begin in direct competition with Hanukkah, the winter solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s. Oh, well. At least there are lots of candles... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) The continued presence of compassionate Neptune in your sign is a counterbalance to your ruler (aloof Uranus) in the self-oriented sign of Aries. One minute you feel like helping the world and the next minute you feel that everyone should fend for him- or herself and leave you alone. Fortunately, you lean toward your warmer side just in time for the holidays when lovable Venus enters your sign on Tuesday. I’ll alert Santa. PISCES (February 18 - March 19) With both the emotional Moon and argumentative Mars in your relationship house on Friday and Saturday, your odds of having a peaceful time with your sweetie are not in your favor. Fortunately, your intimate life thrives on this kind of drama. The Moon in your compatible sign of Scorpio on Tuesday and Wednesday helps calm stormy feelings and enhances your romantic skills. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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 ClerkRecorder 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 ClerkRecorder 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 ClerkRecorder 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 ClerkRecorder 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 Clerk-Recorder 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 ClerkRecorder 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 ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 9, 16, 23, 30, 2011) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128350 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as SOLEPATH ENTERPRISES, 210 SPRING GROVE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: AMY BELLIN, 210 SPRING GROVE AVE., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 13, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 16, 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128359 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THAI SMILE, 534 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ABBY BOUAPHAVONG, 5404 STONY CT., RICHMOND, CA 94806. 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 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 16, 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 2012)

997 All Other Legals ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 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 MASSONHERMAN 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304330 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): THAI SMILE, 534 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: November 1, 2010. Under File No: 125342. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): LIANE BOUAPHAVONG, 3971 SELMI GROVE, RICHMOND CA 94806; CHANSAMOUTH BOUAPHAVONG, 3971 SELMI GROVE, RICHMOND CA 94806. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on December 13, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 16, 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 2012)

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I’m starting to have feelings for this guy friend I’ve been fooling around with, but I’m worried he isn’t feeling the same way. He’s stopped short of having full-blown intercourse with me, which I find odd, although I don’t want to have sex yet because I have genital herpes and I’m not ready to tell him. (I take an antiviral drug for this daily, and I’d have him wear protection during intercourse.) Do you think he knows I have herpes? Maybe he just isn’t interested in me romantically and doesn’t want me getting too attached.—Puzzled


When you start to care about somebody, it’s nice to give him little romantic gifts—flowers, a gourmet cupcake, a sweet card, weeping genital sores. Surely you’d tell the guy pronto if you had a cold: “Hey, don’t get too close, because you could catch this and have an unpleasant few days.” But colds go away. Herpes is forever. Yeah, I know, so are diamonds. But, unlike a mammoth rock on a girl’s finger, a big genital pustule isn’t anything you want to be showing off to the crew at the office: “Look at it gleam under the fluorescents!” Genital herpes hasn’t always been such a big stigmatized deal—to the point where it’s led to the tanking of countless potential relationships. Until the late’70s, it was seen as “cold sores down there” and often not even worthy of a visit to the doctor. Except in rare cases, the physical symptoms are relatively minor. At the first outbreak, especially, it feels a bit like the flu, with fever, headache and muscle aches. There’s also tingling and itching, and there can be pain, burning during urination (and don’t forget the yucky sores!). So, what led to all the stigma? The sexual revolution, for starters. In the mid’70s, with lots of people having lots of sex, genital herpes spread (as probably did the common cold). In 1979, the CDC, seeing the herpes stats rising, got a little hysterical and announced an “epidemic” (of cold sores!), and the media ran with it. In 1980, Time magazine declared herpes “The New Sexual Leprosy,” and in 1982, The Miami Herald called it a “cruel disease.” “Cruel disease”? Multiple sclerosis is a cruel disease. But, an infection that gives you the itchies and makes you walk funny for a few days? As herpes simplex expert Dr. Adrian Mindel told The Independent in 1987, “For the majority of people herpes is... nothing more than an occasional nuisance.” The thing is, if you’re having an outbreak of your “occasional nuisance” and your naked parts are rubbing against somebody else’s naked parts, you could infect him. The risk of transmission may be reduced by daily antiviral treatment and condom use—provided there are no contagious areas outside the condom zone. But, you can be in a contagious stage and not know it. Of the approximately 1 in 6 U.S. adults ages 14 to 48 who have genital herpes, 80 percent don’t show visible symptoms, says herpes researcher Dr. Anna Wald. Research by Wald and her colleagues found that even when herpes carriers showed no symptoms, they were contagious 10 percent of the time. Of course, that’s on average. Wald explained to me that there’s a range: “Some people may be contagious 1 percent of the time, and others 30 percent, but we don’t have a good way to predict who is who.” Putting this guy at risk for herpes without giving him any choice in the matter was not only unfair but pretty dumb. For many people, the betrayal is the biggest problem. If you tell somebody before he fools around with you and maybe pull a fact sheet off the Internet to allay his fears, he’ll be less likely to ditch you, and he won’t have the rage he would at being unwittingly exposed. To launch the conversation, maybe say something like “Ever gotten a cold sore? I get them sometimes... but not on my lip!” And then, as advises, don’t say, “I have herpes,” which makes you sound like you’re having an outbreak right then. Instead, say, “I carry the virus for herpes” and explain how often you have outbreaks... which should make it sound more like a manageable annoyance than the guy’s ticket to a lifetime of Crusty Pustules Anonymous meetings. NOTE: There are press reports, tracing back to the respected Herpes Viruses Association of the U.K., that drug company Burroughs Wellcome caused the initial stigmatization of people with herpes by marketing the stigma to sell its drug. The association could provide me no evidence supporting its accusation, nor could I find any in 51 years of newspaper and journal articles (from 1960 to 2011). I’m very much for going after drug companies for malfeasance, but not in the absence of evidence they’ve committed any. More information is available at, and © 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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Pacific Sun Weekly 12.16.2011 - section 1  

Section 1 of the December 16, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly