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›› LETTERS Alps, there goes the neighborhood... In looking at the winter 2011-2012 issue of the Pacific Sun’s Neighborhoods, which I read cover to cover, I noticed that on page 18, the map of Sun Valley, you left off Alpine Street. Are you aware there even is an Alpine Street? Just one street up from Solano? Alpine Street is also another way to get to the Sun Valley Park, but your little map doesn’t show that. I’m feeling a little hurt that Alpine Street wasn’t included, since all three streets are so close to each other. I’d also like to know how you came about taking the photo of the house on Solano Street. If you’re going for early 20th century, there are more houses on any of the three blocks that are still in the original 20th century. Just wanted to know that. Wendy Springstead, San Rafael

Yeah, but get to the part about how this affects us... Thirty years ago, lifestyle in Marin was pretty down to earth, even among the wealthy. Most Marinites were considerate people with modest homes. Farmlands flourished. We wore T-shirts and loose jeans. Hiking and outdoor nature were valued over shopping malls, pampering and materialism. The simple pleasures in life were free... Marin is a different world today. Why are we drifting into decadence, pride and selfishness? I propose the umbrella reason to be religious, spiritual. Human nature itself is naturally selfish, creating a “me first” mentality. We can’t really change this fear-based survival

mechanism. It’s instinctual, hard-wired... and we do live in fearful, challenging times. It has been prophesized that as time progresses people will become “increasingly lovers of self,” “more rebellious and unaware,” and that “love will grow cold.” It’s happening in Marin, but I truly think it’s slumber more than intention. Today, Marin’s worldview is undeniably about SELF. We have basically become our own God. Although (thankfully) we try to get along, do the right thing, live and let live, our traditional religions and New Age and postmodern worldviews all fall short. We know we’re flawed inside and either deny, bury, or accept it—because we can’t fix it. We do have selfless moments but the true, deep motivation of every heart is self-interest. Openly brazen in recent years, we actually do what we want, when we want, how we want and unfortunately this attitude frequently and unwittingly causes pain and havoc for others. I am a Christian concerned about people and trends in Marin. No matter what God you believe in, or don’t believe in, you can surely see where this SELF lifestyle is heading. Jesus Christ teaches us to put God first: to worship the Creator, not the creation. We are to think of others before ourselves. He instructs us to live simply, peaceably. Money isn’t evil but the worship of money and materialism is evil. Is there any hope since human nature is naturally ruled by self? Jesus Christ is not a religion but a reality. He died for our sinful human nature to make us right with God. Our only control over our human nature is that He forgives and promises to transform our heart from within, slowly, day by day, inch by inch to become more Christ-like. Christianity is about God restoring rela-


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tionship with His people all over the globe, bringing love, freedom, sanity. I plead with you: repent, seek God and Jesus Christ. This is Marin’s hope. P.C.F., San Rafael

Meat industry, your goose is cooked! 2011 has not been a good year for the meat industry. There were more reports of devastating health impacts. In May, the World Cancer Research Fund advised limiting meat consumption to reduce the risk of bowel cancer. The August issue of the Lancet projected that, on the current meatbased diet, half of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030. Last August, salmonella contamination forced the world’s largest meat processor, Cargill, to recall 36 million pounds of ground turkey. University of Florida places the national financial burden of pathogens in meat products at $4 billion. Then there were cruelty exposes. A March undercover investigation of the E6 Cattle Company in Texas showed workers bashing cows’ heads with pickaxes and hammers. In November, ABC News publicized atrocious egg production conditions at Iowa’s Sparboe Farms. Bills attempting to criminalize such investigations were defeated in Iowa, Minnesota, Florida and New York. Accordingly, USDA projects that Americans will consume 12.2 percent less meat in 2012 than in 2007. Every one of us can welcome this trend by resolving to cut our meat consumption in 2012. Entering “live vegan” in our favorite search engine brings recipes and tons of other useful information.

from 2012 (in fact, it looks as if we missed the answer by five!), but the “it was 50 years ago today” was intended as a separate lead-in to the opening All right, so it ain’t reference to “A Little exactly the cover of Help from My Friends.” ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’... The “50 years ago” is a nod to 1962, when Ringo joined the band— completing the Fab Four—and the band released “Love Me Do,” that annoying little earworm that was fortunately followed by better things. We’ll try to be clearer next year when we promote our 2013 Best of Marin theme—the 50th anniversary of Freddie and the Dreamers.

Imitation, greatest form of flattery... Thanks for writing, Jason! We really appreciate you being on the case. However, this isn’t one of those times. (Not sure where that comes from. Once or twice.) Looking forward to God’s, I mean the Editor’s final word. Don’t forget the three dots at the end of the headline. Pete Galore, Mill Valley

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Next you’ll tell us there aren’t eight days in a week... It was 45 years ago that the Beatles sang that song. Not 50!!! It’s in your “best of ” ad. Ooops. Jeffrey Schaub, reporter KGO 810 News

Editor’s note: Good catch, Jeffrey. We’d expect nothing less from an ace reporter at one of our favorite radio stations (actually, jury’s still out on the mostly news format). From that ad, it may appear that we lack the simple-math skills to accurately subtract 50

Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy’... does NOT have Ralph Fiennes as part of the cast—Matthew Stafford’s short summary says otherwise. Mary E., Marin

Editor’s note: We gave Matt a 240 character-count limit. If he’d listed actors who actually were in the film—Konstantin Khabenskiy, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Benedict Cumberbatch—there’d have been no room for the summary.



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“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” —Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke he Transportation Authority of Marin has appealed the Corte Madera Planning Commission’s approval of a 180-unit apartment complex that could go a long way toward satisfying Corte Madera’s state-mandated affordable housing quota. It’s not a capricious appeal. TAM officials say that the approval puts in jeopardy a major fix to the mess of Highway 101 on- and offramps in the Corte Madera area. Last month, the town’s planning commission approved a mixed-use project on the site of the former WinCup plant at 195 to 205 Tamal Vista Boulevard. For years, the plant had been a wispy landmark, identified by the steam that rose like a geyser from the facility that made foam cups. When Corte Madera updated its general plan and housing element, it identified the WinCup site as a logical place to add to the city’s housing mix. Georgiabased WinCup Holdings, Inc. shut the plant in June, ending a 42-year run. The company consolidated plant operations with another plant in Tucson, Arizona. The WinCup site “was identified and zoned for high-density housing,” says Diane Furst, Corte Madera vice mayor. Furst says the state has mandated that the town must produce


244 affordable housing units by 2014. The site was identified “way back in 2009,” says Furst. The updated housing element created a mixed-use gateway district overlay, a technical term that allowed the town to retain the property as an industrial site or transform it into a mixed-use project. WinCup sold the property in May to MacFarlane Partners, a real estate investment firm based in San Francisco. By then, the town already had identified the site for mixed use and zoned it for the 180 units, 10 percent of which would be below market rate on the 4.5-acre piece of property. The MacFarlane proposal also calls for about 3,000 square feet of retail space and a generous inner park featuring a swimming pool, spa and other amenities. MacFarlane only needed approval for its design because the project called for no zoning changes that would conflict with the town’s already approved gateway designation and zoning allowances. Unfortunately, things didn’t go that smoothly. The problem, according to TAM, is that Corte Madera’s approval of the site could kill a major realignment of area freeway on- and off-ramps, which TAM says is crucial for safety and efficient circulation. The glitch: TAM needs a sliver of land on the WinCup property for the realignment. Without that sliver, about 30 feet, the whole freeway 10 >


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Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads coming to San Rafael Phil Lesh’s dream of opening a live music venue called Terrapin Crossroads appears to be truckin’once again, as the Grateful Dead bassist has reportedly inked a deal to purchase the San Rafael building that currently houses the Seafood Peddler restaurant. According to, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer became entranced by the location after re-reading Bob Dylan’s“Chronicles”and reminiscing with his wife Jill about the Dead’s 1987 sessions with Dylan and their time at Club Front in San Rafael, a Boy’s Club that doubled as the Dead’s studio from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. “We were having lunch in [San Rafael] one afternoon and decided to take a drive by the old studio,”writes Lesh.“While we were driving around we went by the Seafood Peddler restaurant, where Furthur [Lesh’s post Grateful Dead band with guitarist Bob Weir] did some rehearsal shows a couple years ago in their Palm Ballroom.We pulled into the rear parking lot and we saw a large painted Grateful Dead logo with the words“Buckle Up Kids”above it.We looked at each other and both had the same flash—that the Seafood Peddler had the foundation for us to realize our long-held dream of finding a place in Marin County to make music.” Lesh says he intends Terrapin Crossroads to become a“positive force”in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood—and wants to develop a close relationship with the city of San Rafael, the local police and fire departments and local nonprofit organizations.“Becoming contributing members of the community is very important to us,”he says. Plans to launch Terrapin Crossroads in downtown Fairfax were abandoned last fall after efforts by the 71-year-old to build an 8,000square-foot music barn at the lot adjacent to Good Earth at 2000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. were met with mixed feelings by Fairfax neighbors—one, or some, of whom even secretly posted signs along Lesh’s favored Ross walking path last summer pleading with him to discontinue the project. And that’s in a town that openly promotes its rock‘n’roll, freewheeling ways; it remains to be seen how San Rafael residents will welcome the news that East Francisco Boulevard may soon be home to one of the Bay Area’s magnet live venues.The Palm Ballroom currently has capacity to accommodate 350 people, according to Renovations planned include installing a new sound system and giving the place“a cosmetic facelift.”Performances could begin as early as March 2012. On the Terrapin website, Lesh writes that he would like the venue to also host art exhibits, have an art-and-music-themed library and reading room, memorabilia displays, and hold curated conversations with“celebrated visionaries, characters and eccentrics.” Adds Lesh:“We originally thought of Terrapin Crossroads as a musical home—a way to reactivate the various lineups that I’ve put together over the past 10 years. As we got deeper into it, it morphed into something more comprehensive: a community cultural and educational center. We plan to celebrate the arts—music, culinary, poetry, dance, literature, visual arts including photography, theatre, and other creative endeavors... and [be] a beautiful, comfortable place where friends can meet to exchange ideas over a glass of wine or a drink, a terrific meal, and of course hear some great music.” SMART can sign off on signatures, say elections officials The SMART train is in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding how many signatures are needed for a vote to pull the brakes on the controversial commuter train, according to election officials. 10 > The registrars of voters in both Sonoma and Marin counties said this week that it’s




Tears of rage I was molested by airport security—and they didn’t even buy me peanuts first! by Amy Alkon


ur Founding Fathers were a bunch of obnoxious jerks—and I mean that in the most reverent way. They were fiercely opposed to blind obedience to authority and risked their lives to flip it the bird. Oh, how disappointingly—and dangerously—far we’ve fallen. Our constitutional rights are increasingly being eroded, and so many Americans are just standing around blinking like livestock. This past March, I took a more civilly disobedient approach—which sometimes comes at a price. In my case, $500,000. That’s what a Transportation Security Administration agent’s lawyer demanded from me in a letter for “defaming” her client by saying she had sexually violated me while searching me, and then for “libeling” her by blogging about it. On March 31, 2011, at the TSA checkpoint in LAX’s terminal 6, I found that I had no choice but to get the pat-down. Tears welled in my eyes—for how we’ve allowed the Constitution to be torn up at the airport door and because I was powerless to stop a total stranger from groping my breasts and genitals as a condition of normal, ordinary business travel. I can hold back the tears... hang tough... but as I was made to “assume the position” on a rubber mat like a criminal, I thought fast. I decided that these TSA “officers” violating our Fourth Amendment rights, searching us without reasonable suspicion we’ve committed a crime, do not deserve our quiet compliance. I let the tears come. In fact, I sobbed my guts out as the agent groped me. And then it happened: She jammed the side of her latex-gloved hand up into my genitals. Four times, with only the fabric of my pants as a barrier. I was shocked—utterly unprepared for how she got the side of her hand up there. Powerless to stop her, but not to vigorously protest what she had done to me, I yelled afterward, “YOU RAPED ME.” I later blogged about it, naming her and urging others to name the agents who grope them (a constitutional violation even when done according to TSA procedure, which the search of me was not). We need to make it as uncomfortable as possible to earn a living violating our rights. Some believe I’m wrong to suggest this—particularly those who believe that the TSA is keeping us safer. Unfortunately, it is not. Security expert Bruce Schneier notes that during the agency’s multibillion-dollar history, it has yet to thwart a

single attempted terrorist attack. He calls the TSA’s efforts “security theater,” observing all the dangerous items it misses. For example, in Dallas last year, a TSA tester sneaked a gun through the body scanner. Not once. Five times! That happened just months after a TSA supervisor said I was “lucky” that he wasn’t confiscating my dull little drugstore tweezers. Confiscating my tweezers? Why? Because I might use them to break in to the cockpit and overpluck the pilot’s eyebrows? If the TSA’s actual mission were its stated one—“protect[ing] the Nation’s transportation systems”—checkpoints wouldn’t be staffed by low-wage, unskilled workers, and they wouldn’t be searching everyone. They certainly wouldn’t be waiting until terrorists get to the airport to root them out. Meaningful measures to thwart terrorist acts require highly trained law enforcement officers using targeted intelligence to identify suspects long before they launch their plots. The TSA’s main accomplishment seems to be obedience training for the American public—priming us to be docile (and even polite) about giving up our civil liberties. The TSA not only violates our Fourth Amendment rights but also has posted signs effectively eradicating our First Amendment right to speak out about it. One such sign, in Denver International Airport, offers the vague warning that “verbal abuse” of agents will “not be tolerated.” Travelers are left to wonder whether it’s “verbal abuse” to inform the TSA agent probing their testicles that this isn’t making us safer, or are they only in trouble if they throw in an obscenity? Not surprisingly, few seem willing to speak out and risk arrest. I believe I’ve found a less risky, more impactful way to protest, and it’s through sobbing. I’m calling on American women to follow my lead at TSA checkpoints: Opt for the pat-down, and sob your guts out. Think about the power of it—in airports across America every day, mothers, wives, daughters and sisters sobbing throughout their government-administered sexual molestation. As the 18thcentury economist Adam Smith noted, sympathy for others is a potent human motivator. Because a bureaucracy’s first duty is protecting itself, I believe our best chance of abolishing the TSA’s pointless daily rights grab is evoking wide-scale sympathy through women’s tears. Helpfully, there’s plausible deniability for a sobbing woman. TSA supervisors can suspect she’s manufacturing her tears, but they can’t prove it.

by Howard Rachelson

1. Pictured, right: The suspenseful 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, 1 The Birds, was set in what Bay Area town? 2. On what date did Barack Obama take the oath of office as president? 3. There are at least nine European countries whose names end with “land.”Two of them are England and Ireland. Can you name at least five others? 4. Pictured, bottom left: This 2002 romantic comedy with an easily identifiable ethnic theme earned over $350 million worldwide, while costing only about $5 million to make. 5. What U.S. state shares the longest border with a foreign country? Which state is second? 6. On what date, at what time, was the “Y2K” problem expected to significantly affect the world’s computers? 7. National flags, used until they are worn out, are to be destroyed by what method? 8. Words that express excitement or emotion like... Hey! ... Oh! ... Yay! ... Ouch! ... are what part of speech? 9. America’s oldest college fraternity (still famous today) was established in 1776 at America’s second oldest school of higher learning (named after two people). Which fraternity at what college, founded in 1693? 10. About O.J. Simpson: 10a. What’s his full name? 10b. Where did he play college football? 10c. He spent his NFL career with what two teams? 10d. Pictured, bottom right: O.J. co-starred in what late-1980s police spoofs with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and George Kennedy? 10e. Where is he now?

BONUS QUESTION: What six-letter word ends with the four letters hstx, but not in that order?



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Some find it an absurd contradiction that I write books on manners yet I’m encouraging people to sob at these checkpoints. The truth is, good manners don’t always involve going quietly. Sometimes, like when our civil liberties are violated, the most civil thing a person can do is be as loud and uncivil as possible. Still, I’m a realist. I know that most people will not follow my lead. But, maybe, every day, at every TSA checkpoint, a few will bust out in tears. And maybe, through the spectacle, we can claw back some of the rights we’ve so docilely handed over.

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We cannot ensure our complete physical safety—not even by throwing away all of our civil liberties. Trading our rights for security (or, in this case, “security”) is exceptionally dangerous. Every time we go all “We The Sheeple...,” every time we allow one more civil liberty to be yanked from us, it’s that much easier to take the next and the next... until we wake up one day wondering how we ended up living in a police state. Better that we do our sobbing now than then. < Let Amy hear your sob story at


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SMART’s call—not the registrars’—as to how to interpret state election laws affecting ballot initiatives regarding their agency. A group opposing the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, called RepealSMART, is hoping to gather the necessary signatures that would place a referendum on the November ballot asking voters to repeal the Measure Q sales tax, approved by more than two-thirds of voters in 2008, that initiated a quarter-cent sales tax to fund commuter rail. Generally, to qualify an initiative for the ballot a number of signatures equal to 10 percent of the registered voters in the last election is needed—in this case that would be near 40,000. But RepealSMART supporters believe that wording in Proposition 218—a law passed by California voters in 1996 that requires voter approval before property assessments can be levied—allows that signatures equaling only 5 percent of voters is necessary. However many signatures are ultimately deemed necessary, RepealSMART has until Jan. 27 to gather them in time for the November election. The train was originally projected to run from Cloverdale to near Larkspur Landing, but lower than expected sales-tax revenue and other hurdles have forced SMART officials to scale back the timeline and begin with a Santa Rosa to San Rafael segment.SMART opponents believe changes to the project and its expected finances are significant enough to warrant another trip to the ballot box.

Design your own bike park! Get out your cycling wish lists, Marin bikers—the Stafford Lake Bike Park wants your feedback. On Jan. 9, the Marin County parks department is hosting a“design development”workshop beginning at 7pm in the community room of the Margaret Todd Senior Center, 1560 Hill Road in Novato. Hilride bike-park consultants and county park planners will lead the workshop, which will include reviewing the approved bike park master plan as it translates into construction drawings for the 17-acre banana-seat paradise at Stafford—the 139-acre park just west of Novato that currently features picnic areas, a playground, fishing and a golf course.This will be the final design workshop prior to approval for construction; construction drawings are set to be completed by this coming March. Hilride developed a bike park feasibility study in 2010; a master plan for the bike park was approved by the Marin County Board of Supervisors in November 2011. Five public workshops, including two site visits, were conducted prior to approval by the supes. Though everyone hopes to be pedaling gloriously by the picturesque lake in the not-so-distant future, there are currently no funds available for construction, say county park officials. Fundraising is under way and how much they can get—and how quickly they can get it—will determine whether construction can occur in 2012. Fundraising information will be posted online this month at Redevelopment agencies a blight on the budget, rules court It was a day of bad developments for state redevelopment agencies. The state Supreme Court recently upheld one of the linchpins of Gov. Jerry Brown’s state budget when it gave the green light for the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies—the bond-funded county organizations charged with sprucing up blighted areas. There are about 400 redevelopment agencies in California that have the ability to put a hold on assessed property values within the agency’s purview and use the tax savings that would have gone toward paying a higher property value and divert that toward issuing bonds and making neighborhood improvements. But Brown—whose budget passed with a $1.7 billion savings from the elimination of the agencies—has argued that the hold on the assessed property values diverts far more funds away from schools and other services than are made up for by the local development projects that result from the agencies’efforts—projects, says Brown, that likely would have been completed even without the redevelopment agencies’support. When Brown passed the budget in August, Marin County Supervisors approved a county takeover of the responsibilities of the Marin County Redevelopment Agency, which in the past has used property tax savings to spruce up such unincorporated areas as Marin City. But soon after passage of the budget, which included legislation that would allow the agencies to operate if they sent the bulk of their revenue to the state, the California Redevelopment Association and the League of California Cities, among others, went to the state Supreme Court, asking judges to declare both laws unconstitutional. Though it upheld the elimination of the agencies, the court struck down the legislation to keep them open through diverting funds directly to the state. According to the nonpartisan legislative analyst’s office, the ruling could bring $2 billion more a year to schools and other local districts. BAAQM roasting on an open fire Santa isn’t the only one who knows if you’d been bad or good over the holidays—the Bay Area Air Quality Management District does as well. The air-pollution overlords may not“see you when you’re sleeping,”but they often know when you’re awake and enjoying a nice cozy fire during a Spare the Air alert—and that’s largely because you’re neighbors have tattled on you. Due to the dry air, which keeps pollutants lower in the atmosphere, creating breathing problems for some people, the district occasionally bans the use of wood-burning fireplaces; Christmas was one such spare-the-air day—and BAAQM officials received more than 400 complaints from Bay Area residents smoldering over their neighbors’pyro-maniacal ways. When alerted to a violation, BAAQM issues a warning; on a second violation it may issue offenders a $400 fine. Since the spare-the-air season began on Nov. 1, there have been more than 10 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 6, 2012 – JANUARY 12, 2012

< 8 My way or the highway! project could fall apart, possibly bringing unintended consequences to Corte Madera. An initial design review hearing, says Furst, fell on Nov. 9. “On Nov. 3,” she continues, “TAM sent to the town of Corte Madera planning department, a one-page diagram for the freeway project. That is the first time Corte Madera had received anything about private property being taken for the freeway project. We knew from diagrams that go back years that the freeway project was almost sure to take Nellen Avenue [which parallels the freeway on the west side]. There was never anything said about taking private property at the WinCup site.” In addition to her duties as vice mayor, Furst serves as a TAM board member. She says the board was not informed of the need to encroach on the WinCup site. Furst says the “right of way plan” that TAM delivered to Corte Madera six days before the design review meeting was stamped “confidential,” which limited the ability of the town to release it or talk about the issues with residents. According to Furst, the town received a copy of the plan, not marked confidential, Nov. 28. On Dec. 13, at the second design review meeting, the planning commission approved the design for the WinCup project, keeping the sliver—which is triangular-shaped, starting about 30 feet wide and narrowing down to practically nothing along the side of the property—that TAM says will preclude it from completing the freeway project. At the December meeting, Dianne Steinhauser, TAM executive director, asked that a letter she wrote to the town be put in the public record. It stated that Corte Madera had known about the need to encroach on the WinCup site at least since the issue came up at a TAM Technical Advisory Committee meeting. But Furst says Corte Madera representatives were unable to attend the meeting. “We notified TAM that we couldn’t make the meeting and requested a follow-up briefing on what transpired. At the briefing there was no mention of the right of way, nor was there a right of way plan released to us.” That, in essence, prevents TAM from embarking on the project that would improve safety on the freeway. TAM appealed the approval and asked Corte Madera to attach a condition on the approval that calls for giving TAM the right to buy the sliver of land in question from MacFarlane. That sliver could affect the number of units on the property because MacFarlane plans to build parking there. Fewer parking spaces means fewer housing units. But Bill Whitney, principal project manager for the Greenbrae/Twin Cities Corridor Improvement Project, says there are ways to mitigate the problem. He suggests that with some tweaking, MacFarlane could retain as much parking as possible and give up the sliver of land to TAM, which would buy it at a fair price. A key part of freeway project calls for a braided, or grade separated, off-ramp to

Wornum Drive that would separate traffic exiting the freeway southbound by elevating the exit route. The plan would vastly improve safety in an area where, as Whitney says, “you almost have to rely on the kindness of others” to safely navigate. The freeway project also would fix the odd arrangement to a northbound on-ramp. Currently motorists coming from The Village can almost get on the freeway, but they have to cross a solid white line to merge into freeway traffic, an illegal maneuver. The only option is to continue to a stoplight, cross Sir Francis Drake below the freeway and then continue up to an onramp north of Sir Francis Drake. In addition, the project would benefit bicyclists and pedestrians and help ease traffic on local surface streets. There has been little controversy over the improvements on the northbound side of the freeway. That’s not the case with the southbound improvements, which first bubbled up in 1999. The plan, which Whitney estimates will cost about $145 million, gained ground thanks to passage of a 2004 tax measure, Regional Measure 2, which raises funds for transportation projects. TAM has identified the project as a high priority target for the local Regional Transportation Plan. Whitney says that if problems with the WinCup site prevent TAM from pursuing the freeway project, it could mean that freeway exits in the area would have to be closed in the future when traffic reaches an unsustainable level. TAM estimates that traffic will increase 40 percent during the next 30 years. TAM tried to stay within the highway right of way, according to Whitney, but the agency realized that “in some areas, we had to push over into private property.” TAM has been open about that need, he adds. “We informed the developer of the WinCup property of this need, but they have now proposed a development that will not allow our project to exist the way it is designed today.” Steinhauser acknowledges that the town is “in a difficult position.” But she says TAM was relying on Corte Madera to coordinate between the two projects and between TAM and the developers. “They are building housing in Corte Madera, that is great. I think there is a solution that makes a slight adjustment to the site, hopefully without losing any housing units, and lets the TAM project go forward without a significant cost impact.” TAM would not like to see MacFarlane start building a parking structure, for instance, before the issue is settled. That could increase the cost of the sliver of land if and when eminent domain comes into play. “We want the town to put an expectation on both TAM and the developer to sit down and work out a solution,” reiterates Steinhauser. “We communicated with the developer back in May and June and showed them the land we needed. They moved forward, deciding they were not going to take that into consideration.” TAM, says Steinhauser, wants the town to put everyone’s feet to the fire— hence, the appeal. But Dave Bracken, Corte Madera’s town manager, says it would be unwise to put

conditions on an already approved design for the MacFarlane project. “A developer bought this property with those entitlements [including the sliver of land]. Those 180 units were entitled [on] that property when MacFarlane bought it. I would never advise this town to put conditions on the approval now. I assume that I would have a lawsuit on my desk the next morning.” MacFarlane could, of course, work out a deal with TAM. (Furst says it’s not within the purview of the town to do the deal, it’s up to TAM.) Steinhauser says TAM is working on a proposal to present to MacFarlane. Whether the developer is willing take the high road is an open question. Calls to MacFarlane were not returned. Bracken says that at a November meeting, a MacFarlane representative said, “If you take 1 square foot, we have no project.” Bracken adds that although the statement may have been hyperbolic, “it still got the point across.” And as for the town not realizing that TAM wanted a slice of the WinCup property, Bracken says the information about the need was buried in a thick planning document from TAM. Steinhauser and Whitney acknowledge the complexity of the freeway project, but they also say it was incumbent on the town and Bracken (who is an engineer, as is Whitney) to comb through the documents to uncover possible conflicts.

While the two projects worked along separate tracks, apparently no one was making sure the other agency was in the loop. TAM says that was Corte Madera’s responsibility; Corte Madera says it was TAM’s. Forget the he-said-she-said, says Steinhauser. “I keep thinking there is a solution; we haven’t come to it yet. We are not trying to take land for free. But we also don’t want to be told ‘come and condemn us’ some day, because that’s been the message so far. There’s got to be a different way of doing this.” Steinhauser says TAM could be ready in four to six weeks to make an offer on the land. If no deal gets done, Whitney says, the braided exit won’t work, “and the only option in the future could be closing the Fifer Avenue/Lucky Drive on-and off-ramps,” which no one wants. The WinCup site is just one of a number of properties on both sides of the freeway that TAM needs slices of to complete its freeway project. TAM expects to release its environmental report in spring or summer. In addition to the property issues, the visual impact of the braided exit structure likely will be a source of contention. TAM urges local residents to weigh those objections against clear traffic safety and circulation benefits the project will bring. < Contact the writer at

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< 8 Newsgrams 2,000 complaints about chimney-happy folks throwing open the flue on the no-fire days. Air Quality Management officials haven’t tallied which counties were the biggest yulelog violators—but, if history indicates, there’s a pretty good chance Marin was among the top transgressors. Last year, Marin led the Bay Area in smoke complaints (for the second year in a row), according to a report from BAAQM—meaning either Marinites violated the law more, or neighbors informed on each other more, or a combination of the two. From Nov. 1, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2011, the air district declared smoke bans on four separate days—during which Marin registered 301 complaints about violators.That year’s 75.25 complaints per day total bested previous years when fewer than 50 complaints per day were the norm.


WAlmost every day B.H. sees an adorable terrier tied up for hours, without food or water, in front of a popular Mill Valley coffeehouse. Apparently the dog’s guardians work inside as baristas. The poor pooch isn’t having much fun, as evidenced by his regular barking. Ms. B.H. finds it sad and irresponsible that the couple supposedly caring for the dog leave him tethered for long periods. We agree and have actually thought of stronger terms to describe the people, though our good breeding only allows us to print one: Zeros. Dogs are living, sentient beings needing hydration, nutrition and safe surroundings. Zeros, if you can’t provide that, we’re not sure you deserve man and woman’s best friend.—Nikki Silverstein

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VSince the economy is now challenging for many of us, some of us temporarily put the brakes on donating to our favorite charities. Xavier and Nadia McClinton, owners of Body By X gym (BBX) in Corte Madera, decided to ride themselves a little harder to help the Special Olympics of Northern California. Inviting friends and clients to join them in pedaling for dollars, Xavier and Nadia held a Spin-a-Thon at BBX. The couple creatively added “ghost riders,” so folks unable to attend could still participate and donate. In just three hours, BBX raised $1,200 and every penny went to Special Olympics. We think Xavier and Nadia are pretty special. Their customer, Julie Roby, calls them her Heroes.

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Cumulus killed the radio star?

KGO cleans house— and former GM Mickey Luckoff tries to keep talk radio from going to the dogs...

by Nik k i Silverstein


n early December, the new owners of KGO-AM dismantled the legendary San Francisco talk radio station, host by host. After Cumulus Media fired seven talkshow personalities and several producers, KGO-AM changed to a mostly news format, leaving news/talk junkies shocked by the abrupt change. While listener protests and outrage fell on deaf ears, one man was working behind the scenes to save Bay Area talk radio as we know it. Some may think Mickey Luckoff is prescient, while others say he’s an excellent businessman and broadcaster. Until October 2010, Luckoff had served as the president and general manager of KGO-AM for more than 35 years. Under his leadership, the news/talk radio station dominated the Arbitron ratings, staying in the top spot for three decades. The honors kept coming, not just for the station, but for Luckoff, including his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame, 12 Marconi Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards. Ironically, at the end of November, just a week before the format change, Luckoff began trying to put a deal together for a new talk station in the Bay Area. Great timing, 12 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12, 2012

considering he knew nothing about KGO’s plans to desecrate the news/talk giant and fire such well-known on-air personalities as Gene Burns, John Rothmann, Ray Taliaferro, Gil Gross, Len Tillem, Joanie Greggains and Bill Wattenburg. About a year before Luckoff retired, KGO began slipping in the ratings. Several factors contributed to the fall, including a new ratings methodology that purportedly favors all-news formats; the aging of KGO listeners; younger audiences avoiding the AM dial; and KCBS’s new simulcast of its AM news on an FM station. Rather than fighting back, Cumulus took an ifyou-can’t-beat-’em-join-’em approach— leaving a major market without a moderate/liberal talk station. Many fans and industry professionals disagreed with the decision, but only Luckoff took action. Luckoff is certainly the man best qualified to pull KGO-style talk radio from the ashes, though he claims he isn’t looking for a new job. Fortunately, his passion for radio, an insatiable desire to succeed and the heart to help his talented former colleagues won out. Could Luckoff succeed in once again putting the now-former KGO

talkers back on the air? Spending his winters in Kentfield and his summers in Lake Tahoe with his beautiful new wife, Luckoff, now 75, voluntarily complicated his life by trying to rebirth local talk radio. Yet, he seems to have energy to burn, even riding his bike to our interview. He says living in Tahoe is like summer camp for adults, where his biggest daily decision is whether to golf, boat, kayak or bike. A lover of animals, Luckoff has three cocker spaniels and is the outgoing vice president of WildCare’s board of directors. He enjoys giving back to the community and is searching for a new gig with a nonprofit. Though he has never been optimistic about the odds of the KGO-AM talk talent reuniting under one roof, Luckoff sat down with us to talk about retirement, the deal he’s been trying to broker and his outlook for the future of radio.   


Rustling up radio station deals doesn’t sound like much of a retirement. Were you getting bored? No, I’m actually very busy. I want to

write my memoirs. I delayed for a while to catch up on some other things in life that I neglected for a long time. I put the book in chapters over the summer and now I’m starting to write the stories. I have some great stories. Tell your story about creating a new talk-radio station in the Bay Area. Sure, let me tell you the story. First of all, what Cumulus did was a complete surprise. I had no idea they were going to fire the personalities and change to a news format. I think it was an extremely foolish move on their part. If they wanted to cut expenses, they could have done what ABC, Cap Cities and Disney always encouraged me to do—cut out the news department. By cutting out talk shows, number one, they cut out their revenue stream. Number two, they’re [creating] an AM news station and they’re not spending any money on the product. And, there’s a great competitor. KCBS, a well-established news organization, has an AM and an FM. Cumulus is cutting their own throat.


Couldn’t the San Francisco market sustain two all-news radio stations? There’s only one market in the country where there are two successful all-news stations and that’s New York. Cumulus’s move is incredibly foolish. I predict they’ll sink like a rock. But, ironically enough, just a week before this happened, I started canvassing the other broadcast groups in town to see if they’d be interested in taking on an all-talk station. Don’t ask me why. I just did it. And, the responses were spectacularly underwhelming. Still, you forged ahead with the plan? Well, I’ve spoken to all four of the large groups. Clear Channel I knew was going to do something, but it wasn’t terribly exciting, and they were going to do it on a weaker AM station. It’s 910. They’re taking Rush Limbaugh. KSFO lost Rush. Then, I called the guy who runs Entercom, because they have a sports station [KBWF 95.7 FM launched in August 2011 as an A’s-supporting alternative to the Giantsheavy KNBR, which is owned by Cumulus]. They literally told me, one of the few times in my life, don’t call us we’ll call you. The one that’s really still standing, I’d just as soon not name them, is intrigued with the idea. But, as I told everyone from the outset, this has to be done quickly. OK, we’ll take a wild guess—KCBS is interested. What exactly are they interested in? There’s an entire group of talk-show hosts from KGO wanting to stay together. Does that include Ronn Owens? Ronn has a contract [with KGO], thanks to yours truly. Gives him one more year at KGO. The other talent contracts had all expired. The union contracts had expired. Citadel [KGO’s previous owner] and Cumulus weren’t renewing them, but it didn’t matter anyway, because the company had “out” clauses. Could Cumulus have gotten rid of Ronn when they fired the other talk personalities? Only if they wanted to buy out his contract. Ronn’s contract gives him a lot of control over his programs. Who comprises the stable of talent that you’re representing? I have a complete talk-show lineup of seven personalities that would be dynamite. All willing and desirous of doing this. I told all of them that I know some of you need to make a living without interruption. Just let me know if you have to leave the group, so that I’m not trying to sell something that’s not there. Up until last week, they were unified. Then finally, Clear Channel started picking them off. I’m guessing that Gene Burns, Len Tillem, Gil Gross, Ray Taliaferro, John Rothmann, Joanie Greggains and Bill

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Wattenburg are your magnificent seven? Who did Clear Channel hire? As of right now, Gene has accepted an arrangement there [KKSF 910 AM]. I understand he can get out of if he wants. Now, they’re after [talk-radio lawyer] Len Tillem. The problem with Len is he’ll take anything to get back on the air. [Tillem signed on with KKSF shortly after this interview was conducted.] You willingly took on this role of representing the former KGO talk show personalities. Is this a role you relish? I like to win. I know I’m against insurmountable odds here. There are three reasons I’m doing this. One is for the public, two is for the talk-show personalities themselves, who deserve the opportunity to stay together and do good radio. And, three, it will give me great satisfaction to make it happen. That’s all. I have no financial interest. I don’t financially represent any of them. Every company I’ve spoken to, I’ve told them right out—there’s nothing in this for me. I’m not looking for a job. I’d just like to see this happen. And, it would benefit the company, if they would do it.

What’s the biggest obstacle you face? The business plan that I developed was so good, that when I looked at it, I said why are you giving this away? Why are you bringing this to someone else? The problem is that all the facilities are owned, basically, by four operations. Two are not broadcasters. They’re venture capital types that are buying, stripping and trying to maximize a nationally syndicated product, which is the ruination of local radio.

done your last show.” Then an HR woman handed them envelopes. They were done. What’s it like to watch what you’ve built crumble? It’s very sad. I have to detach myself from it on a regular basis. There hasn’t been a day—a day—since I left, where I haven’t heard horror stories from disgruntled employees. From the remains of Citadel, when I left, and definitely since Cumulus took over.

Did the KGO on-air staff expect this ‘ruination of local radio’? I don’t think they did. There was ongoing [low morale] under Diedra Lieberman, the general manager that came in after me, under Citadel. [Lieberman, a Corte Madera resident, worked as Luckoff’s sales manager and was promoted after he resigned.] It was bleak. But, the stories about Cumulus preceded their takeover of KGO [Cumulus purchased Citadel in March 2011]. Everyone was scared. Everyone. From engineers to accounting to on-air talent to salespeople to promotions people. They were all very, very concerned. Didn’t take long. You know the way these guys were fired? They were called in the office at 4:15... the new VP under Cumulus, walked in and said something like, “Gentlemen, you’ve

Is it all about money? Don’t broadcasters consider what the public wants? After all, the public owns the airwaves and allows the corporations to use it. It’s about money. I don’t think the public realizes how badly they’re being fleeced by the radio industry. I think a story like KGO talk going away awakens people. It’s in all the blogs. I don’t read blogs, but my wife read them to me on the way home from Tahoe. Then there was the rally [listeners protested the format change outside the station’s San Francisco studios on Dec. 15]. But, it’s over quickly. People realize there’s nothing they can do about it. When did the ‘public fleecing’ begin? It started with the government de- 14> JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 13

It doesn’t seem fair. A few people are making a lot of money on public airways. And the public gets... Crap. It’s getting worse now. There’s creative financing happening again. Broadcasters figure out a way to go into court with a planned bankruptcy. Ultimately what happens is they fleece the shareholders; they come out of it with no debt and they own the stations free and clear. They trade debt for equity. What are the greatest factors today impacting radio, especially here in the Bay Area? Our stations were taken over by a handful of companies, most not broadcasters, and most not running the stations in the public interest. If you were to ask most of these major companies—what does con-

Postscript Popular morning host Ronn Owens was one of the few regulars to survive the shocking format change.

< 13 Cumulus killed the radio star? regulation of broadcast ownership about 20 years ago. There used to be limits on the number of stations companies could own. When the Federal Communications Commission [FCC] removed the limits of the number of stations that these companies could own, that was the beginning of the end. Then Wall Street people started investing. They came in and pillaged the product. Run it cheap. Throw syndicated programming on the stations. To hell with the listeners. Isn’t the FCC watching out for the public interest? The FCC and the government have abandoned it. While this was going on, why wasn’t there an uproar? Did the public understand? I’ll tell you an interesting story. When KGO was owned by ABC, Cap Cities and even Disney, all of the managers would go to Washington at least once a year to

meet with our congresspeople. We knew them all, because they were guests on KGO. On one trip, the company told us that we were pitching deregulation to our congresspeople. I said—I don’t want deregulation. I think it’s the worst thing that can happen. They told me that’s what the company wants. Did you toe the company line or speak your mind? Do you remember Jim Topping? He was the manager of KGO-TV. Very well spoken fellow. We were visiting Anna Eshoo [Democratic congresswoman representing California’s 14th District, including parts of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties]. I’m sitting in the back of the room. Jim is spieling deregulation. Anna looks back at me and I’m shaking my head. She said, “Gentlemen, the day will never come when I’m going to vote for deregulating broadcasting.”


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A few days after our interview, Mickey Luckoff provided the Pacific Sun with a copy of the letter he sent to the talented talk-show team he was trying to reunite. Here’s what he told them: As promised, I have made every conceivable effort to accomplish the goal as we originally discussed. I have exhausted every conceivable opportunity to package and relocate our incredible NEWSTALK team in its entirety. Much to my dismay there is not a single facility with a market wide signal available to purchase, lease (LMA), or to be made available by one of the multiple owners to adopt the format at this time! KBLX which will be up for sale in the near future is a fine FM market signal. However, it is currently tied up in a bankruptcy struggle. Other facilities available simply DO NOT have adequate market coverage to justify the team! We have dealt with brokers, owners, consultants, lawyers, local market managers and conglomerate owners in our quest to buy, lease, or if necessary to give the talent lineup and format to a wise owner/operator. Our P&L projection which was developed by a highly skilled industry financial expert was so good we were astounded that not

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one of the corporate entities elected to jump at the opportunity. What we learned was of the three remaining multiple owners one was interested in doing it “on the cheap” on a limited AM facility; Entercom management literally said,“If we’re interested we’ll call you,” and the best of the remaining groups with the ideal FM facility after 2 weeks said,“Not now, maybe next year.” In spite of the fact we had a major leak(er) among us (which at one point I feared would sink our ship), it ultimately is the total lack of courage and imagination among current-day owners and operators which prevents us from returning as a (profitable) format which would also have dominated Bay Area NEWSTALK audiences for the foreseeable future. I have turned over very possible rock I am aware of in my effort to make this happen. While I am flattered and honored with your trust, confidence and loyalty to the group it saddens me to realize this cannot be accomplished at this time. I do hope we are able to stay in touch with each other in the days ahead. Please accept my deepest and sincere good wishes for the future. —Mickey


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THATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SO LAST YEAR Because there was no column in the last two issues of 2011, I missed the tradition of doing one of those ubiquitous year-end lists (â&#x20AC;&#x153;best and worst,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;trends,â&#x20AC;? etc.) for this space. That was a relief to me since I consider most such opinionating narrow and often self-indulgent on the part of the writers. There were, though, some obvious changes around here worth mentioning. A new way to handle false starts in a stumbling economy meant that several highly touted restaurants received makeovers after remarkably short debut runs. Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Appart Resto in Sausalito, a venture from the owners of Sausalitoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful Le Garage, began life as a chic French outpost with fairly elevated prices and ended the year as a more casual bistro with a less experimental menu and thriftier selections. The long-awaited opening of Plate Shop in Sausalito under chef Kim Alter promised homegrown vegetables and eggs from caged hens in back of the building, with a menu heavy on invention. Within three months Alter and most of the opening staff walked out (â&#x20AC;&#x153;philosophical differences with managementâ&#x20AC;?). Replacements moved in: chef Peter Erickson and general manager Kent Liggett from San Franciscoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shuttered 1550 Hyde. They brought a more approachable menu and a warmer atmosphere to the chic spot. In Mill Valley, Dishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which had already morphed from one local-ingredient experiment to anotherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;ended up as a gastropub dubbed Hawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, with creative guidance from whirling dervish Tyler Florence. Hawkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, under executive chef Michael Thiemann, brings simple pub grub and excellent drink for a lower tariff than its predecessor. This all goes to show us thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than one way to skin a cat, and that Marin restaurateurs are learning what that means. OFF TO A GOOD START Time to look ahead into 2012. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re beginning with some new places for eating out, just as the doldrums of winter create a need for diversion. Boca Pizzeria II, sister to Novatoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Neapolitan-style venture, is situated in The Village in Corte Madera (415/924-3021). While its offerings are similar, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a difference in the feel of the restaurant/wine bar in its upscale surroundings. Look for creative pizzas, but try some of the rustic Italian dishes, too, like grilled octopus salad, a dinner of pork loin with apricot glaze, linguine with spicy manila clams, pancetta and peas... Turning a Jack-in-the-Box into a locavoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream drive-in, Super Duper Burger arrived in

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Mill Valley during the holidays. The plastic feeling is gone with a facelift that involves lots of wood and recycled elements. Burgers are made with Niman Ranch beef, milkshakes with Straus organic products, the chicken is free-range. Drive-through service resumes soon! (430 Miller Ave., 415/380-8555)... More righteous casual/ fast food is available now in Novato with a move into a recent Starbucks site (880 De Long, 415/892-0436) by Chipotle Mexican Grill. The popular chain claims that its foods are â&#x20AC;&#x153;hand-crafted, local farmsupporting, culture-changingâ&#x20AC;?... Also in the northernmost city, Novato Cafe began service with breakfast and lunch, with dinner three nights a week. Its all-American foods (with breakfast sandwiches like Monte Cristo and scrambled eggs/cheese on a French roll) are a big draw and there are surprises such as savory grilled steaks and chicken, Brazilian style (271 Alameda Del Prado, 415/382-6196)... When El Huarache Loco Restaurant opens at Marin Country Mart (very soon), Latino cuisine from a crowd-pleasing farmers market food truck will be available in its own brick and mortar home. Stay tuned. AND IT GETS EVEN BETTER... If it sounds like this is restaurant month, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s literally true. During all of January, participating businesses offer prix-ďŹ xe meals for $20 to $40 per person in honor of California Restaurant Month. (In Marin some of them are featuring special selections instead of a prix-ďŹ xe deal.) No advance tickets or passes are needed but reservations are strongly recommended. For a list of local hosts, go to , where you can investigate menus and venues from small (Mountain Home Inn, Mill Valley) to large (Hilltop 1892, Novato). < Contact Pat at

â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş THAT TV GUY FRIDAY, JAN. 6 The Fifth Element Bruce Willis plays a 23rd-century cabbie charged with protecting â&#x20AC;&#x153;the supreme beingâ&#x20AC;?in Luc Bessonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildly imaginative science fiction epic.The plot is silly and some of the dialogue is hokey, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to argue with casting a half-naked Milla Jovovich as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the supreme being.â&#x20AC;? (1997) TNT. 8pm. Alien vs. Predator What The Odd Couple would have been if Felix had burst out of Oscarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chest. (2004) Spike TV. 10pm. Invention USA An inventor promotes a new skateboard design. This one applies the lip piercing and misspelled tattoo for you. History Channel. 10pm.

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fraternity to rush. Discovery Channel. 9pm. Caged This is amateur cage fighting and lacks some of the sophistication and refinement of professional cage fighting. MTV. 10pm.

TUESDAY, JAN. 10 Christine A 1958 Plymouth Fury becomes possessed by evil and begins running down its ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perceived enemies. For people it just doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care for, it leaves oil spots in their driveways. (1983) AMC. 8pm. Raising Hope All sitcoms are required by law to do at least one Las Vegas episode. The Chance family has now fulfilled the obligation. Fox. 9:30pm.

SATURDAY, JAN. 7 Republican Presidential Debate Now that the campaigns have moved to New Hampshire, the candidates can use big words. ABC. 6pm. Mob Wives Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s episode includes a consultation WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11 for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;full body plastic sur- Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re holding out for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;supreme beMobbed Howie Mandel gery,â&#x20AC;? known in the clinical ingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in jeggings... Friday, 8pm. helps people arrange â&#x20AC;&#x153;flash literature as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Cher.â&#x20AC;? VH1. mobâ&#x20AC;? stunts. Unfortunately, 6pm. none of the mobs have pitchforks and My Cat from Hell Tales of cats that claw furtorches or we could be spared Mandelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next niture, pee on rugs, kill parakeets and genshow. Fox. 8pm. erally behave like, well, cats. Animal Planet. Are You There, Chelsea? This new sitcom 10pm. is based on Chelsea Handlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book, Are You There,Vodka? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Me, Chelsea. In the first episode, Chelsea gets a DUI so she decides to SUNDAY, JAN. 8 Secret Service Secrets These are the agents assigned to protect the move closer to the bar. For most viewers, this is the equivalent of moving the TV closer to president and not the dirt on your motherthe refrigerator. NBC. 8:30pm. in-lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biweekly Botox appointment. DisThe Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Awards In an age covery Channel.8pm. The Firm This new drama focuses on Tom when the cast of Glee has had more hits on charts than the Cruiseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character Beatles, can we all from the John Griagree to stop caring sham best-seller what â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Peopleâ&#x20AC;? as he and his famthink? CBS. 9pm. ily emerge from True Life In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a 10 years in the Chubby Chaser,â&#x20AC;? we witness protecmeet men who are tion program. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a attracted to obese difficult transition, women.The good especially when he news is they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t learns that none of have to chase very those years is billChristine was also known to destroy the screen careers of hard, or very fast. able. NBC. 9pm. MTV. 9pm. Extreme Makeo- budding young actors, Tuesday at 8. ver: Home Edition This week, the rock stars of KISS help a family that runs a nonprofit THURSDAY, JAN. 12 Criticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice Movie music school.The building comes together Awards Like The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Awards but nicely but you have to be wearing 15-inch without all the illiteracy. VH1. 8pm. metal-studded platform boots to reach the 30 Rock Kenneth gets ready for the rapture. toilet. CMTV. 9pm. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure how the faithful prepare for the rapture, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d prepare by finding out where they keep their car keys. NBC. 8pm. MONDAY, JAN. 9 Angels & Demons Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Beyond Scared Straight This time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girls thinking that if your conspiracy takes 500 who get a taste of life behind bars. Mostly, years to come to a conclusion, you might they are shocked to learn how hard it is to want to come up with a new conspiracy. (2009) Syfy. 5pm. accessorize an orange jumpsuit. A&E.10pm. < First Week In This new show follows Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciďŹ inmates through their first week in prison, Turn on more TV Guy at as they get to know their cellmates, come â&#x20AC;şâ&#x20AC;ş paciďŹ up with decorating ideas and decide which


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appy New Year music fans! The year ended with a goodbye to the short-lived Southern Pacific Smokehouse in Novato. It is always sad to see a live music venue close, but especially so suddenly, with so many bands booked on the calendar for the next several months. An unfortunate fact of the music business is that venues come and go. [For venues that come, see the news about Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads in Newsgrams, p. 8.] However, one element of the music scene here in the North Bay that continues to thrive is the online musical community found at Sharing a common background in theater, the husband-wife team of Dave and Shelley Champine created LocalMusicVibe.

com over three years ago. Dave, a communications technology expert, designed the platform and website, while Shelley, a 20-year veteran of the Beach Blanket Babylon production team, focused on outreach and PR at shows. “We left our day jobs and both really felt a need to do something that would bring people together,” says Dave. “It began with a desire to build community, and music became the common language, the glue.” They found that in 2008, as music stores were closing, venues were struggling and CD sales were plummeting, there was a real need for an online connection among the local music scene. Bands needed new and better ways to connect with fans and vice versa, online and in person. LocalMusicVibe began online in 2009 but quickly developed a multi-faceted approach to building a music community by partnering with local print media (as in the Pacific

Sun—check the link at, radio stations, clubs and festivals and hosting morning brainstorming meetings (coffee meet-ups) in four different counties every week. “We see photographers, recording engineers, music store owners, musicians and fans alike at our meet-ups every week,” says Shelley. As of 2012, singer/keyboardist Gentry Bronson has taken over leading the Sonoma County meeting while songwriter KC Turner has taken on the San Francisco meet-up. None other than Sam Andrew, founding and current member of Big Brother & the Holding Co., says, “I am the official photographer for LocalMusicVibe. I love seeing them every Wednesday. They are loud and loony and ever so much fun!” That kind of grassroots support is what the Champines had in mind from the beginning. While many of their start-up contemporaries are long gone, they are gathering momentum for a big 2012. The LocalMusicVibe template is currently in use in many West Coast cities including San Diego, Long Beach and Seattle, with some shows from Boston, New York and even Slovakia (!) being listed now. Both the flagship site as well as the new mobile website are attracting more and more traffic, and they now count businesses like George’s Nightclub and Bananas at Large as some of their best clients. “Dave and Shelley are two of the hardest working people I have ever met,” says KC Turner. “They have made LocalMusicVibe accessible to everyone, built a great place for fans



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to find shows and continue to improve their platform on a daily basis, which in today’s ever-changing music business, is invaluable.” A recent partnering with a similar event-listing site, Sonic Living, has given users access to more shows and fans alike. Visit the website to post shows, find complete weekend entertainment listings, receive weekly “shout-out” emails or find a weekly coffee meet-up nearby. Thanks to Dave and Shelley and everyone at for helping our beloved music community grow, prosper and help itself. January LIVE: Victoria George brings her band to 142 Throckmorton Theatre Saturday, Jan. 7, along with openers Tim (Mother Hips) and Nicki Bluhm; Darren Nelson (HoneyDust) hosts a very special songwriters’ circle at 19 Broadway Saturday, Jan. 7; Houston Jones (featuring two members of the acclaimed Waybacks) roll into Rancho Nicasio on Jan. 15; Zero will celebrate Judge Murphy’s recovery from his liver transplant with a reunion of the band (Murphy, Greg Anton, Chip Roland, Steve Kimock and Bobby Vega) at S.F.’s Great American Music Hall on Friday, Jan. 20; Eric Martin (Mr. Big) brings his solo project to George’s Nightclub on Friday, Jan. 27, along with local hard rockers Elephant Listening Project (featuring members of The Mo’fessionals); guitarist Jeff Miller (New Monsoon) & The Wisemen celebrate the release of their new CD at The Sleeping Lady on Friday, Jan. 27; The Shots (Irish/Americana) play a free show Sunday, Jan 29, at Rancho Nicasio at 4pm in the bar. < Got a hot tip for THE BEAT? Email me at Rawk on! Tune up to the Marin music scene at



The ‘Oracle’ worker Seventh draft’s a charm for One Book One Marin author Michael Lukas by Dani Burlison


nergetic, bright and an all-around plex imagination—fed, he says, by an old seemingly good guy, Michael David black-and-white photograph Lukas is this year’s One Book One of a little girl that he found Marin author. The Oakland writer’s debut perched in the back of an novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, has received Istanbul antique shop. wide acclaim from the San Francisco Bay to However, the process of writTurkey’s bustling Bosphorus Strait. ing his first novel wasn’t as simSet in the summer of 1877, the tale focuses ple as picking up an old photoon the early life of a mysteriously gifted little graph, which in turn switched girl—Eleanora Cohen—who, by twists of fate, a luminous light on a blank comes to serve as an unlikely adviser to the page. For Lukas, the journey sultan of the Ottoman Empire. A fascinatfrom inspiration to fruition ing example of historical fiction, The Oracle lasted seven long years—and transports the reader to a time in history that, seven long drafts, each of sort of, didn’t exactly exist. which he began completely Although the Ottoman Empire did reign from scratch. for several centuries—around 1300 to its “I tried to start each of breakup following World War I—and many the [seven] drafts from a of the details and a few characters presented blank slate,” says Lukas in the novel are based on real-life facts and over lunch in San Rapeople, certain details are of the author’s own fael. “I didn’t want to be invention. (The book that Eleanora covets as tethered to what I had a favorite is fictional—a minor blow to those already written.” of us who wanted to rush out and read it after For most aspiring novelists, the mere completing The Oracle—and the sultan didn’t thought of tossing out six drafts in a row, startactually live in the same palace Lukas refers ing with a completely blank space for each to in the novel.) But with so much acsubsequent rewrite, is unfathomable. tual history and vivid imagery woven And doing that for seven years seems into the setting of late 19th-century an extremely tortuous, maddening Istanbul, Lukas, 32, found help close endeavor. to home: his wife. “Having a partner “I sustained a highly rational freakwho is a history scholar helped keep out,” laughs Lukas of his process. “It me honest,” he says. was a crisis of faith—at least that’s Aside from sultans and empires how I looked at it.” and the prophetic flock of Born and raised in hoopoes that seem to Berkeley, Lukas travlead and follow Eleanora eled to Turkey as a throughout the book, the Despite the seeming calm demeanor, while writ- Fulbright Scholar five story is one born of years ago, teaching Enging his debut novel Lukas ‘sustained a highly rational freak out.’ Lukas’s deep and comlish to future English

ONE BOOK ONE MARIN Each year, the One Book One Marin reading program hosts several free and accessible events to celebrate a new work of literature.The One Book committee—a partnership among the Marin County public libraries, Dominican University and Book Passage—selects a book it feels all Marinites will enjoy reading, discussing and otherwise learning from. After each year’s chosen book is announced, several free events are scheduled from January to April, including discussion groups, public readings from the author and even art shows based loosely on the theme of the book. Authors honored in the past few years include Isabel Allende, Michael Chabon, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan and Abraham Verghese. This year, The Oracle of Stamboul won the

hearts of the One Book One Marin committee. Several events celebrating this new novel will be held throughout the county. Again, all events are free of charge and open to the public. First, Book Passage hosts a kickoff event with Michael David Lukas Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7pm. From February through April, One Book One Marin will offer opportunities to participate in a writing workshop with Lukas at the BelvedereTiburon and Fairfax libraries, a children’s event with the Golden Thread Fairytale Theater, a travel discussion focusing on Turkey and a lecture and food event in San Anselmo. The grand finale is a reading and discussion with Michael David Lukas and KQED’s Michael Krasny on April 25 at Dominican University. Book Club kits are available at participating libraries. Check out

teachers at Gazi University in Ankara. His year of teaching and writing under the Fulbright program was just one of four years that various grants helped support him financially while he chiseled away at his novel. “After four years with grants and about three or four drafts of the novel, I thought I had nothing to show for myself,” says Lukas. “I didn’t believe I could make a living as a writer. I thought I’d only write as a hobby.” Finding himself pinned against the dreaded writer’s wall, Lukas put the novel to rest without touching it for over a month and set out to work in the socially responsible business world. Before long, he picked it up again, writing for a fraction of an hour every morning before heading out the door to his full-time job. Luckily for Oracle fans, once he picked it up and began writing again, he didn’t stop until the book was complete. Published in 2011, the book has received a warm reception from both critics and everyday bookworms; and Lukas has experienced both celebrity aftershocks and interesting new life lessons alike—most notably, a story he humorously recounts through an article at The Millions about his self-proclaimed biggest fan luring him to a mini reading tour of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati trip led to a bookstore reading, which no one attended but Lukas and his fan club leader (who did host a highly attended author event at her senior living complex the following night). In addition, Lukas has received his fair share of editorial requests from friends and family wishing to receive feedback. One such solicitor, Lukas’s grandfather, is an aspiring writer of sorts in his own right. “First of all, it’s awkward to read Grandpa’s sexy thriller,” he laughs. But like a good grandson of two journalists, Lukas was happy to read through the manuscript. Aside from reading “sexy thriller” manuscripts from senior citizens, writing occasional book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, blogging about the “art of reading” for Zyzzyva literary journal and writing freelance essays for other publications, Lukas teaches creative writing at an East Bay middle school and at the UC Davis Extension program in creative writing. And for those of us left wanting to read more from Lukas as the cover closed on The Oracle, he is currently working on his second novel. His new work will tell the story of a Jewish family living in modern-day Cairo. The story is sure to unfold with twists and turns, colored with elements of mystery and all of the breathtaking prose of The Oracle of Stamboul. <

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O The Adventures of Tintin (1:47) Hergé’s bouffanted Belgian newshound hits the big screen (albeit in animated form), joining Captain Haddock and Snowy on a search for sunken treasure; Steven Spielberg directs. O Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (1:27) The rambunctious rodents hit the high seas and get themselves marooned on a deserted (?) island. O The Artist (1:40) Dazzling Michel Hazanavicius silent about a Hollywood superstar, a hopeful extra and the life-changing effect the talkie revolution will have on their careers. O The Conquest (1:45) Snarky, satirical portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy chronicles the French president’s choppy rise to power, bon mots and all; Denis Podalydés stars. O Contraband (1:49) Retired smuggler Mark Wahlberg is forced to pull off one last gig: sneaking counterfeit dough out of Panama with cops, hit men and drug lords on his tail. O A Dangerous Method (1:39) David Cronenberg biopic stars Viggo Mortensen as Freud, Michael Fassbender as Jung and Keira Knightley as the troubled patient who cements and sunders their relationship. O The Darkest Hour (1:29) Five survivors of an alien attack fight to survive in postapocalyptic Moscow. O The Descendants (1:55) Alexander Payne comedy follows George Clooney and his two daughters as they wander Kauai in search of his wife’s lover. O The Devil Inside (1:23) A serial killer’s children try to find out if their mom is truly nuts or if the devil made her do it. 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 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. 24 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 6 – JANUARY 12, 2012

O The Metropolitan Opera: Faust (4:25) Jazz Era update of Gounod’s tale of devilish temptation stars Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and René Pape as Mephistopheles. 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 Reincarnation (1:40) Jennifer Fox’s documentary examines the relationship between Tibetan Buddhist master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and his son Yeshi and the cultural differences that help define it. 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 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 3D Beauty and the Beast (1:24) The 1991 Disney classic about a lonely beast and the beauty who brings out his inner princeling returns in three potentially dazzling dimensions. O Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2:07) John LeCarre’s classic espionage novel is brought to the screen with Gary Oldman as reactivated MI6 agent George Smiley and an impressive cast of traitors, moles and fellow spies (Colin Firth, John Hurt, David Thewlis et al.). O War Horse (2:26) When WWI separates a boy from his horse, the steadfast steed wanders from village to battlefield, inspiring all who encounter him; Steven Spielberg directs. O We Bought a Zoo (2:11) True tale of a widower who purchases and inhabits a dilapidated old zoo, hundreds of critters and all; Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson star. O Young Adult (1:34) Teen-lit scribe Charlize Theron tries to revisit her high school glory days…with unexpected results. <

›› MOViE TiMES N3D Beauty and the Beast (G) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm A Dangerous Method (R) Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 Sun-Tue, Thu 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 Wed 3:05 The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Century Northgate 15: 11:30, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30; 3D showtimes at 12:45, 3:20, 5:50, 8:20 Century Rowland Plaza: FriWed 2:10; 3D showtimes at 11:35, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Thu 2:10; 3D showtimes at 11:35, 4:45, 7:20 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Century Northgate 15: 12:05, 2:25, 3:25, 4:45, 7:05, 8:30, 9:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:20, 2:40, 5, 7:20, 9:40 The Artist (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10 Sun-Thu 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Fri 5, 7:30, 9:55 Sat 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30, 9:55 Sun 12, 2:30, 5, 7:30 Mon-Thu 5, 7:30 NThe Conquest (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:30, 6:45, 9 Sat-Sun 2:15, 4:30, 6:45, 9 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9 NContraband (R) Century Rowland Plaza: Thu 11:59pm The Darkest Hour (PG-13) Century Northgate 15: 3D showtime at 10pm The Descendants (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 1:25, 4:15, 7, 9:50 Sun-Thu 1:25, 4:15, 7 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, Thu 4:20, 7 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:50, 4, 6:50, 9:30 Sun-Thu 12:50, 4, 6:50 NThe Devil Inside (R) Century Northgate 15: 11:35, 1:40, 3:50, 5:55, 8, 10:10 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:30, 1:40, 3:50, 6:10, 8:20, 10:30


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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) (R) +++ Century Cinema: Fri-Wed 11:30, 3:10, 7, 10:30 Thu 11:30, 3:10, 7 Century Northgate 15: 12, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, 7, 8:45, 10:20 Century Rowland Plaza: 11:50, 3:25, 7:05, 10:35 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 12:10, 3:35, 7, 10:20 Sun 12:10, 3:35, 7 Mon-Thu 4, 7:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: 12:10, 3:30, 7:10 Tiburon Playhouse 3: 3:50, 7 Sat-Sun 12:40, 3:50, 7 Hugo (PG) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 3D showtimes at 7:15, 10:15 Sat-Sun 4:15; 3D showtimes at 1:15, 7:15, 10:15 Mon-Thu 3D showtimes at 7:15, 10:05 Century Northgate 15: 4:30, 10:30; 3D showtimes at 1:30, 7:35 The Metropolitan Opera: Faust (Not Rated) Century Regency 6: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Marin: Wed 6:30 CinéArts at Sequoia: Wed 6:30 Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:30, 10:30 Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:50 Century Northgate 15: 11:40, 1:10, 2:40, 4:15, 5:40, 7:20, 8:35, 10:15 Century Rowland Plaza: 1, 4, 7:25, 10:25 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:55, 6:55, 9:45 Sun-Thu 12:30, 3:55, 6:55 The Muppets (PG) +++ Century Northgate 15: 11:25, 5:25 My Reincarnation (Not Rated) Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Sat-Sun 2, 4:15, 6:30, 8:30 Mon 6:30 TueThu 6:30, 8:30 My Week With Marilyn (R) ++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:35, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 Sun-Thu 11:35, 2:15, 4:45, 7:20 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sat 1:15, 4, 6:45, 9:25 Sun 1:15, 4, 6:45 MonThu 4, 6:45

New Year’s Eve (PG-13) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 1, 4, 6:55, 9:40 Shame (NC-17) +++ Rafael Film Center: Fri 4:45, 7, 9:15 SatSun 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 Mon 9:15 Tue-Thu 7, 9:15 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7:45, 10:35 Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:35 Mon-Thu 7, 10 Century Northgate 15: 1:35, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:25, 10:15 Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:25 Mon, Tue, Thu 4:15, 7:40 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (R) +++1/2 Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 11:30, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10 Sun-Thu 11:30, 1:10, 4:10, 7:10 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12:40, 3:45, 6:40, 9:35 Sun-Thu 12:40, 3:45, 6:40 War Horse (PG-13) +++1/2 Century Larkspur Landing: Fri 7, 10:20 Sat-Sun 12:20, 3:40, 7, 10:20 Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:45 Century Northgate 15: 12:30, 2, 3:45, 7:10, 8:10, 10:25 Century Rowland Plaza: 12:15, 3:40, 7, 10:20 Fairfax 5 Theatres: Fri-Sat 12, 3:05, 6:10, 9:15 Sun-Thu 12, 3:05, 6:10 We Bought a Zoo (PG) +1/2 Century Northgate 15: 12:15, 1:15, 4:10, 5:35, 7:15, 10:05 Century Rowland Plaza: 1:05, 4:05, 7:10, 10:05 CinéArts at Marin: Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:05 Sun 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:30 Lark Theater: Fri, Mon-Tue 5:10, 7:45 Sat, Thu 2:30, 5:10, 7:45 Sun 2:30, 5:10 Wed 2:30 Tiburon Playhouse 3: Fri 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 Sat 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15 Sun 12:50, 3:40, 6:30 Mon-Thu 3:40, 6:30 Young Adult (R) +++ Century Regency 6: Fri-Sat 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15 Sun-Thu 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50

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

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

Michael Fassbender bewitches Nicole Beharie in ‘Shame,’ at the Rafael.

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

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Doc Kraft fans will open up and say ‘aaahhh’ this Saturday at the Sausalito Seahorse.

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Live music 01/06: The 7th Sons Former “New Rising Sons” members Jake Baker, Kim Carrigg, Mark Banning, and Kurt Huget have broken out on their own to bring new life to some of the greatest rock songs of all time. 8:30-11:30pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Fort Baker. 847-2670. 01/06: Uncle Buffett A musical tribute to Jimmy Buffet. 9pm. $10-15. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/07: Doc Kraft Dance Band Swing, Latin, Country, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Motown, Rock, Zydeco. 8:30pm-1:30am. $8. Seahorse Restaurant & Nightclub, 305 Harbor Dr. Gate 5, Sausalito . 601-7858. 01/07: Moonalice Moonalice is a one-of-a-kind rock fusion band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener & musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. 9pm. $10-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/07: Victoria George Victoria George is a little bit of Allison Krauss, a bit of Bonnie Raitt, a dose

of Dixie Chicks! Tim and Nicki Bluhm opening act. 8:30pm. $20 - $30 142 Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600.

01/09: Benefit for Sax Great Noel Jewkes Help support one of Marin’s great jazz musicians as he prepares to undergo heart surgery in January. Music: Noel Jewkes with the Larry Vuckovich Trio plus special guests. Door goes to med bills. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $25 donation at door. Seahorse Restuarant, 308 Harbor Dr., Sausalito. 331-2898. 01/11: Nicholas Glover and Wray Jazz. 7-10pm. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/12: Lonestar Retrobates West Coast Jazz/ Western Swing 9pm. Presidio Yacht Club, Travis Marina, Sausalito. 497-0671. 01/12: Wanda Stafford Jazz. 7pm-midnight. No cover; dinner encouraged. Panama Hotel & Restaurant, 4 Bayview St., San Rafael. 457-3993. 01/13: Beth Custer Ensemble The Beth Custer Ensemble presents new live scores to three Alexander Hammid films. Custer’s ensemble will perform live with these rare Czech films.

BEST BET Word up The second Thursday of every month, Sausalito is Marin County’s hot spot for literary greatness. Hosted by writer Peg Alford Pursell and attended by lit lovers around the bay, WHY THERE ARE WORDS showcases the best established and emerging writers that the Bay Area (and beyond) has to offer. When not busily booking the events—sometimes six months in advance—Alford Pursell takes her show on the road to San Francisco’s Litquake and this year, to Chicago’s AWP Conference. This month, Why There Are Words celebrates its two-year anniversary, featuring writers Michael David Lukas, Todd Zuniga, Susanne Pari, Peter Orner, Seth Hardwood, Janis Cooke Newman, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Audrey Ferber and Anne Buelteman. Past readers include Lynn Freed, Stephen Elliott, Elissa Bassist, Dean Rader, Joshua Mohr, Louis B. Jones, Jasmin Darznik, Molly Giles, Frances Lefkowitz, Joan Frank, Katherine Ellison and many many more fabulous writers. Join Michael David Lukas for wine, words and celebration at this month’s Why There Are Words, Thursday, Jan. 12, at Studio 333 in Sausalito, 7-9pm. $5.—Dani Burlison

8 p.m. $20 - $23 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 01/13: Eric Sardinas Blues-Rock Slide Guitarist Eric Sardinas is “Lightning in a Bottle”. His unique mixture weaves heavy blues & rock threads into a flamethrower for the listener, taking them on an wild musical ride! 9:30pm. $20-25. George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262. 01/13: The English Beat New wave, reggae, ska original Dave Wakeling of The English Beat will be rolling through 19 Broadway Friday Night at 9:00 p.m. sharp 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $20 advance $25 day of show 19 Broadway, 17 Broadway, Fairfax. 261-1512.

Comedy 01/11: Bob Sarlatte, Geoff Bolt, Michael O’Brien, Johnny Steele A San Francisco native, Bob Sarlatte is a nationally known commercial actor, radio and television personality, comedian and speaker. Credits include: David Letterman, The Late Show & many more! 8:30 p.m. $12-15 George’s Nightclub, 842 Fourth St., San Rafael. 226-0262.

Art 01/08-01/28:‘Where in the World (Here, There, Everywhere,Travel,Visions or Dreams)’ Unjuried exhibit of MSA member works. A chance to see the artists’own choices. 11am-4pm. No charge. 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 454-9561.

01/10-02/11: 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge The Bay Model is pleased to exhibit photographs of the Golden Gate Bridge by Argentine/American photographer Edgar Angelone, an international award-winning artist. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 01/13-03/02: Lightscape/Darkscape 2D, 3D, and book art by artists of KALA Art Institute, curated by Andrea Voinot. RECEPTION: Friday January 13, 5-8pm during 2nd Fri Art Walk | San

Rafael 10 a.m.-5 p.m. free Art Works Downtown, 1337 Fourth St, San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 01/15: Tom Killion Killion is a native of Marin County who has been producing acclaimed Japanese style woodcut prints of the California landscape for 40 years. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. Through 01/15:‘Agent of Change’ Mary Tuthill Lindheim, sculpture,ceramics works. Free, donations appreciated. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 500 Palm Dr., Novato. 506-0137. Through 01/06:‘Linked By Pink’ Artists for Awareness present an art exhibit in support of breast cancer. Gallery is closed weekends & holidays. 8am-7pm. Free. Gail Van Dyke Atrium Art Gallery, Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae. 461-9000. Through 01/07:‘On the Waterfront’ Oil paintings of shipyards, docks, coves and beaches. “100 Views of San Francisco Bay & Environs.” Judy Molyneux, landscape art. 9am-4pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. Through 01/07: ¡Vuela, Paper Princess! Exhibition of mixed media collage by author/illustrator Elisa Kleven, with costumes, scenery and props from Youth in Arts’ production of The Paper Princess and the Piñata, inspired by Kleven’s books. Free. Youth in Arts Gallery, 917 C St., San Rafael. 457-4878 x18.

Through 01/11:‘Textures & Rhythms of Jazz’ Fall Exhibition. Rich Sigberman, illustrations. “Inspirational Landscapes.” Jane Liston, mixed media works. 11am-4pm. Free. Gallery 305, 305 Bell Lane, Mill Valley. 388-6393. Through 01/16: AWD Small Works Art Works Downtown and the Marin Jewelers Guild presents their annual Small Works exhibit. 10am5pm. Free. Art Works Downtown + Marin Jewlers Guild, 1337 and 1331 Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119. Through 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, JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 25

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Talks/Lectures 01/11: The A List Series: Keena Turner In Conversation with Bruce Macgowan Keena Turner: In Conversation with Bruce Macgowan. The 30th Anniversary of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Catchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; game(Dwight Clark vs. the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Finals.)

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7:30pm. $12-15. 142 Throckmorton Theatre , 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 383-9600 . 01/12: Why Suffer? John Marmysz, PhD, will talk about the Buddhist concept of suffering, or dukkha, at a lecture on Thursday evening. 7:30-9:30pm. Free. Buddhist Temple of Marin, 390 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. 388-1173.

Wednesdays: Marin History Museum Gallery Tour Join local legend Jeff Craemer for a gallery tour of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marin Independent Journal: 150 Years of Inkâ&#x20AC;? exhibition. 11am-4pm. Free. Marin History Museum, 1125 B St., San Rafael. 454-8538.

Readings 01/07: Cindy Sample Sample presents her mystery novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dying for a Dance.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/07: Nahid Angha The author presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stations of the Sufi Path.â&#x20AC;? 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/07: Randy Kasten Local author day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just Trust Me.â&#x20AC;? Kasten discusses eight kinds of lies and what we can do about them, as well as methods for discerning the truth gleaned from his law practice. 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/07: Seymour Boorstein In conversation with Elizabeth Boorstein. Local author day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Talking Now?â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/07: Victoria Casto Local author day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dream Life.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Carol Fleming Local Author Day. Fleming discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Way You Say It: Becoming Articulate, Well-Spoken and Clear.â&#x20AC;? 4pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Cathy Robbins Local Author Day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos).â&#x20AC;?

Through dozens of interviews, Robbins draws out the voices of Indian people. 6pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Margie Belrose Local author day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me I Found a Journey.â&#x20AC;? 1pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Robert Sandberg Local author day. Sandberg talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Steps, Lanes, and Paths of Mill Valley.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Susan Alexander Local author day. The author talks about her thriller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jealous Mistress.â&#x20AC;? 2pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/08: Tammy Kaehler Local author day. Mystery novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Switch.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/09: Patricia Evans Evans talks about â&#x20AC;&#x153;Victory Over Verbal Abuse.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/10: Arielle Ford The author discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wabi Sabi Love.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/11: Paul Grushkin â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/12: Ellis Avery The author discusses her novel â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Last Nude.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 01/12: Why There Are Words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other Voices: Come Together.â&#x20AC;? Literary reading series celebrates its second anniversary. 7-9pm. $5. Studio 333, 333 Caledonia St., Sausalito. 331-8272. 01/13: Kay Lindahl Editor Kay Lindahl discusses â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, Spirituality, & Transformative Leadership.â&#x20AC;? 7pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960.


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Film Events 01/12:‘Crazy Wisdom’ Dharma movie night features the story of Chogyam Trungpa’s life. 7-9pm. $5 donation. Tamalapais Shambhala Meditation Group, 734 A St., San Rafael. 891-9185.

Community Events (Misc.) 01/06: Marin Singles Convention Meet new friend’s at Marin’s largest annual gathering of singles.Dressy attire requested. 7:30-11:45pm. $20. Servino’s Ristorante, 9 Main St., Tiburon. 507-9962. 01/07: Mt Tamalpais Trail Crew Assist with drainage work, putting rock water bars back into service plus minor vegetation work over a 1/2 mile of very steep rocky trail.Meet at the dirt parking lot below Throckmorton Fire Station. 9am-2pm. Free. Throckmorton Fire Station, 816 Panoramic Hwy, Mill Valley. 945-1128.

01/07: New Village School (K-8) Open House & Tour! The New Village School is a vibrant independent K-8 elementary school located in Sausalito. Free childcare is provided, but please RSVP. 10am-noon. Free. New Village School, 100 Ebbtide Ave, Suite 144, Sausalito. 2 89-0889. 01/07: Ships Ahoy Learn about the types of ships that were built during Marinship’s wartime production, 1942-1945. Noon-12:30pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

01/07: Water Flows Downhill - Little Mountain Open Space Preserve Discover how water affects the urban interface, and the actions that can be taken to minimize its impacts. This hike will be on flat ground and gentle slopes. Bring water. 10am-noon. Free, rain cancels. County of Marin, Little Mountain Open Space Preserve, West End of Center Road, Novato. 473-2816. 01/08: St. Patrick Larkspur Blood Drive Save a life. Community blood drive. 7:45am-1pm. St. Patrick Church Center, 409 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur. 948-5904. 01/08: Sunday Morning Qi Gong Obtain powerful tools for self healing. You are also invited to stay afterward for a positive, life-affirming service at 10am. 8:30-9:30am. Suggested $10 donation. Corte Madera Rec Center Patio, 498 Tamalpais Dr., Corte Madera,. 389-8707. 01/10: Brainstormers Pub Trivia Join quizmaster Rick Tosh for a fun and friendly team trivia competition. 8-10pm. Free. Finnegan’s Marin, 877 Grant Ave., Novato. 899-1516.

01/11: Be the Dream Awards Celebration Breakfast event to foster collaboration among organizations and leaders to advance the status of equity, policy and leadership in Marin. 8-10am. $35 per person. Four Points Sheraton, 1010 Northgate Dr., San Rafael. 491-4366 x302. 01/11: History of Marinship Join Ranger Bill as he facilitates an in-depth discussion on the history of the Marinship Shipyard at the Bay Model built by the Bechtel Corporation at the request of President Franklin Roosevelt 2-3pm. Free. Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871. 01/12: Adult Bike Education Class The Marin County Bicycle Coalition will conduct a bicycle education class “Basic Street Skills.” 6:308:30pm. $30-40. Edgewater Room, Sausalito City Hall, 420 Litho St., Sausalito. 456-3469 . 01/12: Game Night Games from Blue Orange for all ages and all skill levels. Refreshments will be served. 4:30pm. Free. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 927-0960. 28 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12, 2012

01/13: 2nd Fridays Art Walk | San Rafael Discover art, wine and entertainment every 2nd Friday of the month, downtown Fourth St. Enjoy art exhibits, open studios, live music + more during this free event that connects 25+ downtown venues. 5-8pm. Free. Fourth St., San Rafael. 451-8119.

12/02-04: West California Holiday Pottery Sale Annual studio sale of beautiful, functional, and decorative ceramics. Eleven local artists in a variety of styles. 10am-4pm. Free. West California Pottery Studio, 1115.W.California Ave, Mill Valley. 381-2695. Fridays: Senior Yoga with Kelly Enjoy an hour of yoga.Gain and maintain balance, strength and flexibility of both body and mind. Previous experience not necessary. Modification poses available. Bring water and a mat if you have. 3-4pm. $3 per class. Whistlestop Active Aging Center, 930 Tamalpais Ave., San Rafael. 456-9062.



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Kid Stuff 01/07: Trekking the Model Join a ranger guided tour of Bay Model, a 1.5 acre hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000 1:30-3 p.m. Free Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalto. 332-3871.

01/10: Mother Goose on the Loose 30-minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. 10:30-11am. Free. San Rafael Public Library, 1100 E Street, San Rafael. 485-3322.

Benefits/Gala Events 01/08: Sailing on the Bay Fundraiser Finger food, wine and a tour of the Bay from Sausalito boat harbor. Give and receive. Proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 1-4pm. $75. Sausalito. 717-9970.

Nonprofits/Volunteers Tuesdays: Marin County School Volunteer Orientation Marin County School Volunteers is seeking volunteers to assist public school students in the classroom who need extra help in grades PreK-12. One hour per week minimum. No experience necessary. 10am.-noon. Free. Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael. 499-5896.


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ARIES (March 20 - April 19) New year—new you. It’s no cliche: You really are becoming different. You’ve flirted with the idea of reinventing yourself, but this year, you commit to the process. No aspect of your personality is safe from a total overhaul. Ditto for your physical body if you seek improvement there as well. But, before you schedule unnecessary plastic surgery, consider the amazing transformation provided by a big smile... TAURUS (April 20 - May 19) Being the pragmatic type, you believe that “what you see is what you get.” It’s hard for you to admit there may be a shadow aspect of your nature at work. Ready or not, it is time to confront your hidden side via psychotherapy or meditation. You are advised to open up to these or other avenues that can bring insights into your subconscious. It’s your year to face your demons—and summon your angels... GEMINI (May 20 - June 20) While the transit of Uranus can wreak havoc on those who have no stomach for change, it is not so difficult for Gemini. The 2012 revolution takes place in your house of hopes and dreams. You are excited about the possibility of realizing an ideal existence by thinking up new ways to achieve your goals. Friends who inspire you will make it into your inner circle. Those who try to hold you to the status quo are out of luck... CANCER (June 21 - July 21) Although particularly sensitive to the frequent fluctuations of the Moon (your ruler), you cannot ignore the very active long-term presence of Uranus in your career house. Rarely radical in your professional life, this year you want to rebel against authority figures attempting to squelch you. In spite of the poor economy, you’re likely to be presented with a unique opportunity to make a change—but you must get past your need to feel safe. LEO (July 22 - August 22) As a fixed sign, you can be quite stubborn in holding a point of view. In 2012, you will have experiences that impel you to broaden your outlook. This could mean spending time in foreign environments, where you must learn the ways of another culture, or a course of study that expands your mind and belief system. The goal is to find innovative methods of dealing with the world without trying to rule it. Good luck. VIRGO (August 23 - September 21) Like Taurus, you prefer to take a down-to-earth approach to life. This year, however, you are in touch with energies that are more psychic than physical in nature. Insightful Uranus has targeted the power of your subconscious, bringing your awareness to fateful endings that precede a brand new future. The deepest and most profound part of your inner knowledge is evolving. No crystal ball necessary... LIBRA (September 22 - October 22) There are many reasons for keeping a relationship together, ranging from true love to financial dependency to fear of change. Nevertheless, revolutionary Uranus won’t let you get through the next six years without making a BIG change. Those unhappily attached feel immense pressure to break free; the happily involved are open to exciting ways to bond. And those who are single are about to realize that looking in the “wrong” place just may bring the “right” result. SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21) Change is not something that is easy for you to accept, even when it seems inevitable. No one, however, can completely escape the effects of Uranus. In your chart, the transformation takes place in your house of working and working out. Think of 2012 as the beginning of an era, one that revolutionizes your job and brings great progress on your fitness goals. Hence your new office setup that uses a treadmill instead of a desk chair... SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20) The continuing journey of your ruler (enthusiastic Jupiter) through the procrastinating sign of Taurus gets 2012 off to a slightly sluggish start. Fortunately, the occupation of your house of creativity, romance and entertainment by excitable Uranus gets your mojo up and running. You have six years to reinvent the way you express yourself—whether in relationships, art projects or dramatic auditions. Try to get started before baseball season begins... CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 18) As the sign ruling the career, Capricorn often prefers to remain removed from the drama of personal life. But Uranus demands attention to the changes and upheavals that will define your sense of emotional stability for much of the next six years. Family issues are bound to arise. Your home life could be upsetting or a change of residence may occur. Although you have the strength to handle it, you might want to check on your property insurance... AQUARIUS (January 19 - February 17) Your ruler (experimental Uranus) is now fully committed to revamping your attitude and increasing your mental flexibility. No matter how busy you are, make time in 2012 to begin pursuing new interests. Science, technology, astrology and the study of UFOs are just a few of the subjects that may excite you during the next six years. Meanwhile, although this week you feel relaxed, be prepared for a change in tempo. Your waltz is about to turn into a jitterbug.... PISCES (February 18 - March 19) This new year brings a desire to figure out what is truly important to you. Being the ethereal type, you are likely to focus on what brings you emotional and spiritual satisfaction rather than an increase in possessions. In fact, this is the beginning of a six-year cycle of making radical changes to your value system. If what you own is tying you down, this is your chance to sell it or give it away. 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PUBLIC NOTICES 995 Fictitious Name Statement 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) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128294 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as THE JOYFUL HOUND MOBILE DOG GROOMING, 2620 GRANT AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94804: PAMELA A MCHALE, 2620 GRANT AVE., RICHMOND, CA 94804. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 5, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128285 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as OPEN ART RECORDS; OPEN ART MUSIC, 443 MOLIND AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941: JACQUELINE H. RYAN, 443 MOLIND AVE., MILL VALLEY, CA 94941. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 2, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128386 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as PELO CYCLING-FITNESS, 34 ROLLINGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: ALAN R. ROBERTS, 34 ROLLINGWOOD DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 16, 2011. This statement was filed with the County ClerkRecorder of Marin County on December 16, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128392 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as VISIONS ARRAY, 21 TARRANT CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: ERIK BAUMBACH, 21 TARRANT CT., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant has not yet begun to transact business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 19, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 2011128341 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MODERN TRADITION, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903: KAITLYN MCGRATH, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903; LUIS R GALVES, 100 MARIN CENTER DR. #47, SAN RAFAEL, CA 94903. This business is being conducted by a husband & wife. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on December 12, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 12, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128061

The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MOUNTAIN MIKE’S PIZZA, 2100B 4TH ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: SR CHANDI PIZZA EQUITIES INS., 2971 SUNNY WOOD CIR., SANTA ROSA, CA 95407. 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 October 26, 2011. (Publication Dates: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128444 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as MCC PHARMACY, 3110 KERNER BLVD., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901: MARIN APOTHECARIES INC, 2 BON AIR ROAD #130, LARKSPUR, CA 94939. 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 December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012) FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT File No. 128446 The following individual(s) is (are) doing business as BERP AND COMPANY, 101 WOODLAND RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930: MARIO FRED GUARNERI, 101 WOODLAND RD., FAIRFAX, CA 94930. This business is being conducted by an individual. Registrant began transacting business under the fictitious business name(s) listed herein on October 1, 2011. This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Marin County on December 28, 2011. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, 2012)

997 All Other Legals 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) STATEMENT OF ABANDONMENT OF USE OF FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME File No. 304328 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): TRUCKWORLD USA, 790 ANDERSEN DR., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901. Filed in Marin County on: August 5, 2011. Under File No: 2011127479. Registrantâ ™s Name(s): RAZEL R. HAYNES, 369 THIRD ST. B# 522. This statement was filed with the County Clerk Recorder of Marin County on November 17, 2011. (Pacific Sun: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR CHANGE OF NAME SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA FOR THE COUNTY OF MARIN. No. CIV 1106144. TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: Petitioner MARINA PATRICIA NIMS, PAT LESLIE NIMS filed a petition with this court for a decree changing names as follows: LEVI NIMS to KITARA GRACE NIMS. 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 27, 2012, 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: December 16, 2011 /s/ FAYE D’OPAL, JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR

COURT (Pacific Sun: December 23, 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 2012) SUMMONS (CITACION JUDICIAL) Case Number (Número del Caso): CIV 1102471. NOTICE TO DEFENDANT(s) (AVISO AL DEMANDADO): MARTI SANKOWICH AND DOES 1 THROUGH 25 YOU ARE BEING SUED BY PLAINTIFF (LO ESTÃ? DEMANDANDO EL DEMANDANTE): MELISSA STENGLE NOTICE! You have been sued. The court may decide against you without your being heard unless you respond within 30 days. Read the information below. You have 30 CALENDAR DAYS after this summons and legal papers are served on you to file a written response at this court and have a copy served on the plaintiff. A letter or phone call will not protect you. Your written response must be in proper legal form if you want the court to hear your case. There may be a court form that you can use for your response. You can find these court forms and more information at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center (, your county law library, or the courthouse nearest you. If you cannot pay the filing fee, ask the court clerk for a fee waiver form. If you do not file your response on time, you may lose the case by default, and your wages, money, and property may be taken without further warning from the court. There are other legal requirements. You may want to call an attorney right away. If you do not know an attorney, you may want to call an attorney referral service. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal services from a nonprofit legal services program. You can locate these nonprofit groups at the California Legal Services Web site (www., the California Courts Online Self-Help Center ( selfhelp), or by contacting your local court or county bar association. NOTE: The court has a statutory lien for waived fees and costs on any settlement or arbitration award of $10,000 or more in a civil case. The court’s lien must be paid before the court will dismiss the case. ¡AVISO! Lo han demandado. Si no responde dentro de 30 dð©as, la corte puede decidir en su contra sin escuchar su versié n. Lea la informacié n a continuacié n. Tiene 30 DÃçAS DE CALENDARIO después de que le entreguen esta citacié n y papeles legales para presentar una respuesta por escrito en esta corte y hacer que se entregue una copia al demandante. Una carta o una llamada telefé nica no lo protegen. Su respuesta por escrito tiene que estar en formato legal correcto si desea que procesen su caso en la corte. Es posible que haya un formulario que usted pueda usar para su respuesta. Puede encontrar estos formularios de la corte y más informacié n en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California (, en la biblioteca de leyes de su condado o en la corte que le quede más cerca. Si no puede pagar la cuota de presentacié n, pida al secretario de la corte que le dé un formulario de exencié n de pago de cuotas. Si no presenta su respuesta a tiempo, puede perder el caso por incumplimiento y la corte le podrá quitar su sueldo, dinero y bienes sin más advertencia. Hay otros requisitos legales. Es recomendable que llame a un abogado inmediatamente. Si no conoce a un abogado, puede llamar a un servicio de remisié n a abogados. Si no puede pagar a un abogado, es posible que cumpla con los requisitos para obtener servicios legales gratuitos de un programa de servicios legales sin fines de lucro. Puede encontrar estos grupos sin fines de lucro en el sitio web de California Legal Services, (www., en el Centro de Ayuda de las Cortes de California, (www.sucorte. o poniéndose en contacto con la corte o el colegio de abogados locales. AVISO: Por ley, la corte tiene derecho a reclamar las cuotas y los costos exentos por imponer un gravamen sobre cualquier recuperacié n de $10,000 é más de valor recibida mediante un acuerdo o una concesié n de arbitraje en un caso de derecho civil. Tiene que pagar el gravamen de la corte antes de que la corte pueda desechar el caso. The name and address of the court is (El nombre y direccié n de la corte es): Marin County Superior Court, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94913. The name, address, and telephone number of plaintiff’s attorney, or plaintiff without an attorney, is (El nombre, la direccié n y el número de teléfono del abogado del demandante, o del demandante que no tiene abogado, es): Catherine Lagarde, Po Box 326, Kentfield, CA 94914; 415-3313284.. DATE (Fecha): May 17, 2011. Clerk (Secretario), by, Kim Turner. Deputy (Adjunto): D. Taylor. (Pacific Sun: December 30, 2011; January 6, 13, 20, 2012) PUBLIC NOTICE: NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE SAUSALITO according to the provisions of Division 8 of the California Business and Professional Code, Chapter 10,

Section 21707(a) hereby gives NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE. MINI STORAGE will conduct a public sale of the contents of the storage units named below, with the contents being sold for lawful money of the United States of America. The Sale is being held to satisfy an OWNER’S LIEN and will be held at: SAUSALITO MINI STORAGE, 415 COLOMA STREET, SAUSALITO, CA 94965. The property will be sold to the highest bidder on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012 at 11:00AM. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: ALL MARIN ELECTRIC: UNIT #H-16; ERNEST BROWN: UNIT #J-51; GOLRIZ JAHANGIRI: UNIT #RA18; STEVE SAYAD: UNIT #169; PATRICIA HARRINGTON: UNIT #411. Pacific Sun: (January 6 & 13) NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: ALL OVER MARIN MINI STORAGE, SAN ANSELMO. In accordance to the provisions of the California Business and Professional Code, there being due an unpaid storage charge for which the Mini Storage is entitled to a lien on the goods hereinafter described, and due notice in the time specified in such notice for payment hav-

ing expired, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that these goods will be sold at a public auction at the MINI STORAGE IN SAN ANSELMO, 208 GREENFIELD AVE., SAN ANSELMO, CA 94960, at 1:00pm WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012. The public is invited to attend. Should it be impossible to sell all of the lots on the above date, the sale will be continued to another date as announced by the auctioneer, Duane M. Hines, Bond No. RED 1016142. The property to be sold consists of household goods and personal effects belonging to the occupant(s) identified below. For additional information call: (415) 332-6520, Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Name of owner is followed by lot number: ANNA STEVENSON: UNIT #323; TAMERA FREEMAN: UNIT #331; BENTLEY NELSON: UNIT #123, #075, #054; CHARLES GOVER: UNIT #332; LOUVINA FORKING: UNIT #347; CLEVER HANS: UNIT #349. Pacific Sun: (January 6 & 13, 2012) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE. Date of Filing Application: December 22, 2011. To Whom It May Concern: The Name(s) of the Applicant(s) is/are: ABBY RUDDA BOUAPHAVONG. The applicants listed above are applying to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to sell alcoholic beverages at: 534 4ST ST., SAN RAFAEL, CA 94901-3359. Type of license(s) applied for: 41 ON-SALE BEER AND WINE EATING PLACE. (Pacific Sun: January 6, 2012)

NOTICE TO CREDITORS: No. PR 1200012 Notice is hereby given to the creditors and contingent Creditors of The Binggeli Family Living Trust and Estate of Margaret D. Binggeli that all persons having claims against the decedent are required to file them with the Marin County Superior Court, Probate Department, PO Box 4988, San Rafael, CA 94913, and mail or deliver a copy to A. Ruth Addison., as trustee of the trust dated December 6, 1995, of which the Decedent was the settler, at c/o Mary Schofield, Attorney at Law, 3461 Robin Lane, Suite 4, Cameron Park, CA 95682, within the later of 4 months after January 6, 2012, or, if notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, 60 days after the date this notice is mailed or personally delivered to you, or you must petition to file a late claim as provided in the Probate Code 19103. A claim form may be obtained from the court clerk. For your protection, you are encouraged to file your claim by certified mail, with return receipt requested. (Publication Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 2012)

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You overlooked the danger when you replied to the woman who was invited on a hiking date by a man she’d had a crush on. You said that he probably got interested because he saw her with her new boyfriend. Well, he could also have wanted to murder her because of that. Every year, there’s news of a female body being found in a remote area— or not found after a disappearance. —Prudent Woman


Recall that this guy spent seven years barely noticing this woman before noticing she had a boyfriend and asking her out. This is not exactly the behavior of a man obsessed, brimming with jealous rage. Chances are, he just thought, “Hmm, I could hit that.” (And I very much doubt he meant “over the head with a shovel.”) How likely is it that a date could end in a shallow grave? Well, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2005, 513 women in the U.S. were murdered by “boyfriends” (men they were dating but not married to) and 164 men were murdered by “girlfriends.” (And yes, men, too, are victims of domestic violence, much of which goes unreported.) These intimate partner murder stats are a bit unreliable because the FBI doesn’t always identify the perp/victim relationship, but even if you include the 2,363 uncategorized murders of women, a woman’s chances of being a victim of “dinner and a murder” are seriously small. Divide the 513 number by the population of unmarried American women ages 15 to 64 — 45,752,000, per a 2009 Census Bureau sample —and a woman has an 11 in a million chance of getting offed by her date. (Statistically, she’s far more likely to speak Cherokee.) Of course, those odds of getting murdered really only apply if she’s anywoman on anydate with anyman. Unfortunately, partly because people are reluctant to be seen as “blaming the victim,” there’s a politically correct popular notion that intimate partner violence happens at random, to random victims, kind of like an air conditioner falling out of a high window just as you’re underneath walking the dog. But, various authorities on violence, including personal security expert Gavin de Becker and domestic violence researcher Jacquelyn Campbell, have independently identified very similar coercive, autonomy-limiting behaviors in men who murder their female partners. These behaviors echo the four items from a 1993 Statistics Canada survey that researchers Martin Daly and Margo Wilson noted were strong predictors that a woman will experience serious violence from a male partner: 1. He is jealous and doesn’t want you to talk to other men; 2. He tries to limit your contact with family or friends; 3. He insists on knowing who you are with and where you are at all times; 4. He calls you names to put you down or make you feel bad. Although government agencies and victim assistance organizations parrot the politically correct warning that intimate partner violence “can happen to anyone,” the truth is, certain women are more likely to be victimized, and research shows a stew of contributing social, financial and cultural factors. (Poverty and prior experience of family violence are two biggies.) Amazingly, there’s almost no research showing the particular psychology that might make one more prone to get into (and stay in) a physically violent relationship. (In the scant findings there are, researchers are unable to tease out whether, say, low self-esteem precipitated victimization or was caused by it.) But, it seems likely that women who have low self-worth, who are “pleasers,” and who have abandonment issues—women who are more likely to stay in emotionally abusive relationships—are more likely to stay in physically abusive ones. De Becker, in his vast experience with victims and victimizers, concurs, observing in The Gift of Fear that “men who cannot let go choose women who cannot say no.” The muzzle of political correctness—intended to protect the feelings of victims— actually makes women more likely to be victimized by stifling discussion about who becomes a victim and how they might prevent it. Interestingly, the bounds of political correctness don’t extend to how we portray men. But, demonizing all men as deadly is like demonizing crossing the street because many people die each year at intersections (983 in 2009). A better idea is to look both ways. In relationships, this means assessing your individual risk for victimization and fixing feelings of low self-worth instead of trying to plaster over them with a partner—a partner you may feel compelled to cling to no matter what. In dating, this means engaging your judgment—not going off into the woods with some guy you barely know but also not seeing life as one giant Law and Order episode: “Hey, pretty lady, in the mood for a murder-suicide, or would you rather just see a movie?”<

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Section 1 of the January 1, 2012 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly